Friends of Hobbs
State Park-Conservation Area

Hobbs Educational Programs

Programs for School Children and Adults

Education at Hobbs is a joint endeavor of the Friends of Hobbs education committee, volunteers and the park staff. Our overarching goal is to provide interesting and wide-ranging educational programs about the history and nature to children and adults alike. Thousands of school children have attended guided tours and education programs at Hobbs in recent years.  

Please call 479-789-5000 if you are interested in a custom school program from a Hobb's State Park - Conservation Area Park Interpreter. 

Taxidermy Exhibits

Friends of Hobbs provided the funding for over 25 taxidermy exhibits found throughout the Visitor Center and used for classroom instruction at the park.  Learn your way around the exhibits and a little about the park with a scavenger hunt. Hobbs offers scavenger hunts for all ages, indoors and outdoors. Simply ask the front desk staff for a scavenger hunt sheet, anytime!

Archaeology at Historic Van Winkle Hollow

University of Arkansas archaeology students and faculty have conducted numerous investigations of the life and facilities that formerly existed in Historic Van Winkle Hollow. Excavations revealing the history of the Van Winkle enterprise are visible at the mill and blacksmith shop locations. Graphic interpretative panels stationed along the half-mile historic trail provide photos and narratives about life in the hollow during the last half of the nineteenth century. To learn more, visit Van Winkle's Mill (highlight with link to: http://

Ozark Natural Science Center

Ozark Natural Science Center is an important partner with Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area in the development of nature education for the Park's 4th grade student day programs. These programs will generate awareness and interest in nature that will prepare students for the Science Center's two-day, one-night program for 5th graders. Ozark Natural Science Center (highlight with link to: ) works closely with Hobbs on other projects and programs of mutual interest.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more, or to become a volunteer in the education program at Hobbs, call: 479-789-5000 or email the park staff at

Park Interpreter talking about Passenger Pigeons

A Friends of Hobbs Volunteer works with school children

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