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  • 30 Sep 2019 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area has released the dates of six sunset pontoon boat cruises on Beaver Lake.

    Sept.                Departure Times from Rocky Branch Marina      

    Thursday Oct. 3                                       5:30 p.m.

    Thursday Oct 10                                      5:20 p.m.

    Thursday Oct. 17                                      5:10 p.m.

    Sunday Oct. 20                                         5:00 p.m.

    Thursday Oct. 24                                      5:00 p.m.

    Thursday Oct. 31                                       4:50 pm

    Nothing could be more enjoyable than a beautiful sunset out on Beaver Lake.  Many birds will be coming back to their nests this time of day.  We will look for them, and listen for their calls.  Don’t forget your cameras.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax.   Children 6-12   $5.00 + tax.    Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at stated times.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000


  • 12 Sep 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some flaunt their beauty.  Some spread as wide as they are tall, giving us delightful shade in the summer.  Some are just amazing to look at.   Native to the northern hemisphere, over 600 varieties of oak trees can be found all around the globe.

    One may not guess this, but only after about 20 years do oak trees start producing acorns.  Some oaks may even take up to 50 years to produce the first lot, and then live for 200 to 1,000 years depending on the variety.  Another fun fact is that a mature oak has the capacity to absorb more than 50 gallons of water in one day.  And how about this – white oaks produce acorns every year.  Red oaks produce acorns every other year.


    Dr. Klingamon tells us, “In this talk we will explore the natural history of one of the world’s most important tree species.  Considered will be topics including the range of oaks distribution over the world, the adaptability of oaks in widely varied environments, and a look at some of the most important oaks in Arkansas.”

    Do you have questions about oaks and perhaps their diseases?  Dr. Klingamon is the expert and will address your oak inquiries.

    When:  Sunday September 22, 2019     2:00 pm                     

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

    Cost:  Free

    This presentation is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker’s Series.  For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals:   Call:  479-789-5000


  • 11 Sep 2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas (PSNWA), in collaboration with Hobbs State Park, will offer a free seminar on nature/landscape photography.  From local macro images to sweeping landscapes in Europe, photographer Melissa L. Jones will take you on a delightful journey of nature photography throughout the world.  Fasten your seat belt.

    Following the seminar, another professional from the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas will offer a class on the basics of capturing nature with a camera.  Learn about the fundamentals of proper exposure plus tips and techniques for capturing different subjects.  The last part of the class will be spent outside practicing with your camera.  The PSNWA professional will be with you to answer your questions. 

    This seminar and photography class is open for everyone but intended for those who want to fine tune their camera skills.  Participants should have a basic understanding of how the features work on their camera.  Take advantage of this free opportunity to learn from a professional.

    What to Bring if you can:

    - Camera

    - Tripod (optional)

    - Remote release (optional)

    Where:

    - Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

     - Located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:

    - Saturday September 21st, 2019

    - 4 pm Seminar, 5 pm for basic nature photography class

    Cost: Free

    For more information on the (PSNWA): https://www.psnwa.org/ws/

    For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:   Call:  479-789-5000 


  • 03 Sep 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    But first, the cow must jump over the moon.  But what moon?  There are so many.  In our solar system we have 139 moons, depending how and what you count.  A moon is a natural satellite rotating around a planet.  While moons vary in size, each moon is much smaller than its planet.

    The inner Solar System includes the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.  Of all the known moons in our Solar System, only three are in the inner region.  Mars has two, and the Earth has but one.

    Go past the asteroids, and outside of Pluto with just one, the Outer Solar System planets claim a plethora of moons.  Neptune has 13, Uranus has 27, Saturn comes in with 33, and Jupiter wins the prize with 62 moons.

    Some moons are sulfurous, some are volcanic, some are icy, while others are peppered with hundreds of craters and deep canyons.  The mountains of Uranus are over 10 miles high.

    Come to Hobbs State Park and learn more strange and wonderful things about all the moons in our solar system.  The focus of the evening will be the Earth’s moon and those of Jupiter and Saturn.

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

    When: Saturday September 7, 2019

    Time:  Lecture at 6:00 pm with night sky viewing a little after 7:00 pm

    Cost: Free.  The public is invited.

    For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals:   Call:  479-789-5000


  • 19 Aug 2019 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area has released the dates of six sunset pontoon boat cruises on Beaver Lake.

    September Departure Times from Rocky Branch Marina      

    Sunday Sept. 8                 6:00 p.m.
    Thursday Sept. 12            6:00 p.m.
    Sunday Sept. 15               5:45 p.m.
    Thursday Sept. 19            5:45 p.m.
    Sunday Sept. 22               5:30 p.m.
    Sunday Sept. 29               5:30 pm

    Nothing could be more enjoyable than a beautiful sunset out on Beaver Lake.  Many birds will be coming back to their nests this time of day.  We will look for them, and listen for their calls.  Don’t forget your cameras.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax.   Children 6-12   $5.00 + tax.    Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at stated times.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000


  • 13 Aug 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Mother Nature as she introduces her many woodland friends at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area’s “Living Forest” on Saturday October 26th.

    Listen to each animal’s story.  They have a lot to tell us.  These educational messages will be uncomplicated and easy for young children to understand.  Teenagers and adults will learn too!  Living Forest is for families with members of all ages.

    Who are these critters who will be delivering the informative messages?  They include:  barred owl, deer, spider, bat, blue jays, skunk, raccoon, eagle, squirrel, and more.  Costumed Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists will be delivering the meaningful messages. 

    Join in this fun, 40- minute, non-scary, fall treat for the whole family.  Strollers and wagons are welcome as you meander along a wide, paved, barrier-free path.  If you want to be like Mother Nature’s animal friends, come in costume.   Also experience:  crafts and free S’mores – yum.

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

    When:    Saturday October 26, 2019 -- Come any time from 1 pm – 5 pm

    Cost:       Free

    For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:   Call:  479-789-5000


  • 13 Aug 2019 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 demanding terrain.  If you complete a long-distance trail hike end-to-end within one calendar year, you are called a “Thru-Hiker”.

    If you’ve ever worried that you’ll run out of energy on a long hike, you’ll want to attend Jim’s upcoming program at Hobbs State Park.  He will share strategies for completing long hiking trips while remaining healthy and well fed.  Participants will see how he prepares and packs food for the long haul.  Jim will demonstrate ways to acquire dehydrated foods and customize meals that work to provide a balanced diet on the trail, whether you’re traveling ten or one-hundred miles.

    During the presentation, Warnock will share photos and stories from a variety of backpacking experiences along with tips for preparing and completing long thru-hikes in varied conditions.  

    Whether you’re a novice or veteran hiker, you’re sure to enjoy this presentation.  Children and their parents/grandparents are welcome to join Warnock and his black Lab, “Hiker-dog”, for a short walk on the Ozark Plateau Trail after the presentation.

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

    When:    Sunday September 1, 2019

    Time:      2:00 pm

    Cost:       Free.  The public is invited.

    For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals:   Call:  479-789-5000


  • 13 Aug 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Friends of Hobbs are always looking for interesting and different programs to present free to the public.  This one gives a glimpse into the intensive training a bloodhound must undergo to become a certified search hound.  The bloodhounds will be there too.  There will be a live demonstration of how these dogs help to save lives.

    The program will be given by the Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists (AABSS).   This is a state-wide, all-volunteer organization formed in 2005.  They are a 501(c)3 public charity.  The members are concerned citizens from a multitude of occupations who are dedicated to helping save lives.    Their programs focus on safety, and cover what to do if you become separated from the rest of your group and ways to help keep you safe while participating in outdoor activities.

    Training a search and rescue dog takes on average 18 months depending on the discipline.  Any breed can work in search and rescue if they have the proper personality, temperament, drive, interest, and stamina to do the job – which may cover large areas and many hours when searching for a missing person.

    The Friends of Hobbs organization is pleased and in fact excited to make this program available to the public and encourages families and individuals to participate to learn about this free, lifesaving service.

    When:  Sunday November 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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

    Cost:  FREE

    This presentation is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker’s Series. 

    For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals:   Call:  479-789-5000

  • 13 Aug 2019 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is Secchi Day?  Let’s take a quick step back in history.  Father Pietro Angelo Secchi (1818 – 1878) who was a scientific advisor to the Pope, used the Secchi disk in 1865.  Father Secchi was asked by Commander Cialdi, head of the papal navy, to test a new transparency instrument.  This instrument, now named the Secchi disk, was first lowered from the papal steam yacht Immaculate Conception.  The original disk was plain, white, 12 inches in diameter, and used to measure water turbidity in bodies of water Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, like smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality.

    Today the Secchi disk is black and white.  It is lowered into a body of water.  The Secchi reading is the depth at which the disk disappears completely from view.

    On Secchi Day volunteers will take readings from all over Beaver Lake to determine the over-all clarity or water quality of the water in the lake.  As these readings come back into the Army Corps Prairie Creek Lakeside Amphitheater for posting, family activities and free food will be available.

    9 am – 12:15 pm

    • Activities and Exhibits
    • Kayak Rides
    • Music and Dance
    • Fun and Games
    • Snacks, Fruit, and Frozen Desserts

    11 am – 12:15 pm

    • Free Chips, Sodas, Hot Dogs and Veggie Dogs
    • Art Awards and Announcements

    12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

    • Door prizes – Must be present to win

    1:00 pm – Event Ends

    Special Guests:

    • Emcee – Dan Skoff, KNWA Chief Meteorologist
    • Al Lopez “PaPa Rap” – Water Fun facts
    • Marshallese Neighbors – Culture of Atolls and Islands

    When:  Saturday August 17, 2019  --  9 am – 1 pm

    Where:  U.S. Army Corps Prairie Creek Lakeside Amphitheater, 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756

    Cost:  FREE

    For more information:  bwdh2o.org


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