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Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, NC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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...)


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.