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

Upcoming Events

Christmas Bird Count


Saturday December 31 2016

The Nature Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the annual Jonathan Dickinson Christmas Bird Count. Experienced and amateur birders are welcomed, with
assignments available from Juno Beach to Hobe Sound. Any commitment of time is appreciated. This count is a part of the National Audubon Society’sChristmas Bird
Count which began over a century ago.

To volunteer for the Jonathan Dickinson count, contact Lis Wight at (772) 546-2067 or through her email at hobesoundnaturecenter@gmail.com

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Closed for the Holidays


The Hobe Sound Nature Center will be closed Saturday, December 24th & Saturday, December 31 in observance of the holidays.

Nature Trails will be open sunrise to sunset.

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

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Barley Barber Night Hike


Thursday January 12

Join the Treasured Lands Foundation and the Nature Center as the full moon rises over this FPL preserve near Indiantown. Experience a cypress swamp and its wildlife at night- no flashlights needed! Carpools will leave the Nature Center at 5:00 p.m.

Numbers are limited. Reservations required,

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Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes


Every Thursday January 5-March 30 ~ 9:30 am

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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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.

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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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