The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Brittany Bosher
Posted by Brittany Bosher
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The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful coastal refuge in Hobe Sound, Florida. Established September 30, 1969, the refuge has been a sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife from birds to deer, to marine life like turtles and dolphins for quite some time. 

Spanning a total of 1000 acres, the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is divided by the Indian River Lagoon. It divides the refuge into a 735-acre piece of land and a 300-acre piece of land. The 735-acre parcel is on the Jupiter Island side and it is a haven for sea turtles. It creates a gentle estuary away from the ocean where turtles can nest and reproduce. The 300-acre parcel is a sand pine scrub environment that houses some of the most uncommon terrain in the nation. The sand pine scrub environment can only be found here and in a small county in Alabama, which means it is home to some incredible plant and animal species you wont find often. 

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge headquarters are located on the mainland side of the refuge on U.S. Federal Highway 1, two miles south of Bridge Road (State Road 708. At the headquarters guests can visit an exhibit room, gift shop, environmental education classroom, and walk a short nature trail. 

“The nonprofit Hobe Sound Nature Center, the refuge's cooperating association, operates the exhibit room, gift shop, and classroom. With more than 121,000 visitors a year, children of all ages learn about the beauty of these unique Florida environments and participate in turtle walks, summer camps, evening forums, and scrub tours.”

For additional information about the Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge Nature Center programs please call 772-546-2067. To contact the refuge manager call 772-546-6141.


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