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Linda Petuch has been named MacArthur Beach State Park’s Environmental Champion for 2016. The award, presented each year during N atureScaping: An Outdoor Festival, honors one or more individuals who have made exceptional contributions towards the preservation or betterment of the natural environment of Florida. Petuch, who served for 44 years as a teacher, was singled out for encouraging environmental progress and educating school children and adults about the environment. During her long and amazing career, she worked at eight different schools, teaching everything from what “going green” means to the importance of protecting the Everglades. “I can’t imagine how many future scientists she has created and how many environmentalists she has inspired over the years,” said Veronica Frehm, director of education at MacArthur Beach State Park. Comprised of 438 acres of pristine coastal land on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon, MacArthur Beach is Palm Beach County’s only state park.