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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

    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Day camps held all over northwest Arkansas offer a variety of outdoor escapes and unique learning opportunities for our youth.  For many years Hobbs State Park has been a leader in offering enlightening and educational Day Camps.  This June, Hobbs is going one step further in offering something special.  The Park is partnering with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas to offer our first Summer Youth Photography Camp.

    The Camp will consist of morning sessions over a three-day period.   The sessions will include lectures, hands-on techniques, and outdoor photography walks.   Class Instruction will be given by Bob Coleman, Master Photographer.

    Equipment required:  Compact point-and-shoot camera, memory card, photo journal book; Optional equipment: DSLR camera and case, camera manual, laptop with picture editing program

    2017 Hobbs State Park 3-Day Photography Camp dates:
    June 27th – 29th            For ages 14-17                9 a.m.  – Noon

    Cost:  $100.00 per child for all three days. 

    Pre-registration and pre-payment required.   If you are a PSNWA member, register at the PSNWA web site.  http://www.psnwa.org                                      

    If not a PSNWA member, call Hobbs State Park at   479-789-5000 to register.  Note that space is limited for this event. 

    For more information contact Bob Coleman, bobcoleman@photo.com or Cynthia Cooper, info@psnwa.org 


    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • 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

    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Start at Visitor Center

    We all use it every day! The waters of Beaver Lake provide you and your family with many resources – clean drinking water, power, recreational opportunities, and industries. So do your part to help show appreciation for Beaver Lake and its watershed at the Lake Appreciation Month Clean-up at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area on Saturday, July 8.

    Hobbs State Park in cooperation with Beaver Watershed Alliance, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beaver Water District, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Ozarks Water Watch, Benton County Solid Waste District, Benton County Environmental Division, Benton County Cooperative Extension Service, and the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists has joined numerous sponsors including SUP Outfitters,  Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Gearhead Outfitters, Lewis and Clark, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Talulah’s Outfitters and Deli, Patagonia, McGuagh RV Center, and Coca-Cola, in the effort to preserve one of our most precious resources – the waters of Beaver Lake!   

    “This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to get out and enjoy the resource while making a positive impact on it. We invite everyone to experience the beauty of the lake while doing their part to clean up our water source! We are hopeful that the Lake Appreciation Month Clean-up raises awareness of the importance of Beaver Lake to Northwest Arkansas and its residents!”, notes Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Interpreter Rebekah Penny.

    Volunteers are invited to help either by walking along the shoreline or by bringing their own kayaks and canoes to scout the shoreline. Individuals with non-motorized boats will be caravanning to pre-selected Park access sites for clean-up.

    All volunteers are asked to register at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 8th to receive assignments, gloves, and trash bags.  The clean-up will last from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by a free lunch and raffle prize giveaway until 1 p.m. The Benton County Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring special showings of the film, “All the Way to the Ocean,” during the day.

    A limited number of kayaks, and standup paddle boards will be available. Individuals who would like to utilize boats or boards should contact Becky Roark at 479-750-8007 or becky@beaverwatershedalliance.org.

    For more information: contact Rebekah Penny at 479-789-5000 or rebekah.penny@arkansas.gov.

    The Hobbs visitor center is located on highway 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection


    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Mother Nature herself has become a frequent visitor to Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  She visits the park every second Saturday of the month and reads nature stories to her little followers.  Readings begin at 10:30 a.m.

    Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories target children 3-6 years of age.    

    July 8, 2017 – Water Dance

    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, one hour events. 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

    • 09 Jul 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:  July 9 & 26
                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


    • 26 Jul 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:  July 9 & 26
                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


    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • 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

    • 06 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


    • 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

    • 13 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


    • 17 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


    • 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


    • 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

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