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  • 25 Jan 2017 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Winter Sky through Binoculars is the focus of the Hobbs State Park/ Sugar Creek Astronomical Society Star Party set for January 28, 2017 Using binoculars to view the night sky is the first, best step into astronomy because the sky can be enjoyed without the expense of, or an understanding of, telescopes.  The intimacy and ease of viewing the night sky with your naked eye can be maintained when using binoculars.  Because of their wide field of view, the amount of the sky that can be seen is larger than with most telescopes, making it easier to find objects.  Modern small binoculars often give as much detail as that seen by Galileo using his groundbreaking telescopes to discover the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus.

    According to Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s president, Katherine Auld, “Objects we will likely view include:  Jupiter, or more specifically the Galilean moons that almost nightly change their locations in their dance around Jupiter, and the Double Cluster, which is two open clusters of stars lying at a distance of about 7,500 light years from Earth.  Other objects we will see include the moon, Pleiades (the “seven sisters”), another open cluster containing hot, blue and extremely bright stars that formed in the last 100 million years.  Perhaps the most amazing object we will view is the Andromeda Galaxy with about a trillion stars.  It makes an amazing night sky object through binoculars as it is about 8 times the apparent size of the earth’s full moon.  Several telescopes will also be set up for public use.”

    What to Bring:  

    • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
    • Binoculars
    • Folding chair – one per person`
    • Star chart (if you have one)

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    When:  Saturday January 28, 2017

    • Classroom instruction – 4:30 p.m.
    • Night viewing about 5:30 p.m.

    Cost:  Free – Public invited:  Great for scout groups and families
    For more information call:  479-789-5000

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


  • 25 Jan 2017 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nationally known fly fishing expert, Sallyann Brown, will lead a fly tying workshop at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center Sunday January 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This straightforward workshop will teach the basic techniques for tying all types of flies.  Subjects covered will include how to tie knots, apply weights and hackle (long narrow feathers), how to spin deer hair, tie on dubbing, tails, wings, eyes and legs.  Learning appropriate proportions in building your own fly and what to do with all the fingers in your hands are two of the more useful things to be learned in this beginner’s class.  Tie your own fly to take home or decorate your favorite fishing hat.  All equipment will be provided.

    When:  Sunday January 29, 2017   
    Time:    12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
    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.

    Minimum age is 12 yrs.  Cost:  $35 per person + tax.  Class size is limited to 15.  Reservations and pre-payment required.  479-789-5000


  • 13 Jan 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 21st.... 

    If the onset of “cabin fever” is beginning to set in, the Wonders of Winter Wildlife at Hobbs State Park will set you free.  Bring the whole family.

    Birds N breakfast:  enjoy some coffee, juice, and donuts on us.  The University of Arkansas will be catching, banding, measuring, and recording data on birds, and then releasing them back into the wild.

    Meet Some Raptors: Local wildlife rehabilitator, Lynn Sciumbato, will give her always popular “Raptor Rescue” program using live birds native to northwest Arkansas.

    Birds at Beaver: Bird expert and author, Joe Neal, will talk about the “Birds of Beaver”, while Master Naturalist, Ken Leonard, will exhibit an eagle nest model.

    Table Top Programs for the Family: Memorable, family-orientated “table top” programs, craft table, a short trail hike, and an eagle watch cruise complete the activities. *

    Most activities will be at the Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Rd. intersection

    9:00 am – 10:30 am    Birds N Breakfast

    9:30 am – 1:30 pm       Ken Leonard:  Eagle Nest Model

    10: 00 am – 12:30 pm Eva Olhausen – Kid’s craft (Table top program)

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm    Carolyn Hartman –Furs (Table top program)

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm    Denis Dean – Scat and tracks (Table top program)

    11:00 am                          Nature Hike (Ozark Plateau Trail)

    1:30 pm                           Joe Neal:  “Birds of Beaver”

    3:00 pm                           Lynn Sciumbato:  Raptor Rescue

    3:00 pm                           Eagle Watch cruise*

    *Eagle cruises require pre-registration

    Cost:  $10+ tax/adult,   $5+ tax/child 6-12

    For more information and to register for the eagle watch tour, call:                     479-789-5000


  • 05 Jan 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area offers eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake November 2016 through February 2017.  On January 14, 2017 Hobbs State Park, and the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas will offer a very special and personal eagle watch cruise. This cruise will concentrate specifically on How to Photograph Eagles.

    Jay Stout, chairman of the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas, will begin with a lecture on the dock at Rocky Branch Marina, and then accompany the group on the water, fielding questions on how best to photograph eagles.  Stout loves to photograph landscapes, historical buildings, and especially wildlife.  Don’t miss this uncommon opportunity to “pick the brain” of an accomplished wildlife photographer for an hour and a half.

    Due to the extra photographic equipment that participants may bring along, seating is limited on this cruise.

    Where:  Rocky Branch Marina
    When:  January 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.   Adults $10.00 + tax.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000


  • 31 Dec 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mike Martin, an award winning nature and wildlife photographer, and a native Arkansan, will be presenting a program on Bald Eagles at the Hobbs State Park visitor center on Sunday, January 8th at 2:00 p.m.  

    Mike has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 25 years.  His photos have been published by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, New York City Parks Department, the New York State Parks Department, the Florida Parks Department, and the California Parks Department.   He has also had a number of his photos published by the Cornell University Ornithology Department’s award winning website, “All About Birds”. 

    Mike is currently co-authoring a book about bald eagles of Arkansas scheduled for publication this year.    In both 2013 and 2014, Mike's bald eagle photos were featured photos in an annual “Wildlife” Magazine produced by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.    Mike’s program will be followed by a question and answer session.

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
    When:  Sunday January 8th, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
    Cost:  Free – Public invited

    For more information call:  479-789-5000


  • 02 Dec 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area offers eagle watch cruises on Beaver Lake November 2016 through February 2017.  Remaining tours will take place on:

    December:  3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

    January:  1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29

    February:  4, 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26

    According to Josephine Barry, spokesperson for Hobbs State Park, “So far this year our guests have seen bald eagles, osprey, vultures, kingfishers, great blue herons, grebes, hawks, gulls, deer, and occasionally a big fish jumps out of the water right next to the boat. Wildlife is everywhere, and fun to see on our Eagle Watch cruises.”


    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax.    Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at    3:00 p.m.  For more information and to make reservations, call:         479-789-5000

  • 21 Nov 2016 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies.  December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity.

    The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific.   He will present a special program on "How to Purchase a Telescope".  (Just in time for Christmas)    Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

    Following Scott's lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing.   Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public.   A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects.

    All ages are invited.  Astronomy is a family event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout outing.

    What to Bring:  

    • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
    • Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
    • Folding chair – one per person
    • Star chart (if you have one)
     

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

    When:  Friday December 2, 2016    
    Classroom instruction at 4:30 pm - Night sky viewing at 5:30 pm

    Cost:  Free 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

  • 18 Nov 2016 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    According to Rebekah Penny, interpreter at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area, “Instead of stressing out about finding a good deal on the latest gadget this holiday season, let’s all take the time to be thankful for all that we have here in northwest Arkansas– clean water and air, and time with friends and family. ‘Green Friday’ is a chance to give a gift that is priceless – a connection – a memory!  There is true value in our natural areas, recreational activities, and traditions.  Getting out and exploring them with friends and family are those priceless connections – those priceless memories”.  


    What is your “Connection”?  A hike in the woods?  Doing a craft?  Learning how to tie flies for fishing? 

    Penny further added, “Find a real value at Hobbs State Park on Friday, November 25th.   Reconnect with the things that most of us find important in life.  Hobbs is the ideal place to avoid the stress of crowds, long lines, and rain checks on sale items usually associated with the holidays.  Consider new family traditions that you may just find priceless.  The memories you make will last far longer than the latest gadget.”

    Green Friday activities at Hobbs State Park extend from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, and include:

    • Ozark Plateau Trail and visitor center Scavenger Hunts – all day
    • Special appearances by Mother Nature
    • 8:30 – noon | “Form follows Function”  (bird features)
    • 9:30 am – 2 pm | “Get Buggy While Learning about Insects”
    • 10:00 a.m. –  11:00 am | “Tree-mendous Hike”
    • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Fly-tying – Learn from a master.
    • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Making crafts from recyclables
    • Noon – 2 pm | “Bird Beak Buffet”
    • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Make recycled instruments
    • 3:00 p.m. – The duo Still on the Hill sings songs dedicated to life along the Buffalo River.  Free  - 100 “Still a River” CD’s
    • Eagle Cruise | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Rocky Branch Marina

    When:   Friday November 25, 2016

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

    Cost:     All activities Free except Eagle Cruise. 
                
    Eagle Cruise cost is $10 Adults + tax, and
                 $5 + tax for Children (6-12)  

    Call for eagle cruise reservations or for more information about all of the Green Friday family activities.  479-789-5000

  • 05 Nov 2016 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area offers eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake November 2016 through February 2017.  Tours will take place on: 


    November:  5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27

    December:  3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

    January:  1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29

    February:  4, 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26

    According to Rebekah Penny, park interpreter, “We have always been lucky seeing eagles on our tours; some mature, some immature, and we always see other beautiful wildlife as well.  It could be migrating osprey, great blue herons, king fishers, deer, or red-tailed hawks.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Penny added, “We can only take 20 guests at a time, so it’s important that folks call the park in a timely manner to ensure that their names get on the boarding lists.”

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12  $5.00 + tax.  Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

  • 03 Nov 2016 5:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If 30 minutes of your time, three days a week might improve your vision, would you take that time?  According to Carla Berg, Master Herbalist and soon to be Natural Vision Coach, “To improve vision a person needs to relax and use their eyes differently.  When people have a hard time seeing, they typically will squint.  Squinting is one of the worst things you can do for your vision as it stresses your eye muscles”.   

    "Basically, there are six muscles on the outside of your eye, which move the eye around.  Ideally, these muscles are comfortably following visual interests.  The problem is that from emotional stress, or physical stress, our eyes often become strained.   Once we experience this strain, our vision can be impaired.”

    Berg further stated, “In a world full of environmental stresses and synthesized conveniences, I believe it’s more important than ever to get ‘back to the basics’ with health, nutrition, and how we use our eyes.   It is possible to use nature to help our bodies heal and to see more clearly.  There are a variety of herbs used externally and internally that specifically target the eye and its components.  Herbs combined with relaxing eye muscle techniques can greatly improve blood flow, circulation, and oxygen levels, which can lead to improved eye health.”

    Join Carla Berg and her assistant, Gemma Lawless, at the Hobbs State Park visitor center to learn some inspiring, non-medical, holistic, vision therapy techniques that could help you to see better.   30 minutes of eye relaxing exercises a day, three days a week, might be all it takes.

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

    When:  Sunday November 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

    Cost:  Free –

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

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