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 - Tuesday Morning Hikes


Come join the Nature Center for our Spring Series Tuesday Morning Hikes. Join Naturalists as they explore the tri-county area. Most hikes start at 10:00 am.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Carpools are available for hikes. For reservations please contact the Nature Center at (772) 546- 2067 or Make a Reservaione

Spots are limited spots Carpools available.

February 21 - Rocky Point Hammock - Lead by Maggie Hurchalla

February 28 - Panther Ridge Conservation Center - **Limited Spots** Panther Ridge is a private, non-profit institution, dedicated to providing a lifelong home and superior care for exotic felines that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. A $25.00 per person donation to support Panther Ridge’s mission is required to attend.

March 7th - Loxahatchee National Widlife Refuge
Explore 145,800 acres of northern Everglades habitat.

March 14th- Hawk's Bluff
Explore this trail loops through relic sand dunes & oak hammock.

March 21st - Wakodahatchee Wetlands - Birding Hike
Explore this wetland that attracts a variety of wildlife and nesting water birds.

March 28th - 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 Reservaion. Waitlist availble for full hikes

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Spring Series - Thursday Lectures


Join us Thursday Evenings for our Spring Series Lecture Series. February 23st – March 30th lectures will begin on 7:30 pm at the Hobe Sound Nature Center’s Educational Building located next to the Center.

No reservations are needed for most evening programs.

February 23rd - The Restoration of the Northern Tributaries to the Loxahatchee River
Our guest speaker is Michael Yustin, an Environmental Resources Specialist and Project Manager in Martin County’s Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division. Michael’s professional focus is natural areas preservation and restoration at both community and regional scales, including several projects that have restored approximately 5000 acres of wetland habitat in the Loxahatchee River watershed.

March 2th - Black Bears
Join naturalist Tracy Boothby to learn about the natural history of Florida’s black bear and current status in our state. Once a vanishing species, the bear has made a comeback in some areas and a legal but controversial hunt occurred two years ago. A variety of artifacts will also be used to acquaint you with the animal’s adaptations for survival.

March 9th - Riverbend Park Night Hike
Reservation Required
Explore Riverbemd Park Night with Palm Beach County Parks naturalist John Walsh. Venture out on the trail in search of nocturnal animals and other phenomenon of the night. Reservations are required to attend and a $5.00 donation will be collected at the site.

March 16 - Prehistoric Snowbirds
Sara Ayers-Rigsby from the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) presents Prehistoric Snowbirds which will discuss native people who lived here as far back as 10,000 years ago, based on the evidence left behind as they traveled throughout the country.

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.

No Reservations Required

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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 ~ February 22, March 22 ~ 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 ~ March 10th ~ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Full, Waitlist available

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.


Blake Library ~ March 1st ~ Incredible Edible Bugs:Entomophagy
Insects have been eaten by many cultures for hundreds of years. This program discusses the nutritional value of insects, insects in your food, & lets you sample some for yourself! Space is limited.

Morgade Library ~ March 22 ~ 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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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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