Sturgeon City

Sturgeon City Sturgeon City represents a unique concept, the conversion of a wastewater treatment plant into a civic and environmental education centerthat supports applied aquaculture research and promotes access to coastal waters.
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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.

Mission: To make Sturgeon City the model for inspiring youth leadership, civic involvement, habitat restoration, environmental education and stewardship of the New River and coastal wetlands.

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Giving Tuesday is 3 weeks from today on December 1st. Your gift to Sturgeon City will help support hands-on science educ...
11/10/2020
Donate Now | Giving Tuesday by Sturgeon City

Giving Tuesday is 3 weeks from today on December 1st. Your gift to Sturgeon City will help support hands-on science education and environmental stewardship efforts for Jacksonville, Onslow and surrounding counties. You can donate by texting GIVINGTUESDAYSC to 44-321 or visiting https://secure.givelively.org/donate/sturgeon-city-of-jacksonville-nc/giving-tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an international day focused on online giving. By donating today, you will help us further our mission of becoming the model for inspiring youth lea...

We've got some programs coming up you might not want to miss! This Friday night, we have Kids Night Out and Teen Science...
11/10/2020

We've got some programs coming up you might not want to miss! This Friday night, we have Kids Night Out and Teen Science Cafe'. Next Friday night we have Kids Science Bingo. Each Thursday we have Homeschool Science classes. If you have any questions or want to register for any of these programs, please visit www.sturgeoncity.org or call (910) 750-5876.

Looking for a place to have a holiday party or a reception? Do you need space for a business meeting? Look no further! S...
11/06/2020

Looking for a place to have a holiday party or a reception? Do you need space for a business meeting? Look no further! Sturgeon City is here to meet your needs. Please give us a call at (910) 750-5876 to set up a time to tour the facility and discuss your event.

Visit our website www.sturgeoncity.org or call 910-750-5876 to register for this upcoming FREE program!
11/05/2020

Visit our website www.sturgeoncity.org or call 910-750-5876 to register for this upcoming FREE program!

The course is yours! Help support Sturgeon City programs by participating in our first ever virtual Steps for Sturgeon C...
11/05/2020

The course is yours! Help support Sturgeon City programs by participating in our first ever virtual Steps for Sturgeon City 1 mile, 5k or 10k! The race starts March 17th, 2021 and runs through the 28th. We are running an early registration discount now through December 31st. Find out more information or register today at our website https://www.sturgeoncity.org/steps-for-sturgeon-city.

11/05/2020
Pop up planetarium shows tomorrow during the day! Showing "From Earth to the Universe". Join us in our mobile planetariu...
11/05/2020

Pop up planetarium shows tomorrow during the day! Showing "From Earth to the Universe".
Join us in our mobile planetarium for a show with a run time of approximately 25 minutes.
Reservations required.
Tickets are $2 each, cash or card accepted at the door. Please reserve your tickets by calling (910) 750-5876. **Only one show time per family/friends/group.

Sturgeon City provides hands-on science programs to 8-10,000 students and adults each year. We have continued to find in...
11/03/2020

Sturgeon City provides hands-on science programs to 8-10,000 students and adults each year. We have continued to find innovative ways to serve our community during these unprecedented times. We could not do all of this without your support and we would love for you to continue that support by donating on Giving Tuesday which is just 4 weeks from today on December 1st.

Did you know that Sturgeon are what is known as a keystone species? They are important to the entire ecosystem and are a...
10/27/2020

Did you know that Sturgeon are what is known as a keystone species? They are important to the entire ecosystem and are also sensitive to water quality. We chose our name in part because we would love to see Sturgeon return to the New River where they were once prevalent. Help support our efforts to educate the community and help protect the New River by donating on Giving Tuesday. #givingtuesday2020 https://secure.givelively.org/donate/sturgeon-city-of-jacksonville-nc/giving-tuesday

Please spread the word and help to support the new homeless shelter in Onslow County.
10/19/2020
Onslow Oktoberfest

Please spread the word and help to support the new homeless shelter in Onslow County.

A Taste of Oktoberfest from the comfort of your own home! Pick up a German bratwurst meal and support the opening of the new homeless shelter. COVID-19 may have put a damper on this year's traditional festival, but we can still support a great cause. See link below: 👇👇👇

Excited for Halloween? We are! Join us at our Spooktacular Science Family Event next Friday, Oct. 30th starting at 6pm! ...
10/19/2020

Excited for Halloween? We are! Join us at our Spooktacular Science Family Event next Friday, Oct. 30th starting at 6pm! Eastern Exotics and Possumwood Acres will be here with some amazing creatures to meet. We will also have various science stations set up such as owl pellet dissections, slime making, and more! Costumes welcome. Tickets $5 each.
To register, visit https://www.sturgeoncity.org/events or call (910)750-5876.

10/14/2020
Oyster week runs through Friday and here at Sturgeon City we certainly love to celebrate oysters. Did you know that oyst...
10/14/2020

Oyster week runs through Friday and here at Sturgeon City we certainly love to celebrate oysters. Did you know that oysters are filter feeders and a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day? That's why we have partnered with the City of Jacksonville and others to use several million oysters to help improve water quality in Wilson Bay and the New River.

Sturgeon City's cover photo
10/13/2020

Sturgeon City's cover photo

Our Little Learners Preschool Program is back this month with a 2 hour program! We will teach them about pumpkins, spide...
10/13/2020

Our Little Learners Preschool Program is back this month with a 2 hour program! We will teach them about pumpkins, spiders and bats using hands on activities and making crafts. Pre-registration required. Cost is $8. Please visit https://www.sturgeoncity.org/events to register. Call (910) 750-5876 if you have any questions.

Giving Tuesday is just 7 weeks away. We hope that you will join us in this international day of giving by donating to St...
10/13/2020

Giving Tuesday is just 7 weeks away. We hope that you will join us in this international day of giving by donating to Sturgeon City on Tuesday December 1st. Your donation will help to support our environmental education programs. #givingtuesday2020

Don't miss our FIRST Spooktacular Science Family Event on October 30th from 6p-9p! Costumes welcome! We are so excited t...
10/12/2020

Don't miss our FIRST Spooktacular Science Family Event on October 30th from 6p-9p! Costumes welcome! We are so excited to have Eastern Exotics and Possumwood Acres here with some amazing creatures! We will have various stations set up that you can rotate through. Tickets limited by time increments and are only $5 each. Please call (910)750-5876 to purchase tickets for your family or visit https://www.sturgeoncity.org/events.

Save the date! Giving Tuesday is almost here! Stay tuned for more information on how to donate to Sturgeon City on Givin...
10/08/2020

Save the date! Giving Tuesday is almost here! Stay tuned for more information on how to donate to Sturgeon City on Giving Tuesday.

Looking for something different to do today? Did you know we have a mobile planetarium? Call us at (910)750-5876 if you ...
10/06/2020

Looking for something different to do today? Did you know we have a mobile planetarium? Call us at (910)750-5876 if you and your family/friends want to visit us and enjoy a show today! Shows last about 25 min and we have 3 films to pick from. Last show will be at 2pm. If you can't make it today, give us a call so we can schedule a show for you. Perfect for homeschool groups!

Check out Sturgeon City's October happenings! We have various programs from Homeschool Science to our first Spooktacular...
10/05/2020

Check out Sturgeon City's October happenings! We have various programs from Homeschool Science to our first Spooktacular Science family event where you can meet some creepy and amazing critters from Eastern Exotics plus rotate through science stations for only $5 each ticket (plus processing fee). Costumes welcome! Contact us today at (910) 750-5876 or visit us at www.sturgeoncity.org to register or for any questions. We are located in downtown Jacksonville, we hope to see you!

Today is the final day of National Estuaries Week and is also National Public Lands Day. We encourage you to get outside...
09/26/2020

Today is the final day of National Estuaries Week and is also National Public Lands Day. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy Sturgeon City and Sturgeon City Park or any of your favorite coastal spots today to help celebrate! #EstuariesWeek #NationalPublicLandsDay

One of the ways that we help protect estuaries and our coast is by providing hands-on science education programs for are...
09/25/2020
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC - Environmental Education

One of the ways that we help protect estuaries and our coast is by providing hands-on science education programs for area students and adults. Our programs include Homeschool Science, Parent's Night Out, Kids Science Bingo, mobile planetarium shows and many more. Check out our website www.sturgeoncity.org to learn more about our many offerings. #nationalestuariesweek #EstuariesWeek

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

Its not too late to register your child for our Just Dance program this Friday night from 6pm-8pm! There is plenty of da...
09/24/2020

Its not too late to register your child for our Just Dance program this Friday night from 6pm-8pm! There is plenty of dance floor to let them dance as much as they want! There's even some science activities thrown for fun. To purchase tickets for the program go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/118022838487. Call (910) 750-5876 with any questions.

As part of our mission to protect the New River, over 9 acres of wetlands were restored at Sturgeon City and in Sturgeon...
09/24/2020

As part of our mission to protect the New River, over 9 acres of wetlands were restored at Sturgeon City and in Sturgeon City Park. Many types of wildlife live in and visit these wetlands. Come enjoy the paths and boardwalks through Sturgeon City Park and the Sturgeon City site and you may come across egrets, herons, osprey, crabs, turtles, and maybe even an alligator or an otter.

09/23/2020
Sturgeon City wetlands by ncwetlands.org

If you like to eat seafood, then you love estuaries. Many of the species that we enjoy eating live at least part of their lives in an estuary. Here in the New River Estuary we see shrimp,flounder, spot, blue crab and many more. Check out this video put together in partnership with NCDENR to learn a bit more about estuaries and wetlands. https://youtu.be/B93yH_R2Ke0 #nationalestuariesweek

This video highlights the restored brackish marsh wetlands at Sturgeon City, an environmental education nonprofit in the City of Jacksonville, NC - the histo...

Did you know that the New River starts and ends in Onslow County? The length of the river and the location of the river ...
09/22/2020

Did you know that the New River starts and ends in Onslow County? The length of the river and the location of the river in the coastal plain are two of the reasons that the entire New River is considered an estuary. Tides and salt water from the ocean are able to move far up river and mix with the fresh water to create brackish water. #nationalestuariesweek

National Estuaries Week runs through Saturday September 26th. Estuaries are areas where fresh and salt water mix. Protec...
09/21/2020

National Estuaries Week runs through Saturday September 26th. Estuaries are areas where fresh and salt water mix. Protecting estuaries is a key part of Sturgeon City’s mission as the entire New River is an estuary and we will be sharing multiple facts about the New River Estuary with you throughout the week.

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50 Court St
Jacksonville, NC
28540

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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

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(910) 938-5079

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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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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.