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  • 24 Jun 2018 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are just beginning to shoot photos of wildflowers/Nature and want some great tips, you will want to attend the lecture and photoshoot coming to Hobbs State Park.   This program is not for the professional…beginners only please.  Don’t be bashful, or self-conscience because you don’t have a 3-foot long lens on your camera.  You don’t need it.  That’s not what this program is about.  It truly is for novices, greenhorns, and rookies.

    Start the program with a stunning display of our local, native wildflowers presented by Rose Gergerich, professor emeritus of Department of Plant Pathology from the University of Arkansas.  Gergerich will not only show the most common wildflowers, but will add a few beauties not often seen.  She will bring some live wildflowers with her, and some lucky program attendees will take them home free.

    Cleeo Wright, Nature Photographer with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas (PSNWA), will then talk about Beginning Wildflower/Nature Photography.  Afterwards it’s outside where he will help all participants identify wildflower “subjects” around the visitor center, and how best to photograph them with the camera that you bring.  This will be your program.  You ask the specific questions so you will get the specific knowledge that you are seeking as a wildflower/Nature Photography learner.  Don’t pass up this extraordinary opportunity to learn basic wildflower photography from a professional in that field.

    Note:  Participants need to be familiar with the basic functions of their camera.  The lecture will help you understand how to utilize the functions your camera has to offer.  

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

    When:    Saturday June 30, 2018

    Time:     Program begins at 3:30 pm

    Cost:       Free:  The public is invited.

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000   

    This program is a cooperative effort between the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas, Hobbs State Park, and Rose Gergerich.  To learn more about the PSNWA and upcoming Hobbs State Park programs, go to: and  and

  • 11 Jun 2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At its most simple definition, “glade” means an open space in a forest. Here in the Ozarks, it is just a little more complicated.  Realize that our mountains — vastly older than magnificent Rocky Mountain peaks or craggy Appalachian ledges — were worn down by erosion endless ages past.

    When traveling into the Ozarks from the north, you do not drive up into the mountains, but rather slowly down into an increasingly hilly, eroded, landscape.   As this erosion took place, some hillsides were washed clear of most any soil, especially on south and westward facing slopes.  Ozark glades formed.  These slopes absorb hot afternoon sunlight, and now only certain animals and plants can live here. 

    Wildflower specialist and Master Naturalist, Joan Reynolds, will address the unique plant and animal communities that are specific to our Ozark glades.  According to Reynolds, “These land features are sometimes referred to as balds or barrens.  Glades are essentially shallow, rocky soils with exposed bedrock characterized by an abundance of wildflowers and native grasses, with only a few trees and shrubs.  Periodic fires and local conditions of topography, bedrock and soil greatly influence glade development.  Today, eastern red cedar has taken over most of our natural glades and the wildlife that we used to find there.”

    Reynolds will also explain what has taken place at the large glade restoration on Hobbs State Park.  Many Master Naturalists and members of the Friends of Hobbs worked together with Park staff to remove hundreds of eastern red cedar trees to allow plants and animals native to Ozark glades to once again return and flourish.

    When:  Saturday June 23, 2018

    Time:     2:00 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

  • 28 May 2018 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area’s Outdoor Adventure Camp is a new day camp designed for thirteen to fifteen year-olds to explore the Park on land and in water for three action-packed days.    Campers will learn to kayak and snorkel on Beaver Lake.

    Outdoor Adventure Day campers will have unique hands-on learning experiences like re-living the history of the Park through Dutch oven cooking and using a two-man cross cut saw.   Campers will also learn how to discover and identify some of the natural resources found along the park’s trails.

    Where:  Pick-up and drop-off at the visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

    When:    July 11 - July 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Cost:       $50 @

         For more information and to register, call 479-789-5000

  • 28 May 2018 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to Science magazine, polar bears burn up to 12,300 calories per day, mainly on a diet of seals.  How do they “hunt” those seals?  The bears wait for hours by seals’ cone-shaped breathing holes in the sea ice.  When a seal surfaces to breathe, the bear stands on its hind legs and smacks the seal on the head with both of its front paws to stun it.  Then the bear bites it on the neck and drags it onto the ice.  They’re far more successful doing this than any other method of hunting.

    The key is ice.  The bears need the ice to be able to hunt, to eat, to live.  Climate change is heating up the Arctic faster than anywhere else on earth.  National Geographic says sea ice is shrinking 14 percent per decade.  Everyone agrees that the Arctic ice is melting rapidly.  People may disagree about the causes. 

    Denis Dean, fifteen-year Arkansas and Florida Master Naturalist, will speak on the plight of these majestic carnivores.   According to Dean, “This program is about the effect the melting ice is having on Polar Bears and the loss of their habitat, which may cause the entire population to revert back to where they originated - as Brown Bears.  Scientific evidence has found that the brown bear, a species that also includes grizzly bears, was a precursor to polar bears, which then went on to develop specializations for inhabiting the harsh Arctic.”

    Come hear and see an exceptionally interesting and informative program on a most timely subject.  Handouts on a variety of nature subjects will be available.

    When:  Sunday June 3, 2018

    Time:     2:00 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

  • 28 May 2018 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever had the urge to visit places that not everyone is able to experience?  Backpacking offers the opportunity for new adventure into to the great outdoors.  Hobbs State Park is prepared to help the beginning backpacker get started through our Introduction to Backpacking Clinic.

    This hands-on, overnight trip is designed for people with little or no backpacking experience to try out backpacking and learn some tricks so that they have a positive experience on the trail.  The clinic is led by a Park interpreter and experienced backpacker along the 8.5-mile long Pigeon Roost Trail.  Participants will be able to try out their own equipment in a safe environment with expert guidance.  Topics covered during the clinic include:  packing, cooking, safety, leave no trace, and navigation.

    If you are ready for a new kind of adventure, then contact Hobbs State Park to register.  You will need to bring your own food, water, and equipment to camp overnight.  Are you ready to answer the call of the wild?

    When:   2:00 pm Saturday June 9 through 12:00 pm Sunday June 10

    Where:  Pigeon Roost Trail Head located 6/10 mi. east of the Hobbs State Park visitor center.

    Ages:       8 years and older.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost:       $10/person

    For more information and to register, call: 479-789-5000

    No pets, alcohol, or weapons.

  • 11 May 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mother Nature herself has become a permanent fixture at Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  Every 2nd Saturday at 10:30 a.m. she visits the park to excite the imaginations of all the children around her. 

    Upcoming Mother Nature visit dates and reading topics:

    June 9 – Animals in the Night

    July 14 – Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution

    August 11 – Caterpillar to Butterfly

    September 8 – Trees

    October 13 – Spiders

    November 10 – Stories the Osage Nation Tells

    December 8 – Squirrels – Busy All Year ‘Round

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

    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.

    Put this notice on your refrigerator to remind you of all of the upcoming Mother Nature Reads dates.

    Cost:  FREE     Length – one hour.  

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

  • 30 Apr 2018 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Local historian and PhD, Jared Phillips, hails from Prairie Grove, Arkansas.  He is currently writing Hipbillies: Back to the Landers in the Arkansas Ozarks, under contract with the University of Arkansas Press.

    Phillips describes his upcoming program at Hobbs State Park.  “This presentation discusses the varied forms of communication utilized by the back-to-the-land community of the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks during the 1970s.  These in-migrants inserted themselves into regional and national conversations.  Hipbillies were central to national policy shifts regarding pesticide use, cultural preservation, and more.  Utilizing publications like the Ozark Access Catalog, Living in the Ozarks Newsletter, Mother Earth News, letters, and memoirs, this presentation shows how hipbillies, while living remotely, were not isolated in the hills.  Indeed, they forged regular connections across the Ozarks in Arkansas and Missouri (and beyond) through these publications, all the while discussing high profile issues.  Not only did they comment on these major topics, but they utilized the newsletters and magazines as a proto-social media system in order to ask questions about farming, Ozark folk culture and customs, land purchasing, childbirth, and more.  This aided the creation of a vibrant community intent on forging a deep revolution aimed, in part, at breaking free from the mainstream, capitalist systems.

    Such an interpretation of the back-to-the-land community helps broaden our understanding of this unique social movement while further illustrating that the Ozarks were never truly isolated, nor isolating, for those who chose to move into the hills and hollows in the Arkansas-Missouri border country.”

    You will not want to miss this program on a very, very interesting time in our northwest Arkansas history.

    When:  Sunday May 6, 2018

    Time:     2:00 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

  • 26 Apr 2018 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of our grandparents and parents used wild plants for food and medicine.  We all know about sassafras tea and the glorious taste of wild blackberries, but we have perhaps forgotten how extensively wild plants can be used as food sources.  In the early 1970's, information on native wild foods and medicinal uses of wild plants became very popular.  The well-known naturalist, Euell Gibbons, told us, “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist.  I crave a more real and meaningful relationship.  The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.”

    Dr. Walkingstick, who will conduct the Wild Edibles Workshop at Hobbs State Park, has worked for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Co-operative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry since 1996.  Walkingstick noted, “In this comprehensive 4-hour workshop, you will not only learn to identify some edible species of Arkansas native and non-native vegetation, you will also have the opportunity to sample tasty dishes including crepes with persimmon ice cream, acorn scones, and roaster Jerusalem Artichoke soup. 

    The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  Even weeds can have value, but know your plants before you try any edible.  Thirty pages of wild edible recipes are included as well.”

    When:  Saturday May 5, 2018

    Time:  10 am to 2 pm

    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

    Cost:  $15 per person:  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000

  • 18 Apr 2018 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Those who wish to learn the basics of fly casting will want to attend the Fly Casting 101 workshop to be held at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center Sunday April 29, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Two hours of instruction will be in the classroom, and two hours will be outside.   Participants will learn four basic casts, the six basic types of flies, (lures) how to cast and “play” the flies in the water, how to read water, how to wade, how to purchase and assemble your equipment, how to store your equipment, as well as how to tie the four basic knots used by fly fishers.  All equipment will be provided. 

    The workshop will be taught by Sallyann Brown, past recipient of the “Woman of the Year” and the “Federation of Fly Fishers Educator of the Year” awards from the Federation of Fly Fishers, Inc.

    When:  Sunday April 29, 2018

    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.   Reservations and pre-payment required.  For questions, and to register call: 479-789-5000

  • 09 Apr 2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earth Day is an annual event where family-centered activities are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area celebrates Earth Day on Saturday April 14th throughout the Park.

    9:00 am – 10:30 am:      Birds N Breakfast 
    U of A catches and releases song birds.  Bring your camera and have coffee, juice, and muffins on us. (Visitor Center)

    10:30 am:  Fun with Mother Nature (Visitor Center)

    11:00 am:  Shaddox Hollow Nature Hike (Shaddox Hollow Trailhead)

    11:30 am:  Tale of the Turtle (Visitor Center)

    1:00 pm:  Sinking Stream Hike (Sinking Stream Trailhead)

    1:30 pm:  Arkansas Symbols (Visitor Center)

    2:30 pm:  Joy of Discovery (Visitor Center)

    3:00 pm:  Galls

    All Day:  Scavenger Hunts (Main desk in lobby of the visitor center)

    All Hobbs Earth Day activities are Free.  For more information, questions, or directions call:  479-789-5000

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