In 1982, Debbie became the Director of the Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. She has overseen the expansion of the Center to what it is today and manages all aspects of the Center’s operations, including development, education, newsletters and grant writing. Debbie is a member of several environmental organizations, including World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resource Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Bat Conservation International, The Ocean Conservancy and The Peregrine Fund. She has been a member of the National Association for Interpretation for over 30 years and a charter member of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF). At their annual conference in March 2007, she received the Golden LEEF Award for her outstanding contribution to Florida’s environmental education programs.
In 2016, the Hobe Sound Community Chest honored Debbie with their Community Service Award, which included a $5,000 donation to the Nature Center. After discussion on how best to use the unexpected funds, the Nature Center’s Board of Directors established the Debbie Fritz-Quincy Scholarship for the Environment for teen volunteers who plan to continue their college studies in the environmental field. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students.
For over 40 years, Debbie has shared her love and commitment to Florida’s natural environment through programming on Florida’s local wildlife and habitats. She is married to Peter Quincy, an environmental specialist employed by the Town of Jupiter Island as coordinator of their sea turtle nesting survey. Their home in Hobe Sound is surrounded by woods and is often visited by a variety of native wildlife. They have two indoor cats and the Nature Center’s permanently impaired raptors are housed in the backyard. Debbie is an avid Miami Dolphin and Florida Panther hockey fan and enjoys birding, boating and traveling with Pete on wildlife-themed eco-tours.
Tracy serves as the Education and Camp Coordinator at the HSNC and she leads the Rainforest, Snakes, Alligators, Black Bears and Endangered Species education programs. She has been a member of L.E.E.F. since 1986 and served as Regional Director. In 2008, the Nature Center extended its hours to Saturdays and Tracy is the sole staff along with student volunteers.
Tracy’s husband, Dave, owns an aquaculture business, and they have two sons Josh and Shawn and four cats. She has widespread knowledge of the Nature Center and the history of the property, flora and fauna of Florida. Tracy is the ideal person to ask any general environmental or regional identifications or questions. In her spare time, she loves to hunt for sea glass at the beach. Be sure to check out her sister’s sea glass jewelry for sale in the gift shop!
Candi serves many roles at the Nature Center from membership coordinator, donor relations, managing social media, designing marketing materials, and organizing turtle walk reservations. Candi also assists on the live animal exhibits, establishing the Tree Frogs, The Greater Siren, and Whip Scorpion displays. She can answer questions regarding wildlife, special events, programing and donations.
Candi, her husband and two dogs love exploring Florida including kayaking, beach walking, snorkeling and Scuba diving. They enjoy craft beer and supporting local breweries. She LOVES going out to eat since she worked in restaurants for many, many years and is now thrilled she no longer does! Some of her favorite animals include salamanders, snails, frogs, and nudibranchs.
In 2014, Kim joined the Nature Center staff as Gift Shop Manger and Educator. Kim is known as the “Jill of all Trades” and has broad knowledge on ocean life, beachcombing, including sea beans, the flora and fauna of Florida, including natural and anthropological history. Kim has earned a variety of certifications; DEP Environmental Interpreter, UF Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, Marine Animal Rescue Responder with MARS and MMC, ACA Canoe and Kayak instructor, USA Archery instructor, FWC python patrol wrangler, PADI SCUBA open water, AMA First Aid CPR and AED. In her off hours, you may encounter Kim SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and adding to her vast photography portfolio. A curiosity for working with natural materials has inspired Kim to create original artwork from primitive, repurposed materials and weaving palm fronds, which she enjoys teaching others. This same interest took Kim on an adventure to Boulder, Utah where she attended the Slick Rock gathering at BOSS Outdoor School participating in a weeklong fully immersive weaving course. Kim hopes to return to the outdoor skills school to complete flint knapping, bow making and pottery in the future. Every activity that takes her into the water and outdoors fuels the inquisitive naturalist at Kim’s core.