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  • 11 Mar 2015 7:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hear them all the time, but don’t know what kind they are.  Here is your chance to learn more about our amphibian friends.

    Session #1 of this two-session classroom workshop taught by Lilia Beattie, FrogWatch Instructor and Master Naturalist, will teach you to identify all the frogs and toads in our area by their calls.  Students will follow a Power Point presentation and learn to mimic the frog calls.  Handouts with visual memory aids will be provided.  In addition, you will learn why they are important, why they are in trouble, and what can be done to help them.

    The first session is a pre-requisite for the second session.   Session #2 includes an introduction to wetlands and frog monitoring training for the FrogWatch USA™ national network administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  The class will be going outside to listen for frogs!  Citizen scientists around the country listen to frogs and toads from February through August at a site of their choice and submit their findings to a national database.  What family fun!  For more about FrogWatch USA™ see www.arkansasfrogsandtoads.org.

    Free Frog Listening Workshop at Hobbs State Park

    When:    Saturday, May 21, 2016 
                  Session #1    2 pm – 5 pm
                  Bring your own dinner:  5 pm – 6 pm
                  Session #2    6 pm – 9 pm

    Where:  Hobbs State Park Visitor Center located on Hwy 12 just east of the                   Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road Intersection.

    Cost:      Free

    For more information call:  479-789-5000


  • 11 Mar 2015 6:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six times a year the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society presents a Beginning Astronomy class followed by Night Sky Viewing at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area.  The next free public astronomy program is Saturday July 2nd.

    According to Jack McDaniel, member of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, “It will be a great night for viewing planets!  Through our telescopes we will see mighty Jupiter in the southwestern sky with its four largest moons; Io, Callisto, Europa, and Ganymede.  The planet and its moons resemble a bright necklace with the moons lined up in a straight line; three on one side of Jupiter, and lonely Callisto on the opposite side.  It’s an amazing sight.  Saturn will be high in the southeastern sky. We will see the planet’s truly awe inspiring rings and a few of its brightest moons.

    Just ahead of Saturn will be the red planet Mars. Saturn, Mars and the bright star Antares will form a triangle that is a treat for naked eye observation.

    There are also many deep sky objects, including the globular star cluster designated as M13 in the constellation Hercules. This ancient cluster, sometimes called The Great Cluster, is packed with several hundred thousand stars. It is located about 100 light years away from us. We will be able to see stars radiating out from the center of the cluster.”

    The program begins at 8:00 pm and includes finding your way around the night sky. Observation using binoculars, telescopes and the naked eye will begin around 9:00 p.m.

    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)

    When:   Saturday July 2, 2016
                 8:00 p.m. – Beginning astronomy class
                 9:00 p.m. – Night sky observation
                 (View the night sky through the Sugar Creek Astronomy Society’s
                 high-powered telescopes.)

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

    Cost:  FREE

    Great family fun!  Great Girl and Boy Scout experience!   For more information call:  479-789-5000

  • 11 Mar 2015 5:37 AM | 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.

    Space is limited on each workshop, and open to 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:    8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the following dates:
                  June 29
                  July 10, 31
                  August 5, 7, 16, 31

    Cost:  $50.00 per person

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

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