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

Upcoming events

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Boy we’re lucky.  Here and there we hear about our great friend Mother Nature, but at Hobbs State Park you can actually see her.  Yes!  Every second Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, all throughout the year, she visits the Park.  Her favorite thing to do is to read nature-related stories of the forest and the animals that live there.   Those who visit her always remember an educational, memorable, and fun time. FREE event.

    Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories will target children 3-6 years of age.

    What:  Fun with Mother Nature
    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    When:  Every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am

    Mother Nature Visits and Reading Subjects for the Rest of the Year:
    (Keep this list on your refrigerator so you never miss Mother Nature.)

    April 13th Dandelions – Stars in the Grass
    May 11th Around the Pond – Frogs and Toads
    June 8th Animals in The Night
    July 13th Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution
    August 10th Caterpillar to Butterfly
    September 14th Autumn in the Woods – Preparing for Winter
    October 12th:  Bats – Not Really Scary
    November 9th It’s Turkey Time
    December 14th Who Goes There?   Footprints and Animal Signs

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions

    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.

    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Visitor Center

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

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Hobbs volunteer Rick will help introduce you to some of the birds that live in Van Winkle Hollow or are just passing through on their spring migration. Binoculars will be available to borrow, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. Recommended for age 8 and up. Meet at the Van Winkle Trailhead.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Chris to learn about these tiny, feathered jewels that are returning 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.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Join Park Interpreter Kiara on this easy half mile hike as we discover the beauty of spring in the Van Winkle Hollow. Meet at the Sinking Stream trailhead.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Park Interpreter Chris to learn about these tiny, feathered jewels that are returning 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.

      • 28 Apr 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
      • Visitor Center

      Learn from Park Interpreter Steve why this rare tree, once common in the Ozarks, is so important and what we are doing at Hobbs State Park to try and save it.  FREE

      • 05 May 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      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 recently retired from the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Co-operative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry.  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 some excitingly tasty dishes.  The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  30 pages of wild edible recipes are included as well.”

      When:  Sunday May 5, 2019
      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:  $25 per person -  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000

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