Remington Nature Center

Remington Nature Center Located in the beautiful Missouri River Valley in picturesque St. Joseph, Missouri, we have built a reputation for sharing nature's wonder with students and families, children and adults.

The Remington Nature Center of St. Joseph provides an opportunity for education and interpretation of nature and conservation, relative to the significance of the Missouri River and Northwest Missouri. The City of St. Joseph utilizes the 13,000 square foot center for educational purposes in an entertaining and enjoyable environment. With the variety of displays and information available, the center appeals to people of all ages and interests. Several interactive components allow people to use their senses to learn about and appreciate the natural environment, as well as the events that impacted nature in and around Northwest Missouri. Another important aspect is the portrayal of the native land and abundant plant and animal life that sustained human habitation. The nature center has many displays featuring animal habitats including a beaver dam, beehive, and 7,000-gallon native fish aquarium. The area surrounding the nature center includes several additional features such as natural habitats for birds and animals, prairie and wildflower areas, and a paved walking trail. Interpretive signage further assists in the education and enjoyment of these areas. The nature center showcases the Missouri River and the River’s force in the development of Northwest Missouri, as it relates to travel, transportation, and trade. The aquarium provides visitors an opportunity to view a variety of native fish common to the River. The Missouri River’s mutations over time and the impact of those changes are also presented. The nature center also emphasizes the significance of Native American civilization in Northwest Missouri, by showcasing artifacts used by the tribes of this area. It is important to relate these civilizations and their relationship to the story of the Sacred Hills. Native American habitats also educate visitors as to how the changes to the natural setting began. A significant, unique component of the nature center are cultural displays to convey the prominent role Northwest Missouri played in western migration, especially in exploration, trapping, trading and mercantile. All of these areas changed the natural setting of the area. The Remington Nature Center features an outdoor and indoor classroom area, meeting rooms with full audio visual components, and multiple wildlife viewing areas. The center is a member of several local organizations, all working to promote attractions in St. Joseph, as well as other areas of Northwest Missouri. These organizations include the Museum Association of St. Joseph, Pony Express Region Tourism Commission, and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. Mission Statement: To inspire visitors to learn more about human impacts on the Earth, and instill a desire to provide positive stewardship for the natural world.

Our naturalist was able to positively identify this large snake for a local resident MaryAnn D. This large black rat sna...
06/18/2019

Our naturalist was able to positively identify this large snake for a local resident MaryAnn D. This large black rat snake showed up at her residence and has been using her porch for a basking area. While finding a large snake on your porch can be a bit disconcerting, it is there for a reason. Maybe there are rodents nearby, maybe adequate water, hiding spots or just sunny porches for soaking up the rays. Thank you MaryAnn for being so tolerant of your visitor and for sharing your images.

Bonnie the African Ball Python agrees—we’ve had a nice Saturday at Remington Nature Center! 🐍
06/15/2019

Bonnie the African Ball Python agrees—we’ve had a nice Saturday at Remington Nature Center! 🐍

These photos were identified by our Remington Nature Center staff as an Imperial Moth. This handsome guy was on the offi...
06/15/2019

These photos were identified by our Remington Nature Center staff as an Imperial Moth. This handsome guy was on the office door at Laurie B.'s work, and we are glad she snapped a couple of pictures to send to us!

This event, honoring Law Enforcement, was hosted at Remington Nature Center!
06/14/2019

This event, honoring Law Enforcement, was hosted at Remington Nature Center!

The four Optimist Clubs in St. Joseph held their annual Respect for Law Banquet Thursday June 13, 2019 and recognized an individual from: the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, St. Joseph Police Department and MWSU Security. Our club sponsored the SJPD.

Memories are made at Remington Nature Center. Come visit us soon and see what memories you can make!
06/14/2019

Memories are made at Remington Nature Center. Come visit us soon and see what memories you can make!

Friday Fish Feeding today at 10:30am, at Remington Nature Center! 🎣
06/14/2019

Friday Fish Feeding today at 10:30am, at Remington Nature Center! 🎣

Back in business! The Remington Nature Center is glad to get things back to normal! Our school of 74 students first thin...
06/13/2019

Back in business! The Remington Nature Center is glad to get things back to normal! Our school of 74 students first thing today sure did seem to start it off right.

Update, 6/12/19: Remington Nature Center is OPEN and back to normal operations! Thanks for your patience! We look forwar...
06/12/2019

Update, 6/12/19: Remington Nature Center is OPEN and back to normal operations! Thanks for your patience! We look forward to seeing you soon. Please SHARE this status!

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

Bill R. McKinney, 83, St. Joseph, MO
06/09/2019
Bill R. McKinney, 83, St. Joseph, MO

Bill R. McKinney, 83, St. Joseph, MO

Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019 5:00AM - 7:00PM Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory 5005 Frederick Blvd. Saint Joseph, MO 64506

The show goes on for Remington Nature Center! We presented two programs for Mid-Continent Library on Friday, at their lo...
06/09/2019

The show goes on for Remington Nature Center!

We presented two programs for Mid-Continent Library on Friday, at their location, and Saturday we hosted Lillian’s 10th birthday party at another St. Joseph Parks location, Krug Castle! A big thanks to Creatures by Theresa for showing a variety of live animals, and talking to the group about animal care. They loved it, the weather was perfect and Krug Castle was a great location for this fun group.

*Pictures used with permission, and courtesy of Jill Talbot.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Bill McKinney. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Remingt...
06/08/2019
Former Parks Director Bill McKinney passes away at 82

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Bill McKinney. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Remington Nature Center, and many of our Nature Center staff worked directly under Bill for many years. He had a passion and heart for St. Joseph, and for the City’s rich history. Please keep his family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Former St. Joseph Parks Director Bill McKinney passed away Friday at the age of 82.

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06/06/2019

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A couple of weeks ago one of our followers sent this image of a nest and eggs in a potted fern she has. We were able to ...
06/06/2019

A couple of weeks ago one of our followers sent this image of a nest and eggs in a potted fern she has. We were able to identify them as House Finch eggs. Today she followed up with a picture of the babies. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing these sweet images.

The Remington Nature Center is still closed to the general public. We are so sorry for the inconvenience this is causing...
06/06/2019

The Remington Nature Center is still closed to the general public. We are so sorry for the inconvenience this is causing, especially to our scheduled groups and rentals. The good news is that the building is fine, the education critters are fine, and we are monitoring things daily. The pump that controls our air conditioning is still underwater, and once the water recedes where we can turn it back on and have air conditioning we will formally reopen. Thank you for those who have reached out with positive vibes and support.

-Andrea McCoy
Remington Nature Center Manager

Update for June 6
- Hyde tennis courts - nets are back but surface is rough (contractor decided to move to Northside Complex first).
- Krug pool remains closed - leak found.
- Remington Nature Center remains closed - river is coming back up

The Remington Nature Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4th and 5th. We look forward to reopening soon, a...
06/04/2019

The Remington Nature Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4th and 5th. We look forward to reopening soon, and apologize for any inconvenience.

The Remington Nature Center will be closed Monday, June 3rd. We look forward to reopening soon, and apologize for any in...
06/03/2019

The Remington Nature Center will be closed Monday, June 3rd. We look forward to reopening soon, and apologize for any inconvenience.

06/02/2019

The Remington Nature Center will be closed Sunday, June 2nd. We look forward to reopening soon, and sorry for any inconvenience.

We think the only one who is enjoying all this excess of water is this beautiful Great Blue Heron. We photographed it on...
06/01/2019

We think the only one who is enjoying all this excess of water is this beautiful Great Blue Heron. We photographed it on Friday by the Remington Nature Center, as it was fishing for dinner.

Due to the water levels, the Remington Nature Center will remain closed on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  We apologize for the...
05/31/2019

Due to the water levels, the Remington Nature Center will remain closed on Saturday, June 1, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We hope to open Sunday, if possible.

We are still closed as of Friday, May 31st, as we wait for waters to further recede from the area. We will keep you post...
05/31/2019

We are still closed as of Friday, May 31st, as we wait for waters to further recede from the area. We will keep you posted as things progress over the weekend. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

--Andrea McCoy
Remington Nature Center Manager

Remington Nature Center will be closed today, May 31, due to the current river levels in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update, Thursday, May 30th, 2019. ~1pm. Water is partially in the Remington Nature Center parking lot, and blocking the ...
05/30/2019

Update, Thursday, May 30th, 2019. ~1pm. Water is partially in the Remington Nature Center parking lot, and blocking the bottom portion of the ramp to the entrance. Staff safely entered the building to check things and do some work, and all is well in the building at present time.

The Remington Nature Center will also be closed on Friday, May 31st, and we will let everyone know when we are able to safely reopen. We look forward to seeing you soon, and thanks for your patience. We will continue our updates through the weekend.

-Andrea McCoy
Remington Nature Center Manager

*Photos by Andrea McCoy

This fledgling screech owl was taken to Lakeside Nature Center today by our Naturalist. He has an eye injury, but progno...
05/30/2019

This fledgling screech owl was taken to Lakeside Nature Center today by our Naturalist. He has an eye injury, but prognosis is good for a release in a couple of weeks. We will keep everyone updated.

Due to elevated water levels in the area, the Remington Nature Center will be closed on Thursday, May 30th. The area aro...
05/29/2019

Due to elevated water levels in the area, the Remington Nature Center will be closed on Thursday, May 30th. The area around the Nature Center is a concern at this time, and the safety of our staff and guests is important. Our staff will (safely) check the building Thursday morning, and we will give an update then. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please keep others who have been affected by the recent flooding in your thoughts.

-Andrea McCoy
Remington Nature Center Manager

Remington Nature Center will be closed tomorrow, May 30, due to rising water conditions in the area.

Heritage Park is also closed due to rising waters. All adult recreation league games scheduled for May 30, at Heritage are cancelled. Recreation staff is working on moving future games to alternate locations and will contact the recreation teams once the alternate locations have been finalized. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Remington Nature Center is OPEN Monday, Memorial Day! 10am-5pm.
05/27/2019

Remington Nature Center is OPEN Monday, Memorial Day! 10am-5pm.

Thank you to the men and women who gave their lives to serve our country. We remember their sacrifice. In observance of Memorial Day, May 27, there will be no bus service and city offices will be closed with the exception of:
Remington Nature Center 10am-5pm

Our naturalist came across this juvenile Northern Watersnake warming itself on top of a Black Rat Snake. This is unusual...
05/27/2019

Our naturalist came across this juvenile Northern Watersnake warming itself on top of a Black Rat Snake. This is unusual behavior, and shows that animals will use their environment, or sometimes the animals they share it with, to suit their needs. Black rat snakes are not considered snake eaters, so it posed no threat to the smaller snake. The color black absorbs heat and was likely warmer than the gravel road. Win-Win for our little watersnake.

Nearly three weeks ago, this Western Painted Turtle was hit on the highway, and treated at a local Vet. A week later (Ma...
05/27/2019

Nearly three weeks ago, this Western Painted Turtle was hit on the highway, and treated at a local Vet. A week later (May 14th) she was released at the Remington Nature Center. Today, she was spotted by Remington Nature Center staff heading to the River. We are so happy she is doing well and feeling adventurous enough to continue to make her way in the world. Photo courtesy of Ivana Calhoun.

New baby in our aviary today, at Remington Nature Center! ❤️🐦❤️
05/26/2019

New baby in our aviary today, at Remington Nature Center! ❤️🐦❤️

Happy Sunday! The Remington Nature Center is open early today, and we will be open until approximately 8pm tonight. Lots...
05/26/2019

Happy Sunday! The Remington Nature Center is open early today, and we will be open until approximately 8pm tonight. Lots of time to come and see us today. We are also open Memorial Day Monday, 10am-5pm.

Remington Nature Center is OPEN today, Saturday, May 25th, and we will be OPEN extended hours Sunday, May 26th, approxim...
05/25/2019

Remington Nature Center is OPEN today, Saturday, May 25th, and we will be OPEN extended hours Sunday, May 26th, approximately 8am-8pm. The Missouri River is running higher than usual, but there is no flooding for us and we are doing well, and operational as normal!

Remington Nature Center Manager Andrea McCoy was able to safely remove this snapping turtle from a roadway this week. Tu...
05/25/2019

Remington Nature Center Manager Andrea McCoy was able to safely remove this snapping turtle from a roadway this week. Turtles are on the move this time of year; if you are able to safely remove them from roadways, please do so, but never put yourself at risk in the process. If you can, make sure you pick the turtle up with two hands towards the back portion of their shell and place the turtle in a safe place in the same direction they were originally going. Our turtle friends thank you! 🐢

The Remington Nature Center will be OPEN all weekend, including OPEN Memorial Day Monday, 10am-5pm! 🇺🇸❤️
05/23/2019

The Remington Nature Center will be OPEN all weekend, including OPEN Memorial Day Monday, 10am-5pm! 🇺🇸❤️

Creatures by Theresa does a fantastic birthday party. Contact us at Remington Nature Center for details and booking!
05/23/2019

Creatures by Theresa does a fantastic birthday party. Contact us at Remington Nature Center for details and booking!

At Remington Nature Center - birthday party!! We are all excited.

Our naturalist made a trip to Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City today to deliver an abandoned juvenile barred owl. M...
05/22/2019

Our naturalist made a trip to Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City today to deliver an abandoned juvenile barred owl. Most likely the owl was blown out of the trees during the storms we’ve been having. Owls begin nesting in January and fledglings are leaving the nest now. Anytime you encounter a fully feathered fledgling sitting on the ground you should assume the parents are nearby looking after it and leave it alone. This particular juvenile is still very young and is not fully feathered yet and definitely needs additional care. Lakeside Nature Center has an amazing staff highly skilled at rehabilitating birds of prey so that they can be released back to the wild. We are very optimistic that this baby will survive and be turned free soon.

UPDATE: we spoke to Lakeside Nature Center staff and learned that this little barred owl is doing well. They were able to get a nesting pair of adult barred owls to adopt it and care for it. It is being raised by owls and learning all he needs to know to survive.

Northern watersnakes are common in our region and are often mistaken for cottonmouths (water moccasins). This mistake in...
05/16/2019

Northern watersnakes are common in our region and are often mistaken for cottonmouths (water moccasins). This mistake in identity leads to uninformed, frightened people killing them. They are feisty, and quick to defend themselves, but mean you no harm. Their diet is made up of fish, frogs, and rodents. They’ve even been known to eat carrion.

About a week ago this Western Painted Turtle was hit on the road. A concerned citizen, Shelly M., took her to a local Ve...
05/14/2019

About a week ago this Western Painted Turtle was hit on the road. A concerned citizen, Shelly M., took her to a local Vet to have her treated. We are happy to report she has healed well and was ready to be released today. We invited a group of students visiting us today to take part in her return to Nature. The white adhesives will dissolve over time; for now they offer some additional stability to her original wounds as they finish healing. Please help our turtle friends across the road if you can safely do so. ❤️🐢

It’s a beautiful Tuesday at Remington Nature Center! We are open 10am-5pm today; enjoy the great May weather! 🌞🌺...
05/14/2019

It’s a beautiful Tuesday at Remington Nature Center! We are open 10am-5pm today; enjoy the great May weather! 🌞🌺❤️#nofilter #stjomo

We appreciate Creatures by Theresa doing FOUR programs for our kindergarten groups today at Remington Nature Center. The...
05/13/2019

We appreciate Creatures by Theresa doing FOUR programs for our kindergarten groups today at Remington Nature Center. They loved seeing her adoptable animals! Don’t forget Creatures by Theresa and the Remington Nature Center also offer live animal birthday party packages!

Waiting at Remington Nature Center for the school kids to show! It is a great day of fun learning!!

All mothers are special! Including this Western Black Widow, protecting her egg sac. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom...
05/12/2019

All mothers are special! Including this Western Black Widow, protecting her egg sac. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there! Enjoy your day. The Remington Nature Center is open 1pm-5pm today!

Photo courtesy of Remington Nature Center.

Busy day for Remington Nature Center: Barb is at Safety Acres for reptile safety, Fish Feeding this morning, several sch...
05/10/2019

Busy day for Remington Nature Center: Barb is at Safety Acres for reptile safety, Fish Feeding this morning, several school groups in, and Andrea to a program this evening for a private group. Happy Friday! 😀

Some recent notes from our amazing younger visitors at Remington Nature Center! 🙂
05/09/2019

Some recent notes from our amazing younger visitors at Remington Nature Center! 🙂

What a great way to start the work week! The Remington Nature Center wants to thank the St. Joseph Convention and Visito...
05/06/2019

What a great way to start the work week! The Remington Nature Center wants to thank the St. Joseph Convention and Visitor's Bureau for the lovely flowers, in celebration of National Tourism Week. Remington Nature Center Manager Andrea McCoy was able to pick out six flowers to give to each Nature Center staff person. This lasting gift is very much appreciated, and helped us to get our week started off right.

You usually see this face behind the Remington Nature Center front desk, but our admin Barb also does a great job doing ...
05/03/2019

You usually see this face behind the Remington Nature Center front desk, but our admin Barb also does a great job doing outreach! If she looks a bit tired it’s just because she worked with hundreds of kids in Maryville for Safety Acres on both Thursday and Friday of this week. She said it was a great, rewarding experience, talking about snakes and reptile safety, and she’ll be in St. Joseph for Safety Acres next week!

We know that at least one second grader from Plattsburg had fun on her field trip yesterday, at Remington Nature Center!...
05/02/2019

We know that at least one second grader from Plattsburg had fun on her field trip yesterday, at Remington Nature Center! 👍😀

This gray tree frog was just chilling today at Remington Nature Center, watching the world go by.
05/01/2019

This gray tree frog was just chilling today at Remington Nature Center, watching the world go by.

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1502 MacArthur Dr
Saint Joseph, MO
64505

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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(816) 271-5499

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