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

Upcoming Events

Storm Closure - Thursday & Friday


Due to Hurricane Matthew the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center will be closed Thursday & Friday . Saturday hours are to be determined, please call in the Nature Center (772) 546-2067 for more information.

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National Wildlife Refuge Week- Beachcombing Hike


Wednesday, October 12th 4:00 p.m

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to celebrate “National Wildlife Refuge Week,” October 9-15, 2016.

"Give Wing to Your Wild Side"

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! Refuge staff will also be leading birding identification as we walk along the surf.

Join us at the pavilion a the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge North Beach Wednesday, October 12th 4:00 p.m.

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Creepy Creature Feature: Bug Booo-naza


Saturday October 22nd
6:30- 8:00 pm

Come join the fun as the Center gets “Creeped Out” for our favorite holiday. The Center will open its doors for a special nighttime program along with games, refreshments, and activities throughout the Nature Center.

Join the Hobe Sound Nature Center for their annual CREEPY CREATURE FEATURE: BUG BOO-NANZA beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our theme this year is all about bugs! Meet a variety of six and eight legged creatures, along with a few other surprises. Two presentations on “entomophagy” or bug eating by people all around the world are scheduled; one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Come try some tasty treats! Free Facepainting by Joanne. Live wildlife displays, crafts, games and more are waiting for you!

Reservations are required to attend and must be made in advance.

This program is recommended for families with children ages
4 and up. Adults without kids are always welcomed. A $3.00 per person donation is requested for the event. Come in your best “wild animal” costume and participate for free!

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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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Internship Opportunity


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

Hours: 20-30 hours per week, including Saturdays and some
evenings, beginning in January 2016.

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.

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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