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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

    • 05 Sep 2021
    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Meet at front desk in Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more about the park during this easy .25-mile hike on the ADA accessible Ozark Plateau Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.


    • 16 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Call the Visitor Center

    Spend an evening paddling on Beaver Lake while guided by a park interpreter. We will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake and take in the showstopper, the setting sun. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited to 10 people. Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. Minimum age 9. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children (age 9-12). 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.


    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail Head

    Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5 mile, moderately difficult loop through Shaddox Hollow as we discover the different rock layers along the trail and learn about the forces that shaped the Ozarks. Meet at the Shaddox Hollow trailhead, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Education Pavilion near Visitor Center

    Insects and other invertebrates are very important but are often misunderstood. Join Park Interpreter Chris on a bug hunt around the Visitor Center grounds as we discover their diversity and learn how we can help them while we catch and release these many-legged wonders. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED


    • 19 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Education Pavilion by 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. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Call the Visitor Center

    Spend an evening paddling on Beaver Lake while guided by a park interpreter. We will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake and take in the showstopper, the setting sun, followed by the nearly full moon. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited to 10 people. Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, and dress for the weather. Minimum age 9. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children (age 9-12). 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.


    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Ozark Plateau Trail

    Black Bears were once so plentiful in Arkansas that our state was known as the Bear State. Join Park Interpreter Chris on this family-friendly 0.25-mile hike along the ADA accessible Ozark Plateau Trail to learn about the history, status, and other “bear” necessities of this large mammal. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE IN EFFECT FOR GUEST AND STAFF SAFETY. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED.

    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

    Bald Eagle Release (more info coming soon, will be limited in number of participants and reservations will be required, but no charge.)

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    • 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

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