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

Upcoming Events

Spring Series - Thursday Lectures


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

No reservations are required.

March 23 - Status & Research of Florida's Smalltooth Sawfish
Guest speaker Beau Yeiser, a fisheries scientist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, will discuss sawfish biology and life history, along with examples of research results from studies in southwest Florida and Everglades National Park. He will also address recent sawfish sightings in our area.

March 30th - Trading Wildlife in Extinction
Despite the combined efforts of the international community, governments and civil society, there has been a significant increase in wildlife trade. The unchecked demand for exotic pets, rare foods, trophies and traditional medicines is driving many species to the brink of extinction. Come learn about the issues and what individuals can do to help.

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Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes


Every Thursday January 12-March 30 ~ 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 birdlife along the way!

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Beachcoming Hikes


Wednesdays ~ April 19, May 17 ~ 3:00 p.m

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to join naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a hike 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 and pick up litter along the way, helping keep our beaches clean!

Meet us at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge North Beach pavilion. This is a free event, no reservation required . For further call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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Nighttime Stargazing


Fridays ~ April 29th, May 12~ 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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Into the Wild


Thursday April 6th - 6:00 pm
Please join Hobe Sound Nature Center for dinner & lecture of “Into The Wild” with “Jungle” Jack Hanna , American Zookeeper and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Advanced tickets required. This is the Hobe Sound Nature Center annual fundraising event.

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Meet us at the Library


Join us at the library! Meet the Nature Center at your local library for a variety of fun and interesting environmental programs. Be sure to contact the library to make reservations.


Morgade Library ~ March 23 ~ Manatees
Learn about the gentle giant that calls Florida home through a special presentation along skulls, bones & other props are used for a hands-on experience.

Tequesta Library ~ March 23 ~ Sea Turtles
A presentation on the ecology of sea turtles, their endangered status & nesting on local beaches. Turtle shells, leather goods, jewelry & other products will be shared with a message to discourage international trade of endangered species products.


Cummings Library ~ April 1 ~ Black Bears
A presentation on bear biology & how you can help one of Florida's rare species, the Florida Black Bear. There is special emphasis on tracks & signs & participates see a black bear skin & skull.

Blake Library ~ April 14 ~ Alligators and Crocodiles Alive
A presentation of our native crocodilians offer insight into their ecology & habitats, with special emphasis on the important role in the South Florida environment & human/alligator interactions of today. Meet members of our Teaching Team.

Tequesta Library ~ April 21 ~ Florida's Vanishing Species
Though a presentation, look at the reasons for the decline of numerous locally threatened & endangered animals. Confiscations are used, including shells, skins & decorative items. Meet members of our Teaching Team.


Blake Library ~ May 3 ~ Snakes: Friend or Foe
A presentation on the role of snakes in the environment & identification of venomous species & non-venomous found in South Florida. Live animals, skins, sheds and skeleton are used for a better understanding of these reptiles.

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Celebrate Earth Day


Saturday, April 22- Join us for a day of crafts and games!
Reservations Open March 1st

Scheduled activities:

“Hook Kids on Fishing Clinic,” co-sponsored by Anglers for Conservation from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m . The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-14 with a parent. Students receive fishing poles, tackle and attend mini-sessions to learn fishing basics from local experts. Their newly acquired skills are then put to good use by fishing along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. Reservation Required. Space is Limited!

At 12:30 p.m., we explore the seagrasses with hand nets and seine. Participants will catch and release small marine animals that call the estuary home. This popular get wet activity is recommended for ages 4 and up with an adult. Reservations required.

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Summer Nature Camp


Registration Opens April 24

The Hobe Sound Nature Center's Nature Camp is designed to acquaint your child with the natural world around them. Live native wildlife presentations, nature crafts and games, netting and more are included in the one week program.

The camp is open to all students, ages 6 to 12 and will be held Monday-Friday, 9 to 12 noon.

Available weeks: Space is limited

  • 06/14 - 06/23

  • 06/26 - 06/30

  • 06/20 - 06/30

  • 07/03 - 07/07

  • 07/10 - 07/14

  • Registration is $90.00 per student ($85.00 for additional siblings). Proof of age for all 6-year-old students is required. (Either a birth certificate or report card.) Students may register for one week only . No transportation is provided.

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    Closed for the Holiday


    The Hobe Sound Nature Center will be closed Memorial Day May 29th in observance of the holidays.

    Nature Trails will be open sunrise to sunset.

    The Hobe Sound Nature Center is open Monday- Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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    Sea Turtle Walks


    Reservations open April 1st 2017
    Join us on our specially permitted walks to learn about these endangered reptiles & experience a female Loggerhead Sea Turtle lay eggs.

    Walks occur on Thursdays & Fridays - May 25 - July 21st.

    Walks begin with check- in at 8:30 pm at Hobe Nature Center. The gift shop & exhibits will be open, at 9:00 pm particpants will watch a program about sea turtles and sea turtle walks. Afterward, everyone journeys to the local beach (only minutes away) follows, to wait for nesting turtles. Walks could go on until midnight but could be later, depending on nesting activity by loggerhead turtles.

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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

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - There are various opportunities with Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge ~ Trail maintenance ~ Invasive Exotic plant control~ Beach clean-up & monitoring ~ Administrative tasks

    If 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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