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

Upcoming Events

Barley Barber Swamp Night Hike


Wednesday January 31st 2018 6PM Depart from Seminole Inn ~ Spaces are limited RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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!
Caravans/Carpools will leave the Nature center at 5PM, arriving at the Seminole Inn at 6pm. From there we will travel by bus to the swamp.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing- weather depending.

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count


Sunday December 31st
No Reservations required

The Hobe Sound Nature Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the annual Jonathan Dickinson State Park Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 31st.
Experienced and amateur birders are all 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's Christmas Bird Count, which began over a century ago and is held throughout the western hemisphere.
Contact HSNC to volunteer (772)546-2067

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Night Explorers


Fridays ~ December 22nd, THURSDAY January 25th, February 23rd ~ 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 call the Nature Center at (772) 546 -2067.

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Holiday Hours 2017


The Hobe Sound Nature Center will be closed
Monday, Christmas Day, December 25th
Monday, New Years Day, January 1st

Nature Trails will be open sunrise to sunset.

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

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America the Beautiful Passes


We do sell the National Park Service America the Beautiful Passes during normal business hours - Monday Thru Saturday 9am-3pm.

Sales are cash or check only.
You can also purchase the pass at the HS refuge beach located at the north end of Jupiter Island on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.

The nature center is closed on Sundays.

ATTENTION SENIOR PASS- The pass cost goes up to $80 on August 28th, 2017
for a Senior lifetime pass and $20 for a year.
You must be a US citizen 62 or older and we require proof of age and citizenship such as a passport, drivers license and/or voter registration card. You must be present to buy the pass.

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Beach Dynamics Program


Wednesdays ~ December 20th, January 24th, February 14th, March 14th ~ 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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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

IIf 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: 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 January- April 2018.

Responsibilities : Assist with the Centerís 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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