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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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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!

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

My son has been participating in the street science program for the last 4 or 5 months. He has learned a bought everything from rockets to robots. When I looked at the program, I hoped it would not be another boring science event for him. My goal is to excite him abought science, biology, and the environment. So far, when I ask Garrett if he wants to go back next month, the reply comes with out delay. Yes daddy he says, I am so greatful that the street science program is avalable to our youth. It is this excitement , that makes better students in school. This early interaction with science will make it more interesting when they try to teach it in school. Thanks Sturgeon City,

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My son has shown a interest in science unlike before. he told me he wants to learn more abought rockets. this program guided my son to be more interetsed in things like astrology. since the rocket building month, we have looked at the stars, we have build more rockets, we have fired rockets with percission, and we have actually decommissioned a rocket after 10 successfull flights. the riverworks sturgeon program has excited a interest in my 10 year old boy

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show more of the fish they are reinstating into the local waters

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Sturgeon City at Riverworks is a growing non-profit. They have set programs available, but they are also willing to customize programs to fit a group's needs. The facilty is easily walked by all ages. Experiences can range from learning about aquaculture and ecosystems to canoeing the river. A canoe/kayak launch is on site.

The facility also hosts summer programs and field trips for schools. One of the greatest attributes of Riverworks is that they help local children and adults better understand personal impact on the land. People can see that the choices that were made in the past with a water treatment facility such as this were not beneficial for the environment. This often raises questions about what we are doing today in our decision making.

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I have seen the eyes of children and adults be opened as a result of their time spent at Riverworks.

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Encourage even more community participation. Some schools use the facility, but due to staffing there are limits to how many children can come at a given time. However, Riverworks does all it can to accommodate groups.

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