Sturgeon City

Sturgeon City Sturgeon City represents a unique concept, the conversion of a wastewater treatment plant into an environmental education center that provides hands-on science education programs and promotes protection of coastal waters.

Sturgeon City represents a unique concept, the conversion of a wastewater treatment plant into a civic and environmental education center. For more than 40 years, the City of Jacksonville discharged its wastewater into the New River. In 1997, the City moved to an environmentally friendly and expandable land application treatment system which stopped discharging the treated effluent into the river. Residents were concerned about the severely degraded condition of the waterway and the Jacksonville City Council determined that it was their moral responsibility to help clean up the area where the City’s discharge had occurred. An initiative was created that used bioremediation to help jump-start natural processes. Students volunteered to help and became excited about being part of something that effected a positive change they could see. Further, many were excited about the science being used, about working alongside field scientists and about the power of volunteerism. Their enthusiasm inspired a community to transform the former wastewater treatment plant that had contributed to the problem to stand as a reminder of the civic action that overcame a degraded river and to be a force for the future to protect the river and other natural resources. Riverworks at Sturgeon City, a civic and environmental education center serves as the focus of a community’s commitment to learn from the past and to inspire young people to promote positive change for generations to come. This program strives to engage people and show how the power of civic action and environmental education can improve a community. It does so with the backdrop of a successful bioremediation program, a restored bay and river habitats, inspired youth, ongoing research and real world applications of science.

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It's almost spring! Did you know that the world's largest known pollinator is the black and white ruffed lemur? We are s...
03/09/2021

It's almost spring! Did you know that the world's largest known pollinator is the black and white ruffed lemur?
We are so excited to be learning about pollinators this week in our homeschool science program, and just purchased a pass for them to tour the Duke Lemur Center virtually this Thursday! We love that programs like these are accessible virtually.

So excited to be at Swansboro Methodist Church doing a mobile planetarium show for the New River YMCA! Want to book it f...
03/03/2021

So excited to be at Swansboro Methodist Church doing a mobile planetarium show for the New River YMCA! Want to book it for your group? Give us a call at (910) 750-5876!

03/03/2021
Join our first ever virtual walk/run Steps for Sturgeon City in a few weeks! There is still time to sign up.  This fundr...
03/02/2021
Upcoming Programs | Sturgeon City

Join our first ever virtual walk/run Steps for Sturgeon City in a few weeks! There is still time to sign up. This fundraiser funds our youth science programs. Get your steps or run in.. all while helping us at the same time!
Interested but have never been here? We can give you a tour and share with you what we do! Just give us a call at (910) 750-5876 or message us.
Sign up for our fundraiser at https://www.sturgeoncity.org/upcoming-programs

02/22/2021
Get your Egg-citing Easter Family Program tickets today! March 27 from 1p-4p.  Various science stations will be set up f...
02/20/2021
Egg-citing Easter Program | website

Get your Egg-citing Easter Family Program tickets today! March 27 from 1p-4p. Various science stations will be set up for you and your family to walk through and they can attend one of our hourly egg hunts! Tickets $5 a person for ages 3 and up. https://www.sturgeoncity.org/event-details/egg-citing-easter-program

Bring your favorite Easter Basket and hop on over to Sturgeon City for some Easter science fun! We will have Easter egg hunts and lots of fun science stations to participate in!

02/20/2021

Come out for a pop-up planetarium show from 11a-2p about telescopes! Call (910) 750-5876 to reserve your spot! Only $2 per person!

02/18/2021

We're looking for vendors for our Earth Day Celebration on April 24th from 10am-3pm! If interested, email [email protected]!

02/14/2021

Happy Valentines Day to all of our friends and supporters.

Heading out tomorrow evening for Valentine's Day? The kids can join us at Sturgeon City for pizza and fun with Valentine...
02/14/2021

Heading out tomorrow evening for Valentine's Day? The kids can join us at Sturgeon City for pizza and fun with Valentine's themed science activities.

3 days left to get your race t-shirt! Please help support our science programs by registering for our first virtual run!...
02/12/2021
Steps for Sturgeon City | website

3 days left to get your race t-shirt! Please help support our science programs by registering for our first virtual run!
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/steps-for-sturgeon-city

Sturgeon City is a non-profit Environmental Education center located in downtown Jacksonville, NC. Our mission is to become the model for inspiring youth leadership, civic involvement, habitat restoration, environmental education and stewardship of the New River and coastal wetlands. We achieve our...

02/12/2021
Don't miss our programs over the next week! Kids Night Out- Feb. 12, 5:30p-8:30pTeen Science Cafe'- Feb. 12, 5:30p-7:30p...
02/11/2021
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC - Environmental Education

Don't miss our programs over the next week!
Kids Night Out- Feb. 12, 5:30p-8:30p
Teen Science Cafe'- Feb. 12, 5:30p-7:30p
Valentine's Day Kids Night Out- Feb. 14, 5:30p-8:30p
Homeschool Science Program- Feb. 18, 12p-3p

Visit www.sturgeoncity.org to register today!

Sturgeon City is Environmental Education Center providing hands-on science programs for K-12 students and adults.

02/11/2021
So excited to be included as a wedding venue on the Only in Onslow list! While we love teaching science we also have an ...
02/11/2021
Wedding Venues | Only In Onslow

So excited to be included as a wedding venue on the Only in Onslow list! While we love teaching science we also have an amazing rental space for whatever you need!
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/facility-rental

Onslow County has many beautiful wedding venues...from the rural coastal plains town of Richlands... to Jacksonville... and all the way to the coastal communities of Swansboro, Sneads Ferry, and North Topsail Beach. Whether it be a barn theme, a beach wedding, a reception at a historic home, along t...

02/11/2021

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science and to celebrate, we are participating in a virtual game of tag. We think that NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch is pretty inspirational. You can join in the celebration by telling us who inspires you. #InternationalDayofWomenandGirlsinScience #STEMtag

We are in the process of planning an Easter program for families! Do you have any plastic easter eggs laying around that...
02/10/2021

We are in the process of planning an Easter program for families!

Do you have any plastic easter eggs laying around that you would be willing to donate? We would love to reuse them! Please give us a call at (910) 750-5876 , send a message on fb or email us at [email protected]. Any amount is extremely appreciated!

02/09/2021
Did you know that Sturgeon City offers hands-on science focused programs for many different age groups? Visit our websit...
02/05/2021
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC - Environmental Education

Did you know that Sturgeon City offers hands-on science focused programs for many different age groups? Visit our website for details on our many program offerings including Homeschool Science, Kid's Night Out, Teen Science Cafe, Camp Sturgeon, mobile planetarium shows, and many more. #funfactfriday
www.sturgeoncity.org

Sturgeon City is Environmental Education Center providing hands-on science programs for K-12 students and adults.

Today is #WorldWetlandsDay and one way that we like to celebrate wetlands is by walking along the boardwalks at the Stur...
02/02/2021
Sturgeon City Walking Tour | website

Today is #WorldWetlandsDay and one way that we like to celebrate wetlands is by walking along the boardwalks at the Sturgeon City site. There are over 9 acres of restored wetlands at our site and many local community members helped to plant the grasses that are part of these wetlands. Did you know you can take a walking tour along the boardwalks?
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/walking-tour

There are a series of boardwalks that wind around and through the wetlands at Sturgeon City. Sign markers throughout the site tell the story of Sturgeon City and the plants and animals that live in the wetlands and Wilson Bay. Click on the picture below to print out a PDF copy of the self-guided wa...

Don't forget to register by February 15th for our Steps for Sturgeon City Virtual Run to be guaranteed to get a shirt! h...
02/02/2021
Steps for Sturgeon City | website

Don't forget to register by February 15th for our Steps for Sturgeon City Virtual Run to be guaranteed to get a shirt!
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/steps-for-sturgeon-city

Sturgeon City is a non-profit Environmental Education center located in downtown Jacksonville, NC. Our mission is to become the model for inspiring youth leadership, civic involvement, habitat restoration, environmental education and stewardship of the New River and coastal wetlands. We achieve our...

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Our kids program on Monday is filling up fast since school is out! Don't miss your chance to sign your child up today.
01/02/2021

Our kids program on Monday is filling up fast since school is out! Don't miss your chance to sign your child up today.

Taking up walking or running in the new year? Join us for our first ever virtual race! You can walk, run, skip or hop ju...
12/29/2020

Taking up walking or running in the new year? Join us for our first ever virtual race! You can walk, run, skip or hop just as long as you are stepping! Register in the next 3 days and receive early bird pricing! Share and tag all of your friends!
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/steps-for-sturgeon-city

12/22/2020

Can’t make it before Christmas? Don’t worry! Tickets for our Let It Snow musical journey in our mobile planetarium are on sale through January 10th! Get your today at www.sturgeoncity.org

We still have spots open next week and the week after, you can register for one or more days.  Let us know if you have a...
12/18/2020

We still have spots open next week and the week after, you can register for one or more days. Let us know if you have any questions! Recommended ages 5-12.

12/17/2020

Frosty the Snowman is one of the many songs you can sing along to during our mobile planetarium show “Let It Snow” happening now! Get your tickets before they’re gone!
www.sturgeoncity.org

12/16/2020

Come watch and sing along at our mobile planetarium show Let It Snow. Tickets are selling out so be sure to get yours today! www.sturgeoncity.org

Looking for something different to do? Check out our mobile planetarium which is now showing a holiday visual journey ca...
12/15/2020
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC - Environmental Education

Looking for something different to do? Check out our mobile planetarium which is now showing a holiday visual journey called "Let It Snow" playing some great holiday classics! Run time is 30 minutes, tickets are $5. Purchase tickets at www.sturgeoncity.org or call us at (910) 750-5876 to reserve your spot. We have show times today!

Sturgeon City is Environmental Education Center providing hands-on science programs for K-12 students and adults.

Address

50 Court St
Jacksonville, NC
28540

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(910) 938-5079

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Math and science enrichment programming for elementary, middle and high school students. Programs are available year round. Professional development for teachers on all acedemic levels. Employment and internship opportunities for Community Colloge and University students.

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Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center

The mission of Sturgeon City is to become the model for inspiring youth leadership, civic involvement, habitat restoration, environmental education and stewardship of the New River and coastal wetlands.

We achieve this mission by providing hands-on STEM programs for area students and adults such as field trips, summer camps, Street Science, birthday parties, outreach and more.

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Artwork belonging to someone else’s little was accidentally sent home with my daughter after science class today. If you’d like it, let me know. I’ll meet you!
Has the preschool program completely stopped?
Had a good time at Earth Day. Beautiful day to walk on the docks through the marsh.
Check out this cool story about the work going on at Sturgeon City. Thank you to UNC-TV for taking the time to visit us and get the word out about all that we have going on.
Had a great day today! Thank you so much! Just can't wait for Thursday!
September is Fall cleanup month for waterways around the country and around the world. While we may not be having an organized event, we encourage everyone to get out and cleanup their favorite river, stream, beach or any other area that is near our wonderful waterways. Please share photos with us and let us know how much trash and recycling you collect during this month. Keep in mind, we have a great rolling launch here at Sturgeon City, you just may want a cart to get down the boardwalk with your canoe or kayak.
Here is the official link with details about donating eclipse glasses. http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/awb-programs/resource-sharing-programs/eclipse-glasses-donation-program.html Sturgeon City is registered as an official collection site so please feel free to bring glasses by and we will gather and ship them. Please call ahead to make sure someone is on site. 910-938-6456
Check out this cool composite photo of the stages of the eclipse that Kevin Reopelle with City of Jacksonville, Media Services put together for us. Please note spacing is added for illustrative purposes.
Here is a great shot of the eclipse maximum taken by City of Jacksonville, Media Services.
Follow a live stream of our event on the Jacksonville NC government page.
Reminder to not look directly at the sun next week. Please use an approved viewing method and here is a link with information on how to tell if your eclipse glasses are safe. https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/iso-certification All glasses that we are giving away and selling at our event are safe.