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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

    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 42 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    With the return of winter many Bald Eagles return to Beaver Lake. Here is your chance to see these majestic birds in nature, as well as other wildlife. An interpreter on the boat will share information about Bald Eagles and the beautiful Beaver Lake. Binoculars will be available, and we recommend dressing warmly. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours depart from Rocky Branch Marina promptly at stated times. Registration and pre-payment required: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12). Call 479-789-5000.

    November - 3,9,16,17,23,24,29,30
    December - 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,23,27,28,29,30,31
    January -  1,4,5,11,12,17,18,19,20,25,26
    February - 1,2,8,9,15,16,17,22,23,29


    • 30 Nov 2019
    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is home to a diverse group of animals. Join Park Interpreter Kiara in meeting some of our residents that call our state park home and get a chance to feed the critters yourself!

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 2 sessions

    Black Bears were once so plentiful in Arkansas that our state was known as the Bear State. Join Park Interpreter Kiara on a short, 1/4-mile hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn about the history, current status and other interesting facts on this large mammal.

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 2 sessions

    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!


    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • 09 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Meet at Sinking Stream Trailhead

    Bring your furry friend to the park as we hike along the Sinking Stream Trail. Learn how the “Leave No Trace” principles apply to our four-legged friends, while enjoying the great outdoors together. All dogs must be on a leash. Meet at Sinking Stream Trailhead.


    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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.

    December 14th Who Goes There? Footprints and Animal Signs
    Circle around as Mother Nature sits in the rocker to read a story about the nature that surrounds us. Story time will be followed by an outdoor activity, weather permitting, and a craft. Children of all ages are welcome, but stories will target those 3-6 years of age.

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 29 Dec 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve on the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn more about your State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Is a cloud just a cloud?  No sir!  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.

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 29 Dec 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 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.

    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 29 Dec 2019
    • 2 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.


    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Listen in as 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.


    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    The wild turkey is a great conservation success story. Join Park Interpreter Chris and learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Turkey and their valuable role in nature, as well as on our holiday dinner table!

    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    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.


    • 22 Dec 2019
    • 28 Dec 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Meet at the 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? Meet at the Visitor Center.

    • 28 Dec 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Do you know the symbols of Arkansas? Some of the symbols are easy, and others you probably have never heard of. Did you know we have a state soil and a State beverage? Join interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas.  Visitor Center. 


    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

    Start the New Year off right with a hike at Hobbs! Join Park Interpreter Chris on this easy .5-mile hike as we discover the secrets of winter along the Sinking Stream Trail. Meet at the Sinking Stream Trailhead. #FirstDayHikes #ArStateParks


    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Meet at the Van Winkle Trailhead

    Start the New Year off right with a hike at Hobbs! Join us for an easy .5-mile stroll through the Historic Van Winkle Hollow and learn about the Van Winkle Mill, the largest in the state of Arkansas all through the 1870s. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet at the Van Winkle Trailhead. This trail is handicapped accessible. #FirstDayHikes #ArStateParks


    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at Shaddox Hollow Trailhead

    Start the New Year off right with a hike at Hobbs! Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5-mile, moderately difficult loop through the hills of Shaddox Hollow as we see what we can discover in nature during the winter. Meet at Shaddox Hollow Trailhead, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. #FirstDayHikes #ArStateParks


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