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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 to learn more about PSNWA.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Jan 2020
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    • 07 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • 7 sessions

    Interested in photography? Learn from the experts! Check back for more information as the dates grow closer.

    Saturday January 11

    PSNWA will be the program for a regular eagle cruise – at the Visitor Center and on board the boat.

    1:30 program at the visitor center – How to photograph eagles

    3:00 eagle cruise

    Saturday February 22nd

    PSNWA only eagle cruise   (Do not promote to public)

    PSNWA promote this event and get the participants

    7:30 am

    Saturday March 21st

    Basic Nature Photography – visitor center

    3:00 pm

    Saturday April 25

    Night Photography with Sugar Creek – visitor center

    7:00 pm

    Saturday June 13

    Wildflower photography at the Visitor Center

    2:00 pm

    Saturday September 19

    Basic Nature Photography – followed by astronomy – visitor center

    3:00 pm


    Saturday November 7

    Photo Walk Fall Color – Van Winkle Hollow parking lot

    7:30 am

    • 08 Feb 2020
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    • 12 Dec 2020
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    • 11 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    It’s not every day that we observe Mother Nature.  She’s careful 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! 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. 

    Upcoming Mother Nature visits:

    May 9th           Around the Pond:  Frogs and Toads  COVID CANCELLED

    June 13th        Animals in the Night

    July 11th         Water Dance-Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution

    Aug. 8th          Caterpillar to Butterfly

    Sept. 12th       Autumn in the Woods:  Preparing for Winter

    Oct. 10th         Bats: Not Really Scary

    Nov. 14th        It’s Turkey Time

    Dec. 12th        Who Goes There?  Footprints and Animal Signs

    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 

    • 22 Feb 2020
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    • 14 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • 6 sessions

    Put these fascinating astronomy programs on your calendar for 2020! 

    February 22, 2020

    Binocular Astronomy

    Lecture 6 pm – visitor center

    Star party 7 pm

    Bring your own binoculars

    April 25, 2020

    Dark Sky Astrophotography with PSNWA

    Light Pollution – SCAS – visitor center

    Lecture 6:30 pm

    Star party – 8 pm

    Bring your own DSLR camera

    June 20, 2020

    Globular Clusters and Open clusters

    Lecture 7:30 pm – visitor center

    Star party 8:30 pm

    July 18, 2010

    Saturn, the ringed planet

    Lecture 7:30 pm – visitor center

    Star party 8:30 pm

    September 19, 2020

    Finding Objects in the Sky:  Beginning Constellations, bright stars and bright objects

    Lecture: 6:00 pm – visitor center

    Star party:  7:00 pm

    November 14, 2020

    Buying and using your first telescope

    Lecture 5:00 pm – visitor center

    Star party 6 pm

    Bring your own telescope

All events and programs are cancelled through October 31st due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis

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