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

Upcoming Events

Night Explorers


THURSDAY January 25th,FRIDAY February 23rd ~ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m

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 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 call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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America the Beautiful Passes


We do sell the National Park Service America the Beautiful Passes during normal business hours - Monday Thru Saturday 9am-3pm.

Sales are cash or check only.
You can also purchase the pass at the HS refuge beach located at the north end of Jupiter Island on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.

The nature center is closed on Sundays.

ATTENTION SENIOR PASS- The pass cost goes up to $80 on August 28th, 2017
for a Senior lifetime pass and $20 for a year.
You must be a US citizen 62 or older and we require proof of age and citizenship such as a passport, drivers license and/or voter registration card. You must be present to buy the pass.

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Beach Dynamics Program


Wednesdays ~ January 24th, February 14th, March 14th ~ 3:00 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. This is a free event, but reservations are required . For further information call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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Volunteer Opportunities


Interested in working with wildlife and educational programming for kids and adults. Come volunteer at the Hobe Sound Nature Center!

The offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Animal Care -Perform routine & specialized duties associated with animal care including feeding, cleaning, and maintaining displays~ Docent

Docent- Conduct guided tours of the Exhibit Hall ~ Handle Live Animals~ Must be enthusiastic, cheerful & willing to learn~ should have an interest in working with people & animals

Greeter- Welcome all guest to the exhibit hall~ Keep track of visitors~ This duty includes being able to speak to the general public about the Refuge and Center ~ May be expected to help docent or work in the gift shop

IIf you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (772) 546-2067 or hobesoundnaturecenter@gmail.com . Volunteer forms can be downloaded from our Volunteer Page. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old.

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Internship Opportunity


Position: Paid Internship for local college student with
field of interest in biology, wildlife, environmental education
or related majors.

Hours: variable hours per week, including Saturdays and some
evenings, beginning in June-November 2018.

Responsibilities : Assist with the Center’s nature-based programs for children and adults through school programs, evening lectures, trail hikes and special events. Care, maintenance and handling of educational animals, working with volunteers, visitor services, exhibit maintenance, office, computer and gift shop duties are also included. Works with US Fish and Wildlife Refuge staff on special projects.

Qualifications: This internship is funded through a local donor and Hobe Sound residents will be given first priority.

Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a short paragraph about career plans and why you are interested in this position. Send to Debbie Fritz-Quincy, Director, Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc., PO Box 214, Hobe Sound, FL 33475 or via email at hsnature@aol.com (Be sure to indicate that your email is for the internship).

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HSNC Scholarship Opportunity 2018


Scholarship Opportunity : In February 2016, the Board of Directors of the Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. established the Debbie Fritz-Quincy Scholarship for the Environment, to be awarded annually to a deserving student. It was established to assist student volunteers who plan on continuing their college studies in environmental education, biology, ecology, conservation or related sciences. This scholarship ($1000.00) was awarded for the first time in May of 2016.

To Apply : students must be a current volunteer in good standing with the Nature Center and/or Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. A typed letter requesting consideration for the scholarship must be submitted and should include the following:

• Dates of volunteer service
• Why did you initially decide to volunteer at the Nature Center &/or Refuge?
• What did you like the most and least about your experience?
• What have you learned from your experience?
• How has your volunteer service affected your daily life?
• Have you been involved in any other similar programs or volunteer opportunities with other organizations, businesses or agencies? Please describe all, including any paid positions or internships.
• What are your plans for college studies at this time?
• What would you like to do with a college degree following graduation?

Please send your letter to the Hobe Sound Nature Center, 2018 Scholarship for the Environment, PO Box 214, Hobe Sound, FL 33475. The deadline for application is April 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact us at (772) 546-2067 or via www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com.

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Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes


Every Thursday January 4-March 29 ~ 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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