The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park is a non-profit corporation with a mission of generating supplemental resources to preserve, restore, and interpret the natural and cultural assets of the Park for present and future generations.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park was established to protect a diverse and undisturbed subtropical coastal habitat from development. The Park is named for John D. MacArthur, whose generosity allowed the State of Florida to secure the land. Developed in part with funds donated by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Park opened to the public in 1989.
In addition to protecting our natural heritage, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a model public-private partnership. Owned by the State of Florida, the staff and daily needs of the Park are funded by the State. Since its founding in 1990, the Friends organization has enriched and enhanced the Park by soliciting donations, seeking volunteers, raising funds, holding special events and by operating a gift shop. All funds raised by the Friends support the Park, making a visit more educational, memorable and fun.
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Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park is committed to achieving lasting change that transforms peopleâ€™s lives. Our mission states our focus on present and future generations, and providing science education has always been a top priority of our fundraising efforts. The Friends organization makes natural science education a priority, providing quality programs to Palm Beach County students free-of-charge since 2001. At no time in history has improving science education been more important than it is now, as a scientifically informed citizenry is critically important to understand and take part in current and future decisions. Major policy discussions about concepts such as cloning, the potential of alternative fuels, and the use of biometric information to fight terrorism require a scientifically informed citizenry as never before in our nationâ€™s history. Science knowledge and comprehension testing shows that U.S. students score poorly in comparison with students in other countries, gaps in achievement persist between majority group students and economically disadvantaged and minority students. Another challenge to a healthy, educated citizenry is that in the last few decades childhood has moved indoors as the average American child spends just four to seven minutes in outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen. This shift inside has severely impacted the wellness of our nationâ€™s kids; childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years.