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

Upcoming Events

Young Proffessional's Luncheon


Join Us March 03, 2015 11:45~1:00 pm

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center will be hosting a Young Professionals luncheon Tuesday March 03 at 11:45am -1:00 pm. Join the Young Professionals of Martin County (YPMC) for lunch served by SCOOTERS; $17 for members & $20 for non-members. Come explore our wildlife exhibits or take a stroll through the nature trails.

RSVP through info@ypmc.com or contact the Center.

The YPMC is a catalyst for bringing goal-oriented & socially active people in their 20's & 30's together for professional & personal gain. Learn more about membership through www.ypmc.com.

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Children's Book Reading-"Planteo & Fungiette"


Saturday March 7th
10:00 am

Jennifer Penello

Meet local author and illustrator Jennifer Peneelo, as she shares her first children's book on lichens. Her book weaves science facets into an amusing fantasy about plants, fungi, and lichens while illustrating the importance of cooperation & sharing in nature & in rel life.

This free program will be held outside under the chickee & is appropriate for ages 5-10. Her book will also be available for sales and signing.

Reservation Required

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Spring Series- Thursday Evening Presentations


Join us for Thursday Evening Lectures~7:30 pm at the Burke Education Center

February 26 The First Floridians Sarah Nohe- Fl Public Archaeology Network
March 05 Snakes Friend or Foe? Tracy Boothby Hobe Sound Nature Center
March 12 Sea Turtles- Struggle for Survival
March 19 Burmese Pythons in the Northern Everglades Ecological Implication & Population Management-Dr. Rebekah Gibble,USFWS
March 26 The Secret Lives of Dolphins Russel McFee, IRSC

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Naturalist Led Refuge Trail Hikes


Every Thursday January-April ~ 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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Spring Series- Tuesday Hikes


Join us for Naturalist led Tuesday Morning Hikes

February 17-March 24~~Hikes start at 10:00 am
Reservations Required

March 03 Exploring Barrier Island Beaches- Beach Combing Hike
March 10 Wakodahatchee Wetland - Birding Hike
March 17 Panther Ridge Conservation Center Guided Tour-**$25 Per person**WAIT LIST ONLY
March 24 Barley Barber Swamp **8:30 am**~ Please Note earlier time of hike

Contact the Nature Center for Carpool details

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LEEF Spring Mini-Conference


"Experiencing Authentic Florida"
Saturday March 21 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Join the League of Environmental Educators (LEEF) at Archbold Biolgical Station for a day packed of environmental education workshops, presentations, & networking with other educatorsand much more. Registration information and details will be posted at www.leef-florida.org

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Inc., is committed to environmentally educating Florida's citizens. LEEF provides a network for awareness, communication and growth about Florida's natural environment. In order for Florida's environment to continue to provide high quality life, we must all understand and accept our roles and responsibilities to the natural systems of which we are a part. Learn more at http://leef-florida.org/

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Extinction is Forever


Saturday March 28th
10:00-12:00 noon

Florida has more endangered & threatened species of plants and animals then nearly any of the other 50 states! Learn about some of them & then paint a ceramic animal to take home. All ages are welcomed. $5.00 to paint ceramic animal

Reservation Required

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Earth Hour


Saturday March 28
9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Join us in making this commitment to a better future!

Since 2007, World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour has been celebrated internationally by millions of individuals around the world. Individuals, households, communities, schools and businesses are asked to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour on the last Saturday in March as a symbolic commitment to our planet.

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Turtle Walk Reservations Open


Turtle Walk Registration will open April 1st. Turtle Walk dates will be posted on our website shortly before.

Reservation will not be taken till April 1st .
For more information on Sea Turtle Education Walks check out our "Turtle Walks" Page.

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Hobe Sound Nature Center Benefit


Save the Date! April 9, 2015

Join us dinner and lecture with marine biologist and educator Holly Lohuis. Holly is the executive coordinator of Jean- Michel Cousteau. If you are interested in receiving an invitation contact as (772) 546-2067 or Contact Online.

"Protecting our ocean now will be our gift to the future" Jean- Michel Cousteau.

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Celebrate Earth Day


Saturday April 18

Scheduled activities include our annual “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 5-14 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.

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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