Hobe Sound Nature Center
772-546-2067
Nature Center Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Refuge Trail Open 7 days, Sunrise to Sunset

Upcoming Events

Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes

04/01/2017

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

04/14/2017

January 25, 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

04/17/2017

February 17, March 10th ~ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Reservation Required

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

04/24/2017

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 the Hobe Sound Nature Center annual fundraising event.

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Meet us at the Library

05/07/2017

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.

January

Blake Library ~ January 25 ~ Bats
Learn about the importance & ecology of bats, unloved and misunderstood by many. Learn why they are disappearing, hear truths rather than myths & take a close look at the different species found around the world.

February

Tequesta Library ~ February 10th ~ 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.

Morgade Library ~ February 16 ~ 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.

Blake Library ~ February 20 ~ Winged Warriors of the Sky
Discover the world of eagles, hawks, owls and vultures, with special emphasis on their adaptations for survival. Live birds and numerous props accompany this interactive presentation.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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

05/28/2017

Saturday, April 22- Join us for a day of crafts and games!
Reservations Required

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

12/26/2017

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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