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  • 22 Jun 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spend an evening on Beaver Lake while paddling your own kayak guided by a park interpreter.  We will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake. The finale will be gazing west into the sunset. Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided.  Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight, 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.

    June 30, July 28 at 8 pm
    Aug. 11, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm
    Sept. 8, 15, 18 at 7:00 pm
    Sept. 25, 29 at 6:30 pm

    Cost $12 Adults, $6 children (6-12)

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

  • 22 Jun 2017 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While wandering through Zilker Park Botanical Gardens in Austin Texas, Robert Thomas was photographing flowers and wildlife.  Suddenly, a beautiful bright red dragonfly landed in front of him.  Stunned at the beauty and vibrancy of its color, he shot a photo from about 15 feet away.  That was all it took for him to be totally fascinated by these creatures. 

    Robert Thomas has spent the last 6 years travelling and photographing odonates (dragonflies).  His photographs have graced the covers of numerous field guides.   His collection of photographs contains many very rare species.  As Thomas puts it, “It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and a little good luck and know how.”

    Bring the family and join Robert Thomas for a colorful, unique, and exciting program all about dragonflies, and how to photograph them.

    When:  2:00 p.m. Saturday June 24, 2017

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

    Cost:   Free

  • 12 Jun 2017 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now there’s a title you don’t see every day, and this program will be presented at Hobbs State Park by Brooks Blevins, an Arkansas Ozarks native. Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozark Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield.  He is the author and editor of seven books, including Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South. The Old Ozarks, the first volume in Blevins’s trilogy on the history of the Ozarks, will be released in 2018.

    Blevin’s program at Hobbs State Park explores the stories of various communal and cooperative-living groups in the Ozarks, from Benton County’s pre-Civil War Harmonial Vegetarian Society to Rev. John Battenfield’s Incoming Kingdom Missionary Unit in the hills along the Buffalo River.   

    There was even an unusual group that made their home on land which is now part of Hobbs State Park.  Edgar Wallace Conable was the founder of this strange health colony.  He bought 8,000 acres of the old Peter Van Winkle property and colonized it with several hundred followers, all of whom believed in his manner of living.  The colonists ate no breakfast. The men did not love their wives, nor did the wives love their husbands. Living in family groups was a “mere matter of form”.

    With its cheap land, its relative isolation, and its live-and-let-live population, the Ozark region has long been a magnet for countercultural and off-kilter groups who looked to build their own utopian communities in peace and solitude. The result has been some of the most colorful and unforgettable episodes in the history of the Ozarks.  You won’t want to miss this very thought-provoking program.

    When:  2:00 p.m. Sunday June 18, 2017

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

    Cost:  Free – The public is invited

    This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series.

  • 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,

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