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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 and 9-12 year-olds!   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.  Information flier HERE.

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

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 44 sessions
    • Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area offers eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake November 2017 through February 2018.  Tours will take place on the following dates from 3PM-4:30PM:

    November:  4,5,11,12,18,19,22,24,25,26
    December:  2,3,9,10,16,17,22,23,27,28,29,30,31
    January:  1,6,7,14,15,19,20,21,27,28
    February:  3,4,10,11,17,18,19,24,25

    January 13:  Special tour on How to Photograph Eagles
    · Adults only – seriously wanting to know how to photograph eagles
    · 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    · Includes lecture by a professional photographer from the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas

    According to Rebekah Penny, park interpreter, “We have always been lucky seeing eagles on our tours; some mature, some immature, and we always see other beautiful wildlife as well.  It could be migrating osprey, great blue herons, king fishers, deer, or red-tailed hawks.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Penny added, “We can only take 20 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.”

    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. (except for the special tour on January 13, 2018) For more information call: 479-789-5000


    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Mother Nature herself has become a frequent visitor to Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  She visits the park every second Saturday of the month and reads nature stories to her little followers.  Readings begin at 10:30 a.m.

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

    Mother Nature Reading Dates (Mark your Calendar)
    January 13The Woods in Winter
    February 10:  Backyard Birds
    March 10:  The Night Sky
    April 14:  Signs of Spring

    Come have some fun with Mother Nature in the lobby of the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:    The second Saturday every month
    Time:     10:30 am
    Cost:       Free

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    The Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds, handling these birds, and then releasing them back into the wild. Learn how this type of research has taught us many things about birds. Enjoy a cup of coffee or juice as you have breakfast with the birds. See the feathers of a goldfinch or chickadee or other songbird up-close! You will witness this unique scientific process, and then help us release the birds back into the wild. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free
    Sponsored by: Wild Birds Unlimited, 3-D Pet Products and The Bluebird Shed


    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Ozark Plateau Trail at the Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more about your Arkansas State Park.   Meeting place: Ozark Plateau Trail at the Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the symbols of Arkansas? Some are easy, and others you probably have never heard of. Did you know we have a state soil and a state beverage? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of the great state of Arkansas.   
    Meeting place: Visitor Center 
    Admission: Free

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    The Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds, handling these birds, and then releasing them back into the wild. Learn how this type of research has taught us many things about birds. Enjoy a cup of coffee or juice as you have breakfast with the birds. See the feathers of a goldfinch or chickadee or other songbird up-close! You will witness this unique scientific process, and then help us release the birds back into the wild. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free
    Sponsored by: Wild Birds Unlimited, 3-D Pet Products and The Bluebird Shed


    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to explore this ½-mile nature trail. Discover the unique characteristics of a sinking stream and the wildlife surrounding it. This family-friendly hike is a great way to get out and explore! 
    Meeting place: Sinking Stream Trailhead
    Admission: Free

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center Picnic Area

    Fire plays a vital role in forest ecology. Fire can be either helpful or harmful. It's up to you. Join Park Interpreter Chelsea to learn when it is appropriate to use fire and when it is not. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center Picnic Area
    Admission: Free

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    What is natural graffiti? Have you ever done it? Do you know? Join Park Interpreter Chelsea to learn what natural graffiti is and the lasting impact it has on your favorite wild places. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Listen in as Park 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. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    The Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds, handling these birds, and then releasing them back into the wild. Learn how this type of research has taught us many things about birds. Enjoy a cup of coffee or juice as you have breakfast with the birds. See the feathers of a goldfinch or chickadee or other songbird up-close! You will witness this unique scientific process, and then help us release the birds back into the wild. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Learn to make good choices when you are outside. This is a great program for children. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Circle around Mother Nature, who is telling stories and teaching about nature surrounding us. This celestial story will illuminate the night. Children of all ages are welcome, but most stories are best suited for children 3-6 years of age. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series: Dr. Jamie Brandon will present an update on the multi-year study of Northwest Arkansas bluff shelters. The story of these bluff shelters gets more interesting every year. Dr. Brandon led the original archeological work at Historic Van Winkle Hollow at Hobbs State Park. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    This class is for beginners. Learn how to use your camera to take photos of nature. The class will be taught by a professional from the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • visitor center

    This program prepares you for the Vernal Equinox on March 20, 2018. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night and day are approximately equal in length). It's the first day of spring. Lecture at 7 p.m. with night sky viewing at 8 p.m.   Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series: Rick Jones talks about some species we might not think about every day, cavity nesters. Approximately 85 species of North American birds excavate nesting holes, use cavities resulting from decay (natural cavities), or use holes created by other species in dead or deteriorating trees. Some of the excavated nesting holes take years to construct. This is a great program for birders of all levels. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

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