Engineering staff demonstrate traffic signals

Martin CARES (Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series) is an award-winning program that offers citizens a behind-the-scenes look at Martin County government.

Over a six-week period, participants will enjoy a variety of exciting field trips to various Martin County facilities such as our beautiful parks and beaches, historic sites, libraries, and our Emergency Operations Center.

Citizens will also visit completed infrastructure and water quality projects and will hear from departments under the Board of County Commissioners, as well as Martin County's Constitutional Officers.

The CARES program is typically held twice each year, with sessions beginning in January and March. Dates for the next 6-week class have not yet been determined. Stay tuned to this page for updates. 

Program Details:

Each “class” is comprised of approximately 50 citizens participating in a series of sessions held once a week over a six-week period. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and conclude following a “working” lunch.

There is no charge to participate in this program and snacks and lunch will be provided. Air-conditioned coach transportation is provided for adventures in the field.


Martin County Sheriff's Office helicopter

We want to familiarize residents with the function and purpose of Martin County government, thus increasing citizen awareness of the variety of services offered by local government.

Through Martin CARES, participants will personally get to know the men and women who oversee the day-to-day operation of the departments that provide key services such as roads, water and sewer service, parks, emergency medical services and law enforcement.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have firsthand knowledge of the structure and function of County government and can share that information with friends and neighbors.

Martin County CARES Program

Request an Invitation!

Pre-registration for the Martin CARES program is required. To participate in our next CARES program, please request an invitation. Be sure to complete the form entirely and provide your mailing address. An invitation will then be sent to you by mail.