Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Foundation and Florida Environmental Institute (Lake Worth, FL)

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  • Name:Noelle Schneider
  • Title:Development Officer

Organization Address

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

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  • Main phone:5612339004

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General

  • Mission:
  • To develop, promote and deliver science-based education and public outreach programs central to restoring the Everglades and its historic “River of Grass"

  • Overview:
  • Grades K-12-Classroom Programs:
    A carefully designed, hands-on educational program is designed to engage students in protecting our most valuable natural resource – water. We introduce students to watershed concepts, the history of the Everglades, and the importance of wetlands to our health and well-being. Multi-disciplinary investigations complement Science Standards in their classroom learning. Students quantify water use on their school campus; examine water quality in local waterways, and relate land use at school to the greater watershed. Their investigative data is used to provide a meaningful learning experience about the ways we use water every day. Outcomes encourage students to act as water ambassadors who influence their classmates, teachers, administrators and families to make their schools and homes more water efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

    While nothing can substitute for an actual visit to the Everglades, the Arthur Marshall Foundation provides effective in-class presentations. Designed to bring the magic of the Everglades to the classroom, this program offers a highly engaging experience for students who are unable to visit the Everglades. Mixing electronic media with pass-around objects, activities, and interactive games, topics include learning about wetlands; adaptations of Everglades plants and animals; human changes to water flow, and information about visiting the Everglades. Our educators share the history of the Everglades and the challenges surrounding restoration and protection.

    Field Experience in the Everglades K-12:
    A trained educator/naturalist guides participants in a close-up look at plants, animals and habitats. We visit the northern Everglades at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and other Everglades locations. Participants see and feel the Cypress Swamp, observe wading birds in the open marsh, examine wetland plant adaptations, and learn the many ways South Florida depends on the Everglades.

    River of Grass Canoe Expedition:
    The Foundation canoe expedition reveals the invaluable role the Everglades play in the ecology of Florida. Our program emphasizes the need to conserve and respect this key resource, and we document the current state of its health and well-being on each trip. The Foundation is pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for individuals, families and special groups.

    The Everglades through the Eyes of Children:
    Our unique student photography project joins talented photographers and educators with children for a lively learning experience that builds environmental awareness and basic photography skills.

    Indoors and Out Workshop/Connecting Classrooms and Nature:
    This inspiring program for educators demonstrates how to lead fun, in-depth, hands-on Nature and Science lessons inside the classroom, in the schoolyard and on field trips. Through a collaborative curriculum, the program teaches about three very different eco-systems. Teachers leave with seven educational journals, teaching and science materials for their classrooms and a CD of easy and inexpensive multi-grade level lesson plans.

    Summer Internship:
    The centerpiece of the Foundation’s expansive educational curricula, the 11-week paid internship for college students pursuing environmental careers has, to date, impacted the lives of more than 50 young adults, many of whom are now enjoying productive and influential careers in environmental science and related fields.

    The internship, which includes a stipend, focuses on the Everglades ecosystem and the scientific, social and political influences that will shape its future, including a multi-billion dollar restoration plan. Interns are chosen through a competitive process with stringent requirements.

    Anchoring the program are in-depth opportunities for close mentoring from renowned Everglades experts and environmental leaders, and the chance to work with distinguished spokespersons from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Everglades National Park, the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, and leaders in the political, scientific and agricultural communities. Students gain valuable perspectives on the historic, cultural, and economic significance of the Everglades, build important skills that will enhance succes

  • History:
  • Arthur Raymond Marshall, Jr. (1919 – 1985) was a scientist and Everglades conservationist who spent his career spearheading efforts to preserve Florida’s wetlands. Arthur was raised in Florida where he spent his youth exploring and enjoying the outdoors. Prior to college he served as a combat officer during World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach and was on front line duty from D-Day to the end of the war. His last months of service were spent liberating labor camps. He was so moved by the horror he witnessed he made a vow to spend the rest of his life in service to the greater good. He combined this determination with his love of the vanishing Florida wilderness. 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 the 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 Everglades, and with it the wetlands, endangered wildlife, coastal protection and security of clean and abundant drinking water provided by the Everglades. 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 and depleting rich soil with poor agricultural management and chemicals, harvesting centuries-old trees and destroying the 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 restoring 'sheet flow', the slow movement of surface water in a southerly direction from the Kissimmee River Valley to Florida Bay that is natural and essential. This slow wide flow helps retain water in the wetlands long enough to recharge the drinking water aquifer below and preserve original wildlife habitats found in the remains of the historic 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 (ARMF) in 1998. Today, two other living memorials also bear his name: the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach and the Arthur R. Marshall Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida.

    To understand the Everglades one must be aware of its distinctiveness and fragility. Everglades National Park declares: “The Everglades is not the proverbial swamp many people consider it to be. It is a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile per day.” In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (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.” Since 1979 is has grown to over 20 imperiled, threatened and endangered species. These include the Florida panther, snail kite, American Alligator, American Crocodile, buccaneer palm tree and manatee. It provides foraging and breeding habitat for more than 360 species of birds, includes the most significant breeding grounds for wading birds in North America and is a major corridor for migration. The Everglades protect 800 species of land and water vertebrates, including over 40 mammals, 60 known species of reptile and amphibians and hundreds of insect species, including two threatened and several imperiled butterfly species. Nearly 300 species of fish are known to live the Everglades, including those inhabiting the marine and estuarine waters, nurseries for so many species critical to the food chain. They go on to say “during autumn a continuous procession of songbirds and migratory waterfowl fly over or rest on these islands.” In 2010, UNESCO changed the status of the Everglades to a World Heritage Site in Danger.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:12
  • Staff size:6

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:65-0819331

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