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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


    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 3 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

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Austin Jones, Distinguished Doctoral Fellow at the U of A, for this family- friendly program. You will be among the first to hear the results of his year-long study of the insects, beetles, arachnids, and other charming creatures that inhabit Hobbs State Park – and maybe your house. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn some interesting facts about our reptile friends. Why are there five toes on a three-toed box turtle? There is an easy way to tell the difference between a boy and a girl turtle. Do you know the secret?  Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 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 Arkansas. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Is a cloud just a cloud? Clouds can tell us things. Clouds can do things. Do you know what thunder really is? Why do tornadoes form in clouds? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn about our amazing clouds, puffballs in the sky. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to hear the story of The Lorax. Who was the Lorax and why was he there? Bring the kids to this touching tale that reminds us what we truly need! Story will be followed by a craft. Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

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