Hobe Sound Nature Center
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge receives invaluable support from the Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. - a locally operated, not for profit organization established in 1973. The mission of the Hobe Sound Nature Center is to increase awareness of our relationship with the natural environment through educational programs while encouraging stewardship. The Hobe Sound Nature Center provides support for the Refuge's volunteer, environmental education, interpretation, and visitor services programs.
The Nature Center has a staff of 4, complimented by about 100 volunteers. Volunteer duties include helping out in the office, gift shop, and exhibit hall. Some participate in animal care, wildlife surveys, beach cleanups, and invasive plant removal. Others assist with trail hikes, lectures, school programs, summer camp, and special events such as the “Creepy Creature Feature” and Earth Day celebrations.
Financial support for the Nature Center is obtained through foundation grants, fund-raising events, donations, program fees, and memberships. There are membership levels to fit every budget - from student to lifetime members. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in the Owl’s Roost Gift Shop, located adjacent to the exhibit hall, also benefit educational programming.