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Events & Programs 

If you can't find something fun to do every week at Hobbs you are not trying very hard! There are weekly programs put on by park interpreters, guest speakers, special events, programs put on by outside groups -- something for everyone to enjoy!   

Weekly Program Schedule

Every week, park interpreters at Hobbs put on informative programs on a wide range of topics. Learn how to pitch a tent, take a guided hike, be a nature detective, listen to a story told by Mother Nature, learn the principles of Leave No Trace -- there is no end to the topics!  Some are directed toward children and others toward adults. Some activities last 20 minutes, some last an hour. Most are free! Take a look at the calendar and see what might interest you!

Guest Speaker Series

In Northwest Arkansas we are blessed with many gifted speakers ready to pass along fascinating information about our natural world. Guest speakers present programs at 2PM on Sunday afternoons at the Visitor Center, unless otherwise stated.  Learn about the Beaver Lake Bald Eagle population, local bug life, duck hunting, dowsing rods, float fishing, or meet Igor the Turkey Vulture up close -- to name just a few topics. Check the calendar to see what is coming up. These presentations are free.

Astronomy Nights

The Sugar Creek Astronomy Association is pleased to offer several opportunities to study the stars. They offer a brief lecture on an informative topic, like how to purchase a telescope, or viewing the planets, then they move outside for some celestial viewing. No registeration is required. You may use their telescope, "Big Boy," or bring your own. Binoculars work too. Bring a flashlight with a red lens cover, such as a cloth or balloon, and a star chart if you have one. You may also bring chairs and drinks for outdoor comfort.  

Nature Exploration Day Camp Program

Looking for a way to get your kids outdoors during spring break or during the summer? Hobbs offers 3-day camps for 6-8 year-olds (June 6- 8, 2018) and 9-12 year-olds (June 13-15, 2018)!   From 9AM-3PM, children will bring a sack lunch and spend the day observing nature while hiking, playing nature games and crafting.  Just $50 for all three days!  Reservations are required and space is limited.  Call 479-789-5000 to register.

This year a camp has been added for 13 - 15 year olds to get out and explore. It will be July 11-13, 2018. Call the park at 479-789-5000 for more information.

Workshops & Special Events

Step back in time at the Hobbs Fall Festival, celebrate conservation at Aldo Leopold Day, take some lessons on mobile phone photography, take a stroll through the "Living Forrest" with Mother Nature -- these are just a few of the great events and workshops that take place throughout the year at Hobbs. Check the calendar and see what is coming up!

Photographic Society of NWA

The Photographic Society of NWA (PSNWA) will be at Hobbs State Park for a series of free instructional photography programs to the public. Anyone of any photography skill level is encouraged to attend the classes, however, please note the skill level for the Photo Walks are designed for experienced amateurs, hobbyists, and accomplished photographers.  PSNWA professionals will explain the different photography-learning opportunities through classes, lectures, and photo walks within the park on the first meeting, which is October 17th.. Check out http://www.psnwa.org to learn more about PSNWA.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.


Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 33 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    Hobbs State Park has offered eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake for nine years.  Every cruise is different.  You never know what wildlife you will see.

    According to Chris Pistole, newest Hobbs State Park interpreter, “It’s always great to be out on the water, and then to see the wildlife too adds special meaning to each cruise.  We always expect to see Bald Eagles, but don’t forget about the beautiful osprey, the always hungry great blue herons, the red tailed hawks, the ducks, the kingfishers, deer, turtles, and the list goes on.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Pistole added, “We only take 18 guests at a time, so it’s important that folks call the park in a timely manner to ensure that their names get on the boarding lists.”

    Eagle Cruise Dates

    November:  3, 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
    December:  1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
    January:  1, 4, 5 ,6 ,7, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27
    February:  2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax.  Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

    For additional information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:   Call:  479-789-5000 

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Boy we’re lucky.  Here and there we hear about our great friend Mother Nature, but at Hobbs State Park you can actually see her.  Yes!  Every second Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, all throughout the year, she visits the Park.  Her favorite thing to do is to read nature-related stories of the forest and the animals that live there.   Those who visit her always remember an educational, memorable, and fun time. FREE event.

    Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories will target children 3-6 years of age.

    What:  Fun with Mother Nature
    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    When:  Every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am

    Mother Nature Visits and Reading Subjects for the Rest of the Year:
    (Keep this list on your refrigerator so you never miss Mother Nature.)

    March 9th Getting Ready for Spring – Changes in the Woods
    April 13th Dandelions – Stars in the Grass
    May 11th Around the Pond – Frogs and Toads
    June 8th Animals in The Night
    July 13th Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution
    August 10th Caterpillar to Butterfly
    September 14th Autumn in the Woods – Preparing for Winter
    October 12th:  Bats – Not Really Scary
    November 9th It’s Turkey Time
    December 14th Who Goes There?   Footprints and Animal Signs



    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for a light breakfast as ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds, gather some data, and then let YOU help release them! There’s nothing like seeing these amazing creatures up close and in the hand! Breakfast sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, 
    The Bluebird Shed, and 3-D Pet Products.

    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Just in time for the start of the bluebird nesting season, join Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about these beloved birds and how to increase the odds of attracting them to your property. FREE

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    The choices you make when you are outside make a big difference. This is a great program for all ages, but especially for young girls and boys who are just beginning to experience camping, hiking, and the outdoors in general. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Learn from Park Interpreter Steve why this rare tree, once common in the Ozarks, is so important and what we are doing at Hobbs State Park to try and save it.  FREE

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for a light breakfast as ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds, gather some data, and then let YOU help release them! There’s nothing like seeing these amazing creatures up close and in the hand! Breakfast sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, 
    The Bluebird Shed, and 3-D Pet Products.

    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Want to help make a difference at YOUR state park? Join park staff and volunteers as we do light repair work on some of our hiking trails at Hobbs. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle. No children younger than age 10, please. Meet at the Visitor Center.


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Leopold Day honors the Father of Wildlife Ecology, Aldo Leopold. Join us as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of his book, A Sand County Almanac. Free event.

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Trail Work Day: Want to help make a difference at YOUR state park? Join park staff and volunteers as we do light repair work on some of our hiking trails at Hobbs. Wear sturdy shoes and  bring work gloves and a water bottle. No children younger than age 10, please. Meet at the Visitor Center.

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Shaddox Hollow Trail Hike: Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5 mile, moderately difficult loop through Shaddox Hollow as we see what we can discover in nature during late winter. Perhaps there will already be some signs of spring, if we’re lucky! Meet at the Shaddox Hollow trailhead, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

    1:00 – 3:00 PM: Invasive Species Work Day: Want to make a difference at YOUR state park? Join park staff and volunteers as we remove invasive plants along our hiking trails at Hobbs. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, pruners or loppers, and a water bottle. No children younger than age 10, please. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Conservation: A State of Harmony Between Men and Land: Marson Nance with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust will give this special presentation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s book, A Sand County Almanac.   


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Highway 303

    Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5 mile, moderately difficult loop through Shaddox Hollow as we see what we can discover in nature during late winter. Perhaps there will already be some signs of spring, if we’re lucky! Meet at Shaddox Hollow trailhead, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Meeting place: Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Highway 303
    Admission: Free

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    Want to make a difference at YOUR state park? Join park staff and volunteers as we remove invasive plants along our hiking trails at Hobbs. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, pruners or loppers, and a water bottle. No children younger than age 10, please. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Marson Nance with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust will give this special presentation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s book, A Sand County Almanac.


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Steve while you learn some interesting facts about our reptile friends. Why are there 5 toes on a 3-toed box turtle? There is an easy way to tell the difference between a boy and a girl turtle. Do you know the secret?


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Join speaker Jim Warnock as he offers tips and tricks based on his experience with thru-hiking.  Free!  Visitor Center.


    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for our continuation of the “Fun With Mother Nature” series. Circle around as one of our talented park docents or staff sits in the Mother Nature rocker telling stories about the nature that surrounds us. Story time will be followed by a “hands on” activity or craft. Children of all ages are welcome but most stories will target children 3-6 years of age.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visior Center

    Just in time for the start of the bluebird nesting season, join Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about these beloved birds and how to increase the odds of attracting them to your property.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Visitor Center

    It’s not easy being green and slimy! Learn more about our amphibian friends, the frogs, toads and salamanders, with Park Interpreter Chris. After an indoor introduction, we’ll check out the ponds near the Visitor Center and see what’s hoppin’! Learn how you can help monitor frog populations, which have been declining, by participating in FrogWatch, a nationwide community science project.


    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is the Ozark Plateau? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.


    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Listen in as interpreter Steve reads the Lorax.  Do you know what the Lorax was?  He wasn’t just that “orange colored dude”.  Do you know who the most important character in the story was?  It’s not the Lorax. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Join speaker Jared Phillips, as he examines the "Back to the Land Movement" and how it complicated the normal history of Environmentalism in the 1960’s and 1970’s.


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Celebrate Arkansas Arbor Day (Mar. 18th) by going on a kid-friendly tree hike with Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about the trees of Hobbs! The hike will be an easy half mile on the Ozark Plateau Trail, which is ADA accessible. We’ll also be giving away free trees, compliments of the Arkansas Forestry Commission!

    Three times! 
    10:00-10:45 AM 
    12:00-12:45 PM 
    2:00-2:45 PM

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Celebrate Arkansas Arbor Day (Mar. 18th) by going on a kid-friendly tree hike with Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about the trees of Hobbs! The hike will be an easy half mile on the Ozark Plateau Trail, which is ADA accessible. We’ll also be giving away free trees, compliments of the Arkansas Forestry Commission!

    Three times! 
    10:00-10:45 AM 
    12:00-12:45 PM 
    2:00-2:45 PM

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Celebrate Arkansas Arbor Day (Mar. 18th) by going on a kid-friendly tree hike with Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about the trees of Hobbs! The hike will be an easy half mile on the Ozark Plateau Trail, which is ADA accessible. We’ll also be giving away free trees, compliments of the Arkansas Forestry Commission!

    Three times! 
    10:00-10:45 AM 
    12:00-12:45 PM 
    2:00-2:45 PM

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas for this class presented by Mike Wintroath and Cleeo Wright. Free!

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is the Ozark Plateau? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.


    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Van Winkle Trailhead

    Join Interpreter Steve on an easy stroll through the Historic Van Winkle Hollow and learn about the Van Winkle mill, the largest in the state of Arkansas all through the 1870’s. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet at the Van Winkle trailhead.


    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Some of the symbols are easy, and others you probably have never heard of. Did you know we have a state soil and a State beverage? Join interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas.  Visitor Center. FREE


    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join a park interpreter for this fun and lively program, perfect for families with young children, as we learn about the reptiles of Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Be ready for an up-close encounter with a live turtle and a snake, and we’ll wrap up with the reptile rap! Meet at the Visitor Center.  FREE

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Are you ready for spring?!  Join a park interpreter on this easy half mile hike as we discover the signs of spring in the beautiful Van Winkle Hollow area. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Are you ready for spring?!  Join a park interpreter on this easy half mile hike as we discover the signs of spring in the beautiful Van Winkle Hollow area. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Historic Van Winkle trailhead

    Celebrate World Water Day with Park Interpreter Chris by exploring Little Clifty Creek along the Historic Van Winkle trail. With dip nets and kick seines we’ll catch insects, snails, crawdads and other aquatic macroinvertebrates, and who knows what else?! Learn how the critters can tell us if the water is clean or polluted. Meet at the Historic Van Winkle trailhead, and bring rubber boots or waders if you have them.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join a park interpreter for this fun and lively program, perfect for families with young children, as we learn about the reptiles of Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Be ready for an up-close encounter with a live turtle and a snake, and we’ll wrap up with the reptile rap! Meet at the Visitor Center.  FREE

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Are you ready for spring?!  Join a park interpreter on this easy half mile hike as we discover the signs of spring in the beautiful Van Winkle Hollow area. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Visitor Center

    It’s not easy being green and slimy! Learn more about our amphibian friends, the frogs, toads and salamanders, with Park Interpreter Chris. After an indoor introduction, we’ll check out the ponds near the Visitor Center and see what’s hoppin’! Learn how you can help monitor frog populations, which have been declining, by participating in FrogWatch, a nationwide community science project.


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is the Ozark Plateau? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Learn from Park Interpreter Steve why this rare tree, once common in the Ozarks, is so important and what we are doing at Hobbs State Park to try and save it.  FREE

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Friends of Hobbs Speaker, Victoria Jones, will offer a presentation on the latest archaeological discoveries at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Free!

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Ozark Plateau Trailhead

    Join Park Staff and local pediatrician, Dr. Janet Cantwell, for our first Walk With a Doc, while also celebrating National Walk in the Park Day! Walking is good for the body and the mind! We’ll walk the ADA accessible, half mile Ozark Plateau Trail, which is good for beginners. Find out more about the benefits of walking, the trails at Hobbs, and make it your goal to get healthier as we move into spring.

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Visitor Center

    It’s not easy being green and slimy! Learn more about our amphibian friends, the frogs, toads and salamanders, with Park Interpreter Chris. After an indoor introduction, we’ll check out the ponds near the Visitor Center and see what’s hoppin’! Learn how you can help monitor frog populations, which have been declining, by participating in FrogWatch, a nationwide community science project.


    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 PM - 10:45 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Are you ready for spring?!  Join a park interpreter on this easy half mile hike as we discover the signs of spring in the beautiful Van Winkle Hollow area. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is the Ozark Plateau? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.


    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Everyone who lives in Arkansas should be aware of what venomous snakes we have and what they look like. This short program identifies the 6 venomous snakes that we have in Arkansas, five of which are found in northwest Arkansas. FREE

    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Some of the symbols are easy, and others you probably have never heard of. Did you know we have a state soil and a State beverage? Join interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas.  Visitor Center. FREE


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for a light breakfast as ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds, gather some data, and then let YOU help release them! There’s nothing like seeing these amazing creatures up close and in the hand! Breakfast sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, 
    The Bluebird Shed, and 3-D Pet Products.

    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

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