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Fun Spring Break Activities Planned at Hobbs State Park

17 Mar 2017 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hobbs State Park offers a variety of family orientated activities during the upcoming Spring Break.  In addition to some indoor happenings, many hikes, short and longer, are on the agenda.  Choose what you like, and don’t forget the outstanding exhibits at the Hobbs State Park visitor center.

Saturday March 18

Nature   Hike    10 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Puffballs in the Sky          12 pm               30 Min.             Visitor Center
Is a cloud just a cloud?  No sir!  Clouds can tell us things.  Clouds can do things.  Do you know what thunder really is?  Why do tornadoes form in clouds?  Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn about our amazing clouds…puffballs in the sky.

Photographing Trail Trees    2 pm – 5:30 pm    Meet at the visitor center
Al Knox, Trail Maintenance Supervisor at Hobbs State Park, will present a synopsis of the Marker trees he has found at the Park, and Cleeo Wright, Events Coordinator for the PSNWA will discuss the different ways one might photograph these or any other trees.  Techniques might include the tree as the primary visual, the details of the tree, how the tree looks in different seasons, different perspectives utilizing foreground elements, trees under infrared wavelength, or how black and white can help isolate shapes and form. Following the classroom introduction, the group will drive to the sites of three trail trees for photographic sessions.  Photographers of all abilities are invited to participate. Free

The Lorax                             3 pm                 30 min.             Visitor Center
Listen in as interpreter Steve reads the Lorax.  Do you know what the Lorax was?  He wasn’t just that “orange colored dude”.  Do you know who the most important character in the story was?  It’s not the Lorax.

Sunday March 19

Nature   Hike    11 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Fly Casting           12:00 pm      4 hours        Visitor Center 
Those who wish to learn the basics of fly casting will want to attend the Fly Casting 101 workshop to be held at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center Sunday March 19, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Two hours of instruction will be in the classroom, and two hours will be outside.  Minimum age is 12 yrs.  Cost:  $35 per person + tax.  Class size is limited to 15.  Reservations and pre-payment required.  Call:  479-789-5000

Arkansas Symbols       1 pm            25 minutes              Visitor Center
Do you know the symbols of Arkansas?  Some are easy, and others you probably have never heard of.  Did you know we have a state soil and a State beverage?  Join interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas. 

The Lorax                  3 pm                 30 min.             Visitor Center
Listen in as interpreter Steve reads the Lorax.  Do you know what the Lorax was?  He wasn’t just that “orange colored dude”.  Do you know who the most important character in the story was?  It’s not the Lorax.

Monday March 20

Great Arkansas Mammal Quiz         All Day           Visitor Center
Test your knowledge of our northwest Arkansas mammals.  Who will do better?  Mom?  Dad?  Or the kids?

Morning Bird Walk   9:00 am   1 hour    Historic Van Winkle Hollow
Join Assistant superintendent Jay as he guides you through Historic Van Winkle Hollow.  What a great place to see our feathered friends!

Live Box Turtle   2:00 pm               30 min.        Visitor Center
Join superintendent Jay with one of his best friends, Mr. Turtle.  You will be surprised to find how much there is to learn about our native box turtles.

Tuesday March 21

Exhibit Scavenger Hunt         All Day              Visitor Center
Families are invited to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through the visitor center and its exhibit area. Discover the many wonders of this facility and the park as you complete this hunt together.  Receive a prize at the front desk when you turn in your scavenger hunt sheet.

Native Plant Bed Maintenance   9:00 am     2-3 hours   Visitor Center
Join Hobbs State Park Staff and the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists for a morning of native plant spring cleaning.  We will be cutting back grasses and pulling weeds to prepare these native plant beds for spring.  Native plant information, tools, gloves, and lunch will be provided.

Nature Detective Hike       2:00 pm     45 min.            Visitor Center
There is a nature mystery to be solved here at Hobbs State Park, and we need your help to solve this case.  Join a Park interpreter to discover how knowledge is power when solving nature mysteries in Arkansas State Parks.

Wednesday March 22

Scavenger Hunt               All day long         Visitor Center
Families are invited to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through the visitor center and its exhibit area. Discover the many wonders of this facility and the park as you complete this hunt together. Receive a prize at the front desk when you turn in your scavenger hunt sheet.

Bird Discovery            10:00 am – noon    West side of Visitor Center
The Hobbs State Park bird feeders bring in a wide variety of our colorful feathered friends up real close.  Join interpreter Chelsea, outside, at the west side of the visitor center.  She will provide binoculars for everyone so you can look at our pretty, flying friends right in the eye.

Nature Hike        11 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Shaddox Hollow Hike   1:00 pm    1 ½ hours    Shaddox Hollow Trail
Join interpreter Chelsea for a fun 1 ½ mile hike through the Hobbs State Park woods.  See the new glade clearing, limestone bluffs, karst features, and a critter or two.

Enlightening Hike      2:00 pm          45 min.       Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Thursday March 23

Bird Discovery        10:00 am – noon          West side of Visitor Center
The Hobbs State Park bird feeders bring in a wide variety of our colorful feathered friends up real close.  Join interpreter Chelsea, outside, at the west side of the visitor center.  She will provide binoculars for everyone so you can look at our pretty, flying friends right in the eye.

Nature Hike        11 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Dutton Hollow Hike      1:00 pm        2 hours        Dutton Hollow Loop
Hwy 12 to Piney Road south…meet at the Piney Road multi-use trail parking lot.  Dutton Hollow offers wildflowers, limestone bluffs, large paw paw patch, and a sink hole.

Historic Van Winkle hike    3 pm      1 hour    Van Winkle Trail Head
Join Interpreter Steve on an easy stroll through the Historic Van Winkle Hollow and learn about the Van Winkle mill, the largest in the state of Arkansas all through the 1870’s.  The area is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friday March 24

Scavenger Hunt    All day long         Visitor Center
Families are invited to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through the visitor center and its exhibit area. Discover the many wonders of this facility and the park as you complete this hunt together. Receive a prize at the front desk when you turn in your scavenger hunt sheet.

Do you know your NW Ark. Mammals?    10 am -1 pm    Visitor Center
Join interpreter Steve while you try to identify common mammals that we see every day in northwest Arkansas.

Bayshore Ridge Loop Hike    1:00 pm      2 hours        Piney Road parking lot
Meet interpreter Chelsea at the Piney Road parking lot, and enjoy an easy 4-mile hike.  This trail has a spur to a wonderful overlook of Beaver Lake.

Nature Hike    3:00 pm            45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Saturday March 25

Nature   Hike            10 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Leave No Trace:  The 7 Principals     1 pm         35 minutes   Visitor Center
The choices you make when you are outside make a big difference.  This is a great program for all ages, but especially for young girls and boys who are just beginning to experience camping, hiking, and the outdoors in general.

Venomous Snakes of Arkansas    3:00 pm     20 min.   Visitor Center
Everyone who lives in Arkansas should be aware of what venomous snakes we have and what they look like.  This short program identifies the 6 venomous snakes that we have in Arkansas, five of which are found in northwest Arkansas.

Sunday March 26

Nature   Hike    11 am             45 min     Ozark Plateau Trail
Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”?
Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park.

Tale of the Turtle        1 pm              20 Minutes     Visitor Center
Join Park Interpreter Steve while you learn some interesting facts about our reptile friends.  Why are there 5 toes on a 3-toed box turtle?  There is an easy way to tell the difference between a boy and a girl turtle.  Do you know the secret? 

Galls                    3 pm                 20 min                  Visitor Center
Is it a gall or isn’t it? – Hey – What is a gall?   How are they formed?  Join interpreter Steve to learn the basics of what galls are all about.


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