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

Native Habitat Field Experiences

The Sand Pine Scrub

Hike through the sand pine scrub community to take a close look at oaks, lichens and unusual plants and animals that live in this area. Learn about special adaptations necessary to survive in this endangered plant community of the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Student may use binoculars, hand lenses and clipboards containing TRAIL BINGO (K-2nd) or SCAVENGER HUNT (3rd-5th) to enhance their trail experience.

The Indian River Lagoon

A guided, stay-dry walk along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, bordering the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Learn why estuaries are important, what animals live there and man's impact on this resource.


Exploring the Grassflats

A popular get-wet activity for all ages - wading in the grassflats of the estuary using a hand net or seine to discover what lives there and the economic value of the estuary. Participants must wear water shoes or tennis shoes and prepare to get wet waist high (scheduled only on low tides in spring and summer). DONATION OF $2.00 PER STUDENT

Special Note:

Other sites such as Jonathan Dickinson State Park can be utilized with sufficient time in scheduling for a different habitat experience. Contact the Nature Center staff for details.