Three MacArthur Beach Heroes receive Award of Valor


At the Florida State Park 2016 Division Award Winners meeting, Park Services Specialist Art Carton, Ranger Rob Matriscino, and Director of Education Veronica Frehm received the prestigious Award of Valor. They received the award for selflessly risking their lives to save two drowning visitors caught in a rip current at MacArthur Beach State Park last spring.

“We are extremely proud of and grateful for our award winners,” says Cheryl Houghtelin, Executive Director of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park. “Thanks to the skills and quick thinking of our MacBeach heroes, the two visitors were brought safely back to shore.”

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Excellence in Education – MacArthur Beach Receives Two Awards

Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione presents Natural Science Education Awards

Thanks to Palm Beach Live Work Play for sharing our Awards and Pride!

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 MacArthur Beach State Park’s education programs were awarded the “CSO/Park Short Term Project of the Year” for a new curriculum entitled “Student Stewards: A Focus on Water Resources.”

The second award “CSO/Park Long Term Project of the Year” was for the Park’s ongoing Natural Science Education Program.

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“Amazing Marine Biology Organization”

In their latest article, How to Become a Marine Biologist, has rated MacArthur Beach State Park as an “Amazing Marine Biology Organization!”

You can read their article at How-to-Become-a-Marine-Biologist

You can hear Marine Biologist Phil Graviese give a presentation on
How Do Sea Turtles Find Their Way? A SpotHatchlings Voyage on April 4 by attending our Speaker Series presentation at 10:00 am.

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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.

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