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  • 09 Oct 2017 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you still have the heebie-jeebies from watching Pet Cemetery, Poltergeist, or The Night of the Living Dead?  Horror films successfully tap into our collective subconscious fears of death, what lies beyond (or even beneath, for that matter).  But really - Do you shudder just hearing the name Stephen King?  When you visit a cemetery do you feel like a hand will appear through a menacing pall to lunge at your ankle?  Jump back!  You may be a coimetrophobe.    Coimetrophobia is the fear of cemeteries.  Symptoms include panic attacks, dizziness/vertigo, headaches, and sense of pending doom.  Coimetrophobes may also fear decomposition, decay, and even getting buried alive.    

    On the other hand, you may be a taphophile like the upcoming speaker at Hobbs State Park, Abby Burnett.  A taphophile visits cemeteries for fun, and like Abby they take an interest in cemeteries, tombstones, or the memory of past lives.  There is beauty and peace in a cemetery.  Instead of fearing that there is a ghoul lurking around the next head stone, or that a zombie will appear from behind the next tree dragging his leg in your direction, Abby wonders what the people were like, or what they died from.  She studies the symbolism carved on each stone, looking for clues that could lead to more information about the deceased.

    In Abby’s presentation she will show us gravestones that either hint at something, or tell us outright how the person died, such as being struck by lightning, or killed by a falling tree.  A stone may state “Killed by ---” and even give the murderer’s motive, but there is always more to find out.

    Not only are Abby’s programs extremely entertaining, they are always fun.  Whether you are a coimetrophobe or a taphophile, you will be glad you came to Abby’s program at Hobbs State Park.

    When:  Sunday October 15, 2017  -  2:00 p.m.
    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle intersection
    Cost: Free

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


  • 20 Sep 2017 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 1, 2017.   Activities will take place at Historical Van Winkle Hollow as well as the Park’s visitor center, both located on Hwy 12 east of Rogers.  Bring the entire family to learn about how it was done in the past.

    Schedule for Historic Van Winkle Hollow
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

    • Blacksmith Demonstration (You will love his beard)
    • Early Food Preservation (How did they do it?)
    • Old Timey Games (Are you any good walking on stilts?)
    • Music (Tap that foot)
    • Stone Tool making Demonstration (Amazing)
    • Van Winkle Historical Presentation (Great history)
    • Pre-historic Musical Instruments (Can you find the melody?)
    • Apothecary Shoppe (Strange recipes)
    • Female Civil War Soldier (We had ‘em)
    • Dutch oven Demonstration  Holy yum!)
    • “Snake Oil” Salesman (Don’t let him sell anything to you.)
    • Pioneer Homesteader (Want to make some butter?)
    • Tall Tales Tellers (Would they lie to you? – Yes!)
      

    Schedule at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    See demonstrations:
    • Weavers
    • Lace makers
    • Spinners
    • Music
    • Short hikes

    Free Shuttle:  Please park at the visitor center parking lot on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.  The free shuttle will run constantly from   1 p.m. – 4 p.m. between the visitor center and Historic Van Winkle Trail.

    All of these family activities are FREE and the public is welcome.    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


  • 19 Sep 2017 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For many people, hiking means finding a local trail on a weekend afternoon to enjoy a couple hours of fresh air and perhaps a respite from the concrete, asphalt, and work cubicle that surrounds their normal everyday life.  Others seek a more all-consuming experience: a physically and mentally demanding long-distance hike that takes them hundreds or thousands of miles through feral wilderness and punishing terrain.

    There are valid reasons not to attempt such a feat. Consider: blisters, swollen joints, stress fractures, torn ligaments, muscle cramps, tendonitis, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, abrasions, sore knees and hips, emotional stress, shin splints, an occasional broken bone, and a plethora of famished insects.  There are however, rare individuals known as “thru hikers” who attempt and ultimately complete these arduous treks.  According to Wikipedia, “Thru-hiking is hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end within one hiking season.”

    Jim Warnock, a “Thru hiker”, will tell his story at Hobbs State Park.  He recently completed a back packing trip on the 210- mile long John Muir Trail.  This trail runs south through the High Sierras from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney.  The trail never dips below 7,000 ft. and crosses numerous 11,000 ft. passes.

    Warnock will bring his back pack, and explain what it took physically and mentally to complete the hike.  His adventure was documented in breath taking photographs which we will see.  He will then transition to the Ozarks while making the point to show that there is no scenic "let down” with local scenery.  Warnock said, “Our Ozarks are on par with scenic regions anywhere in the United States.  I give a descriptive overview of the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri with specific scenic highlights, springs, scenic rivers, and waterways we can easily explore from Northwest Arkansas.”

    If you are a short distance hiker or a “Thru-hiker”, you’re not going to want to miss this program.

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle road intersection

    When:  2:00 p.m.  Sunday September 24, 2017

    Cost:      Free – The public is invited

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

    This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs monthly Speaker Series.


  • 11 Sep 2017 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You cannot beat Mother Nature and Beaver Lake.  What a great way to spend a late afternoon on the first Saturday of Fall.  Take a lake cruise on beautiful Beaver Lake guided by a park interpreter.  Stop off at Ventris Trails End Resort for a scrumptious dinner consisting of smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes with white gravy, green beans, dinner roll, French Onion soup, salad, tea, coffee, or lemonade.  If a vegetarian option is your preference, enjoy a portabella sandwich with sautéed green peppers & onions, garlic mayo and Swiss cheese.  Ventris Trails End Resort is famous for their desserts and this cruise comes with chocolate cake.    

    Hop back onto the boat to catch a beautiful sunset as we look forward to the colors and fragrances of fall.       

    When:  Friday September 22, 2017

    Time:  Leave Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 4:00 p.m.   Dinner at 5:00 p.m.   Cruise with dinner is approximately 3 hours long.

    Cost:  $40.00/person + tax

    Seating is limited to 20 individuals.  Registration and prepayment required.  For more information and registration call 479-789-5000


  • 11 Sep 2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month the Sugar Creek Star Party at Hobbs State Park will have a slightly different flavor. To celebrate Astronomy Day there will be activities starting at 6pm.  Solar telescopes, cookie moon phases, and a parking lot scale of the solar system will fascinate young and old alike.  The Photographic Society of NWA (PSNWA) will be giving a lecture starting at 7 pm "Photographing the Night Sky".  Cleeo Wright of PSNWA will explain the challenges of photography at night.  Cleeo will give suggestions to help both novice and seasoned photographers in their quest for beautiful photographs of the stars and dark environs.  Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will then give a short explanation of using a sky map and describe interesting objects that will be visible (assuming clear skies).  Shortly after 8 pm the Star Party will commence.  In addition to the usual collection of telescopes for viewing stars, planets, and nebula, PSNWA members will congregate in a separate portion of the parking lot so that they can try out the night sky photography practices Cleeo taught. 

    This family friendly lecture will occur rain or shine. During the Star Party young participants are encouraged to "Read Under the Stars".   SCAS will provide a collection of children's and young adult books and flashlights with red balloon filters to protect everyone's night vision.

    As always, please be mindful of the weather, bringing a light sweater or jacket as September nights are beginning to be chilly.

    Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12    just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:  Saturday, Sept. 23 
    6:00 pm - Solar telescopes, cookie moon phases, and a parking lot scale of the solar system (outdoors) 
    7:00 pm - "Photographing the Night Sky" (indoor lecture)                       followed by “Using a Sky Map”
    8:00 pm – Star party (outdoors)

    Cost:  FREE    The public is invited.  For more info, call:  479-789-5000.  


  • 07 Sep 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northwest Audubon Society will host a field trip to Hobbs State Park Sunday September 10th.  The hike will include the Sinking Stream and Historic Van Winkle Trails.  Water and vault toilets are available at the parking area.

    Little Clifty Creek and associated springs connect these short ½ mile-long trails.  According to Joe Neal, hike leader, “The area is full of native birds and interesting native plants.  Spotted Jewelweed, for example, is quite attractive to migrating Ruby-throated hummingbirds.  Other interesting plants include Pawpaw, Great Blue Lobelia, Yellow Ironweed, White Crown beard, an Agrimony, white Leaf cup, and Yellow Bear’s foot.

    Both walks are easy and often birdy.  Historic Van Winkle Trail is barrier –free.  As on all Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society field trips, participate as much or as little as you want.  The field trip is free and open to the public.”

    Where:  The meeting place will be on Hwy 12 at GPS coordinates 36°17’48.82” N and 93°57’28.76” W.  From Rogers, travel east on Highway 12, approximately 11.5 miles, or 1.4 miles east of the Hwy 12/303 N intersection.  Both trails share the same parking lot. 

    When:  Sunday September 10th

    Time:    9:00 am

    Cost:     FREE – Public invited to participate


  • 07 Sep 2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Mother Nature as she introduces her many woodland friends at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area’s “Living Forest” on Saturday October 28th.

    Listen to each animal’s story.  They have a lot to tell us.  These educational messages will be uncomplicated and easy for young children to understand.  Teenagers and adults will learn too!  Living Forest is for families with members of all ages.

    Who are these critters who will be delivering the informative messages?  They include:  barred owl, deer, spider, bat, blue jays, skunk, raccoon, eagle, squirrel, and more.  Costumed Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists will be delivering the meaningful messages. 

    Join in this fun, non-scary, fall treat for the whole family.  Strollers and wagons are welcome as you meander along a wide, paved, barrier-free path.  If you want to be like Mother Nature’s animal friends, come in costume.   Also experience:  crafts and free S’mores – yum, and Mother Nature’s gift bags for the first 100 children.

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center on Highway 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

    When:    Saturday October 28, 2017 - Come any time from 1 pm – 5 pm

    Cost:       Free

    Kids of all ages are invited to participate.  For more information, call:  479-789-5000


  • 29 Aug 2017 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “I’m ready.” says Mother Nature.  “September heralds the beginning of an amazing time of revolution.  I know each season well!  I celebrate the aromas of the leaves changing from green to brilliant splashes of red and yellow.  I see my migrating friends fly towards more warmth.  The days are shorter, and many of my small mammals look for places to spend the winter underground.  That’s OK.  I’ll see them again in the spring.  The Christmas fern stays green and keeps me company.” 

    “My little human friends raise my spirits when they visit me at Hobbs State Park the 2nd Saturday of every month.  I’m going to read to them September 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the Hobbs State Park visitor center.   I think it will be about autumn in the woods, and how my animal friends prepare for winter.   I think after that we will do a nature craft together.  Yes, that sounds like fun.  I love reading to everyone, but most of my stories are for those 3 – 6 years of age. “

    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

    Mother Nature adds, “Let me leave a thought for my adult friends.  It’s a quote from John Muir, one of my favorite friends.”:

    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”   - John Muir

  • 29 Aug 2017 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of our grandparents and parents used wild plants for food and medicine.  We all know about sassafras tea and the glorious taste of wild blackberries, but we have perhaps forgotten how extensively wild plants can be used as food sources.  In the early 1970's, information on native wild foods and medicinal uses of wild plants became very popular.  The well-known naturalist, Euell Gibbons, told us, “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist.  I crave a more real and meaningful relationship.  The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.”

    Dr. Walkingstick, who will conduct the Wild Edibles Workshop at Hobbs State Park, has worked for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Co-operative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry since 1996.  Tamara serves on several boards including the Arkansas American Indian Center, Arkansas Women In Agriculture, the National Network of Forest Practitioners and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

    Walkingstick noted, “In this comprehensive 4-hour workshop, you will not only learn to identify some edible species of Arkansas native and non-native vegetation, you will also have the opportunity to sample tasty dishes including acorn scones. The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  30 pages of wild edible recipes are included as well.”

    When:  Saturday September 16, 2017
    Time:  10 am to 2 pm
    Where: The workshop will be held at the Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    Cost$15 per person:  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000


  • 28 Aug 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area has released the dates of 12 Sunset Pontoon Boat Cruises on Beaver Lake.  Events depart from Rocky Branch Marina at the indicated time.

    September                        Departs from Rocky Branch Marina

    Thursday 7th                                          5:30 p.m.

    Sunday 10th                                            5:30 p.m.

    Thursday 14th                                         5:30 p.m.

    Sunday 17th                                            5:15 p.m.

    Thursday 21st                                         5:15 p.m.

    Sunday 24th                                              5:15 pm

    October                             Departs from Rocky Branch Marina

    Thursday 5th                                            5:00 p.m.

    Thursday 12th                                           4:45 p.m.

    Sunday 15th                                               4:45 p.m.

    Thursday 19th                                           4:30 p.m.

    Thursday 26th                                            4:30 p.m.

    Sunday 29th                                               4:15 p.m.

    Nothing could be more enjoyable than a beautiful sunset out on Beaver Lake.  Many birds will be coming back to their nests this time of day.  We will look for them, and listen for their calls.  Don’t forget your cameras.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults  $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12  $5.00 + tax.    Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at stated times. For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000


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