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! 

Meet our Volunteer Coordinator, Amber Ebbrect! She can help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity fit. Her email is amber.ebbrecht@arkansas.gov and her direct number is 479-789-5009.

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. 

Online Volunteer Application


Adopt-a-Trail 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 segments ranging from 1/2 mile to 9 miles in length. To volunteer individually or as a group, contact Amber Ebbrecht  at amber.ebbrecht@arkansas.gov or 479-789-5009.

Current Adopt-A-Trail Teams
There are only a few of our trails left to adopt! We encourage groups, families and individuals to help us maintain our expansive trail system. 

  • Historic Van Winkle Hollow Trail: 1/2 mile loop trail through Van Winkle Hollow and the Highway 12 parking lot and pedestrian tunnel.
  • Shaddox Hollow Trail: 1 1/2 mile loop trail near Highway 303 north of Highway 12. Adopted by Tom Edmiston, NWA Master Naturalists
  • Pigeon Roost – Dry Creek Loop: 4.2 mile loop north of Highway 12 near Beaver Lake. Julie Lanshe and Steve Sampers
  • Pigeon Roost – Huckleberry Loop: 5.4 mile loop running from the Dry Creek Loop to Beaver Lake. Adopted by Bobbie Hendron and Ernesto Guerra
  • Sinking Stream--1/2 mile loop. Our newest trail. Across from Van winkle Historical Trail. Team led by Ron Bird
  • Ozark Plateau Trail- This trail includes a 1/2 mile loop and 1/4 mile loop paved nature trail that is accessed from the visitor center. Managed by HSPCA
Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trails 
  • Dutton Hollow: 3 mile loop. Starts at Piney Road and runs to trail intersection and then right to Blackburn Creek. Adopted by the Hinojosa Family
  • 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. Adopted by Phat Tire Bike Shop
  • Little Clifty Creek Loop: 9 mile section of trail from Townsend Ridge Road crossing then west crossing the creek, to and along Piney Road to Piney Road crossing.  Adopted by Rush Running Company
  • War Eagle Loop North:  3-mile section of trail starting at the Townsend Ridge Road. Team led by Rogers High School, DECA Club 
  • War Eagle Loop South:  3-mile section of trail starting at the Townsend Ridge Road trail head down into War Eagle Valley. Mike McMullin, NWA Master Naturalists
  • Vistor's Center Spur: 2.5 miles section of trail that leaves visitor's center and goes to intersection of Little Clifty Creek in both directions. Adopted by Terry Weiderhoft

For current volunteers- check your schedule, upcoming opportunities, log your hours or update your information on the Volgistics website: 

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Meet Hobbs SP-CA Volunteer Coordinator, Amber Ebbrecht 


Hello!
Hello volunteers! I am excited to be joining the Hobbs State Park family as your new Volunteer Coordinator .I look forward to getting to know and work alongside each one of you. Thank you in advance for your past and upcoming volunteer service. Your time, energy, and commitment continue to make Hobbs State Park an even greater place!

I ask for your patience as I am learning the ropes but I am more than happy to help in anyway that I can. If I don't know the answer, I will find it! My email is amber.ebbrecht@arkansas.gov and my direct number is 479-789-5009.

Newsletters will be coming out soon! We are moving forward with Volgistics, so remember upcoming volunteer opportunities can be found on our calendar. You can log onto Volgistics here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex2/vicnet.dll?FROM=321698

Here is a little about me:
My husband, Bo, and I are native Arkansans and we have two children, Collin and Benjamin, ages 6 and 4. I began my career as an art educator with the Fayetteville public school district after graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education Pre-K – 12th grade. In addition to serving nine years as a public school educator, I have continued to support our region by working for community organizations including The Center for Art and Education in Van Buren and Lifestyles, Inc. in Fayetteville.

As an avid trail and endurance runner, the trails of Hobbs are my home away from home. Trail running has instilled in me a respect and love for nature and its’ resources that I am eager to share with my volunteers. I am also an active member of the Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors where I also spend time sculling and sweep rowing. I love to utilize my background in art through baking and my cookie art has received numerous recognitions including national and international publications. Additionally, I partnered with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce as a contributing watercolor artist to the children’s book, Goodnight Fayetteville.

I am excited to work in close communication and unison with volunteers to achieve goals, build and uphold resource stewardship, and bring awareness to the diversity of life at Hobbs!

Amber



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