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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 (June 6- 8, 2018) and 9-12 year-olds (June 13-15, 2018)!   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.  Call 479-789-5000 to register.

This year a camp has been added for 13 - 15 year olds to get out and explore. It will be July 11-13, 2018. Call the park at 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

    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 29 Dec 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Winter can be a great time for a hike in the Ozarks! Join Park Interpreter Chris for an easy quarter-mile interpretive hike on the Ozark Plateau Trail. What will we find and what secrets will be revealed? It can vary each time! Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 30 Dec 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve on the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn more about your State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 33 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    Hobbs State Park has offered eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake for nine years.  Every cruise is different.  You never know what wildlife you will see.

    According to Chris Pistole, newest Hobbs State Park interpreter, “It’s always great to be out on the water, and then to see the wildlife too adds special meaning to each cruise.  We always expect to see Bald Eagles, but don’t forget about the beautiful osprey, the always hungry great blue herons, the red tailed hawks, the ducks, the kingfishers, deer, turtles, and the list goes on.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Pistole added, “We only take 18 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.”

    Eagle Cruise Dates

    November:  3, 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
    December:  1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
    January:  1, 4, 5 ,6 ,7, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27
    February:  2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24

    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.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

    For additional information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:   Call:  479-789-5000 

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 22 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Join 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 Visitor Center.  FREE

    • 22 Dec 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Not all of our trees shed their leaves in the fall. Join Park Interpreter Chris and learn about the native evergreens in Hobbs State Park, the shortleaf pine and Eastern red cedar. We’ll discover their role in the story of this land. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 23 Dec 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM
    • Meet at the 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? Meet at the Visitor Center.

    • 23 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
    • Meet at 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 interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 29 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Looking for a fun activity to do with the family during the holiday break? Join Park Interpreter Chris for our first bird count for kids as we learn how to identify the common birds we may see, how to use binoculars, and why we count the birds. After the indoor introduction, we’ll hike around the visitor center and on the Ozark Plateau Trail, an easy quarter-mile hike, then finish indoors as we compile our results, make some bird crafts, and celebrate with hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 29 Dec 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    The wild turkey is a great conservation success story. Join Park Interpreter Chris and learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Turkey and their valuable role in nature, as well as on our holiday dinner table! Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 30 Dec 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at the 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. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 30 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
    • Meet at the 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, four of which are found in northwest Arkansas. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

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