First Day Hike – Celebrate 2015 at the Beach!

Join us for a free, ranger-led hike at 10:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day as part of ButterflyWalk_Art_WSAmerica’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and learn about south Florida ecosystems while welcoming the New Year with friends and family.

MacArthur Beach State Park has a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and the First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural aspects of the Park. Visitors can listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife, and feel the wind, the warmth of the sun and even the sand between their toes.

The hike will be approximately 1.75 miles long walking on wooden board walks and dirt trails and the beach. Degree of difficulty is moderate. Trails are ADA accessible, please call in advance if a beach wheel chair is needed (561-624-6950).
Plan to wear walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen, and insect spray.

The Nature of Impermanence Art Show

The Nature of Impermanence – A Do Not Miss Art Show & Sale

Palm Beach State College’s Art Gallery at Eissey Campus presents Carin Wagner and Yvonne Parker sharing their complementary artistic visions of change, transformation and our impact on nature in an exhibit titled “The Nature of Impermanence” from May 13 through September 5.

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“Shelter” by Carin Wagner

The exhibit takes place in partnership with the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, and a percentage of proceeds from the sale of Wagner’s art will benefit the Friends’ Natural Science Education Programs.

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Stephanie Pew Receives President’s Call to Service Award


Stephanie Pew, outgoing President of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park Stephanie and Meredith WS
earns the President’s Call to Service Award for her over 4100 volunteer hours.

Last night, at the Friends Annual Board Meeting, Stephanie was presented with an official President’s Volunteer Service Award Pin, a personalized certificate of achievement and a note of congratulations from President Barak Obama.

Congratulations and thank you Stephanie for your tireless dedication to MacArthur Beach State Park!!


FL Parks Win a Record Third Gold Medal Award

The Florida Park Service has received a record third Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The award for Excellence in Park Recreation Management is presented to communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and administrating a complex system of state parks.

This achievement makes Florida the only system in the nation to win a third Gold Medal award. In fact, no other system has ever won two Gold Medal awards and systems are not allowed to apply for the award within five years of receiving a Gold Medal. Considerations for this award were based on the agency’s ability to address needs of those it serves through collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

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