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Posted on: April 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Sturgeon City holds fifth Annual Earth Day Celebration

Jacksonville, NC, April 22, 2016- Over 500 area students will participate in Sturgeon City’s fifth Annual Earth Day celebration event that includes eco-friendly activities and exhibits. This celebration will take place at Sturgeon City’s site at 50 Court Street in downtown Jacksonville from 9 AM - 1:30PM.

Organizations such as Possumwood Acres and Sterling Exotics will be onsite with animal demonstrations while Sturgeon City hosts activities including paper making and terrarium building. Other activities include face painting, a pinwheel craft and a chance to make an Earth Day necklace.

“Earth Day is a special day at Sturgeon City because it reinforces the importance of environmental stewardship”, says Amber Mallard, Sturgeon City’s Program Coordinator. “I hope all the students that join us will leave a little bit more empowered as to how they can be good stewards of the Earth in their everyday lives.”

To commemorate this Earth Day, Sturgeon City staff has constructed a paper mache globe made primarily out of the bioballs from the old wastewater treatment facility’s biotower. Everyone present at the celebration will be invited to sign the globe. “It’s a great example of reuse and recycling and the bioballs represent where Sturgeon City has come from and why we do what we do,” says Paula Reidhaar, Director of Development and Operations. “It helps us set an example of how to work together to clean up the New River and our environment as a whole. We use the history of our site to learn from the past so we can work towards a better future.”

The Earth Day celebration represents Sturgeon City’s commitment to foster environmental stewardship in the community’s youth and helps to teach area students how we can all play a role in protecting our planet.

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