FRIDAYS March 30th & April 20th ~ 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 information call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.
Wednesdays ~ April 18th ~ 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Volunteer forms can be downloaded from our Volunteer Page. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old.
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 email@example.com (Be sure to indicate that your email is for the internship).
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.
Come join the Nature Center for our Spring Series Tuesday Morning Hikes. Join Naturalists as we explore local natural area. Note varying starting times.
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
March 27th - Barley Barber Swamp
*Start at 8:30 am*
Hike along the boardwalk through the heart of a 400 acre cypress preserve with a guide from the Treasured Lands Foundation. Participants will meet at the Seminole Inn in Indiantown and travel by bus to and from the swamp.
To Make a Reservation call (772) 546-2067 or Make a Reservation. Waitlists available.
Join us Thursday Evenings for our Spring Lecture Series. Lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at the Hobe Sound Nature Center’s Educational Building located next to the Center unless otherwise noted.
Reservations are strongly encouraged
March 22nd - What do Zoos do? The beginning of how zoos were formed and their evolution into conservation- and education-minded organizations.
Focus on the conservation programs that zoos are involved in around the world, what a “good zoo” looks like and how to find them. A program animal ambassador from the Palm Beach Zoo will come too!
March 29th - Living in Harmony with Nature Everyday we make choices that affect the environment. Come and learn from HSNC educator, Sara Travis, easy tips that positively impact the planet.
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!
Saturday, April 21st- Join us for a day of crafts and games!
Reservations Open Now
“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 6-16 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.
Registration for 2018 is OPEN! (If the form attached is not working please e-mail us for one to be sent to you at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
New Junior Naturalist Camp 2018!
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.
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