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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

    • 06 May 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.


    • 06 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:25 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 interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas.


    • 06 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Are you concerned about what would happen if you came upon a black bear while hiking? Or are you just interested in learning about this fantastic beast? Join Interpreter Chelsea to understand the truth about this wonderful animal.


    • 06 May 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.


    • 07 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Many of our grandparents and parents used wild plants for food and medicine.  We all know about sassafras tea and the glorious taste of wild blackberries, but we have perhaps forgotten how extensively wild plants can be used as food sources.  In the early 1970's, information on native wild foods and medicinal uses of wild plants became very popular.  The well-known naturalist, Euell Gibbons, told us, “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist.  I crave a more real and meaningful relationship.  The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.”

    Dr. Walkingstick, who will conduct the Wild Edibles Workshop at Hobbs State Park, has worked for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Co-operative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry since 1996.  Tamara serves on several boards including the Arkansas American Indian Center, Arkansas Women In Agriculture, the National Network of Forest Practitioners and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

    Walkingstick noted, “In this comprehensive 4-hour workshop, you will not only learn to identify some edible species of Arkansas native and non-native vegetation, you will also have the opportunity to sample tasty dishes including acorn scones. The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  30 pages of wild edible recipes are included as well.”

    When:  Sunday May 7, 2016
    Time:  10 am to 2 pm
    Where: The workshop will be held at the Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    Cost:  $15 per person + tax.  Class size is limited to 25.  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000

    To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and
    other park programs, go to:
    http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/  and  www.ArkansasStateParks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea


    • 07 May 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.


    • 07 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Van Winkle Trail Head

    Join Interpreter Steve on an easy stroll through the Historic Van Winkle Hollow and learn about the Van Winkle mill, the largest in the state of Arkansas all through the 1870’s.  The area is on the National Register of Historic Places.


    • 07 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail Head

    Join Interpreter Chelsea for a casual afternoon walk through the park. This week, we will appreciate the Shaddox Hollow Trail.


    • 07 May 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:20 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?

    • 13 May 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.  

    May 13, 2017 – Around the Pond

    June 10, 2017 – Caterpillar to Butterfly

    July 8, 2017 – Water Dance

    Meet 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.

    Cost:  Free, one hour events. 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

    • 13 May 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for our continuation of the “Mother Nature Reads” series.  Circle around Mother Nature telling stories about the nature that surrounds us.  Story time will be followed by a “hands on” activity or craft.  Children of all ages are welcome but most stories will target children 3-6 years of age.  


    • 13 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail Head

    Join Interpreter Chelsea for this 1.5 mile hike. You will get to see several features that make the Ozarks a special place including hardwood forest, karst topography, and a glade.


    • 13 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Chelsea, Hobbs State Park interpreter and Jeremy TenHaken, member of the photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas and a nature photographer.  Chelsea will present a short program on northwest Arkansas wildflowers, and then Jeremy will explain how to properly photograph these little beauties.  The program is free and open to the public.


    • 14 May 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.


    • 14 May 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.


    • 14 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 1:20 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.

    • 14 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail Head

    Join Interpreter Chelsea for a casual afternoon walk through the park. This is a great opportunity to bring family, friends, or just yourself to enjoy an easy Sunday hike to take in the sights of spring. This week, we will appreciate the Historic Van Winkle Trail.


    • 14 May 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Listen in as 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.


    • 20 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trailhead

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah for this beautiful, moderately strenuous hike! Get out and enjoy the beauty of the Ozark Plateau along this 1.5 mile loop trail. This is a great hike to learn about the geology of this area and see the beauty of our Natural State!


    • 20 May 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Picnic area by Visitor Center

    It is time to express yourself! We all have an artist inside, and Hobbs State Park is the perfect place to get inspired. Join Interpreter Rebekah to capture some of your favorite scenes on the park with water colors.


    • 20 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Have you ever been on the trails and not seen an animal? Animals can be hard to spot, but they leave signs of their presence. Join a Park Interpreter Rebekah to make your own track identification card. Then look for clues about our native animals and figure out what the clues tell us.  


    • 21 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Families are invited to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through the visitor center and its exhibit area. Discover the many wonders of this facility and the park as you complete this hunt together. Receive a prize at the front desk when you turn in your scavenger hunt sheet. 


    • 21 May 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.



    • 21 May 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.


    • 21 May 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.


    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Van Winkle Trailhead on Hwy 122

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to explore this ½ mile nature trail.  Discover the unique characteristics of a sinking stream and the wildlife surrounding it. 


    • 27 May 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to celebrate the earth by capturing her beauty through your art. We will be using finger paints and natural materials to celebrate the beauty all around! 


    • 27 May 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Rebekah for this fun way to express your feelings through the art of poetry. We will learn some poetic verses before venturing outside to be inspired by nature!

    • 28 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Families are invited to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through the visitor center and its exhibit area. Discover the many wonders of this facility and the park as you complete this hunt together. Receive a prize at the front desk when you turn in your scavenger hunt sheet. 


    • 28 May 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.


    • 28 May 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?

    • 28 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail Head

    Join Interpreter Chelsea for a casual afternoon walk through the park. This is a great opportunity to bring family, friends, or just yourself to enjoy an easy Sunday hike to take in the sights of spring. This week, we will appreciate the Historic Van Winkle Trail.


    • 28 May 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 3:25 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 interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas.


    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.  

    June 10, 2017 – Caterpillar to Butterfly

    July 8, 2017 – Water Dance

    Meet 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.

    Cost:  Free, one hour events. 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Day camps held all over northwest Arkansas offer a variety of outdoor escapes and unique learning opportunities for our youth.  For many years Hobbs State Park has been a leader in offering enlightening and educational Day Camps.  This June, Hobbs is going one step further in offering something special.  The Park is partnering with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas to offer our first Summer Youth Photography Camp.

    The Camp will consist of morning sessions over a three-day period.   The sessions will include lectures, hands-on techniques, and outdoor photography walks.   Class Instruction will be given by Bob Coleman, Master Photographer.

    Equipment required:  Compact point-and-shoot camera, memory card, photo journal book; Optional equipment: DSLR camera and case, camera manual, laptop with picture editing program

    2017 Hobbs State Park 3-Day Photography Camp dates:
    June 27th – 29th            For ages 14-17                9 a.m.  – Noon

    Cost:  $100.00 per child for all three days. 

    Pre-registration and pre-payment required.   If you are a PSNWA member, register at the PSNWA web site.  http://www.psnwa.org                                      

    If not a PSNWA member, call Hobbs State Park at   479-789-5000 to register.  Note that space is limited for this event. 

    For more information contact Bob Coleman, bobcoleman@photo.com or Cynthia Cooper, info@psnwa.org 


    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.    

    July 8, 2017 – Water Dance

    Meet 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.

    Cost:  Free, one hour events. 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

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