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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

    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 27 Feb 2022
    • 33 sessions
    • Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina

    The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and for native Americans a spiritual symbol for far longer than that.  These majestic raptors (Birds of prey) are seen migrating through northwest Arkansas November through February, mainly around bodies of water since fish are the main element of their diet.

    An easy, comfortable way to view and get photos of these gorgeous birds is on one of the eagle watch tours offered by Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area on beautiful Beaver Reservoir.  Many dates are available this eagle watch season.

    November: 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28

    December: 4, 5, 18, 19, 23, 26, 27, 31

    January:  1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29, 30

    February: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults:  $15.00 + tax.   Children:  6-12   $7.50 + tax.  Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m.  To make reservations, call Hobbs State Park at: 479-789-5000.

    • 28 Nov 2021
    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 2 sessions

    There are some great conservation success stories from the last century, and the return of the Bald Eagle is one of those. Park Interpreter Chris will share their story and natural history through images and hands-on objects.  COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? Do you know the purpose of “anting”? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more about YOUR park during this easy .25-mile hike on the ADA accessible Ozark Plateau Trail. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 26 Dec 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Meet on the front porch of the Visitor Center.

    Did you know plants are sugar factories that feed us and all sorts of other animals? Take a look at the energy your body uses and where it comes from with Park Interpreter Steve. Meet on the front porch of the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m.

    Join an interpreter and a wildlife photographer on our pontoon boat as we cruise beautiful Beaver Lake to see bald eagles and other wildlife. We will also learn about the photography equipment needed, the settings on your camera to get sharp photos of birds in flight, and other locations to photograph eagles in NW Arkansas. Photography lecture begins at 2:30 pm on the boat. Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m. and are limited to 12 participants. Cost: adults $15, children (age 6-12) $7.50. 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.

    • 05 Dec 2021
    • 26 Dec 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • 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.  


    • 05 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Visitor Center porch

    Sit back and relax on our front porch rocking chairs with our park history guru, Park Interpreter Steve, to learn more about how and when this area became a state park, why we are designated as a Conservation Area, and other interesting history related to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Education Pavilion near Visitor Center

    The wooded hills around Hobbs were one of the last strongholds for the now extinct Passenger Pigeon. Park Interpreter Chris will take you back to the late 1800’s when pigeoners made their living harvesting what was possibly the most abundant bird in the world and discuss the efforts to save other species before it’s too late. Free. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. 

    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Education Pavilion

    How does wildlife survive the cold winter months? Park Interpreter Chris will share with you the 8 “ates” or strategies used for survival. Hibernating is just one of them! COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.

    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Front porch of the 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-Conservation Area to try and save it. Meet on the front porch of the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.


    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Education Pavilion

    Not all of our trees shed their leaves in the fall. Join Park Interpreter Chris on this short hike 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. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.


    • 19 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.

    • 19 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:30 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.  Meet Park Interpreter Steve on the front porch of the Visitor Center. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.



PLEASE NOTE: Participants age 12 and older are encouraged to wear masks unless fully vaccinated and maintain social distance between households, respecting the safety and concerns of those around you. The programs are free and will meet at the Education Pavilion by the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. 

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