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St Joseph Nature Center, Saint Joseph

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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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  • This will be written down as the best planned field trip that I've done. Mrs. McCoy and Ms. Cox were awesome with our planning and executing the entire trip. My students could not stop talking about t...  more »
  • This is a pretty cool place to learn about the history of the area and the wildlife native to this area. It is great for kids.  more »
  • We took the grandkids here a while back and they really enjoyed it. It was a fun trip and we as adults also enjoyed the experience.  more »
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  • I had a wonderful time visiting this amazing place. I have learned a few history in the past of St Joseph. They have some staff animals and a replica of a mammoth. I really enjoyed it.
  • Needs to expand and add more to it.
  • Good and quiet place for cycling or walking
  • Peaceful trail alongside the Missouri River.