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  • 08 Sep 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meet Sarah and Paul Heer, video bloggers.  They recently visited Hobbs to do one of the many blogs that they have put together on various Arkansas State Parks  under the banner of "Arkie Travels".  Their goal is to video blog all 52 of Arkansas’s state parks this year!

    Check out all of their blogs at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/ArkieTravels/


  • 17 Aug 2020 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs SP-CA has received the green light to create a volunteer team to do a collection of native plant seeds on Hobbs through Project Wingspan.  Park Interpreter Chris Pistole will be the team leader.  We are looking for volunteers to join in this exciting conservation program which will help us increase the quantity, quality, and connectivity of wildlife habitat through the collection and distribution of native wildflower seeds. 

    See our Home page for more information.

  • 05 Aug 2020 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out this fun new Blueberry's Clubhouse video from Arkansas State Parks featuring Hobb's own Kiara Bjornstad and Chris Pistole.  Take the link for a cute and informative kid's video on how to "take a hike!"

  • 29 Jul 2020 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Something to add some value to your next hike?  Download and print a copy of the Hobbs Scavenger Hunt, or pick one up at the Visitor Center! 

    All around us are many “hidden wonders”—small animals, plants, and fungi—that may not be as engaging as deer or turkeys, but are just as important to the ecosystem. By carefully looking for the items below as you explore the park, you can discover these hidden wonders and learn how they help this ecosystem. If you look under a rock or log remember that it could be an animal’s home, so please move items very gently, then leave them as you found them when you’re done exploring. Remember to take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, and leave only your footprints behind! By practicing these Leave No Trace principles, you’re helping us protect this wonderful park!

    The Scavenger Hunt PDF can be found HERE on the Arkansas State Parks website!

  • 28 Apr 2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today we planted 2 Ozark Chinquapin saplings and over 40 germinated seeds at Hobbs! These are very special saplings and seeds as come from trees that are the most resistant to the chestnut blight that nearly wiped this important Ozark forest species out. This is a different species from the Chinquapin Oak, which is not affected by the chestnut blight. These saplings and seeds are the best hope for the future of this tree at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and throughout Arkansas. If they survive and eventually produce blight resistant seeds, they will be distributed to other State Parks and other places where the Ozark Chinquapin was once found in hopes of re-establishing them. Pictured is volunteer Al Knox (formerly in charge of trail maintenance at Hobbs and Ozark Chinquapin enthusiast), and Volunteer Coordinator Carla Berg. For more info on the Ozark Chinquapin, visit the web site of the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation.

    CHRIS PISTOLE
    Park Interpreter


  • 28 Apr 2020 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Park Interpreter Chris Pistole has published a couple of beautiful wildflower photo essays on the Arkansas State Park website. You can enjoy them here:

    Don't Miss the Joy of Spring Wildflower Explosion

    What Do Wildflowers Mean to You?

  • 26 Feb 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 7, 2020 will be a day of fun-filled activities as Hobbs State Park celebrates the life and extraordinary career of Aldo Leopold with down-to-earth family activities.   Leopold is the author of A Sand County Almanac The book has had an immensely popular impact nation-wide and has been described as "a major influence on American attitudes toward our natural environment".  Leopold, considered by many, as the “Father of Wildlife Ecology”, remains undeniably relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.  Activities at Hobbs State Park include:

    9:00 am - 10:30 am: Birds & Breakfast:  See live birds captured in the Park by University of Arkansas ornithologists, tagged, and then released.  Bring your camera for super close photos.  Juice, coffee, and muffins provided free by Wild Birds Unlimited, The Bluebird Shed, and 3-D Pet Products.    Come and go as you please.

    10:30 am – 2:00 pm:  Making a Nature Journal & Bluebird Tabletop Booths:   Volunteers will help you make a nature journal of your own to record personal observations of nature.  Another booth will have Eastern Bluebird nest box kits to give away until they run out.  You can also learn more about the brightly colored bluebird and get a tour of some nest boxes near the visitor center.  Come and go as you please.

    11:00 am – 11:30 am:  Black Bear Hike:  Black bears were once so plentiful in Arkansas that our state was unofficially known as “The Bear State”.  Join Park Interpreter Kiara on a short, .25-mile hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn about the history, current status, and other interesting facts about this magnificent mammal.

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:  Shaddox Hollow Trail Hike:  Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5-mile, moderately difficult loop through the hills of Shaddox Hollow.  The group will look for signs of spring as Chris shares some passages from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac.  Meet at Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Hwy. 303 one mile north of Hwy. 12.   Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm:  Pooch Prowl:  Bring your furry friend to the Park as we hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail.  Learn how the “Leave No Trace” principles apply to our four-legged friends while enjoying the great outdoors together.  All dogs must be on a leash.

    2:00 pm – 3:15 pm:  Screening of “Green Fire”:  Join us for this film about the conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold.

    Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center on U.S. Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.    

    When: March 7, 2020, with activities:  9:00 am – 3:15 pm

    Cost: Free - The public is encouraged to come

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000   


  • 24 Feb 2020 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fern is a group of plants that can be found all over the world.  Ferns are one of the oldest plants ever grown on earth.  This kind of plant inhabited earth about 200 million years before the first dinosaur ever hatched from its egg.

    Early fossil records show that giant tree ferns and cycad palms were the only plants for millions of years. The organic matter of these ferns and cycads accumulated to such a thickness that they were deposited in deep layers, and combined with the Earth’s heat, were compressed and converted to create the coal, gas and oil deposits that we use as our main sources of energy today.

    Ferns don’t flower, but have true roots, stems, and complex leaves and reproduce by spores.  There are over 10,500 species of ferns, some of which can live up to 100 years.

    Between 1974 and 2005 Dr. Klingaman worked at the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture with his time divided between Extension responsibilities and teaching/research.   From 2010 through 2018 he served as operations director for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

    If you want to learn about all the beautiful fern species that we have in NW Arkansas, how to recognize them when you’re out hiking, and how you might use them in your own landscaping, join Gerald Klingaman at Hobbs State Park on March 22nd.

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

    When:    Sunday March 22, 2020       2:00 pm

    Cost:       Free – The public is invited

    For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:  Call:  479-789-5000


  • 24 Feb 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s a “Heads up,” “Mark your Calendar” occasion for kids.  Saturday, April 18, 2020 will be an entire day of Earth-related activities for all members of the family, but especially for the kids.  What’s your pleasure?

    • Find aquatic macro invertebrates at Van Winkle Hollow?
    • Go on a bird hike with expert Mr. Jay?
    • Learn about Ozark chinquapin trees from Mr. Al?
    • Learn about reptiles and amphibians – live critters?
    • Birds N Breakfast – See wild birds up close caught by the University of Arkansas?  Free muffins, milk, juice, and coffee for all.
    • Eat a bug challenge?
    • Recycled crafts?

    The list goes on and on all day, but the Friends of Hobbs board is bringing something very special.  Jan and George Syrigos make up the musical duo Wild Heart.  Their songs are delightful and entertaining with catchy tunes jam-packed with educational information for children!  Your budding nature buffs will love it.  Kids who like to sing and dance, and even mom and dad will have fun and find themselves singing along.

    According to the Missouri Arts Council, “Emmy® Award winning recording artists and conservationists Jan and George Syrigos capture audiences with a musical adventure exploring wildlife, habitats and natural history. ‘Ribbit and Roll’ to their original upbeat tunes energized with motion, media and the conservation message.  Combining 16 years of conservation experience and training with their Parents Choice-recommended music, Wild Heart truly brings the heart of the wild to the heart of the child!  Jan and George are deeply committed to sharing their combined passions for nature and music in creative and engaging ways, offering school programs, teacher workshops, and concerts for adults and children.  Wild Heart’s songs are strongly tied to grade level expectations.”  Mom and Dad - Don’t miss this free one!

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the

    Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:  Saturday April 18, 2020    Earth Day activities – Wild Heart will perform from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Cost:  Free – Families strongly encouraged to attend.

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000


  • 10 Feb 2020 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginners to astronomy often believe that their first step should be to purchase a telescope.  This can be frustrating as they not only have to learn how to use their telescope (the finder, multiple eyepieces, and the focuser), but they also must learn the night sky.

    The night sky is full of all types of objects.  Some are large and some are small.   Some shine brightly with some faint.  Many do not require a giant telescope with high magnification to be able to see them.  They can be enjoyed with an ordinary set of binoculars.

    Join the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at 6 pm Saturday Feb. 22nd at Hobbs State Park to find out more about viewing the night sky with binoculars.  The beginner’s class will be led by Astronomical Society president Kent Marts.  Kent will share the reasons why starting with binoculars may be right for you.  He will provide some tips and tricks to make your night sky viewing with binoculars an easy and fruitful experience.   After the lecture we will head outside for a Star Party and you’ll be able to view the night sky through binoculars yourself.

    What to bring:

    • Binoculars
    • A folding chair – one per person
    • Star chart (if you have one)
    • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
    • A ball cap to use to help steady the binoculars (The trick:  Wear a baseball cap, hold your binoculars and with middle fingers grab the rim of your cap)

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

    When:  Saturday February 22, 2020; 6:00 pm lecture, followed by 7:00 pm night sky viewing

    Cost:  Free – the public is invited

    Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s Facebook Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/143382315673668/

    For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:  Call:  479-789-5000


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