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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 to learn more about PSNWA.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:35 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.

    • 25 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:20 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.

    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Ozark Plateau Trail

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

    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:20 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?

    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Is it a gall or isn’t it? – Hey – What is a gall?   How are they formed?  Join interpreter Steve to learn the basics of what galls are all about.

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • Visitor Center

    It was back in 2001 that Al Knox began to volunteer for trail maintenance at Hobbs State Park.  For two years he regularly visited the Park with chain saw, weed eater, grass whip, McLeod, and Pulaski.  He maintained and re-routed old trail, while developing new sections.  Nothing made Al happier than to be in the woods maintaining trail for his fellow man and woman to enjoy.  Then in 2003 Knox was on the payroll.  He became the only Trail Maintenance Supervisor ever hired by any Arkansas state park.

    Hobbs State Park boasts 35 miles of trail with 24 of those miles being multi-use.  Multi-use means that in addition to hikers, the trail is used by horses, and non-motorized bikes.  Horses and bikes are exceptionally hard on trails; however, for 14 years Knox and his community volunteers have kept all 35 miles of trail in a continuous state of excellent repair…not an easy task.  It has been the Al Knox love of the woods and the love of his work that has endured him to the thousands of trail users that visit Hobbs State Park every year.  At age 81, Al will be hanging up his trail tools, trading them for a rod and reel and some well-deserved fishing time.

    In honor of the exceptional service he has provided the largest state park in Arkansas, “Al Knox Trail Day” has been established as an annual happening at Hobbs State Park.  The very first will be April 1, 2017.

    The public is invited to an open house Saturday April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm.  Cake and drink will be provided for all.  Al will want to see everyone who has enjoyed the Hobbs State Park trails.

    In addition to the open house, a full array of guided trail tours will take place the same day:

    Time                 Trail Head                     Trail                        Leader                 Trail Use Type
    8 am            Piney Trail head         Bashore Loop          Diane Gately                Hike
    8:30 am         Van Winkle                Sinking Stream        Rick Jones            Bird Watching
    9 am             Townsend Ridge          War Eagle                 Tomac                        Bike 
    9 am             Townsend Ridge          Little Clifty               Saddle Up                 Horse
    9:30 am         Visitor Center                OPT                   Rebekah Penny               Hike
    10 am           Pigeon Roost             Dry Creek                  Kathy Mayhue        Photography
                                                           2.5 miles down to
                                                           Water and back         Joan Reynolds       Wildflowers

    10am – 2 pm  Visitor Center      Open House     Spend time with Al

    Time               Trail Head                     Trail                         Leader            Trail Use Type
    2 pm                Piney                   Dutton Hollow              Chelsea            Hike
    2:30 pm      Shaddox Hollow      Shaddox Hollow            Nikki                Hike
    3:30 pm        Van Winkle                Van Winkle                 Steve               Hike

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 6:45 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Mercury will be at its greatest eastern elongation on April 1st this year.  In astronomy, a planet's elongation is the angle between the planet and the Sun as seen from the Earth.  When an inner planet is at its largest angle away from the Sun it is in a prime viewing condition.  Greatest eastern elongation is the phrase to describe when a planet is in this prime viewing condition just after sunset.  

    According to the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society president, Katherine Auld, “Our evening at Hobbs State Park will begin with a short lecture explaining more about the greatest elongation for both the inner and outer planets.  Following will be a short explanation of viewing the night sky.  We will then proceed outside to view Mercury and some deep sky objects.  We will also have a basket of books for young people to participate in Reading Under the Stars.”

    What to Bring:  

    • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
    • Binoculars
    • Folding chair – one per person`
    • Star chart (if you have one)

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:  Saturday April 1, 2017

    • Classroom instruction – 6:45 p.m.
    • Night viewing about 7:45 p.m.

    Cost:  Free – Public is invited:  Great for scout groups and families

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

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