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.
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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.

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07/09/2020

Remington Nature Center's cover photo

07/09/2020
Visit St. Joseph, Missouri

Visit St. Joseph, Missouri

Do you REALLY know Joe?

Get to know what makes St. Joseph so interesting, unique and uncommonly awesome!

DES Wildlife Photos
07/03/2020

DES Wildlife Photos

I got to spend some time with this Otter family last weekend as they played, swam and ate. They were very active and hungry.
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

Meet Jonathan.  He is 188 years old! (from Ocean & Reef Affairs)
07/03/2020

Meet Jonathan. He is 188 years old! (from Ocean & Reef Affairs)

This is Jonathan. Today is his birthday. He is 188 years young. (Born circa 1832). He has lived through both the World Wars, the Russian Revolution, and changing of 39 US presidents as well as seven British monarchs... Happy Birthday ! ❤️🐢

(Edit: tortoise turmoil as photo by Australian reptile park and photo from Saint Helena got mixed up). We celebrate all wonderfully aging gentlemen (and ladies).

Remington Nature Center's cover photo
07/03/2020

Remington Nature Center's cover photo

07/03/2020

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! We are open our regular hours all weekend. Have a safe & happy Independence Day!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Remington Nature Center's cover photo
07/03/2020

Remington Nature Center's cover photo

Remington Nature Center's cover photo
07/03/2020

Remington Nature Center's cover photo

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
07/03/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

Happy Independence Day from the city of St. Joseph. In observance of the Fourth of July, all city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, with the exception of:
Landfill - Open
Remington Nature Center - Open
REC Center - Open

On Saturday, July 4, buses will not be in service and all city facilities will be closed with the exception of:
Remington Nature Center - Open

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities
07/02/2020

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

*GIVEAWAY*

It's UFO Day, and Millie the Martian has landed in St. Joe!
Can you help her figuring out where she is?

Comment the right answer for the chance to win a flying saucer game of your own for National Parks & Rec Month. #WeAreParksAndRec

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities
07/02/2020

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

07/02/2020
Aquatic Park and Pools St. Joe Mo

Aquatic Park and Pools St. Joe Mo

Do you need a fun activity the whole family can enjoy this Fourth of July weekend? Try this new and exciting way to tie dye outside! Send us photos of your final product for a chance to win a prize!

Pro tip: use sugar free drink mix to avoid feeling sticky afterwards and wet wipes work great for quick cleaning when you are done
#WeAreParksAndRec

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities
07/02/2020

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

Happy National Parks and Rec Month! Throughout July, we will be celebrating with awesome deals and activities at our facilities. Be sure to check back in each week to see what is new and exciting like giveaways, discounts, and activities. All month long, we will be offering these three fun activities below for all to participate in. #WeAreParksAndRec

Remington Nature Center
07/01/2020

Remington Nature Center

06/30/2020

Beginning July 1, the monthly Scavenger Hunts are BACK! (with modifications) We will provide the paper and pencils (but if you have your own writing implements, you are welcome to use them🙂.) We will not be providing clipboards.

In honor of the first Moon landing that occurred July 21, 1969, you will be searching for phases of the Moon. We have hidden throughout the Nature Center 8 cards that talk about the 8 phases of the Moon, as well as some Fun Facts about the Moon. For instance, Did you Know? The tallest mountain on the Moon is almost 15,420 feet high!

Join us anytime during the month of July to learn more about Earth's only natural satellite! 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/30/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

In an effort to assist residents with storm cleanup, City Council approved open burning throughout the month of July this year between the hours of 8am-6pm. Only dry yard waste such as leaves, brush and logs grown on the residential property may be burned. Click the link for guidelines and restrictions: http://bit.ly/2oLRzP9.

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/28/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

The storm debris drop-off site at Bode Sports Complex is closed due to capacity of debris. A new drop-off site has been opened at the old Riverfront Park which is located west of downtown off Francis Street. The drop-off site north of Heritage Park is still open as well.

06/27/2020
St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

Don't forget about our first night of Summer Movies in the Park tonight! Come join us at this family friendly event at Upper Bartlett Park. Popcorn, drinks, and Kona Ice will be available for $1 each. We hope to see you at 8 PM tonight!

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/26/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

The much anticipated and long-awaited Hyde Splash Park will soon begin construction. Beginning next week, park-goers will see barriers placed in the park to allow the construction to start. Lawhon Construction is the contractor for the project.

Visitors to the park will still have access to its many amenities. The baseball complex and tennis courts will be accessible only through the west park entrance. Exiting the park will be via a one-way lane out of the east driveway.

Funding for the project is through the 2019 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) half-cent sales tax which was approved by voters in 2018. The splash park is scheduled to be open for the 2021 summer season.

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities
06/24/2020

St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

With the weather cooling down, now it a great time to get outside and enjoy the parks and trails inside St. Joe! Visit this link to get a map of the parks https://bit.ly/stjoeparks or this link for an interactive map of the trails https://bit.ly/stjoeparksinteractive

Thank you Kristy R. for sharing these images with us. A couple of weeks ago she sent pictures of a nest with eggs and ou...
06/17/2020

Thank you Kristy R. for sharing these images with us. A couple of weeks ago she sent pictures of a nest with eggs and our naturalist was a bit perplexed as to which bird laid them. Kristy was able to capture an image of the bird as well as the babies. We can now identify the bird as a Carolina Wren. Yes, that is a lunch cooler she built her nest in! Carolina wrens are notorious for building nests in some pretty unusual places, including clothing left on a clothes line, garden hose reels, old coffee cans, and many other odd places. Have you had a Carolina wren build in a strange place on your property? If so, please share, we'd love to hear about it.

06/17/2020

After several conversations among the staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Herp-O-Rama 2020. We will see everyone at Herp-O-Rama 2021!!🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍

06/16/2020

The Remington Nature Center is open as we have been since May 4, but we do still have some restrictions as this virus remains in our community.

• Plexiglas ® barriers have been put in place at the
Admissions & Gift shop cash registers

• All employees will be wearing face masks if they are not
behind a barrier

• We ask our visitors to observe social distancing of 6 feet
or more (of people not in the same party).

• As we like to know where our visitors are coming from, we
request visitors provide contact information on
checking in at the Admissions desk.

• No more than 5 people in the Store at one time.

• Please do not congregate at the front doors

• Please continue to use the hand sanitizer station in the entry
way or at the Admissions Desk.

The Monthly Scavenger Hunts will return in July!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us through Messenger or give us a call.

We hope you come some see us soon!

Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO
06/16/2020

Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO

🌳EXPLORE🌳 St. Joseph

Gordon Park is a neighborhood park tucked away at Pryor & Alabama. This two block long park is a quiet spot perfect for playing catch or a having a picnic with the family. But it also features a sculpture that honors the enterprising and hard-working families that helped shape St. Joseph.

"Planting America" by sculptor Claudia Packer was donated in 2009 by the William J Kenney Trust and the SSJPA South St Joseph Progressive Association in honor of the Fisher Family.

Wait...who?

The Fishers are a St. Joseph family that you have never heard of...but you should! Full of #uncommoncharacter from the start Herman and Julia Fisher immigrated from Russia to the south side of St. Joseph in the early 20th century and started their family here. A devout Catholic couple, they had six children who helped them tend the apple orchard that was on their property. The ideals of working hard that they instilled in their family paid off in a BIG WAY. After their children passed away the industrious family who had saved their money diligently through the years left $1.5 million to the South St. Joseph Progressive Association to benefit the citizens of the south side. An act of giving that will be felt by the community for many years to come.

This sculpture features a mother, father, and daughter (who is holding an American flag) planting an apple tree and is dedicated to honoring all immigrants who have or will call St. Joseph home.

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/15/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

Hey kids, the city playgrounds are opening tomorrow and they are calling your name! The parks department crews have sanitized the playground equipment around town and now it's ready for action. With COVID-19 still in the community and the temperatures on the rise, parents still need to exercise caution with their children.

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/12/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

Effective 11:59pm, Monday, June 15, the Emergency Declaration and Order originally issued by Mayor McMurray on March 16, will expire. The expiration of this order comes at the same time the state’s order will expire, as announced yesterday by Governor Parson, effectively reopening the state.

It is important to note the coronavirus is still in our community and efforts must continue to fight COVID-19. A mayoral advisory has been issued with suggestions to employ measures to protect public life, health, safety and property. This advisory is in effect June 16 through June 30.

Read the full press release https://bit.ly/2zrTUUZ
View the Mayoral Advisory https://bit.ly/2YwMGHx

City of St. Joseph, MO Government
06/05/2020

City of St. Joseph, MO Government

Two drop-off sites will be available for residents to take debris from the storm that occurred during the overnight hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The drop-off sites have been established to support private residential efforts to clean up homeowner’s properties from tree damage experienced during the severe windstorm.

The first drop-off site is located in the field north of the Bill McKinney Softball Complex at Heritage Park on Waterworks Road, and the second site is located at the parking lot on Southwest Parkway across the street from Bode Ice Arena. Signage designating both drop-off sites is being installed this morning.

Guidelines for using the drop-off sites are as follows:
• Debris may be dropped off beginning today at noon.
• The last date for drop-off at these locations is August 1.
• Commercial companies may not use the drop-off sites.
• Only residents of St. Joseph are allowed to drop off storm debris

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2XZ6X8A.

Remington Nature Center
05/27/2020

Remington Nature Center

Remington Nature Center's cover photo
05/27/2020

Remington Nature Center's cover photo

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05/25/2020

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Today is National Turtle Day! We shell-a-brate the diversity and uniqueness that is our shelled friends. Many turtle spe...
05/23/2020

Today is National Turtle Day! We shell-a-brate the diversity and uniqueness that is our shelled friends. Many turtle species around the world are in danger of becoming extinct due to habitat loss, over-harvesting and many other obstacles. Today is a day set aside to bring attention to their plight, but we should care every day!

05/23/2020

Address

1502 McArthur Dr
Saint Joseph, MO
64505

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(816) 271-5499

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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.

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