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Sea Turtle Awareness – Haulover Beach Park

Journey into the world of sea turtles as you participate in an informative presentation, followed by our summer release program.  Learn about different sea turtle species and their life cycle, as well as some of the dangers they face throughout their lives.  Come face to face with hatchlings and join them as they embark on their exciting journey into the depths of the ocean.

The Sea Turtle Awareness program consists of a 45 min. PowerPoint presentation that explains the different Sea Turtle species and their life cycle. As well as some of the dangers they face throughout their life time. Following the presentation we lead the group out to the beach where we will release Loggerhead hatchlings. The group will be able to watch the hatchlings start their journey out to sea. Due to all sea turtles being protected by the Endangered Species Act no one besides the permitted staff are allowed to handle the hatchlings.

Reservations are required; You can make your reservations starting July 1st. Space is limited. Online Registration Information below.
We are offering the program multiple times a week at Haulover Beach Park. Most of the dates fall on the weekend (Friday & Saturday).
The program cost is $10 per person.
Program is not recommended for children younger than school-age.

Address: 10800 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
Program meets in the Multipurpose room at the Bill Bird Marina (light blue building).

Thursday, August 27
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29
Thursday, September 3
Friday, September 4
Saturday, September 5
Thursday, September 10
Friday, September 11
Saturday, September 12

Online Registration – Activity Sign-up:
Select “Arch Creek Park” from the Place drop-down menu.

Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands and Natural Areas Management will be hosting a volunteer work day at Arch Creek Park on Friday, January 17th from 9am-12pm. Projects will include Trail Maintenance – mulching, exotic removal and lining trail with logs.

 Registration is required. Registration can be done via email ( or by Phone (305.372.6611). NAM EEL workday 2013 - 2014

Happy Autumn!

It is one of the best times of year to get out into the parks and see the sights and enjoy the weather change. The park is currently buzzing with the visiting warblers and other migratory birds.  Yesterday the bird baths had lines forming.

Visit our calendar for a list of upcoming opportunities to experience this wonderful time of year at the park.

Most of our programs, you can now reserve online by visiting the following link,, select “Arch Creek Park” in the Place search field.
Even our shelter can be reserved for your next party or gathering online at, select “Arch Creek Park” in the Location search field.

Arch Creek Park will be offering Camp Manatee Winter Camp this year, look out for an email announcement for dates and fees.

We hope to see you all at the Park!


Arch Creek Park is a living legend rich in history. The now extinct Tequesta (pronounced Tekesta) Indians occupied the site from 500 B.C. to 1300 A.D., spanning 1800 years. Due to Arch Creek’s high elevation and close proximity to both Biscayne Bay and the inner Everglades, by way of the Arch Creek and the Natural Bridge, Arch Creek became a significant Indian habitation. A shell midden (refuse heap) is located in the S.E. corner of the park where a large amount of pottery shards, conch tools, and a single burial site have been found.

The natural limestone bridge which crossed over the Arch Creek was said to have been one of the greatest natural wonders of South Florida. Noted for its scenic natural beauty, it was the gateway to Miami, a stopover for carriages and stage coaches, and a popular place for picnicking, political meetings, and boat rides. The arch also served as a bridge for the military trail during the Seminole Wars. It became part of the first county road in 1892, which later became Dixie Highway. The bridge finally collapsed in 1973 by causes unknown. Since its collapse, restoration of the bridge had been a goal of concerned local citizens, which was finally realized in 1988.

Early pioneers of Arch Creek built a coontie mill at the Natural Bridge to grind the coontie roots into starch in 1858. A dam was built and Dade County’s only known excavated sluice was cut into the limestone to carry water from Arch Creek to a waterwheel that ground the starch. This was probably Dade’s first industry. The coontie mill was not very successful and probably lasted less than a year.

During1900-1926, Arch Creek became a town which included a train depot, a post office, a school, a church, packing houses, and stores. The community was basically agricultural, growing tomatoes, grapefruit, and pineapples. The Arch Creek community eventually disappeared. After the land changed hands a few times, it became a trailer park in the 1950s. Residents of this park planted many exotic plants that are now being removed. The property was eventually purchased by the Chrysler Automobile Corporation for a used car lot.

In the early 1970s concerned citizens, alarmed at the prospects of the destruction of the natural oak hammock and Indian midden, banded together to fight to save Arch Creek. After a long battle and lobbying in Tallahassee, they successes in having the State of Florida purchase the land in 1973. These citizens in 1981 formed the Arch Creek Trust. Dade County leased the land, built the museum, and now maintains the park. Nature trails were constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps (Y.C.C.). The park officially opened in 1982. The Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation – EcoAdventures Unit in conjunction with the Arch Creek Trust now work to restore, support and preserve the park. Presently, work is being done to remove all exotics from the park and to restore the Tropical Hardwood Hammock to its natural state.

If you are interested in helping to preserve Arch Creek for future generations, inquire about becoming a volunteer with the Park Naturalist.