John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Teams Up With Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management for NatureScaping & Dark Skies Festival
North Palm Beach, FL – MacArthur Beach State Park and Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management (ERM) are partnering up for NatureScaping and Dark Skies Festival on March 16, 2013 from 10:00 am until 3:00 PM. NatureScaping is an established event at MacArthur Beach State Park with an average of 2000 attendees annually. The event was developed 18 years ago to promote environmental education, support the planting of native species, and to provide an enjoyable day at the Park for all ages.
“We are excited to partner with ERM and include the education of light pollution to our goals for the event” says Don Bergeron, Park Manager. “It is important in this area that we understand light pollution and how it effects our environment, in particular how it effects our sea turtle population,” he adds.
In addition to learning about the environment and the importance of living a green lifestyle, there will be live music, astronomy activities, a live animal show, children’s programs, and a special guest speaker, Gary Dahlke from the Cape Canaveral NASA Speaker Series. Mr. Dahlke will be discussing the “Seven Wonders of the Universe.”
The Park will also have the finalists of the photography contest displayed in the Education Gallery for the public to vote on. The winner will be announced later in the afternoon. The photography contest is open to youth and adults with separate categories for each. Contest applications are available on-line at http://www.macarthurbeach.org/special-events/.
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.”