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  • 16 Aug 2017 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    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 at 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


  • 15 Aug 2017 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    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 at 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?)
    • 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


  • 14 Aug 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    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.   


  • 14 Aug 2017 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    “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 –


  • 31 Jul 2017 3:59 PM | Anonymous

    Mike Martin, an award winning nature and wildlife photographer, and a native Arkansan, will present a free program on Beautiful Birds of Arkansas at the Hobbs State Park visitor center on Sunday, August 6th at 2:00 p.m.  

    Mike has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 25 years.  His photos have been published by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, New York City Parks Department, the New York State Parks Department, the Florida Parks Department, and the California Parks Department.   He has also had a number of his photos published by the Cornell University Ornithology Department’s award winning website, “All About Birds”. 

    Mike travels the state photographing birds of every kind.  His patience and keen eye have produced some of the most breath taking images imaginable of the beautiful birds of Arkansas.   Bring a friend, enjoy a remarkable program, and visit personally with Mike Martin at Hobbs State Park.

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

    When:  Sunday August 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

    Cost:  Free – Public invited

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000.  Mike’s presentation is an extension of the Friends of Hobbs Speakers Series.  


  • 24 Jul 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    It’s not every day that we observe Mother Nature because she is particular regarding when she can be seen by humans.  One of her favorite stops however, is Hobbs State Park.  Every 2nd Saturday of the month she drops in at the Park’s visitor center to tell timely stories to her little human friends.   Readings begin at 10:30 a.m.   Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Humans of all ages are welcome, however most stories target those 3-6 years of age.

    Mother Nature’s Readings at Hobbs State Park for the Rest of 2017:  (She said that we all should put this list on our refrigerators so we don’t forget to visit her.)

    August 12: Herps at Hobbs: Snakes, Turtles & Lizards
    September 9: Autumn in the Woods: Preparing for Winter
    October 14: Bats – Not Really Scary
    November 11: Stories the Osage Nation Tells
    December 9: Squirrels – Busy All Year ‘Round

     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


  • 20 Jul 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    Rebekah Penny, Hobbs State Park interpreter, loves to snorkel.  She will be the instructor on the Hobbs July and August snorkeling tours on Beaver Lake.  Penny said, “Snorkeling on beaver is a great time outside, an incredible underwater learning experience, and 100% fun.  You’re going to want to be wet during the two hottest months of the year.  What better way to do that than to snorkel?”

    Please note the different days of the week for this activity.

    When:

    Tuesday July 25            1-4 pm

    Friday July 28               1-4 pm

    Friday August 4            1-4 pm

    Thursday August 10    1-4 pm

    Friday August 25          1-4 pm

    Thursday August 31     1-4 pm

    Wear appropriate clothing for swimming, including water shoes, and sunscreen.  Participants must wear a life jacket.  All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult must be in the water.  Life jackets, masks, and snorkels provided.

    Where:  All participants meet at Rock Branch Marina, 8872 Rocky Branch                  Marina Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756 (Hwy. 12 to 303 north, to                      Rocky Branch Marina Road)

    Cost:     $20 Adults (13 and up)
                    $10 Child (Up thru age 12)

    Preregistration and payment required.  To register call:  479-789-5000

  • 20 Jul 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    No matter where you live in northwest Arkansas, April of this year brought more rain that we expected, needed, or wanted.  The 28-year monthly average (1990 through 2017) rainfall for Hobbs State Park was 5.42 inches.  Mother Nature decided we needed more this April, so she dumped and incredible 17.72 inches on the Park, an amount 226% more than we routinely see. 

    Of the 35 miles of trail at Hobbs State Park, many saw substantial damage.  Parts of trails were completely gone, some received severe ruts, and in other areas trees were uprooted taking parts of trails with them, causing rerouting work.  Fortunately, an army of devoted volunteers immediately addressed much of the problem, and all but the ½ mile historic Van Winkle Trail were quickly reopened to the public. 

    Imagine at Historic Van Winkle – 4-foot deep holes in the middle of the trail.  Imagine the approaches on both sides of the concrete bridge at Van Winkle - gone.  Yes, as in imagine there’s a huge gap from where you’re standing to the bridge.  Imagine the small rock “fines” that make the trail barrier-free – gone.

    The damage at Historic Van Winkle was vast, calling for weeks of heavy equipment work, plus many truckloads of fill and rock materials.  The approaches to the bridge were reestablished and reinforced.  The huge holes in the trail were filled in.  The “fines” were replaced and rolled so they stayed put.  The banks of Little Clifty Creek were raised and lined with rip rap. 

    After some $30,000.00 worth of materials and labor, the historic Van Winkle Trail reopens Wednesday July 19th.  Once again, individuals and school groups will be awed by the unique and meaningful history of Peter Van Winkle and his steam-driven saw mill, and how important he and the mill were to the growth and development of northwest Arkansas.  Rumor has it that even Peter Van Winkle himself would be proud to see what was done.


  • 17 Jul 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    No, the solar eclipse will not be July 22nd, but that’s the first evening to mark on your calendar.  That’s the night that the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will be at Hobbs State Park to explain the approaching solar phenomenon and how to enjoy it when it does come on August 21 of this year.  A solar eclipse in the continental U.S. is uncommon.  In fact, the last one was 38 years ago in February of 1979.

    What’s going to happen?  This year millions of people across the United States will see one of nature’s most amazing spectacles.  It is a scene of unimaginable beauty.  The Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky; however, you would have to be in the right place, and that’s a line from central Idaho to central Nebraska to central Missouri to Nashville.  In Northwest Arkansas, we will experience about 92% totality, so although we will not experience the deep twilight and Sun’s corona, we will enjoy a fascinating chance to study the Sun. Dr. Katherine Auld will explain the geometry of a total eclipse, the history of eclipse science, and the opportunities for that day.  The lecture will end with an explanation of viewing the night sky and a simple night sky tour.

    Dr. Auld, president of the Sugar Creek club added, “Because the new moon will be the following night, July 22nd should be a great night for observing with telescope, binoculars or just using your unaided eyes!  We will have several telescopes set up looking at various deep sky objects.  By the nature of stellar observation, these objects will move through the evening, so viewing opportunities will be plentiful.  As always everyone is invited.  All ages are encouraged.  A basket of children’s books will be provided along with extra balloon covered flashlights for Reading Under the Stars.”

    What to Bring if you can:

    • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
    • Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
    • Folding chair – one per person
    • Star chart (if you have one)

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

    When:     Saturday July 22, 2017      
                       Eclipse lecture at 7:45 pm
                       Night sky viewing at 8:45 pm

    Cost:        FREE – Public invited       

    Great for families and scout groups!  For more information, call:  479-789-5000


  • 05 Jul 2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    How well do you know your German navy slang?   First recorded in 1940-1945, the name of the airshaft for German U-boats came from the German navy slang Schnorchel for "nose, or snout,".  Today when we go swimming and use one, we call it a snorkel.

    Snorkelling is incredibly fun, relaxing, and a wonderful way to explore the world beneath the waves.   You can just drift through the water, relax, and enjoy a previously unexplored, wet wonderland.

    Snorkelling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins.  Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.  The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.   Snorkelling appeals to all ages because of how little effort is involved.

    Join your Hobbs State Park interpreter guide to truly appreciate Beaver Lake as few have.  We will take a short pontoon boat ride to an unspoiled, quiet cove, searching for the hidden diversity of underwater life.

    When:
    Monday July 10            1-4 pm
    Monday July 17             1-4 pm
    Tuesday July 25            1-4 pm
    Friday July 28               1-4 pm
    Friday August 4            1-4 pm
    Thursday August 10    1-4 pm
    Friday August 25          1-4 pm
    Thursday August 31     1-4 pm

    Wear appropriate clothing for swimming, including water shoes, and sunscreen.  Participants must wear a life jacket.  All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult must be in the water.  Life jackets, masks, and snorkels provided.

    Where:  All participants meet at Rock Branch Marina, 8872 Rocky Branch Marina Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756 (Hwy. 12 to 303 north, to Rocky Branch Marina Road)

    Cost:     $20 Adults (13 and up)
                 $10 Child (Up thru age 12)

    Preregistration and payment required.  To register call:  479-789-5000



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