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George Owens Nature Park

Providing families with outdoor nature opportunities since 1977.

1601 S. Speck Rd.
(North of East 23rd Street and Speck Road intersection)
(816) 325-7115





May 1 - Sep 30, 2022 Park and Gate Hours            DeWitt Center Hours May 1 - Sep 30, 2022                             

Tuesday - Friday:        8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.                           Tuesday - Friday:       8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday:                    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.                            Saturday:                   8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday:                      Noon - 5 p.m.                                  Sunday:                     Noon - 5 p.m.

Monday:                     Closed                                              Monday:                    Closed


Park Gates are closed overnight: Tuesday - Friday, parking lot gates close at 8pm.  Saturday and Sunday, parking lot gates close at 5pm.  Please have your vehicle out by closing time to avoid being locked in for the night.




George Owens Nature Park has given families the opportunity to reconnect with their natural environment since 1977. The park is open year round and provides 86 acres of beautiful forest, lakes, hiking trails and wildlife. Explore the DeWitt Center and experience rotating exhibits, a pond display and 4 large aquariums.

The current traveling exhibit shows Independence through the rock record - fossils, photographs and art will guide you along a comprehensive path of discovery.

The possibilities for adventure are endless.

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        Park Amenities

  • Three miles of Hiking Trails (One Paved)
  • Two Fishing Lakes
  • Organized Group Campground
  • ADA Accessible Dock
  • Family Picnic Area
  • DeWitt Center
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bio Swales
  • Pavilion
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Outdoor and Nature Programs for the Entire Family


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Upcoming Events



Family Fishing Day

Saturday, August 6, 9 am - 1 pm

Bring the family out for a fun fishing day at George Owens Nature Park.  Free hot dogs, chips and drink from 10am-1pm.  Limited number of poles and bait available during the event.  Fish your favorite spot on Lake Lorraine or Bullhead Lake or try a new one.

For individuals and families of all ages.  Parking in our main lot and then walk down to the lakes.  Call 816.325.7115 for details.


Hummingbird Festival

Thursday, September 8, 10 am - 6 pm

Friday, September 9, 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday, September 10, 8 am - 3 pm


Watch and learn about the hummingbirds that visit George Owens Nature Park before they begin their migration south.  Activities outdoors,so please dress for the weather.  Call 816.325.7115 for details.  Event details added/updated weekly.


Hummingbird Banding

August 20, Saturday, 8am - 10am (weather dependant)

September 10, Saturday, 8am - 10am (weather dependant)

Expert Hummingbird banding with Josh Potter.  See hummingbirds up close and learn all types of interesting facts about them.  Bring your camera for this must see event for all ages.  816.325.7115.  Banding will not take place if it is raining hard or very windy, for the safety of the hummingbirds.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer And Make A Difference!

If you have a love for the outdoors and want to help George Owens Nature Park, please consider volunteering your time at the nature park. Contact us at (816) 325-7115 to learn more.

Individuals and family volunteers will learn about our natural world by assisting park staff. We have volunteer opportunities that will fit your interest - gardening, maintaining bird feeders, assisting with nature programs, etc.