Hobe Sound Nature Center
772-546-2067
Nature Center Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Refuge Trail Open 7 days, Sunrise to Sunset

Upcoming Events

Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes

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Every Thursday January 17 -March 28 ~ 9:30 am
No Reservations required

No reservations are required to explore native habitats at the Refuge with a naturalist. Meet in the exhibit hall to learn about the flora and fauna that call the Indian River Lagoon, coastal hammock and sand pine scrub their home.

Keep an eye out for gopher tortoises, scrub lizards, manatees, eagles, ospreys and other wildlife along the way!

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Spring Series - Tuesday Morning Hikes

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Come join the Nature Center for our Spring Series Tuesday Morning Hikes. Join Naturalists as we explore local natural areas. Note varying starting times.
ALL OF OUR HIKES ARE ABOUT 1-2 MILES AND UP TO TWO HOURS
If you have specific questions about the terrain or specific needs please call us at (772) 546-2067.



Reservations are required as space is limited. Caravans and carpools may be available from the Nature Center. For reservations please contact the Nature Center at (772)546-2067 or Make a Reservation

February 19th - Seabranch Preserve State Park
10 am 6093 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart

Seabranch Preserve State Park encompasses nearly 1,000 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway south of Stuart, and protects several critical habitats in an area overrun with coastal development. Also known as a baygall, this swampy habitat filled with loblolly bay and sweetbay magnolia filters runoff from the adjacent scrubby flatwoods as the water flows down towards the tidal marshes of the Indian River Lagoon.

February 26th - Green Cay Wetlands
9 am 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach
**Carpool leaving from HSNC @ 8am**

Green Cay Nature Center overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat. The boardwalks pass over waterways of various depths, and you might see an alligator drifting along the surface.

March 5th - Jonathan Dickinson State Park
10 am 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound
**$6 parking fee to enter park- meet at education center or carpool from HSNC @ 9:40am**

Brilliant pink orchids. The clatter of sandhill cranes. Ferns rising from depression marshes. Cabbage palms shading your campsite. These are reasons to head into the woods on the second of two stacked loops for long distance roaming within Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the Kitching Creek Loop. Itís connected to the East Loop via a short linear connector trail through the pine flatwoods. It is frequently wet underfoot in this part of the forest, as you transition away from scrub habitats and into floodplain areas along the Loxahatchee River, a wild and scenic river into which Kitching Creek flows.

March 12th - St Lucie Environmental; Spruce Bluff
10 am 611 SE Dar Lane, Port St. Lucie
**9:30am carpool from Publix 788 SE Becker Road**

Once a thriving settlement along the St. Lucie River, the community of Spruce Bluff vanished long before this 97-acre patch of green was hemmed in by subdivisions. The interpretive trails at Spruce Bluff Natural Area lead you back in time not just to the 1890s settlement site, but to the largest mound known to be left behind by the long-forgotten Ais, a 20-foot-tall, 180-foot diameter structure on an island in the marshes.

March 19th - Wakodahatchee Wetlands
9 am 13026 Jog Road, Delray beach
**8am carpool from HSNC**
Wading birds everywhere: thatís the delight of a walk along the boardwalks of Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The first wetlands park in the region, it continues to draw a regular crowd for morning strolls, photography, and serious birdwatching.

March 26th - Hobe Sound Refuge Beach:Beach Dynamics Program
9:30 am Hobe Sound Refuge Beach, north end of Jupiter Island
**meet at the beach, no fee for program attendees**
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to join naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a beach dynamics program at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island. Kim will lead you on a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to our shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife, learn about natural items washed ashore and and pick up litter along the way.

To Make a Reservation call (772) 546-2067 or Make a Reservation. Waitlists available.

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Beach Dynamics Program

08/30/2017

Wednesdays ~ Feb 20~ 3:30 p.m
All ages welcome! Bring the whole family!

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to join naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a beach dynamics program at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island. Kim will lead you on a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to our shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife, learn about natural items washed ashore and and pick up litter along the way.

Meet us at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge North Beach pavilion. (event is held rain or shine- will cancel for lightening but not determined until we arrive at the Beach)For further information call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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Night Explorers

09/06/2018


FRIDAY February 15th 2019 @ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
FRIDAY March 1st 2019 @ 6:30- 8:30pm


Join the Nature Center for some nighttime stargazing at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Following a brief classroom orientation, naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff will lead the group outside along the nature trail to look at the nighttime sky through telescopes. This is a free program and all ages are welcomed.

Learn about wildlife at night and how artificial lighting impacts some plant and animal at night. If weather conditions are not conducive to viewing planets, stars, and constellations, the program will be limited classroom activities only.

Reservations are Required For further information call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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Spring Series - Thursday Night Lectures

02/21/2019

Join us Thursday Evenings for our Spring Lecture Series. Lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at the Hobe Sound Nature Centerís Educational Building located next to the Center unless otherwise noted.

Reservations are strongly encouraged


February 21st - Turtle Talk Join educator Kim Mohlenhoff for a presentation on the ecology of sea turtles, their endangered status & conservation.

February 28th - Tom Fitz: Wildlife Images from near and far Join Emmy- Award winning documentary cameraman, Tom Fitz, for a presentation on his work filming the natural world for over thirty years.
His work has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, ABC, NHK, and others. His programs have also been displayed in museums and other non-broadcast venues. Tom has over 30 years of experience in natural history camera work, both topside and underwater. His shoots have taken him all over the world, from the high Canadian Arctic to Antarctica, with many locations between. In 2004, Tom began making his own films too, earning numerous awards, and in 2008 he co-founded Schoolyard Films, Inc. Schoolyard produces short natural history and environmental films for K-12 classes, accompanies them with study guides, and distributes to schools throughout the US for FREE, via iTunes U and PBS. Currently Tom divides his time between freelance camerawork and running the daily activities at Schoolyard.

March 7th - Catherine Uden, Oceana: Sonic Sea Learn how underwater noise affects marine life and about other current conversation efforts.

March 14th - James; "Jupiter Hikes" A long distance backpacker will discuss the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail, ending at Hobe Sound Beach, and his other hikes around the country totally 8,000 miles on foot.

March 21st - Gopher Tortoises Join expert Andrew Luering on basic biology of the gopher tortoise, why they are protected, safely removing and relocating tortoises from construction areas.

March 28th - Riverbend Park Night Hike
**9060 W Indiantown Road, Jupiter- carpool from HSNC @7pm or meet us there**
Join us to explore the tropical trails along the Loxahatchee at night.

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SPRING BREAK JR NATURALIST CAMP

03/14/2019

NEW SPRING BREAK JR NATURALIST CAMP! (If the form attached is not working please e-mail us for one to be sent to you at hobesoundnaturecenter@gmail.com)


Ever wonder what it is like to be a Naturalist at Hobe Sound Nature Center? Come and learn how to care for the resident teaching animals, interact with guests, and learn how to identify local plants and wildlife on the trail. Live native wildlife presentations, nature crafts and games are included in this two day program.
The camp is open to all students, ages 10 to 14 and is a two day program 9 to 12 noon.

Available days: Space is limited

  • 03/14-15 Or 03/21-22


  • Registration is $50.00 per student Students may register for one two-day program only . No transportation is provided.

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