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Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC
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.

The Great!

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

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.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Helped plant trees at the park on the grounds. I regularly visit the site for forums and meetings. I am at the site often due to my watercraft and classroom access being at Sturgeon City.