School groups and other organizations visit the Nature center to take part in specially designed environmental education and awareness programs.
In addition, the Spring and Fall Program Series which is open to the public, presents information about the local environment. These are especially helpful for new residents. These programs include both field trips to other natural areas and audiovisual presentations at the Center. The programs change each time, but some of the favorites are repeated. Outreach programs are also available and the Center staff often goes into the community to present a variety of programs.
Two of our most favorite programs occur during the summer. First, our summer environmental camp for students ages 6 to 12, has been held every summer since 1973. It has an excellent reputation and draws students from three counties. Arts and crafts, interpretive programs, hands-on experiences and other activities enable the participants to enjoy their summer while learnng about Florida's wildlife and what they can do to protect it.
Another summertime program is the nighttime interpretive "sea turtle walks". These programs usually start the last week in May and run into July. Reservations are required and we begin taking them April 1st. These walks begin with an educational presentation/orientation about sea turtles and their endangered status. After this introduction, everyone goes to the Hobe Sound Public Beach to witness the egg laying of the threatened loggerhead sea turtle. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issues a special permit to the Nature Center allowing us to offer this unique opportunity to observe this natural phenomenon. These walks are always booked way in advance.