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“If you love animals go here...”

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Reviewed September 17, 2012

If you love animals you'll love this refuge. Not just people but the animals love it too and are well cared for.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

How does a turtle walk work?
Mark your calendar for April 1st to book this experience. Spaces go quickly! There are long waiting lists. Phone: 772-546-2067. I called on April 1st and was able to choose my date with no problem.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from end of May-July. Spotting a turtle is not guaranteed.
You meet at the nature center at 8:30, check-in, pay $5 (or a larger donation), tour the refuge.
9:00pm- You receive instructions about the walk and watch an educational DVD about turtles.
9:30pm- You drive about 2 miles to Hobe Sound public beach and you wait in the pavillion until the volunteer scouts spot a turtle. BRING POWERFUL BUG SPRAY just in case.
There were many turtles nesting at 9:30pm when we were there. The scouts wait for the turtles to dig their holes before approaching with the group. We don't want to spook them. The turtle walkers allow kids on their knees closest to the turtles to see the nesting experience while the adults make a horseshoe behind the turtle. It lasts approximately 1 hour.
Seeing a 250 pound Loggerhead lay her approx. 100 eggs, the sticky tears coming out of her eyes to keep out sand, and the sheer power and strength it takes her to cover the nest is exciting for all ages. My kids were allowed to touch her shell. When they touched the shell, bioluminescence occurred! It was like something out of Avatar. Bioluminescence is the aquamarine glow-in-the-dark plankton.
The scouts are knowledgeable and passionate about educating the public.
As the turtle enters the ocean, everyone cheers. Feeling the night breeze and listening to the waves as she swims off is magical. What an uplifting and touching experience for all ages.

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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We go here ever so often as the staff is friendly, they have a lot of different natvie species to look at and touch and it's great to talk to the staff and be educated. The trails are awesome and it's even fun to go to the little beach...

1  Thank SH_Hobe
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

We all go here atleast 3x weekly. It is a great little place down on the intercoastal to take the dog, walk along the shoreline, fish, or just bring a cooler and chairs and watch the big boats go by. My little secret getaway.

1  Thank Camocat2006
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

The visitors center has a various displays to see and the staff take care to show everyone the animals and teach you about them and their lives in the wild.

1  Thank princessjpb
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