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  • 31 May 2017 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Susan Young has been the Shiloh Museum’s outreach coordinator since 1994.  She is a fifth-generation Ozarker.  Before settling in the Ozarks, her kinfolk hailed from the southern Appalachians in Kentucky and Tennessee.  There’s no denying Susan's hillbilly roots.  In fact, that heritage is something she is quite proud of and passionate about, which makes the Shiloh Museum the perfect place for Susan to hang her hat. Her areas of interest include religion, cemeteries, and traditional folkways of the Upland South.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening, traveling, birdwatching, and genealogy.

    Coming up in June, Susan will present one of her favorite programs at Hobbs State Park, but one she rarely does.  She calls it, “Literally Ozarks”.  According to Susan, “I’ve selected readings from various authors to accompany photos from our extensive collection.”  Susan has a humorous, thoughtful, and provocative way to look at our Ozark history and its literature.  You won’t want to miss this unique and entertaining program.

    When:   Sunday June 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the intersection of Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection
    Cost:  FREE

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000.  This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs monthly Speaker Series. 

  • 31 May 2017 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever wanted to learn to kayak?  Here is your chance to learn from a kayak instructor for the American Canoe Association (ACA).  Participants will learn all aspects of paddling while exploring a calm area of Beaver Lake.  Recreational kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided.

    Workshop is open to those 16 years and older.  Bring a sack lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

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

    When:  June 7 &21
                July 9 &26
                Aug. 6, 13, 17 & 30
                Sept. 10 & 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Cost:  $50.00 per person

    Registration and pre-payment required.  For more information and to register call: 479-789-5000

  • 19 May 2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This half-million-dollar project will be funded by the Friends of Hobbs and Arkansas State Parks.  The new pavilion will expand the classroom to the outdoors, allowing for increased learning opportunities for schools and the public alike.

    National Park Radio is a new modern folk band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.  An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love.

    When:  Saturday June 10, 2017:  Gate opens and shuttles begin at 5:30 pm.  Musical event runs from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

    Costs:     One-person admittance ticket (12 yrs. and up) = $25.00 + $2.37 processing fee.  Each ticket is an individual annual membership to the Friends of Hobbs.  Musical event tickets can be purchased on-line in advance at the website at the end of this release, or on-site the day of the performance.  (Cash or credit)

                  Meal ticket = $10.00 + $1.54 processing fee:  Cowboy Catering Company and Yeyo’s Mexican Grill will be serving up plates of Bar-B-Que and tacos.  They will be accepting meal tickets purchased online or onsite.

    For quick questions call:  479-789-5000

  • 19 May 2017 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We all know that Jupiter is a planet, but what is “retrograde motion”?  This is how Katherine Auld, President of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, explains it.  “Perfectly positioned for observing all month, very bright Jupiter moves retrograde through the body of the constellation Virgo in the southern evening sky.  Retrograde motion happens because earth, on its shorter race track path around the sun, is passing Jupiter on its longer track, and making Jupiter appear to move backwards against the backdrop of stars.  Jupiter will remain about 10 degrees above Virgo’s brightest star, Spica.  The shadows of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons frequently cross the planet’s disk this month, including a number of double shadow events.  Because Jupiter is high in the night sky, it makes a nice sight using binoculars, and a nice photo opportunity as well.” 

    Auld further stated, “This should be a great night for observing with a telescope, binoculars, or just using your unaided eyes!  We will have several telescopes set up looking at Jupiter and various other 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.  Items to bring with you include a flashlight (covered with a red cloth or balloon), binoculars, water bottle, and a folding chair.  A basket of children’s books will be provided along with balloon-covered flashlights for reading under the stars.”

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the       Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    When:    Saturday May 27, 2017
    Time:     Lecture begins at 7:45 pm with night sky viewing at 8:45 pm
    Cost:      FREE

    Bring the whole family and join us at Hobbs State Park as we explore the May night sky.  For more information:  479-789-5000

  • 04 May 2017 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most of us forgot or never knew how Mother’s Day began.  Ann Jarvis was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.  When her mother died, she began to publicly campaign for a national day to honor “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”  After years of effort, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

    Today on this special day we lavish our mothers and wives with flowers and candy.  Why not toss a lunch cruise on Beaver Lake into the mix?  Hobbs State Park offers such a tasty cruise.  Lunch will be at Ventris Trails End Resort, and features: Salad, Parmesan Chicken, Ranch Potatoes, Green Beans, Sheet Cake, Tea & Coffee.   The vegetarian option is a portabella sandwich.  (Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge.) 

    When:  Sunday May 14,  from 11 am – 2 pm

    Where:  Leave from Rocky Branch Marina

    Cost:  $40/person

    Space for the Mother’s Day lunch cruise is limited.  Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

  • 03 May 2017 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wildflowers, pretty dots across our landscape, provide a natural color palette for the Northwest Arkansas region.  Do you love looking at flowers in their natural environment and yearn to learn more about them?  Would you like to attend a free wildflower photo walk and get tips on taking great photos of these graceful lovelies?  Hobbs State Park and the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas (PSNWA) have teamed up to offer helpful information and instruction that is free to the public.

    Please join us at the Hobbs State Park visitor’s center to hear Hobbs interpreter Chelsea Porter talk about the timing of wildflower blooms and wildflower identification.  She loves anything outdoors; hiking, camping, biking, climbing, fishing, and hunting.  Needless to say, she never met a wildflower she didn’t love.

    Esteemed photographer, Jeremy TenHake with the PSNWA, has a keen sense of observation, and will share basic photography tips on taking beautiful wildflower pictures.  Stay for a walking tour of the area around the Park’s visitor center to enjoy taking photos of native wildflowers.                                                     

    When:     May 13, 2017, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. or best light
    Where:   Hobbs State Park visitor center: located on Hwy 12 just east of the                   Hwy 12/war Eagle Road intersection
    Cost:      Free and open to the public – Bring your camera.

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

    To learn more about the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas, go to the web site:

  • 25 Apr 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Day camps held all over northwest Arkansas offer a variety of outdoor escapes and unique learning opportunities for our youth.  For many years Hobbs State Park has been a leader in offering enlightening and educational Day Camps.  This June, Hobbs is going one step further in offering something special.  The Park is partnering with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas to offer our first Summer Youth Photography Camp.

    The Camp will consist of morning sessions over a three-day period.   The sessions will include lectures, hands-on techniques, and outdoor photography walks.   Class Instruction will be given by Bob Coleman, Master Photographer.

    Equipment required:  Compact point-and-shoot camera, memory card, photo journal book; Optional equipment: DSLR camera and case, camera manual, laptop with picture editing program

    2017 Hobbs State Park 3-Day Photography Camp dates:
    June 27th – 29th            For ages 14-17                9 a.m.  – Noon

    Cost:  $100.00 per child for all three days. 

    Pre-registration and pre-payment required.   If you are a PSNWA member, register at the PSNWA web site.                                      

    If not a PSNWA member, call Hobbs State Park at   479-789-5000 to register.  Note that space is limited for this event. 

    For more information contact Bob Coleman, or Cynthia Cooper,

  • 20 Apr 2017 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Day Camps at Hobbs State Park bring the outdoor experience up close and personal.  When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world.

    Hobbs Day Camps are a perfect solution to “nature deficit disorder”.

    What’s included?  Hiking, games, live animals, nature-related programs, crafts, snacks, stream studies, a T-shirt, and more.  Hobbs State Park Day Camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for each of 3 days.

    The July 12 – 14   Hobbs Day Camp for ages 9 – 12 year-olds still has openings.  Call today to register.

    Cost:  $50.00/child + tax for all three days.  Preregistration and pre-payment required.  Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register.  

  • 10 Apr 2017 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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:  and

  • 06 Apr 2017 12:04 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:  Sunday May 7, 2016

    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 + tax.  Class size is limited to 25.  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000

    To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to:  and

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