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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

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Van Winkle Trailhead Parking Lot

    Join the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Arkansas Native Plant Society, and Hobbs State Park to celebrate Arkansas Native Plant Month! Master Naturalist Joan Reynolds will lead a native plant and wildflower walk on two short trails at Van Winkle Hollow. Both trails have many interesting plants. We will start out on the Sinking Stream Trail at Van Winkle, a ½-mile unpaved loop trail along Little Clifty Stream full of wildflowers and other native plants. Then we will walk the Historic Trail at Van Winkle, which is a ½-mile paved/gravel trail with its own interesting flora. Both trails are mostly level with some slopes, so it will be a leisurely walk.    Meeting place: Van Winkle Trailhead Parking Lot
    Admission: Free

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Van Winkle Trailhead Parking Lot

    Join a park interpreter as you learn the basic techniques to birdwatching.  Enjoy a walk around Van Winkle Hollow as you practice birdwatching in one of our most active bird habitats! Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.
    Meeting place: Van Winkle Trailhead Parking Lot 
    Admission: Free


    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Have you ever been on the trails and not seen an animal?  Join a park interpreter as we learn how to look for clues about our native animals and figure out who left them.  This mystery will be uncovered on our new ¼  mile paved trail and off the trail located at the visitor center.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center      
    Admission: Free

     


    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 3 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

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 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

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Join Park Interpreter Chelsea on this 4-mile hike along Bashore Ridge. A pine forest and view of Beaver Lake are some of the many highlights along this stretch of the Hidden Diversity Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and a snack if desired.
    Meeting place: Piney Road Trailhead
    Admission: Free

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center Picnic Area

    It is time to express yourself! We all have an artist inside, and Hobbs State Park is the perfect place to get inspired. Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to capture some of your favorite scenes in the park with water colors.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center Picnic Area
    Admission: Free

    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Those who wish to learn the basics of fly casting will want to attend the Fly Casting 101 workshop to be held at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center Sunday April 29, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Two hours of instruction will be in the classroom, and two hours will be outside.   Participants will learn four basic casts, the six basic types of flies, (lures) how to cast and “play” the flies in the water, how to read water, how to wade, how to purchase and assemble your equipment, how to store your equipment, as well as how to tie the four basic knots used by fly fishers.  All equipment will be provided. 

    The workshop will be taught by Sallyann Brown, past recipient of the “Woman of the Year” and the “Federation of Fly Fishers Educator of the Year” awards from the Federation of Fly Fishers, Inc.

    When:  Sunday April 29, 2018

    Time:  12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

    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.

    Minimum age is 12 yrs.  Cost:  $35 per person + tax.   Reservations and pre-payment required.  For questions, and to register call: 479-789-5000


    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Steve for some facts and fun. This program is an excellent orientation to Hobbs State Park, including trails, Van Winkle history, shooting range, animals, visitor center, plus we take a look at what we call "hidden diversity," things you might miss when taking a hike, but are fun to see.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 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

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