George Owens Nature Park
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 rustic nature center and find new seasonal exhibits. Get up close to a snake, touch antlers, or count the rings on a tree. Experience the beauty of a 150 gallon freshwater aquarium with Missouri fish or peer into a 75 gallon turtle enclosure. The possibilities for adventure are endless.
Paul Andrew Anderson
I ran these woods and beyond, during the late 1960's early 70's; I was a Highleah latchkey kid, and this entire area was us kids natural playground. It was not a park then; the entire area surrounding the townhouses was all woods (w/ small farms & Bridger Jr.), and so there were deer and beaver galore; far more wildlife and wilderness than remains today, with urban sprawl consuming almost the entire area. But I am thankful that a tiny part of what was my childhood wonderland, has been preserved in this park. I go there now and then to meditate; as a naturalist it is a necessary part of my lifestyle. It is safe and well maintained, but the natural world is dwindling rapidly; looked upon by kids nowadays who must view nature and wildlife in display cases, with no real personal engagement with nature, like what we had back then. This property is that last stand; hope it endures.
Beautiful park not too far from the hubub of the Independence Center. Great walking trails. Two weeks prior to Halloween they host Enchanted Forest, a great activity for families with young children.
Nice park with some nice nature trails & ponds. Fun information center as well.
What a gem! If you want to feel like you're way out in the woods but dont want to drive to the forest.....here it is! Right smack in the middle of Independence is this hidden nature park. There are paved walking trails and rugged dirt paths for the explorers. We saw turtles,frogs, toads, deer and abundant insect and bird varieties. Bring a lunch and use the picnic tables. There is also a small fishing pond. We are going to be trying their kids hour long program this week.
Great place for walk or nature hike. Informative and educational conservation area. Friendly people.