Remington Nature Center

Remington Nature Center Located in the beautiful Missouri River Valley in picturesque St. Joseph, Missouri, we enjoy sharing the wonders of nature and the history of St.
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Joseph with students and families, children and adults. The Re*****on 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

Joseph with students and families, children and adults. The Re*****on 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

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Newly refinished Pickleball Courts at Bode Sports Complex will be open for play on Wednesday, July 28!
07/28/2021

Newly refinished Pickleball Courts at Bode Sports Complex will be open for play on Wednesday, July 28!

Who's ready for some pickleball? 😀 These three courts have been refinished and will be ready for some action TOMORROW!

They can be admired tonight, but due to curing time, they will not be unlocked until Wednesday, July 28th.

Join our local and regional law enforcement agencies for National Night Out, August 3, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Civic Cen...
07/26/2021

Join our local and regional law enforcement agencies for National Night Out, August 3, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park!

National Night Out is a night where neighbors get together to take a stand against crime. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. This year's event will be at Civic Center Park at City Hall from 5:30pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 3rd. We will have a display of equipment from various regional agencies and departments throughout the city. Target is a nationwide sponsor of National Night Out and will be on hand with free hot dogs, drinks and games. We encourage all community members, to spend some time getting to know new people at this event.

Moths can be found anywhere, but some tips to finding them are to look for host plants.  Different species of moths must...
07/20/2021

Moths can be found anywhere, but some tips to finding them are to look for host plants. Different species of moths must lay their eggs on specific plants because their larva (caterpillars) can only eat those plants.

For instance, the polyphemus caterpillar prefers oak, elm, hickory, and maple foliage, while the black bordered lemon caterpillar prefers grasses; lawns, pastures, wetlands, and grasslands.

In honor of National Moth Week, we will be posting information and fun facts about Moths, so be sure to check back with ...
07/19/2021

In honor of National Moth Week, we will be posting information and fun facts about Moths, so be sure to check back with us throughout the week!

There are more than 12,000 species of Moths in North America in the area north of Mexico, with many more worldwide. Butterflies and Moths are similar, but there are distinct differences, with two major ones - moths are usually more active at night than butterflies and moths typically fold their wings back at an angle toward the body forming a triangle, while butterflies generally fold their wings straight up form the body or straight out. (And as with most things, there are exceptions...)

Last but not least, a little something on snake identification.  Some snakes are easily recognizable such as garter snak...
07/17/2021

Last but not least, a little something on snake identification. Some snakes are easily recognizable such as garter snakes, ringnecks, and pythons, but many times a non-venomous snake is misidentified for a venomous snake and is needlessly killed. So, it is important to know what snakes you may encounter when you are hiking through natural areas or just working in your yard.

In our area, this misidentification happens often with the semi-aquatic species the Northern Watersnake and the Cottonmouth.

It is important to remember that the cottonmouth is most common in the southeastern part of Missouri, with some habitats in the Ozark region. It is generally not found north of the Missouri River. It is also known for the white lining of its mouth and opening its mouth when it feels threatened.

The Northern Watersnake is the most common watersnake found in Missouri. It can be found near any watery habitat. Because the northern watersnake looks similar to the cottonmouth, especially when seen in the water, it is often mistaken for the venomous cottonmouth and is killed.

It is important to remember that all snakes, non-venomous and venomous, are protected species in Missouri.

Happy World Snake Day 2021!

Many times, people ask "Is that snake poisonous?"  The truth is no snake is poisonous, they are either venomous or non-v...
07/17/2021

Many times, people ask "Is that snake poisonous?" The truth is no snake is poisonous, they are either venomous or non-venomous.

When an insect or animal is identified as venomous, it means they use their fangs, stingers, or spines to inject a toxin to defend themselves or subdue their prey. Creatures that are poisonous, have poisons in their skin and can transfer it by touch or if another creature eats it. Basically, venom is injected, while poison has to be eaten or transferred by touch (like a poison frog).

Missouri's most common venomous snake is the Eastern Copperhead. It can be found throughout the state, mainly on rocky hills and forest edges. However, you can also find them around trees and in brushy areas near creek and stream beds. Copperheads are among the snakes that will vibrate their tail when they are startled or frightened. The vibration, especially in dried leaves, mimics the sound of the Timber Rattlesnake and acts as a warning to predators. Copperheads like to eat mice, lizards, and frogs.

Many times, people ask "Is that snake poisonous?" The truth is no snake is poisonous, they are either venomous or non-venomous.

When an insect or animal is identified as venomous, it means they use their fangs, stingers, or spines to inject a toxin to defend themselves or subdue their prey. Creatures that are poisonous, have poisons in their skin and can transfer it by touch or if another creature eats it. Basically, venom is injected, while poison has to be eaten or transferred by touch (like a poison frog).

Missouri's most common venomous snake is the Eastern Copperhead. It can be found throughout the state, mainly on rocky hills and forest edges. However, you can also find them around trees and in brushy areas near creek and stream beds. Copperheads are among the snakes that will vibrate their tail when they are startled or frightened. The vibration, especially in dried leaves, mimics the sound of the Timber Rattlesnake and acts as a warning to predators. Copperheads like to eat mice, lizards, and frogs.

More photos of the fun at the Liberty Oak Splash Pad at Hyde Park tonight!
07/17/2021

More photos of the fun at the Liberty Oak Splash Pad at Hyde Park tonight!

07/17/2021

Let the splashing begin!! Liberty Oak Splash Pad at Hyde Park officially opened this evening and a splashing good time was had by all! #libertyoaksplashpad

Snakes are reptiles which is a group that includes lizards, turtles, tortoises, & crocodiles 🐍🐒🦎.Reptiles breathe air an...
07/16/2021

Snakes are reptiles which is a group that includes lizards, turtles, tortoises, & crocodiles 🐍🐒🦎.

Reptiles breathe air and are covered with scales, bony plates, or both. Reptiles are cold-blooded, which means they can't produce heat in their own bodies so they have to rely on their surroundings to stay warm. This why you will sometimes see snakes on top of rocks or even on sidewalks on cooler spring days when the sun is shining!

Using the scales of the snake is one way to tell whether a snake is venomous or non-venomous. If you are walking or hiking and see a shed snake skin, look at the scales underneath the tail. Horizontal scales are from a venomous snake, while scales in a v-pattern are from a non-venomous snake. (Another way is to look at their eyes or see if they have fangs, but let's respect their space in the wild and not get THAT close...)

Drawings from A Guide to Missouri's Snakes by the Missouri Department of Conservation (c) 2017. It is full of wonderful information about these amazing creatures. You can get your copy here -
https://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/mo_nature/downloads/page/MissouriSnakes.pdf

One of the most common snakes in Missouri is the Prairie Kingsnake.  It can be found in prairies open woods, or on rocky...
07/16/2021
Prairie Kingsnake

One of the most common snakes in Missouri is the Prairie Kingsnake. It can be found in prairies open woods, or on rocky, wooded hillsides. Kingsnakes are constrictors, or they squeeze their prey before eating it. Unfortunately, young prairie kingsnakes are often confused with copperheads and are needlessly killed. Kingsnakes have round to rectangle-shaped markings on their back, while the markings on the copperhead are an hour-glass shaped. Prairie Kingsnakes diet includes small rodents, lizards, and other snakes.

Snake Myths
"You can always tell when a copperhead is around because it smells like cucumbers."
Well, yes and no. Snakes will emit an odor from glands at the base of their tail when they feel threatened or are captured. But this odor isn't given off all the time, so if a copperhead or other snake is just hanging out near a log or under a rock, there isn't anything to smell! (To be honest, I have smelled this musk and if cucumbers smelled this bad, I'd never eat one again! πŸ˜ƒ)

https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/prairie-kingsnake

A medium-sized snake, fairly common over most of the state. The overall color is tan, brownish gray, or greenish gray. Numerous dark blotches down the back and sides are brown, reddish, or greenish brown, outlined in black. The belly is yellowish tan, covered by blocky brown markings. Usually, the t...

Welcome to World Snake Day 2021!  Throughout the day, we will be posting some information about snakes, both in our area...
07/16/2021

Welcome to World Snake Day 2021! Throughout the day, we will be posting some information about snakes, both in our area and in the world!

Snakes are really handy to have around. They help control the pest population, including rodents and slugs. There are about 3,500 species of snakes in the world, which live in a variety of environments, from deserts to tropical forests to mountain tops, and even in the oceans. Some prefer to spend most of their time on land, while some prefer the water, but all snakes can swim. Most of the world's snakes, around 80% of them, are non-venomous.

Hey, everyone!  Friday, July 16, 2021, is World Snake Day!  We will be posting photos, information, and some fun facts a...
07/15/2021

Hey, everyone! Friday, July 16, 2021, is World Snake Day! We will be posting photos, information, and some fun facts about these amazing creatures throughout the day, so check back regularly.

TOMORROW ONLY (Friday, July 16, 2021) Mention this post when you visit the Re*****on Nature Center and get two free coloring pages of snakes with your admission.🐍🐍🐍🐍

https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bullsnake

Hey, everyone! Friday, July 16, 2021, is World Snake Day! We will be posting photos, information, and some fun facts about these amazing creatures throughout the day, so check back regularly.

TOMORROW ONLY (Friday, July 16, 2021) Mention this post when you visit the Re*****on Nature Center and get two free coloring pages of snakes with your admission.🐍🐍🐍🐍

https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bullsnake

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post
07/14/2021

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post
07/08/2021

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post

07/07/2021

Have you ever plogged?
Plogging is a form of jogging/walking that is popular in Sweden that promotes environmental care!
Here is how it works:
1. Dress suitably for your normal jog or walk.
2. Grab some plog-friendly tools such as durable gloves or a trash picker. If gloves are too hot, consider tucking them in your waistband or in a jobbing belt.
3. Pick a bag! This can be a standard trash bag, a plastic shopping bag, or a reusable bag! Make sure it is easy to carry and durable enough to carry sharp and dirty litter!
4. Hit the trail!

You can plog by yourself or with a group! Not only will you improve your physical wellbeing, but you will also improve your community!

07/07/2021

Looking for something to do on this rainy day? Visit the Re*****on Nature Center located on the beautiful Missouri River! See the wonders of nature, as well as local history with visitors from around the country. Visit them "where history & nature collide!"

Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday
1-5 p.m.

Adults $4
Seniors (60+) $3
Youth (4-15) $2
Children 3 & under Free

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post
07/05/2021

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of K9 Max in the line of duty June 30.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his...
07/01/2021

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of K9 Max in the line of duty June 30. Our deepest sympathies go out to his partner Officer Winder and the SJPD at this time.πŸ˜”

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of K9 Max in the line of duty June 30. Our deepest sympathies go out to his partner Officer Winder and the SJPD at this time.πŸ˜”

Well, it took us about a year to complete the renovation, but we now have a Live Reptile & Amphibian Room!  There are tu...
06/21/2021

Well, it took us about a year to complete the renovation, but we now have a Live Reptile & Amphibian Room! There are turtles & snakes & frogs, oh my! (plus some axolotls for good measure!) There are also vignettes of Missouri reptiles and amphibians painted by our very own Lauren Koester! Be sure to check out the room on your next visit!

Funding for the exhibit provided by a CARES grant from the Missouri Humanities Council acting as a pass through for the National Endowment for Humanities.

06/17/2021

The next few days are going to be HOT!
Make sure to take some extra steps this summer to help avoid heat exhaustion.
- Drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of being outside.
- Gradually expose yourself to your outside activity; don't go from cold air conditioning to heavy activity in the heat quickly!
- Wear wide-brimmed hats and light, loose-fitting clothes to keep you cool and protect you from the sun.
- Infections can cause your body temperature to rise, so be cautious of the amount of time you spend outside if you don't feel in tip-top health!
- Those over 70 are more susceptible to heat strokes and exhaustion; use the buddy system to be outside with you in case anything goes wrong.
- Early mornings and late evenings are typically the coolest time of the day. Always be sure to check the heat index and humidity levels before you spend time outside.

06/15/2021

🎾 Youth Tennis Camp Registration is Now Open! 🎾
For youth from 5-10 years of age, this camp offers a fun and positive environment to learn the methods, equipment, and skills of tennis! Registration closes on July 2, 2021. Please complete all information on the form and return with the $40 registration fee to our administration office at 1920 Grand Avenue during normal business hours.

06/02/2021

Looking for something fun for your kids to enjoy this summer? Consider signing them up for the Cops Care Youth Camp. This year's camp will take place July 12-16, from 9am-4pm, starting each day at the St. Joseph REC Center. The camp is open to both boys and girls ages 9-12 years old. There will be various sports activities, safety presentations and morning group discussions presented by the St. Joseph Police Department, Buchanan County Juvenile Office and many more. The final day will include a chance to climb aboard and explore various public safety vehicles, including the SRT Bearcat armored vehicle. The camp is free of charge with lunch and snacks provided daily. Applications are available in the police lobby of the Law Enforcement Center, 501 Faraon, as space is limited. Please include the child’s shirt size and any health or food allergy needs. For further information, contact Sgt. Roy Hoskins, SJPD Crime Prevention, at 236-1473.

06/02/2021

How awesome does this park adventurer look?! He and his siblings "learned something new" at Western Gateway Park!
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If you have registered for Parks Passports and haven't received your membership card, please don't wait to start exploring our park system! We have run out of membership card supplies, but don't worry! All of the information included on the card can be found on our page!
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Visit our page to find the FULL list of playground locations, challenges, and a map link pinned to the top of our feed!

Photos from City of St. Joseph, MO Government's post
06/01/2021

Photos from City of St. Joseph, MO Government's post

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post
05/26/2021

Photos from St. Joseph Missouri Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities's post

Photos from Tortoise Run Farm's post
05/22/2021

Photos from Tortoise Run Farm's post

Love to read? Want to pass that love of reading along?  Well you can do just that by joining us as we take part in the U...
05/17/2021

Love to read? Want to pass that love of reading along? Well you can do just that by joining us as we take part in the United Way Book Drive! Now through May 28.

Please bring in any new and gently-used children's books when you visit the Re*****on Nature Center and put them in our drop box. All donated books will be given to area youth through programs such as the United Way Take A Book Tuesday and United Way Reading Adventure. K-6th books are the most needed.

Help us help kids build their own libraries!

Love to read? Want to pass that love of reading along? Well you can do just that by joining us as we take part in the United Way Book Drive! Now through May 28.

Please bring in any new and gently-used children's books when you visit the Re*****on Nature Center and put them in our drop box. All donated books will be given to area youth through programs such as the United Way Take A Book Tuesday and United Way Reading Adventure. K-6th books are the most needed.

Help us help kids build their own libraries!

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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

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(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.

**The City of St. Joseph frequently photographs and videotapes participants enjoying our programs, special events, parks, and facilities. These images and any images shared to our social media pages are utilized by the City of St. Joseph in publications, on the web, for television/cable promotions, or other similar uses. The images are used at the City's discretion and become its sole property.** Photos, Videos, and Our Social Media Policy: For detailed information about our social media policy, including what is and isn’t allowed, please visit https://www.stjoemo.info/DocumentCenter/View/7848.


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