Friends of Hobbs
State Park-Conservation Area

There is room for you to volunteer

Opportunities abound for volunteers at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area. If you love to participate in the wonders of nature and want to help sustain this largely undeveloped natural park, we have many ways for you to get involved. Whether your talent is in writing education curriculum or grants, talking and educating people, building hiking trails, or surveying wildlife, we have an opportunity for you! Contact Hobbs State Park Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Hildreth at 479-789-5000. Email: lauren.hildreth@arkansas.gov

Lots of Opportunities!

Volunteer round-ups are offered at various times of the year, but you don't have to wait till then. Just give Roland a call and he will get you going in something that is challenging and rewarding. Want to help? These are just a few of the activities that we need help with throughout the year.

  • Boat guide or boat captain: Captain our 28' pontoon boat OR lead visitors in an informative tour on beautiful Beaver Lake. Lake discovery cruises are offered March - October and Eagle cruises are offered November - February.
  • Trail construction and maintenance: ongoing most every second weekend of each month, check the special events page for changes
  • Surveys: hiking, traffic and shooting range, animal: turkey, deer, small mammals
  • Guide: leading educational hikes for school children and other visitors
  • Oral history: Interviews and research on Hobbs history
  • Tree Studies: Ozark Chinquapin and Thong Tree studies
  • Landscaping: Recreating the Van Winkle Historic Garden
  • Grant writing: Locate and write grants to fund park projects
  • Program Interpreter: Lead the visitors in special programs designed to teach them about nature and the history in this beautiful area. Training provided.
Let us know your volunteer interests.  If you have an interest or talent that is not reflected within the survey and you would like to share with the park, please let us know by sending us a message through our contact form HERE.

Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program

"Adopt-a-Trail" was developed at Hobbs to allow individuals and organizations to be responsible for the inspection and maintenance of specific sections of the 35 miles of park trails. Park management has divided the trails into 12 segments for this new program ranging from 1/2 mile to 6 miles in length. To volunteer individually or as a group, contact Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Hildreth at 479-789-5000 or email: lauren.hildreth@arkansas.gov

Levels of Trail Maintenance
Volunteers for trail maintenance at Hobbs can select their own level of work according to their interests and abilities. Volunteer work at all levels provides an important contribution to the appearance and enjoyment of Hobbs State Park. Both classroom and on-the-job training and all tools will be provided by park staff. It is important to report the extent of all work and volunteer hours immediately to park staff.

    • Level One: Simply hiking the trail section for enjoyment and to assess its condition. Most large rocks and small limbs can be kicked off the trail. Pick up litter, drag off larger limbs if able and notify park staff of work requiring their attention. Tools: none required. Frequency: as often as you would like.
    • Level Two: Cutting brush and limbs and weed-whacking. Tools: loppers, hand saw, weed eater, maybe a Pulaski fire ax for roots. Frequency: early and late summer or as needed.
    • Level Three: Tread reconditioning or re-routing and removal of slough and berm, all performed with park staff supervision. Frequency: as needed, generally in cool months. Tools: Pulaski fire ax, McLeod rake, pick mattock, fire rake.
    • Level Four: Assist park staff with repair of unusual trail damage including bridges and signs. Frequency: as needed, often emergency level following storms and other types of damage.

Current Adopt-A-Trail Teams
Only a few of our trails have teams, we encourage groups, families and individuals to help us maintain our expansive trail system. Join Al Knox on the Second Saturday of the month (please check the special events page for schedule changes or specific work day objectives) as we strive to make lasting improvements to our network of trails. If you would like to join an Adopt-A-Trail Team contact the park staff to help make those arrangements happen at hobbs.statepark@arkansas.gov  or 479-789-5000.

    • Historic Van Winkle Hollow Trail: 1/2 mile loop trail through Van Winkle Hollow and the Highway 12 parking lot and pedestrian tunnel. TEAM NEEDED
    • Shaddox Hollow Trail: 1 1/2 mile loop trail near Highway 303 north of Highway 12. TEAM NEEDED
    • Pigeon Roost – Dry Creek: 4.2 mile loop north of Highway 12 near Beaver Lake. 
      TEAM NEEDED
    • Pigeon Roost – Huckleberry: 5.4 mile loop running from the Dry Creek Loop to Beaver Lake. TEAM NEEDED
      Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – Dutton Hollow: 3 mile loop. Starts at Piney Road and runs to trail intersection and then right to Blackburn Creek. 
      TEAM NEEDED
    • Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – Bashore Ridge: 3 mile loop. Starts at trail intersection then left on the 3 mile loop. A footpath only spur of 600' leads to Beaver Lake overlook and resting benches. TEAM NEEDED
    • Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – North Little Clifty Creek: A 3+ mile section of trail from Townsend Ridge Road crossing then west crossing the creek, to and along Piney Road to Piney Road crossing. Plus trailheads.  TEAM NEEDED
    • Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – South Little Clifty Creek: A 3+ mile section. Section starts at Townsend Road parking lot access, staying left of Townsend Ridge road then west crossing Van Hollow to and along Piney road to crossing near the horse access. Team led by Rogers High School, DECA Club (Level 1)
    • Vistor's Center Spur: 2.5 miles section of trail that leaves visitor's center at corral area and goes to intersection of Little Clifty Creek in both directions. TEAM NEEDED
    • Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail- War Eagle Loop: 6 mile section of trail. 
      Team led by Mike McMullin, NWA Master Naturalists.
    • Sinking Stream--1/2 mile loop. Our newest trail. Across from Van winkle Historical Trail.  Team led by Ron Bird
    • Ozark Plateau-- 1/2 mile loop. This 1/4 mile paved with a 1/4 mile crushed rock barrier free nature trail is accessed from the visitor center.  Managed by HSPCA

Special volunteers needed at this time include:

  • TEACHERS! We are in need of volunteer teachers to lead nature courses for grade school children.
  • GRANT WRITERS AND GRANT RESEARCHERS!  Have you written successful grants before?  Do you know how to find the right grants available?  If so, we need your help!
  • TABLETOP INTERACTIVE VOLUNTEERS! Volunteers are needed for simple tabletop box programs for interaction with the visitors at the center. All training will be provided!  All you need is a cheerful attitude and a willingness to learn.

Contact Hobbs State Park Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Hildreth:
479-789-5000  
lauren.hildreth@arkansas.gov

Thank you to all of our park Friends!!

Special thanks go out to all of the persons who have made our park what it is today. Without our volunteer cadre we would not be able to achieve our trail goals, maintain our park to our intended standards, or provide several guided tour opportunities on our trails. 

Thanks to those who GET UP/ GET OUT/ AND GET INVOLVED here at the Hobbs!!! 


Meet Our Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Hildreth

Lauren Hildreth is originally from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. With a desire to combine her passion for building relationships and conservation, she studied natural resources management and public relations.

Lauren’s first exposure to Arkansas was in 2013, when she came down to work for the Ozark Natural Science Center as a teacher naturalist. Having quickly fallen in love with the Ozarks and wanting to stick around, she eagerly took on the role of Summer Camp and Weekend Program Coordinator as well as worked with summer programs at Amazeum. While at ONSC, she connected with a visitor from an environmental nonprofit in Bolivia called Fundacion Gaia Pacha, who was developing the first environmental education initiative in the country. The meeting sparked an opportunity to visit Bolivia and spend time working with the organization over a period of five months.

After returning to Wisconsin, Lauren worked with sustainable landscaping, urban stormwater management, the US Green Building Council and other environmental nonprofits. When the timing worked out for a change of pace, Lauren packed up everything and moved to Bentonville in August 2016 with hopes of finding meaningful work in an environmental field. Lauren is honored and thrilled with the opportunity to have joined Hobbs State Park as the new Volunteer Coordinator. She looks forward to working off the incredible foundation of the volunteer program and building relationships to further Hobb’s mission.


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