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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

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Begin at Visitor Center

    Spend an evening on Beaver Lake while paddling your own kayak guided by a park interpreter.  You will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake.  The best part will be the lake exquisitely illuminated by the full moon.

    Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided.  Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy. 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy. 12 intersection.

    When:     July 7 at 8:30 pm

                   Aug. 7 at 8:30 pm

                   Sept. 5 at 7:30 pm

                   Oct. 5 at 7:00 pm

    Cost:       $12 Adults, $6 children (6-12)

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register, call: 479-789-5000


    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    How well do you know your German navy slang?   First recorded in 1940-1945, the name of the airshaft for German U-boats came from the German navy slang Schnorchel for "nose, or snout,".  Today when we go swimming and use one, we call it a snorkel.

    Snorkelling is incredibly fun, relaxing, and a wonderful way to explore the world beneath the waves.   You can just drift through the water, relax, and enjoy a previously unexplored, wet wonderland.

    Snorkelling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins.  Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.  The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.   Snorkelling appeals to all ages because of how little effort is involved.

    Join your Hobbs State Park interpreter guide to truly appreciate Beaver Lake as few have.  We will take a short pontoon boat ride to an unspoiled, quiet cove, searching for the hidden diversity of underwater life.

    When:
    Monday July 10            1-4 pm
    Monday July 17             1-4 pm
    Tuesday July 25            1-4 pm
    Friday July 28               1-4 pm
    Friday August 4            1-4 pm
    Thursday August 10    1-4 pm
    Friday August 25          1-4 pm
    Thursday August 31     1-4 pm

    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 the adult must be in the water.  Life jackets, masks, and snorkels provided.

    Where:  All participants meet at Rock Branch Marina, 8872 Rocky Branch Marina Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756 (Hwy. 12 to 303 north, to Rocky Branch Marina Road)

    Cost:     $20 Adults (13 and up)
                   $10 Child (Up thru age 12)

    Preregistration and payment required.  To register call:  479-789-5000


    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Starts at the 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 will be gazing west into the sunset. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided.  Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When:  
    June 30, July 28 at 8 pm
    Aug. 11, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm
    Sept. 8, 15, 18 at 7:00 pm
    Sept. 25, 29 at 6:30 pm

    Cost $12 Adults, $6 children (6-12)

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    It’s not every day that we observe Mother Nature because she is particular regarding when she can be seen by humans.  One of her favorite stops however, is Hobbs State Park.  Every 2nd Saturday of the month she drops in at the Park’s visitor center to tell timely stories to her little human friends.   Readings begin at 10:30 a.m.   Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Humans of all ages are welcome, however most stories target those 3-6 years of age.

    Mother Nature’s Readings at Hobbs State Park for the Rest of 2017:  (She said that we all should put this list on our refrigerators so we don’t forget to visit her.)

    August 12: Herps at Hobbs: Snakes, Turtles & Lizards
    September 9: Autumn in the Woods: Preparing for Winter
    October 14: Bats – Not Really Scary
    November 11: Stories the Osage Nation Tells
    December 9: Squirrels – Busy All Year ‘Round

    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     
    Length: One hour  

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


    • 30 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Have you ever wanted to learn to kayak?  Here is your chance to learn from a kayak instructor for the American Canoe Association (ACA).  Participants will learn all aspects of paddling while exploring a calm area of Beaver Lake.  Recreational kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.

    Workshop is open to those 16 years and older.  Bring a sack lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When:  Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 30
                Sept. 10 & 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Cost:  $50.00 per person

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000


    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Starts at the 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 will be gazing west into the sunset. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided.  Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When:  
    Sept. 8, 15, 18 at 7:00 pm
    Sept. 25, 29 at 6:30 pm

    Cost $12 Adults, $6 children (6-12)

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Have you ever wanted to learn to kayak?  Here is your chance to learn from a kayak instructor for the American Canoe Association (ACA).  Participants will learn all aspects of paddling while exploring a calm area of Beaver Lake.  Recreational kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.

    Workshop is open to those 16 years and older.  Bring a sack lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When: Sept. 10 & 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Cost:  $50.00 per person

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000


    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Have you ever wanted to learn to kayak?  Here is your chance to learn from a kayak instructor for the American Canoe Association (ACA).  Participants will learn all aspects of paddling while exploring a calm area of Beaver Lake.  Recreational kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.

    Workshop is open to those 16 years and older.  Bring a sack lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When: Sept. 10 & 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Cost:  $50.00 per person

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000


    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    For many people, hiking means finding a local trail on a weekend afternoon to enjoy a couple hours of fresh air and perhaps a respite from the concrete, asphalt, and work cubicle that surrounds their normal everyday life.  Others seek a more all-consuming experience: a physically and mentally demanding long-distance hike that takes them hundreds or thousands of miles through feral wilderness and punishing terrain.

    There are valid reasons not to attempt such a feat. Consider: blisters, swollen joints, stress fractures, torn ligaments, muscle cramps, tendonitis, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, abrasions, sore knees and hips, emotional stress, shin splints, an occasional broken bone, and a plethora of famished insects.  There are however, rare individuals known as “thru hikers” who attempt and ultimately complete these arduous treks.  According to Wikipedia, “Thru-hiking is hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end within one hiking season.”

    Jim Warnock, a “Thru hiker”, will tell his story at Hobbs State Park.  He recently completed a back packing trip on the 210- mile long John Muir Trail.  This trail runs south through the High Sierras from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney.  The trail never dips below 7,000 ft. and crosses numerous 11,000 ft. passes.

    Warnock will bring his back pack, and explain what it took physically and mentally to complete the hike.  His adventure was documented in breath taking photographs which we will see.  He will then transition to the Ozarks while making the point to show that there is no scenic "let down” with local scenery.  Warnock said, “Our Ozarks are on par with scenic regions anywhere in the United States.  I give a descriptive overview of the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri with specific scenic highlights, springs, scenic rivers, and waterways we can easily explore from Northwest Arkansas.”

    If you are a short distance hiker or a “Thru-hiker”, you’re not going to want to miss this program.

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle road intersection

    When:  2:00 p.m.  Sunday September 24, 2017

    Cost:      Free – The public is invited

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

    This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs monthly Speaker Series.   


    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Starts at the 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 will be gazing west into the sunset. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided.  Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. 

    Where:  Begin at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the War Eagle Road/Hwy 12 intersection.

    When:  
    Sept. 25, 29 at 6:30 pm

    Cost $12 Adults, $6 children (6-12)

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Vistor Center and Historic Van Winkle Hollow

    A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 1, 2017.   Activities will take place at Historical Van Winkle Hollow as well as the Park’s visitor center, both located on Hwy 12 east of Rogers.  Bring the entire family to learn about how it was done in the past.

    Schedule at Historic Van Winkle Hollow

    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

    • Blacksmith Demonstration   (You will love his beard)
    • Early Food Preservation (How did they do it?)
    • Old Timey Games    (Are you any good walking on stilts?)
    • Music    (Tap that foot)
    • Stone Tool making Demonstration (Amazing)
    • Van Winkle Historical Presentation (Great history)
    • Pre-historic Musical Instruments (Can you find the melody?)
    • Female Civil War Soldier   (We had ‘em)
    • Dutch oven Demonstration    (Holy yum!)
    • “Snake Oil” Salesman    (Don’t let him sell anything to you.)
    • Pioneer Homesteader    (Want to make some butter?)
    • Tall Tales Tellers    (Would they lie to you? – Yes!)

      

    Schedule at Hobbs State Park visitor center

    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    •  See demonstrations:
      • Weavers
      • Lace makers
      • Spinners
    • Music
    • Short hikes

    Free Shuttle:  Please park at the visitor center parking lot on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.  The free shuttle will run constantly from   1 p.m. – 4 p.m. between the visitor center and Historic Van Winkle Trail.

    All of these family activities are FREE and the public is welcome.    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you still have the heebie-jeebies from watching Pet Cemetery, Poltergeist, or The Night of the Living Dead?  Horror films successfully tap into our collective subconscious fears of death, what lies beyond (or even beneath, for that matter).  But really - Do you shudder just hearing the name Stephen King?  When you visit a cemetery do you feel like a hand will appear through a menacing pall to lunge at your ankle?  Jump back!  You may be a coimetrophobe.    Coimetrophobia is the fear of cemeteries.  Symptoms include panic attacks, dizziness/vertigo, headaches, and sense of pending doom.  Coimetrophobes may also fear decomposition, decay, and even getting buried alive.    

    On the other hand, you may be a taphophile like the upcoming speaker at Hobbs State Park, Abby Burnett.  A taphophile visits cemeteries for fun, and like Abby they take an interest in cemeteries, tombstones, or the memory of past lives.  There is beauty and peace in a cemetery.  Instead of fearing that there is a ghoul lurking around the next head stone, or that a zombie will appear from behind the next tree dragging his leg in your direction, Abby wonders what the people were like, or what they died from.  She studies the symbolism carved on each stone, looking for clues that could lead to more information about the deceased.

    In Abby’s presentation she will show us gravestones that either hint at something, or tell us outright how the person died, such as being struck by lightning, or killed by a falling tree.  A stone may state “Killed by ---” and even give the murderer’s motive, but there is always more to find out.

    Not only are Abby’s programs extremely entertaining, they are always fun.  Whether you are a coimetrophobe or a taphophile, you will be glad you came to Abby’s program at Hobbs State Park.

    When:  Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle intersection
    Cost:      Free

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


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