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, public speaking to adults or children, building hiking trails, landscaping, or surveying wildlife, we have an opportunity for you!
Please click on the text below to fill out a volunteer application. After which, the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to get you involved! Hobbs State Park uses Volgistics, an online volunteer management platform, that allows more freedom for volunteers and better scheduling methods.
Table Tops Programs/Craft Tables: Year-around, we invite volunteers to help out with table top programs and craft tables. The table top programs and crafts can be something borrowed from the park or something you have created. Great topics for July and August are birds, insects, animal furs, or how to make your own bird feeder. The best times to have a table top program or craft are on the weekends between 10 am and noon, or noon until 2 pm. Times and topics are flexible and open to volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. I recommend on Sunday's that have a scheduled Guest Speaker (check out the Events & Programs page). That way, you can be here for both, just set up your program or craft around the Guest Speaker hours! If you have time and want to come out and represent the park as a volunteer at the visitor center for a few hours, let me know.
Adopt-a-Trail Program: Hobbs State Park has 50 miles of trails and relies heavily on our volunteers to help keep the trails clear of unsafe obstacles. We ask that you sign a one-year agreement to walk the trail or trail section to report downed trees and remove trip hazards such as rocks and limbs on the trail. We also ask that you check-out tools in order to clip away small tree limbs that branch into the pathway and repair flooded areas, etc. See the Adopt-a-Trail page for more information and volunteer openings.
Pontoon Boat Driver: We keep a pontoon boat at the Rocky Branch Marina. In the summer we take it out for snorkeling trips. In the winter we offer eagle tours. On holidays, sometimes we'll take it up to Ventris Trails End Resort for dinner. We're always looking for skilled boat drivers, or perhaps you want to learn a new skill.
School Groups-Presenter: During the Fall & Winter months, 2-4 times per week of just about every week, we'll have school buses of children at the park. The groups range in size from 75-125 students, so we divide them up into 3-6 smaller groups. These smaller groups will rotate "stations" that are manned by Park Interpreters and Volunteers. The topics vary, however are always nature related. You can expect to be here around 9am, through lunch (bring your own), and depart around 1pm. The park has topic outlines by age group for your use. You can build a presentation based on these outlines, or use something we already have. We encourage volunteers to tailor presentations to their own skill set.
Trail Maintenance Training for Adopt-a-Trail Teams:
January each year (sometimes a little later!).
Techniques to Know When Leading a Guided-Hike (public & school groups):
Jay will be offering this training each Spring; one weekday and one weekend day. This class is for any Master Naturalist or Volunteer that offers public guided-hikes in Northwest AR.
Boat Interpreter Training:
Shadowing opportunities are available during most scheduled trips when seats are available.
If you are interested in teaching school groups during their field trips to Hobbs, there are plenty of opportunities. As an extension of the classroom, topics are generally related to natural science related to Arkansas state and Hobbs.
For current volunteers- check your schedule, upcoming opportunities, log your hours or update your information on the Volgistics website:
Hello potential Volunteers, I am glad that you have found this website! If you are ready to sign-up, just click on the “Online Volunteer Application” form. If you would like some questions answered first, please send an email to email@example.com, leave a message at 479-789-5009, or stop by the visitor center and we’ll meet in person…I do recommend an appointment! Our address is 20201 East Hwy 12, Rogers, AR 72756.
As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, I understand that people volunteer because they want to improve their skills or learn a new skill, take a break from their normal routine, or meet new friends.
Hobbs has plenty to offer to suit your desires to work inside or outside, such as trail maintenance, teaching school groups, lead nature hikes or eagle watches, drive a pontoon, or provide an educational lecture or workshop for any age group.
Once you are officially signed up, let's decide the best volunteer opportunity for you.
Our volunteers are encouraged to pick their own schedule and work as many or as few hours as they like.
I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.