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  • 26 Oct 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    John C. Barry’s background is in television, theater, and music.  He wrote, directs, and plays a role in his production, “Looking for Lola” that will be presented at Hobbs State Park Saturday November 5th.   Barry’s play is a dramatic comedy about the daily adventures of the fictitious modern day Martin family who live in Springdale, Arkansas. 

    Seven local actors from Rogers, Bella Vista, and Bentonville play nine different roles in a relatable, and heartfelt look at the  twists and turns of a typical four-member family’s seemingly ordinary life.  The surprise comes as secrets are uncovered when looking for Lola becomes so important and meaningful.  “Looking for Lola” is a warm look at humanity that you won’t want to miss.

    Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection. (20201 E. Hwy. 12, Rogers, Arkansas 72756)

    When: Saturday November 5, 2016  -  7:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

    Cost:  $10.00/person   -   cash or check at the door

    Refreshments will be served at intermission.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call 479-789-5000. 

  • 24 Oct 2016 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most of the trails at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area will be closed during the Hobbs 2-day Youth Modern Gun season, and the Hobbs 5-day Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons.  These trails include:

    ·        Shaddox Hollow Trail

    ·        Pigeon Roost Trail

    ·        Sinking Stream Trail

    ·        Bashore Loop

    ·        Dutton Hollow Loop

    ·        Little Clifty Loop

    ·        War Eagle Loop

    In addition to the closing of these trails, the Park’s shooting range and primitive backpack camp sites will also be closed.  Note that the primitive backpack camp sites will be closed during as well as the day before Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons.

    Trails that will be open during these three gun deer seasons are:

    ·        Historic Van Winkle Trail on Hwy 12

    ·        Ozark Plateau Trail at the Park’s visitor center

    Note that Hobbs State Park is hunting zone 320 and not zone 1, and the dates of the Zone 1 Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons do not coincide with the dates of the Muzzleloader and Modern Gun seasons on Hobbs State Park, zone 320.

    Youth Modern Gun on Hobbs State Park: November 5-6, 2016

    Modern Gun season on Hobbs State Park: December 3-7, 2016

    Muzzleloader season on Hobbs State Park: January 7-11, 2017

    For more information call:  479-789-5000


  • 24 Oct 2016 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Monarch butterflies once fluttered through the United States by the billions, but what’s happening to them now is nothing short of a massacre according to The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The USFWS estimates that just in recent years another billion have vanished, leaving a sad population in the 10’s of millions.  It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source, and home.

    Sarah Glenn, a 4th grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School, champions the monarch cause.  She has been a participant in the North American Monarch Institute which has a concentrated curriculum consisting of a dizzying array of monarch butterfly-related subjects.  Why are Glenn and others so passionate about the monarch?  Its days may be numbered.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature has designated the monarch migration a “threatened phenomenon”.

    Glenn will speak at Hobbs State Park on her pet subject.  The presentation will cover the monarch’s migration and life cycle, school gardens, plus programs and conservation of habitat. 

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of

    the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    When:   Saturday October 29, 2016 -  2:00 p.m.

    Cost:       Free 

    For more information call:  479-789-5000  

    This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series.  To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/


  • 24 Oct 2016 10:40 AM | 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 October 30th 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 October 30, 2016

    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



  • 16 Oct 2016 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Most of the trails at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area will be closed during the Hobbs 2-day Youth Modern Gun season, and the Hobbs 5-day Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons.  These trails include:


    ·        Shaddox Hollow Trail
    ·       
    Pigeon Roost Trail
    ·       
    Sinking Stream Trail
    ·       
    Bashore Loop
    ·       
    Dutton Hollow Loop
    ·       
    Little Clifty Loop
    ·       
    War Eagle Loop

    In addition to the closing of these trails, the Park’s shooting range and primitive backpack camp sites will also be closed.  Note that the primitive backpack camp sites will be closed during as well as the day before Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons.

    Trails that will be open during these three gun deer seasons are:

    ·        Historic Van Winkle Trail on Hwy 12
    ·       
    Ozark Plateau Trail at the Park’s visitor center

    Note that Hobbs State Park is hunting zone 320 and not zone 1, and the dates of the Zone 1 Muzzleloader and Modern Gun deer seasons do not coincide with the dates of the Muzzleloader and Modern Gun seasons on Hobbs State Park, zone 320.

    Youth Modern Gun on Hobbs State Park:  November 5-6, 2016

    Modern Gun season on Hobbs State Park:  December 3-7, 2016

    Muzzleloader season on Hobbs State Park:  January 7-11, 2017

    For more information call:  479-789-5000
  • 16 Oct 2016 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In a new partnership between Hobbs State Park and the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas, a Fall Photography “Photo Walk” will be led by Cleeo Wright and other members of PSNWA on Saturday, October 29th beginning at 7:00am.  The theme of this event is “Fall Colors”, focusing on changing colors of the foliage at Hobbs State Park.


    Bring whatever camera gear you are comfortable with, be it a full-frame DSLR, or a smartphone.  If you are familiar with the manual settings of your camera and like fall color/nature photography – this photo walk is for you.


    All participants will meet at the parking lot of the Historic Van Winkle and Sinking Stream Trailheads, and begin the photo walk promptly at 7:00am, concluding as the morning light begins to shift.  The photo walk will take place rain or shine.  Believe it or not, overcast and wet mornings create some of the best photographic Fall Color opportunities.


    The trails are described as “easy” in difficulty, yet it is suggested to bring sturdy shoes suitable for hiking.  Sinking Stream Trail has one small elevation increase.  The Historic Van Winkle Trail is wheelchair accessible.  Each trail is 0.5 miles in length.


    Travelling east out of Rogers on Hwy 12, about 10 miles from downtown, is a paved parking lot on your right with restrooms.  This is the site of the Historic Van Winkle and Sinking Stream trailheads.


    If you are a seasoned photographer, or just beginning, you will not want to miss the chance to attend this photo walk on Fall Color Photography.


    Where:  Parking lot on Hwy 12 at the beginning of the Historic Van Winkle and Sinking Stream Trailheads.  GPS: N36 17.810’ - W093 57.494’  (2 miles west of the Hobbs State Park visitor center)


    When:  Saturday October 29, 2015      7:00a.m.


    Cost:  Free             All levels of ability welcomed.

    For more information call:  479-789-5000.

    To learn more about the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas, go to the website:   http://www.psnwa.org

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

  • 15 Oct 2016 2:41 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 22nd.

    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.

    Join in this fun, 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:  face painting, crafts, free S’mores – yum, and more.

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

    When:   Saturday October 22, 2016 from 3 pm – 7 pm
    Cost:
         Free

    Kids of all ages are invited to participate.  For more information call:  479-789-5000

  • 15 Oct 2016 1:13 PM | 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

  • 10 Oct 2016 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Mother Nature herself has become a frequent visitor to Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  She visits the park every second Saturday of the month and reads nature stories to her little followers.  Readings begin at 10:30 a.m.

    Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories target children 3-6 years of age.

    November 12:  “Critters that Love the Night Time”

    December 10:  “Our Critters in Winter”

    Meet Mother Nature in the lobby of the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    Cost:  Free   
    Length: one hour

    For more information call:  479-789-5000

  • 03 Oct 2016 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Ozarks Plateau of northern Arkansas contains over 3000 known caves, and for over 50 years John McFarland has been caving and photographing the beauty of many of these underground marvels.  His love of Ozark caves began when he was a kid.  His passion for them grew, eventually getting his Master of Science-Geology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


    After graduating from college, McFarland worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in New Orleans, then later at the Arkansas Geological Survey as a staff geologist, eventually retiring as Chief Geologist of the AGS after 30 years of service.  He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Arkansas. (#10)

    McFarland’s program will present information on the geologic processes that created these caves via pictures of numerous Arkansas examples.  Illustrations of the different types of cave passages, deposits, formations, and map patterns will be displayed and discussed.  For hardened cavers and non-cavers alike, you will want to enjoy this exciting and vivid look at underground Arkansas.

    Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center on Highway 12 just east of the Hwy12/War Eagle Road intersection
    When: Sunday October 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
    Cost: Free

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

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