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April 5, 2011
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April 5, 2011
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This is a wonderful bunch of people serving the community and the environment here in Jacksonville! They have taken on the ominous task of cleaning up the New River after the city had dumped their sewage in it for decades, and have done so spectacularly. They get out environmental information every chance they get: I have seen them at farmers market, every festival they have here on the coast, and even at schools. They are always very interested in talking to citizens about local environmental issues and what they can do personally to help, and have farm raised flounder to observe to grab kids attention and get them interested in talking as well. My son is participating in a youth program or theirs called 'Street Science'. It is an amazing program that is offered free to families that focuses on a different aspect of science each month. The children are given exposure and experience through hands on learning of many different avenues of the scientific world, enhancing the curiosity of the students. This gives these children exposure to fantastic teaching in venues they might not otherwise be exposed to. I know that Sturgeon City at Jacksonville is very interested in bringing the educational experience to schools, and I will be very excited when that comes to fruition.
All in all, this is an amazing program, a wonderful and hard working group of individuals, and Jacksonville, NC is very lucky to have them. Any recognition they can get is well deserved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ever improving health of the New River and with my child's increased interest in science and school as a whole

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Give them more money? These guys do a great job with not much. They are awesome!

April 1, 2011

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April 1, 2011

Carteret Community College Aquaculture Technology program has a great history with Sturgeon City. Our curriculum requires students to work with an industry partner to gain experience and learn on the job. We have partnered with Sturgeon City for three students, all with excellent results. Our students learned valuable skills and made great contacts for their resumes and future careers. The folks at Sturgeon City are knowledgeable and caring and it shows. I recommend them for excellence in Green education and green non-profit.

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My students who worked with Sturgeon City went on to productive jobs and are now making great contributions to their current employers, much of it due to their experiences at Sturgeon City. One student has planned and will conduct summer camps for our program that are based on the programs she worked with at Sturgeon City.

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I don't know the organization well enough to know if any changes are needed but the existing organization has worked well for us.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

As a high school intern I have been working at Riverworks at Sturgeon City for a few months. I have learned a lot about working with children and how to create engaging/hands on lessons that inspire kids to change their mind about science and learning.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kids getting excited about science!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase staff to help expand programming.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I help provide guidance/education to the visitors of Sturgeon City.
i.e-(School groups, field trips, kids, teachers, families, general public.)

Design & Maintain various projects on the grounds and in the local area.
i.e.-(Aquaculture: oysters & Fish, Wetlands restoration &
construction, Water Quality Monitoring & Research, Biological Sampling: Monitoring & Research, etc...)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Work?

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Better communication & organization.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

What is unique about this organization?

Restoration Project

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

I love helping out and informing children and adults why Sturgeon City was created. It's important to take care of our environment and we want to make everyone alert about how t keep our water clean. I like telling people about the projects that are helping clean the water supply in Wilson Bay.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching my students more about keeping our environment clean.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more resources to help students get a hands-on experience.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Because I am only a high school student, I have not had much work experience. I volunteered with Riverworks at Sturgeon City last summer by helping to lead science workshops for elementary students. The time I spent at Riverworks allowed me to develop important job skills such as problem solving and flexibility. The main thing that I learned was that things often times do not go as planned and that it is important to be able to handle these situations as they occur. The lessons I learned will greatly benefit me later in life as I continue my education and join the work force.

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As I volunteer I witnessed how quickly Riverworks was able to change the outlook of students toward science and school. Often times kids would arrive at the Riverworks program disinterested in science with a negative attitude, and by the end of the day those same students were smiling with excitement, and were ready to come back to learn more. Riverworks is such an affective program because it teaches students through hands on learning. This shows them how to apply what they learn in school to real life.

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It would be better if Riverworks had more summer time employees to help run the program that way it could support more students.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

My experience with Riverworks has always been positive. I have seen them working with our local kids, as well as ; visiting children from other communities and states and know firsthand the excitment of their learning hands-on!

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I brought in a group of 5th graders from SC through a tourism tour we had done - there was approx. 100 children. When I stopped in to see if things were going well I was greeted by the sounds of laughter, kids learning to kayak, kids out in the fields with their mud boots on going to look at the new aquatic plants. It was amazing!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more learning opportunities!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

At a time when Sturgeon City needed a breath of fresh vision and a person with a commitment to take Sturgeon City higher than any of us could have imagined--JP McCann accepted the Executive Director position. JP sought feedback from other organizations and the local community. Sturgeon City would become the destination for students, teachers and other environmental organizations under JP's guidance. His vision exceeded the community's expectations by far.

At a time when New River Foundation needed to relocate our class room and watercraft storage, JP offered his facilities to accomodate our needs. For more than a year our equipment and storage unit has been located at Sturgeon City. This allows our paddlers and volunteers easy access to New River by using their launch site. Many events have been staged from Sturgeon City for our student programs and eco-tours. With the aid of JP and Sturgeon City's facilites the New River Foundation has grown and strengthened our environmental programs.

The New River Foundation is not the only organization Sturgeon City has helped strengthen. Numerous forums and organizations hold events and meetings at this location. The facility is located on the banks of Wilson Bay --New River. There are aquatic displays and flounder growth occuring at the facility. This is the only facility with easy access in South Eastern NC and FREE to the public that offers such environmental learning opportunities.

Sturgeon City welcomes the community and visitors to tour the site and enjoy the park, tanks and a stroll on the board walk to Wilson Bay.

I am the Director with New River Foundation applaud Sturgeon City for being a learning welcoming center for all.

This submission is supported by the New River Foundation Board of Directors. our key volunteers and member as well as myself.

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Time and again I have seen schools visiting and touring at the location. I have participated in events sponsored by Sturgeon City to introduce more people to the facility and what is offered in our own back yard.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow advertising dollars to spread the word about the facility.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

As the Artificial Reef Coordinator for NC Division of Marine fisheries, I have experience with NOGs desiring the same outcome of creating artificial reef in or stare. Prior to my experiences with Riverworks at Sturgeon City only one NOG in the reef building community really excelled in the ground related activities to assist the Division. That NOG has aver 25 years of experience. Although with no direct prior experience in reef building, Riverworks has placed themselves right up there in ability and community dedication. Under the direction of JP McCann Riverworks at Sturgeon City is an exemplary organization.

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This artificial reef project is ongoing for a minimum of one year. An expectation exist and is hoped that the relationship will continue for another five years minimum.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide assistance to the director.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The Director's ability to effectively work with partners.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

River works at Sturgeon is a great way for kids to learn hands on about the environment and how to take care of it. At the street science events they learn in your face science applications and have a great time doing it. My oldest son has been going to Sturgeon city for over 5 years now and had loved every minute.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The confidence it gives my sons in their abilities to make a differnce.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make each institute longer in the summer and over street sciece evernts during each month.

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