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Free Earth Day Activities Geared for Families

10 Apr 2017 12:04 PM | Anonymous

Earth Day is an annual event where family-centered activities are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area celebrates Earth Day on Saturday April 15th throughout the Park.

7:30 am      Trail Run (4-7 miles)        Piney Trail Head
Join Assistant Superintendent Jay Schneider on a guided trail run.  Whether you’re an experienced trail runner, or just getting started, this is a great opportunity to get out, be active, and meet some other runners. 

8-10 am              Bird Hike       Van Winkle Trail Head
Rick Jones is your leader on this one.  He has been a birder for over 60 years and loves to share his passion.  Take a walk through Van Winkle Hollow while the day is young and the birds are active.  Binoculars and field guides will be available, so don’t let that stop you from coming out! 

9 am             Guided Bike Ride    Townsend Ridge Trail Head
Don’t ride solo!  Grab your buddies and catch an OORC Group Ride lead by Brannan Pack.  This is open for beginners and intermediate riders, with leaders for the fast and slower paced.  This is a great time, place, and group to learn or enhance your fundamental skills.

9:30 am        Wildflower Hike                Sinking Stream Trail Head
Join Park interpreter Rebekah while you look for early spring wildflowers.  Don’t forget your cameras.

10 am     Planting with Ark. Master Naturalists    Visitor Center
Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists are taking point on our Spring planting.  Come out and get your hands dirty with us as we give back to Mother Nature.  Bring gloves and weather appropriate clothing

10 am – 1 pm       The Amazeum Visits Hobbs        Visitor Center
That’s right!  The Amazeum is coming out to Hobbs.  Pody Gay and a crew from the Amazeum will be at the Hobbs visitor center with an activity designed to help you build and design.  Challenge your inner engineer. 

10 am        Leave No Trace and Your Dog      Picnic Area/Visitor Center
Many of us have heard of Leave No Trace, but what about for our furry companions?  Interpreter Chelsea will discuss how we can incorporate these skills and practices when bringing along our favorite four-legged friends on the trail. 

10 am – 4 pm                Scavenger Hunt            Visitor Center  
This is a self-guided activity designed to get you and your family exploring outside.  Stop in to the visitor center for a copy of the checklist, see what else we have going on, and then get outside!  

10 am – 2 pm              Pretty Birds                  Visitor Center
Join Phyllis Kane as she talks about some of the beautiful birds of northwest Arkansas. 

11 am       Wildflower Hike         Sinking Stream Trail Head
Join Master Naturalist Nancy Cunningham on a hike to explore the beauty that visits us every Spring. 

1 pm        Leave No Trace and Your Dog        Picnic Area/Visitor Center
Many of us have heard of Leave No Trace, but what about for our furry companions?  Interpreter Chelsea will discuss how we can incorporate these skills and practices when bringing along our favorite four-legged friends on the trail. 

1 pm    Guided Hike/Glade Explained   Shaddox Hollow Trail Head
Join new Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Hildreth, as she explains the significance of a large glade restoration on Hobbs while hiking Shaddox Hollow Trail.

2 pm – 4 pm                Recycled Crafts                   Visitor Center
Join interpreter Rebekah to learn what it takes to recycle paper.

All Hobbs Earth Day activities are Free.  For more information, questions, or directions call:  479-789-5000

To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/  and  www.ArkansasStateParks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea


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