Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is the last northernmost portion of the unique Everglades, located in Palm Beach County, Florida. With over 221 square miles of Everglades habitat, the Refuge is home to the American alligator and the critically endangered Everglade snail kite. In any given year, as many as 257 species of birds may use the Refuge's diverse wetland habitats.
The Refuge is one of the 553 national wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, of which only 14 are named after nationally recognized conservationists. National Wildlife Refuges are the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 553 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Refuge serves as the ‘outdoor classroom’ for the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation’s education programs. Every year, thousands of students (and adults) enjoy a hands-on exploration of the Cypress Swamp and the Marsh through our Field Experience in the Everglades program. Children learn the art of Nature Photography as part of our The Everglades: Through the Eyes of Children program. Hundreds of families take part in volunteer activities such as our annual Cypress Seed Harvest and Trail Spruce-Up. Educators learn how to bring the Everglades into the classroom through the Indoors & Out teacher workshop. And our Summer Intern Program gains a deeper understanding of Everglades restoration by studying research taking place at the Refuge.
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