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

Beach Dynamics Program

08/30/2017

Wednesdays ~ 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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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



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 13 years old.

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Internship Opportunity

01/17/2018

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

01/17/2018

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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Celebrate Earth Day

04/21/2018

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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Sea Turtle Walks

05/24/2018

Join us on our specially permitted walks to learn about these endangered reptiles & experience a female Loggerhead Sea Turtle lay eggs.

Walks occur on Thursdays & Fridays - May 24th - July 27. Please be sure to request a specific date.

To make a Reservation call (772) 546-2067 or Make a Reservation Online. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL WITHIN 24 HOURS PLEASE CALL US. Waitlists available.



Walks begin with check- in at 8:00 pm at Hobe Nature Center. The gift shop & exhibits will be open, at 8:30 pm participants will watch a program about sea turtles and sea turtle walks. Afterward, everyone journeys to the local beach (only minutes away), to wait for nesting turtles. Walks could go on until midnight but could be later, depending on nesting activity by loggerhead turtles.

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Summer Nature Camp

06/11/2018

Registration for 2018 is OPEN! (If the form attached is not working please e-mail us for one to be sent to you at hobesoundnaturecenter@gmail.com)

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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    Jr Naturalist Camp

    07/02/2018

    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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