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  • 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
  • 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/


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