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  • 21 Oct 2019 2:05 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 

  • 21 Oct 2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the most common questions those new to Astronomy have is, “How do I decide what telescope I should buy?”  The answer is not straightforward – there are several different types of telescopes with different options and a large range of prices.  Also, there is a lot of terminology which can be intimidating. 

    Please join us on Saturday November 2nd for our next Hobbs State Park Star Party, where we will start with a short lecture on Saturn and some recent discoveries.  Then, Sugar Creek Astronomical Society members will lead an interactive session discussing different telescope types, telescope options, and will answer your questions about buying a telescope.  We will have several types of telescopes on hand so that you can get an up-close look with the lights on!

    The lecture will start at 6:00 pm, and weather permitting, we will have a Star Party afterwards, where you will be able to look through different telescopes to see fantastic Saturn for yourself!

    What to Bring if you can:

    - Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)

    - Folding chair – one per person

    - Star chart (if you have one)

    - Blankets to keep warm!

    Where & When: 

     - Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

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


    - Saturday November 2nd   2019

    - 6:00 pm Lecture, 7:00 Star Party

    - Cost: Free

    Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s Facebook Page is:

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

  • 09 Oct 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    No, it doesn’t matter if you are a birder or ornithologist, new to it or an old hand.  Going for a Hobbs State Park Loon Cruise on Beaver Lake with bird experts Joe Neal and Joan Reynolds, and a seasoned captain named Bob Ross, you’re going to have fun.  Joe, Joan and the group might espy loons and other birds on the water but count on Bob Ross to imitate the cry of our feathered friends…really!

    According to Joe Neal, co-author (With Doug James) of the book, “Arkansas Birds”, “I expect there will be MANY bird species to see and identify on these cruises.  Besides Common Loons, we could also see Red-Throated Loons.  I expect we will see both Pied-Billed and Horned Grebes.  Western and Eared Grebes are also possible.  These trips fall right in the middle of waterfowl migration, and I expect we will see 10 or more species of ducks. We may see 1-3 gull species.  Bald Eagles should be visible too.  We will explore a loop that starts at Rocky Branch, goes down the lake towards Twin Cove, crosses to Lost Bridge-Glade and a little further west, then finish the loop back to Rocky Branch.”


    • Sunday, October 27th
    • Saturday, November 2nd
    • Sunday, November 10th

    Leave Rocky Branch Marina at 10:00 am - 2-hour cruise  

    Where:  Rocky Branch Marina – Hwy 303 north of Hwy. 12

    Cost: $10 + tax - adults (13 yrs. and up) These are adult-only tours.      

    Reservations are necessary.  For more information and to make reservations call:  479-789-5000

    • 09 Oct 2019 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Abby Burnett, frequent cemetery visitor, comes back to Hobbs State Park to present one of her interesting, odd, or surprising programs on cemeteries.  Be prepared to be entertained.  

      We Americans love our domesticated animals.  We pet them, scratch them, build elaborate things for them to climb on.  We build fancy houses for them.  We take them on long walks and teach them parlor tricks.  Some of us even dress them in human clothing.  There is however nothing that shows that we love our pets more than when it comes to that last dog bone in the sky, yes, cemeteries.

      Perhaps a special pet cemetery becomes the last resting place, but it is just as easy to find humans’ grave markers containing photos, statues or laser images of a beloved dog, cat or other animal, or at least epitaphs referring to them.  The reality of these instances can, to say the least, be enlightening.

      According to Burnett, “My presentation will include stories of life-sized sculptures of pets and their owners, tombstones showing circus and rodeo performers with their animals, and tell the tale of Missouri’s psychic ‘Jim the Wonder Dog.’”

      Sound like fun?  Don’t be dogmatic.  Bring your friends and neighbors to this one. 

      When:    Sunday October 20, 2019

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

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

    • 30 Sep 2019 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Spend an evening on Beaver Lake while paddling a one-man kayak guided by a park interpreter.  You will learn the basics of paddling as we explore a calm area of Beaver Lake.  Recreational kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided. Bring a bottle of water, bug spray, flashlight and dress for the weather. 

      Cost: $25 Adults, $12 children (9-12).

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

      Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Registration and pre-payment required. Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register.

    • 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)


      - Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

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


      - Saturday September 21st, 2019

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

      Cost: Free

      For more information on the (PSNWA):

      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

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