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

Upcoming Events

Night Explorers


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.

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Beach Dynamics Program


Wednesdays ~ March 14th, 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.

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Internship Opportunity


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 hsnature@aol.com (Be sure to indicate that your email is for the internship).

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HSNC Scholarship Opportunity 2018


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.

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Spring Series - Tuesday Morning Hikes


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

February 27th, 10am - North Jupiter Flatwoods 3377 Church Street. Entrance to the trail is in the back near the volleyball courts. 9:30am carpool available from HSNC

March 6th, 11am TOUR - Panther Ridge Conservation Center 14755 Palm Beach Point Blvd, Wellington. 10am carpool available from HSNC. THIS TOUR IS $25 PER PERSON

March 13th, 10am - Riverbend Park 9060 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. 9:30 carpool from HSNC. THIS TOUR IS $5 PER PERSON, CASH OR CHECK ONLY

March 20th, 9am - Wakodahatchee Wetlands 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach. 8 am carpool from HSNC

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.

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Spring Series - Thursday Night Lectures


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

February 22nd - Snakes Alive! Join HSNC Educator, Tracy Boothby, with live animals, skins, sheds and skeletons for a better understanding of these reptiles for this all ages program.

March 1st - Underwater Neighbors: the ecology of two octopus species in a shallow coastal environment Chelsea Bennice, "Octogirl" will discuss her research focused on determining what resource partitioning mechanisms facilitate coexistence between two octopus species in south Florida.

March 8th - Secret Lives of Seahorses Uncover the mysterious lives of seahorses with HSNC educator, Kim Mohlenhoff.

March 15th - Studying Florida's living dinosaurs:Monitoring Florida's endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles with Kelly Martin.The rarest of the three species that regularly nest in Florida, leatherbacks remained somewhat of a mystery in this area until recently. By conducting nightly surveys to tag and identify each individual, biologists with Florida Leatherbacks Inc., have been able to define important population and biological parameters. This study incorporates basic morphometrics, satellite tracking, and genetic analysis to help better describe this local population and work toward conservation efforts.

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.

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Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes


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!

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Celebrate Earth Day


Saturday, April 21st- Join us for a day of crafts and games!
Reservations Open Now

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 6-16 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.

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Summer Nature Camp


Registration Opens April 23rd

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

  • 06/11 - 06/15

  • 06/18 - 06/22

  • 06/25 - 06/29

  • 07/9 - 07/13

  • 07/16 - 07/20

  • Registration is $90.00 per student ($85.00 for additional siblings). Proof of age for all 6-year-old students is required. (Either a birth certificate or report card.) Students may register for one week only . No transportation is provided.

    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
  • 07/02 - 07/03

  • 07/05 - 07/06

  • Registration is $50.00 per student Students may register for one two-day program only . No transportation is provided.

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