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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 the summer? Hobbs offers 3-day camps for different age ranges in June and July each year. Day camps for older children are from 9AM-3PM, children will bring a sack lunch and spend the day observing nature while hiking, playing nature games and crafting.  If the weather is right, we sometimes take the groups out on Beaver Lake.  Sometimes to snorkel or sometimes to kayak. The younger groups are from 9AM-Noon, however we keep them safe in or around the visitor center.  Reservations and payment are required in advance. Space is limited.  Call 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 to learn more about PSNWA.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.

Upcoming events

    • 22 May 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Education Pavilion near Visitor Center

    Insects and other invertebrates are very important but are often misunderstood. Join Park Interpreter Chris on a bug hunt around the Visitor Center grounds as we discover their diversity and learn how we can help them while we catch and release these many-legged wonders. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED

    • 29 May 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 19 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Historic Van Winkle Trailhead

    Park Interpreter Chris will lead an exploration of Little Clifty Creek along the Historic Van Winkle trail. We’ll catch insects, snails, crawdads and other creatures. Learn how the critters can tell us if the water is clean or polluted. Meet at the Historic Van Winkle Trailhead, and wear rubber boots or old tennis shoes if you have them. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 06 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center

    Search for our forest friends, the “Untraceables” and discover the 7 principles of Leave No Trace as we explore the ADA accessible Ozark Plateau Trail. Learn more about conservation at Hobbs State Park and The Natural State during this fun, family-friendly, 0.25-mile hikeCOVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center

    Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week! Pollinators play a crucial role in nature, but they need our help more than ever! Learn how you can help them, including how to plant a pollinator garden, during this free, outdoor program. Register by sending an email to by June 25th and get a free butterfly milkweed plant at the workshop. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.


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