Arthur R. Marshall Foundation (Lake Worth, FL)


  • Name:Joan Reedy
  • Title:Grant Administrator

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  • Organization Name:Arthur R. Marshall Foundation
  • Address:1028 North Federal Highway
    Lake Worth, FL 33460
    United States

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  • Main phone:561 233-9004
  • Main fax:561 233-9989

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation is to develop, promote and deliver science-based education and public outreach programs central to restoring the Florida Everglades and its historic "River of Grass".

  • Overview:
  • The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation is the only non-profit organization in South Florida offering hands-on experiential learning opportunities in Everglades restoration and preservation. In 1979, UNESCO designated the Everglades as one of only three wetland areas of global importance. According to UNESCO: “The exceptional variety of its water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles and it provides refuge for over 20 rare, endangered, and threatened species. These include the Florida panther, snail kite, alligator and manatee. It provides important foraging and breeding habitat for more than 400 species of birds, includes the most significant breeding grounds for wading birds in North America and is a major corridor for migration.” In 2010, as the result of continued development, agricultural pollution and loss of wildlife habitat, UNESCO listed the Everglades as a World Heritage Site in Danger. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation is attempting to reverse this unfolding tragedy through education and the restoration of natural habitat.

    The foundation has three fulltime educators. It is critical that we inspire the next generation of experts. The future of the Everglades, the future of clean drinking water in South Florida, and the future of this irreplaceable natural habitat is in their hands. All school presentations are in conjunction with the teachers’ curriculum and meet all Common Core standards. Following is a brief summary of our most successful educational programs:
    • The Summer Intern Program (SIP) is one of the cornerstones of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation education programs. Graduate and undergraduate students are chosen in a highly competitive process to participate in an intensive 11 week curriculum. They have the opportunity to experience in-depth field study in the Everglades, learn the history and ecology of the ecosystem, and be mentored by top scientists working in the field of Everglades restoration. Each class works cooperatively to complete a research project which will ultimately contribute to the restoration effort and presents their findings at a scientific conference. Many of the students have gone on to successful careers in education and environmental sciences, including two educators currently at the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. All have said that the experience changed the way they view our natural world as it involves their future careers.
    • Everglades to You (EG2U) is an interactive in-classroom presentation. In EG2U, children watch a multi-media presentation, touch and measure Everglades animal skins, plants, seeds, etc., and learn how these animals and plants are adapting to the environmental changes occurring in the Everglades.
    • Water Ambassadors engages children in practical scientific activities that teach them the importance of the Everglades to the health of the people of South Florida. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation purchases water testing kits for children to use at school, measuring water use and quality. They learn how land use affects the wetlands and become activists at school and home for responsible use of natural resources.
    • Everglades Through the Eyes of Children is an exciting three part series which includes a visit to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, engaging children in experiencing and photographing the magic of the Everglades. We provide the children with digital cameras to capture the large and small wonders they observe. Each small group of children is accompanied by a volunteer mentor to teach them how to use the cameras and photograph the images they see.
    • Ambassadors of the Everglades is also a three part program in which children learn the history of the Everglades, the importance of the natural ecosystem and the current threats to the future of the Everglades from development, farming, pollution and habitat destruction. As part of this series, the children participate in a field trip to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge where they explore the wetlands and learn to take positive action by planting native seedlings. This education and “hands on” experience helps children to feel personally invested in the future of the Everglades.

  • History:
  • Arthur Raymond Marshall, Jr. (1919 – 1985) was a scientist and Everglades conservationist who spent his career spearheading efforts to preserve Florida’s wetlands. While studying at the University of Florida and the University of Miami he came into contact with some of the great biologists and conservationists of his time: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Dr. Frank Craighead, Dr. Durbin Tabb, John Clark and others. He and his mentors were keenly aware of how rapid development in South Florida was destroying the natural ecosystem of the Everglades, and with it the wetlands, endangered wildlife, natural habitat, coastal protection and security of clean drinking water the Everglades provide. Throughout millennia the Everglades thrived, until large numbers of settlers began to alter its essential character. These settlers set out to “drain the swamp”, building canals to divert the flow of water, polluting rich soil with agricultural chemicals, harvesting centuries-old trees and destroying natural habitat.

    Arthur wrote what is now referred to as “The Marshall Plan”: a blueprint for Everglades restoration that is still viable today. The plan emphasizes the need for 'sheet flow', the slow movement of surface water in a southerly direction that is natural and essential to the Everglades ecosystem, helping retain water in the wetlands and preserve original habitat found in the ancient Everglades. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, author of the classic 1947 book, The Everglades: River of Grass, paid tribute to him in Florida: the Long Frontier. “Although my phrase 'River of Grass' first awakened people to the notion of the Everglades as a river, it was Arthur Marshall who filled in all the blanks. More than any other person, he stretched our idea of the Everglades and how we are connected, which created the most powerful arguments for restoring the ecosystem.” In 1984, Arthur Marshall was named “Conservationist of the Decade” by the Florida Wildlife Federation. It is with this environmental legacy that John Marshall, Arthur’s nephew, formed the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation in 1998.

    The overall goals of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation are to provide in-depth Everglades education programs, lead grass roots restoration projects and unite children and nature. The students of today are our next generation of decision makers: environmental educators, conservationists, lawyers, engineers, politicians, biologists and wildlife lovers. The educational programs of the foundation are designed to help young people become passionate about Everglades restoration by “getting their hands dirty”. In 2012, the foundation was honored to receive the Environmental Educator of the Year award from the Florida Wildlife Federation.

    Throughout our 15 year history, foundation volunteers have planted close to 100,000 trees in the Everglades and harvested approximately 40,000 pounds of cypress seeds for germination and planting. Our Education Staff has reached thousands of school children through in-classroom education and field trips to the Everglades to help them get excited about this natural treasure in their own “back yard” and its importance to the future of the South Florida drinking water supply.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:26
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:65-0819331

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