Missouri American Water, along with the city of St. Joseph and the Department of Natural Resources, unveiled a new, permanent water display Tuesday for the Remington Nature Center.
Entitled “Water’s Journey,” the interactive, educational display focuses on water traveling from a special well to the tap. Lights, sound and interactive educational elements are used to take a walk through a watershed, complete with rain and thunder.
“This display is the first of its kind in Missouri and the first time American Water has embarked on a collaboration of this kind,” said Frank Kartmann, the water company’s president. “With the contributions of the city of St. Joe and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, we believe ‘Water’s Journey’ will set a new standard for water-themed educational displays.”
The exhibit opens to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday. “Splash” the water drop will be on hand to introduce the display from 10 a.m. to noon. Missouri American Water also will have special giveaways for the public.
“This project represents a unique opportunity to educate the public about the value of water in daily life and steps that can be taken to protect watersheds,” said Christie Barnhart, the utility’s external affairs manager.
Missouri American and the Department of Natural Resources provided $140,000 for the new exhibits. Costs were kept down by using some city resources, Ms. Barnhart said.
One of the watershed exhibits features the Nature Center, Robidoux Row, the Missouri Theater, the courthouse and other St. Joseph buildings. Currently, Missouri American’s water travels daily through 600 miles of pipe to 32,000 homes and businesses.
The Nature Center also has a new exhibit featuring 100 Junior Duck Stamp drawings made by Missouri students. Live birds from Australia are another entertaining and educational exhibit. Every quarter, the bird exhibit changes.
The exhibits and programs keep students and teachers coming back to the Nature Center.
“We can offer 10 programs that run the gamut, from the history of Lewis and Clark to the science of tornadoes,” said Andrea George, Nature Center manager.
And the center goes on the road, too. Last month, the Nature Center did programs for the Northwest Missouri MS Walk and the St. Joseph Children’s Fair.
“It’s a wonderful but crazy time,” Ms. George said.
Missouri American Water is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water.