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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

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Mother Nature herself has become a permanent fixture at Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  Every 2nd Saturday at 10:30 a.m. she visits the park to excite the imaginations of all the children around her. 

    Upcoming Mother Nature visit dates and reading topics:

    June 9 – Animals in the Night

    July 14 – Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution

    August 11 – Caterpillar to Butterfly

    September 8 – Trees

    October 13 – Spiders

    November 10 – Stories the Osage Nation Tells

    December 8 – Squirrels – Busy All Year ‘Round

    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.

    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.

    Put this notice on your refrigerator to remind you of all of the upcoming Mother Nature Reads dates.

    Cost:  FREE     Length – one hour.  

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


    • 02 Aug 2018
    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Spend an evening on Beaver Lake 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. The finale is gazing west into the sunset. Recreational kayaks, paddles and life jackets are provided. Space is limited; registration and pre-payment required. Bring a bottle of water and dress for the weather.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 

    • 03 Aug 2018
    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • Ozark Plateau Trail at the Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more about your Arkansas State Park.  
    Meeting place: Ozark Plateau Trail at the Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 03 Aug 2018
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Is it a gall or isn’t it?  What is a gall?   How are they formed?  Join interpreter Steve to learn the basics of what galls are all about. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 03 Aug 2018
    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 5 sessions

    Everyone who lives in Arkansas should be aware of what venomous snakes we have and what they look like. This short program identifies the six venomous snakes that we have in Arkansas, five of which are found in northwest Arkansas. Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more!
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free


    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Is a cloud just a cloud? 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.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 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. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Listen in as Park 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. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 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? Have you ever seen a racing turtle? We’re betting on ours.   
    Meeting place: Visitor Center 
    Admission: Free

    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 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 the great state of Arkansas.  
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Meet at Rocky Branch Marina

    Join your park interpreter guide to truly appreciate Beaver Lake as few have! We will take a short pontoon boat ride to a pristine, quiet cove of Beaver Lake searching for the hidden diversity of underwater life and enjoying 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. Pre-registration required at (479) 789-5000.
    Meeting place: Rocky Branch Marina
    Admission: $20 adults, $10 children

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series: We probably don't often think about it, but prehistoric peoples used plants for many reasons. Join Dr. Elizabeth Horton when she explains how and why plants were used to enhance the lives of prehistoric peoples. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    The Photographic Society of NW Arkansas takes the lead on this one, lecturing at 6:30 p.m., and then helps beginner photographers take photos by moonlight. What fun!
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

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