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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 http://www.psnwa.org to learn more about PSNWA.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.


Upcoming events

    • 03 Jul 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 28 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center

    Park Interpreter Chris will lead an exploration of Little Clifty Creek along the Historic Van Winkle trail. We’ll catch aquatic insects, snails, crawdads, and other creatures! Learn how they 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. Recommended for ages 5 and older. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 11 Jul 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 29 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Education Pavilion by Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Park Interpreter Steve on the ADA accessible Ozark Plateau Trail for a 0.25-mile hike to learn more about your state park. Free. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED


    • 25 Jul 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 29 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Exploration classroom in Visitor Center

    Everyone who lives in or visits Arkansas should be aware of what venomous snakes we have and what they look like. This short program led by Park Interpreter Steve identifies the six venomous snakes that we have in Arkansas, four of which are found in northwest Arkansas. Meet in the Exploration classroom in the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.

    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Education Pavilion near the Visitor Center

    Join a park interpreter Chris 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 Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center.  Free. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 08 Aug 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • 09 Aug 2021
    • 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Visitor Center

    Is a cloud just a cloud?  No sir!  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. Meet in the Exploration Room at the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Call the Visitor Center

    Spend an evening on Beaver Lake during Lake Appreciation Month while paddling your own kayak guided by a park interpreter. We will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake and take in the showstopper, the setting sun. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. Minimum age 9. Sponsored by the Beaver Watershed Alliance. Pre-registration required. Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • 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


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 28 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Chris to learn about these tiny, feathered jewels that have returned from their winter homes. We’ll discuss how to create a haven for them in your yard, and how you can participate in monitoring them through the community science program, Hummingbirds at Home. Meet at the front porch of the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.


      • 15 Aug 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
      • Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center

       Join Park Interpreter Steve while you learn some interesting facts about these 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? COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.

      • 18 Aug 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
      • Rocky Branch Marina

      Join Park Interpreter Chris as we take a pontoon boat ride on Beaver Lake to snorkel and discover the diversity of underwater life and enjoy the clear, cool water! Wear appropriate clothing for swimming including water shoes, and sunscreen. Participants must wear a life jacket. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and adult must be in the water. Life jackets, masks, and snorkels provided. Space is limited. Meet at the Rocky Branch Marina. Minimum age 6. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children (age 6-12). Registration and pre-payment required. Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. 

      • 19 Aug 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
      • Call the Visitor Center

      Spend an evening on Beaver Lake during Lake Appreciation Month while paddling your own kayak guided by a park interpreter. We will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake and take in the showstopper, the setting sun followed by the mostly full moon. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. Minimum age 9. Sponsored by the Beaver Watershed Alliance. Pre-registration required. Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY.


      • 21 Aug 2021
      • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (CDT)
      • Ozark Plateau Trail

      Black Bears were once so plentiful in Arkansas that our state was known as the Bear State. Join Park Interpreter Kiara on a short, 1/4-mile hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn about the history, current status and other interesting facts on this large mammal. Free. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

      • 22 Aug 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
      • Education Pavilion by the 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. Free. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.  


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