The School District of Palm Beach County and MacArthur Beach State Park has maintained, for more than three years, a partnership in providing standard based field experience in Natural Science Education to more than 5,200 Palm Beach County students from grades 1 to 12. With this unique and fun “hands on learning experience” that students receive at the Park, the design of the program enhances what they are learning in the classroom. In addition to the interest and enthusiasm by students to participate in this school district and MacArthur Beach State Park joint endeavor, teachers can receive continuing education hours by utilizing the curriculum guides from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Project WILD and University of Florida’s Project Learning Tree. Also, to further the Park’s reach, all teachers are invited to log into the monthly Vodcasts to enrich their lesson plans.
“We are pleased to have opportunity to partner with the Palm Beach County School District,” says Stephanie Pew, former President of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park. “Our partnership has enabled us to further our reach to students and teachers in order to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.”
As stated in a recent press release issued by the SDPBC’s Public Affairs Office: To help support the education programs at the Park, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. MacArthur Beach State Park will be hosting its annual NatureScaping event. The Park would like to invite all teachers, students and their families to this free outdoor festival that promotes native plantings, the importance of living a green lifestyle, and encourages families to enjoy the outdoors. The event will have a live animal show, geocache adventure, kayak experience, live music, Food Truck Invasion and much, much more.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list. MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time”.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014