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.
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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Today is Jacques Cousteau's birthday. Cousteau is a great example of how someone without a science background fell in lo...
06/11/2020
Sturgeon City Store | Official Merchandise | Bonfire

Today is Jacques Cousteau's birthday. Cousteau is a great example of how someone without a science background fell in love with the underwater world and helped to share it in new ways. We know many have been inspired by Cousteau and we hope to inspire our community and region in a similar way. Please consider helping us reach this goal by checking out our Tshirt fundraiser which is open for one more week.

This fundraiser is to support our mission of providing science programs to all ages.

06/08/2020

Today is World Oceans Day and we are celebrating the connection between the New River and the ocean. Did you know that our local species of Sturgeon are anadromous? That means they are born in freshwater, live much of their life in the ocean and return to freshwater to spawn. Join in our celebration by sharing one way that our rivers connect to the ocean.
#WorldOceansDay

Many of our turtles are out and about laying eggs this time of year, so if you see them please try to observe from a saf...
06/04/2020
Turtles

Many of our turtles are out and about laying eggs this time of year, so if you see them please try to observe from a safe distance. We have several species of turtles in this area including the River Cooter, Eastern Box Turtle, Yellow-bellied Slider, Painted Turtle, Common Snapper and many more. Check out this link to learn about the many species of turtles in our area. #TurtleThursday
http://herpsofnc.org/turtles/

Turtles Click to Learn More About Turtles of North CarolinaTurtles (order Testudines) represent the oldest of all living reptiles; they have undergone little change since their beginnings early in the Triassic period. Their shell consists of an upper section, the carapace, and a lower section, the p...

05/27/2020
Discovery

Today history is being made as astronauts launch to the international space station. Check out the live coverage of the SpaceX launch provided by Discovery. If you're interested in your own chance to see the stars, visit the Events page on our website for information on our mobile planetarium shows.

America returns to space today. Watch #SpaceLaunchLIVE on Discovery and witness history. Live coverage starts at 2pm ET.

🎶: "Daisies" by Katy Perry

We are resuming our Homeschool Science program. This program is on Thursday's from 12pm-3pm and you can participate onsi...
05/26/2020
Homeschool Street Science | Sturgeon City

We are resuming our Homeschool Science program. This program is on Thursday's from 12pm-3pm and you can participate onsite at Sturgeon City or virtually from your home. You do not have to be in homeschool to enroll. To register follow the link below!
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/homeschool-street-science

Groups are split by age: 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. If you have students outside of these ranges and are unsure about registering please contact us at (910) 938-5079 or [email protected]. Age groups must have 10 or more in order to be split into separate groups. Classes are stand-a...

Are you a high school student interested in a career in public safety? Or maybe you would like to learn more about what ...
05/23/2020
Sturgeon City Institutes | Sturgeon City

Are you a high school student interested in a career in public safety? Or maybe you would like to learn more about what our police officers and our fire and EMS teams here in Jacksonville do for our community. Maybe the Public Safety Institute is right for you and we are continuiing to accept nominations for this program through June 1st. Check out some more information and find the nomination form on our website https://www.sturgeoncity.org/sturgeon-city-institutes

We are making adjustments to the Sturgeon City Institutes to meet all recommended COVID-19 related guidance. We take the health and safety of our staff, students and families very seriously and are taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all involved in this program.

Do you know what a mobile planetarium is? Always wanted to go inside one? Check out our events page for show times and t...
05/21/2020

Do you know what a mobile planetarium is? Always wanted to go inside one? Check out our events page for show times and tickets to journey to outer space from right here at Sturgeon City! Call (910) 938-5079 or email [email protected] with questions.
https://www.sturgeoncity.org/events

Shows will be approximately 30 minutes long and be limited to 1 family/group of 8 or less. Attend a show with confidence...
05/20/2020

Shows will be approximately 30 minutes long and be limited to 1 family/group of 8 or less. Attend a show with confidence. Extra cleaning between shows and masks worn by all employees. Masks recommended for guests during show. Head to our website www.sturgeoncity.org/events for show times and tickets!

05/14/2020

Due to technical diffuculties, we are going to repeat Tuesday's activity.

You've heard of solids, liquids and gases but have you ever heard of a non-newtonian substance? Join us today at 2pm to find out! Supplies needed are a bowl, water, spoon and corn starch!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341

05/12/2020

You've heard of solids, liquids and gases but have you ever heard of a non-newtonian substance? Join us today at 2pm to find out! Supplies needed are a bowl, water, spoon and corn starch!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341
Password: 1VPRMG

05/07/2020

Join us in just a few minutes for an experiment with baking soda and vinegar! You will need a sandwich size ziploc bag, vinegar, baking soda and 1 square of toilet paper! Intrigued? join us at 2pm to see!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341

05/05/2020

Today groups around the world are joining together to encourage giving of all kinds so that we can help support each other in these trying times. We are taking the opportunity to give thanks to our wonderful donors and supporters because we couldn't do it without you. Thank you for helping us continue to spread our live of science and the environment with the community and the region. #GivingTuesdayNow

05/05/2020

Today's activity is all about the water cycle. For the activity you will need a ziploc bag, water, blue food coloring (optional) and a permanent marker. Once finished you will be hanging your activity in a sunny window. Join us today at 2pm!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341

05/04/2020
All Planet Sounds From Space (In our Solar System)

Did you know that although space is a vacuum and we cannot hear sound in a vacuum, some space equipment can record radio emmissions which are then converted to sound waves? We think it's fitting to share this video of sounds from space on May 4th. May the 4th be with you!
https://youtu.be/IQL53eQ0cNA

▶Subscribe So You Don't Miss Any Exciting Astronomy Vids! Is this video even real? Check this video out to see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY5t5SYy59M (...

We think that Sturgeon are pretty neat, especially since we are named after them. Did you know the Atlantic Sturgeon can...
05/01/2020
Atlantic Sturgeon

We think that Sturgeon are pretty neat, especially since we are named after them. Did you know the Atlantic Sturgeon can live up to 60 years and grow to over 14 feet? They can weigh in over 800 pounds. Check out this link for more info in this "dinosaur fish". https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/atlantic-sturgeon
#FunFactFriday

Atlantic sturgeon live in rivers and coastal waters from Canada to Florida. Hatched in the freshwater of rivers, Atlantic sturgeon head out to sea as juveniles, and return to their birthplace to spawn, or lay eggs, when they reach adulthood. The Atlant

04/30/2020

On Tuesday we looked at surface tension with our water and penny experiment. We are going to build on that some more with today's activity, zooming fish! Supplies needed are a shallow tray, water, construction paper, scissors, q-tip, dish soap and a space that can get wet/soapy. Join us at 2pm using the link below!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341

04/28/2020

Today we are doing 2 activities for our short at 2pm! Supplies needed are a empty soda can, water, eye dropper and a penny. If you do not have the supplies you can always watch the activities!
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341
Meeting ID: 869-104-341

We usually celebrate Earth Day by providing a day filled with hands-on science activities at Sturgeon City. Since we can...
04/24/2020
Projects & Activities | NC Science Festival

We usually celebrate Earth Day by providing a day filled with hands-on science activities at Sturgeon City. Since we can't share fund ideas with you in person this year, here is a link to some cool ideas put together by scientists and educators from all over North Carolina. We hope you enjoy!
https://www.ncsciencefestival.org/online-activities

COVID-19: As of March 13, 2020, festival events directly produced by the North Carolina Science Festival are postponed or cancelled. Our team is currently monitoring the rapidly changing coronavirus outbreak. Please see our full public statement here: ncsciencefestival.org/covid19

04/23/2020

For today's short activity we are making an ocean in a bottle. All you will need is an empty water bottle, water, vegetable oil or baby oil, and blue food coloring if you have it. Join us live at 2pm using the link in the pinned post above!

04/22/2020
Visit Jacksonville NC

Thank you Visit Jacksonville NC for the great drone footage of our beautiful site and for sharing our story.

Over 20 years ago, Jacksonville launched efforts to clean a polluted river. Out of those efforts birthed Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center which sits along Wilson Bay and the New River. This old wastewater treatment plant now stands as a reminder of where we came from and where we never want to end up again. Today, Sturgeon City trains next generation environmental leaders through educational programs and summer camps and hosts special events. Featuring a beautiful park with hills that overlook the water, a public boardwalk nestled through natural habitat, a kayak and canoe launch, and a new state-of-the-art multipurpose facility, Sturgeon City is certainly a place to explore in Jacksonville. Learn the story of Sturgeon City and what the facility has to offer at SturgeonCity.org #EarthDay50 #NCEarthDay50

04/22/2020

Though we can’t all gather for Earth Day events, each of our own backyards or neighborhoods are great places to enjoy nature. Check out this video from our Director, Paula Farnell, as she explores her backyard. And, please share with us what you are discovering today as we celebrate our planet. #NCEarthDay50 #EarthDay50

One way that we can help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is to help cleanup. Please consider cleaning up you...
04/22/2020
The Great Global (Solo) Cleanup | Earth Day

One way that we can help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is to help cleanup. Please consider cleaning up your neighborhood or local park if you are able to do so safely. Thank you for all you do to protect our planet! #NCEarthDay50

Our planet's waterways and environment are overflowing with litter.Commit today to safely and individually cleaning up your neighborhood.

04/21/2020

Oysters were a key component in how Wilson Bay was cleaned up years ago after the former wastewater treatment plant was shut down. Oysters are filter feeders. They pump in large volumes of particle-filled water, filter out food particles and release clean water. Join us today at 2pm for an experiment on oyster filtration. You can follow along with the supplies below or watch the demonstration. You will need some dirty water (dirt and water mixed together), a coffee filter, rubberband and a jar.
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341

Sturgeon City is built on helping to restore water quality to the New River and we continue to tell that story today thr...
04/20/2020
The Story of Sturgeon City

Sturgeon City is built on helping to restore water quality to the New River and we continue to tell that story today through hands-on educational programs. We think that our story is a pretty great way to kick off a week long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day because it shows how we all play a role in protecting our planet. Check out the video and let us know how you are celebrating Earth Day. #NCEarthDay50

This is "The Story of Sturgeon City" by City of Jacksonville NC on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

04/17/2020

At Sturgeon City, we treat every day like Earth Day, but this year is special because it's the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Even though we can't all be together to celebrate this year, please check back here each day next week for informational posts and activities. #NCEarthDay50

How do water currents and weather patterns form? Log into our Sturgeon City Shorts today at 2pm for an experiment using ...
04/16/2020
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How do water currents and weather patterns form? Log into our Sturgeon City Shorts today at 2pm for an experiment using hot and cold water to find out!
If you would like to do the experiment at home with us you will need: 2 jars (such as mason jars, baby food jars, or applesauce jars, to name a few) , a few index cards, hot and cold water (from the tap works just fine), 2 colors of food coloring (such as red and blue), and a pan or bowl to contain any spills if they happen.
Hope to see you at 2pm!

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Here at Sturgeon City we think that wetlands are pretty wonderful. Did you know that they act kind of like a sponge and ...
04/15/2020
Public Wetlands Near You : North Carolina Wetlands

Here at Sturgeon City we think that wetlands are pretty wonderful. Did you know that they act kind of like a sponge and help to filter water? If you want to learn more about the many types of wetlands and see where they are around North Carolina check out this interactive map that includes photos and videos of the many wetlands across the state. http://www.ncwetlands.org/findpublicwetland/

Link to interactive map or table to find North Carolina public wetlands near you.

04/14/2020

Did you know that most sharks will sink if they do not keep swimming? Come join us today for our science short at 2pm to find out why and learn a few facts about sharks! Items needed are: vegetable oil, water and 2 empty plastic water bottles. If you have a tote or a large pan that holds water, we will be placing the bottles in to for the demonstration. You can also use your sink or just watch along.
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341

04/09/2020

Today's short program is all about marker chromatography! Not sure what that is? Then come join us at 2pm using the link below to find out! You will need a cup, paper towel, tape, pencil, scissors, water and a black washable marker. Other color washable markers are welcome.
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/869104341

National Marine Educators Association
04/08/2020

National Marine Educators Association

Here is the schedule for the next week of Sharks4Kids FREE Shark Webinars for Students! Dive in April 6-10, 2020. Visit https://www.sharks4kids.com/webinars for information on speakers, age range and the links to join. #SchoolsOutScience

Mon April 6 at 11 am EST Sawfish Science with Dr. Andrea Kroetz
Mon April 6 at 1 pm EST Intro to Sharks with Jenny Bortoluzzi
Tues April 7 at 1 pm EST Filming Sharks with Filipe DeAndrade
Tues April 7 at 5 pm EST White Shark Nurseries with Dr. Chris Lowe
Wed Apr 8 at 11am EST Shark Fin ID with Diego Cardenosa
Wed Apr 8 at 1pm EST How to Draw a Shark with Dr. Julius Csotonyi
Wed Apr 8 at 7pm EST Sawshark Science with Patrick Burke
Thrs Apr 9 at 1 pm EST Sharks, Rays, Ratfish & Cool Creatures from the Deep with Annie Crawley
Thrs Apr 9 at 5pm EST What is a Chimaera with Dr. Brit Finucci
Fri Apr 10 at 11 am EST Creating 3D models of sharks for science with Dr. Duncan Irschick
Fri Apr 10 at 2 pm EST Sink Your Teeth into Shark Biology with Joshua Moyer

Check out some opportunities to learn about sharks.
04/08/2020

Check out some opportunities to learn about sharks.

Here is the schedule for the next week of Sharks4Kids FREE Shark Webinars for Students! Dive in April 6-10, 2020. Visit https://www.sharks4kids.com/webinars for information on speakers, age range and the links to join. #SchoolsOutScience

Mon April 6 at 11 am EST Sawfish Science with Dr. Andrea Kroetz
Mon April 6 at 1 pm EST Intro to Sharks with Jenny Bortoluzzi
Tues April 7 at 1 pm EST Filming Sharks with Filipe DeAndrade
Tues April 7 at 5 pm EST White Shark Nurseries with Dr. Chris Lowe
Wed Apr 8 at 11am EST Shark Fin ID with Diego Cardenosa
Wed Apr 8 at 1pm EST How to Draw a Shark with Dr. Julius Csotonyi
Wed Apr 8 at 7pm EST Sawshark Science with Patrick Burke
Thrs Apr 9 at 1 pm EST Sharks, Rays, Ratfish & Cool Creatures from the Deep with Annie Crawley
Thrs Apr 9 at 5pm EST What is a Chimaera with Dr. Brit Finucci
Fri Apr 10 at 11 am EST Creating 3D models of sharks for science with Dr. Duncan Irschick
Fri Apr 10 at 2 pm EST Sink Your Teeth into Shark Biology with Joshua Moyer

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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.