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  • 15 Jul 2019 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 6, 2019.   Activities will take place at Historical Van Winkle Hollow as well as the Park’s visitor center, both located on Hwy 12 east of Rogers.  Bring the entire family to learn about how it was done in the past.

    istoric Van Winkle Hollow - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

    • Blacksmith Demonstration - (You will love his beard)
    • Early Food Preservation - (How did they do it?)
    • Old Timey Games - (Are you any good walking on stilts?)
    • Music - (Tap that foot)
    • Stone Tool making Demonstration - (Amazing)
    • Van Winkle Historical Presentation - (Great history)
    • Pearling (Button Making) – (You can’t buy these at the store.)
    • Mountain Woman – (Ask her about turkey hunting.)
    • Ozark chinquapin and Dowsing Demo. - (It’s all good.)
    • Civil War Soldier – (Yes sir!)
    • Dutch oven Demonstration - (Holy yum!)
    • “Snake Oil” Salesman - (Don’t let him sell anything to you.)
    • Pioneer Homesteader - (Want to make some butter?)
    • Tall Tales Tellers - (Would they lie to you? – Yes!)
    • Bow Maker – (Osage orange was the best wood for this.)

    Hobbs State Park visitor center -  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

      • See craft demonstrations by:
      • Weavers 
      • Tatters 
      • Spinners 
      • and Smockers
      • Educational “table top” demonstrations
      • Music
      • Short hikes

    Free Shuttle:  Please park at the visitor center parking lot on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.  The free shuttle will run constantly from   1 p.m. – 4 p.m. between the visitor center and Historic Van Winkle Trail.

    All of these family activities are FREE and the public is welcome.    For more information, call:  479-789-5000 

  • 15 Jul 2019 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The history of the earth has brought about many strange and awe-inspiring creatures, but none have been more successful than the arthropods!   What are these things we call arthropods?  They are invertebrate animals such as insects, arachnids (spiders), and crustaceans.  Arthropods account for 80% of all animal species on earth.

    From the ancient giant Jaekelopterous (8 feet long), to modern day arachnids, crustaceans, myriapods (centipedes/millipedes), and insects, Austin Jones will discuss how this group of organisms has outlasted the dinosaurs and worked their way into nearly every facet of our human lives.

    Arthropods lay at (or near) the base of the food chain in most ecological systems, especially in the deep ocean.  Even the world's apex predators, human beings, rely crucially on arthropods. Lobsters, clams, and shrimp are a basic food staple around the world, and without the pollination of plants and crops provided by insects, our agricultural economy would collapse.

    Austin’s programs are not only fascinating, but fun.  Bring the entire family for this one.

    When:  Sunday July 28, 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 

  • 15 Jul 2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Who doesn’t love to snorkel?  You’ve never tried it?  Well here’s your chance.  Hobbs State Park is offering snorkeling tours on Beaver Lake this July and August.

    Snorkeling on Beaver Lake is a great time outside, an incredible underwater learning experience, and 100% fun.  You’re going to want to be wet during the two hottest months of the year.  What better way to do that than to snorkel?


    • Thursday July 18                     1-4 pm
    • Thursday July 25                     1-4 pm
    • Thursday August 1                  1-4 pm
    • Thursday August 8                  1-4 pm
    • Tuesday August 13                   1-4 pm

    Wear appropriate clothing for swimming, including water shoes, and sunscreen.  Participants must wear a life jacket.  All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult must be in the water.  Life jackets, masks, and snorkels are provided.

    Where:  All participants meet at Rock Branch Marina, 8872 Rocky Branch Marina Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756 (Hwy. 12 to 303 north to Rocky Branch Marina Road)

    Cost:     $20 Adults (13 and up); $10 Child (Up thru age 12)

    Preregistration and payment required.  To register call:  479-789-5000.

  • 15 Jul 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spend some time 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. 

    Choose the one that fits your schedule.

    Sunset Kayak Tour      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    • Tuesday July 23    
    • Wednesday July 31
    • Wednesday August 7
    • Tuesday August 27
    • Thursday August 29

    Full Moon Kayak Tour   7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    • Tuesday July 16
    • Thursday August 15

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

    Time:      7:00 pm – 10 pm

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

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

  • 03 Jul 2019 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While wandering through Zilker Park Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas, Robert Thomas was photographing flowers and wildlife.  Suddenly, a beautiful bright red dragonfly landed in front of him.  Stunned at the beauty and vibrancy of its color, he shot a photo from about 15 feet away.  That was all it took for him to be totally fascinated by these creatures. 

    Robert Thomas has spent the last 13 years travelling and photographing odonates (dragonflies).  Thomas’s collection of photographs contains many very rare species, and some of his special photographs have graced the covers of numerous field guides.  As he puts it, “It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and a little good luck and know how.”

    Bring the family and join Robert Thomas for a colorful, unique, and exciting program all about dragonflies.  Immediately following the lecture will be an outdoor dragonfly catch and release at the Hobbs State Park visitor center.  Bring your camera for close-up shots.

    When:   2:00 p.m.     Saturday July 13, 2019

    Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area’s 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

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

  • 27 Jun 2019 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Named after the king of the Roman gods, Jupiter is aptly labeled as it is the largest planet in our solar system.  The 5th planet from the sun, Jupiter is a giant.  Its mass is 2 ½ times that of all the other planets in our solar system combined.

    Jupiter was known to the ancients, but it was Galileo who is known for studying it through a telescope and discovering its four largest moons.  We have sent multiple unmanned spacecraft to Jupiter, have taken amazing photographs, and learned much about this King of the Planets. 

    Join us on Saturday July 6th at 8:00pm for a lecture on Jupiter and its moons.  After the lecture, if we have clear skies, we will head outside for a Star Party where you will be able to see Jupiter and other wonders of the night sky through the powerful telescopes of members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    What to Bring if you can:

    - Folding chair – one per person

    - Star chart (if you have one)

    - Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)

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

    When:    Saturday July 6, 2019

    Time:      8:00 pm - Lecture 
                   9:00 pm - Star Party – night sky viewing

    Cost:       Free.  The public is invited.

    For more information on the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society:

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

  • 26 Jun 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since 2010, Hobbs State Park has been working closely with the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation in the effort to save a “keystone” tree, the Ozark chinquapin. 

    For years we at Hobbs State Park sent what seed we could find to the OCF.  Hobbs State Park was then the first to be successful in cross pollinating an Ozark chinquapin tree at Hobbs State Park with pollen from trees from Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas.  The next step was to establish an Ozark chinquapin test plot at Hobbs state Park.  The first plantings were done at Hobbs in April of 2014.

    One of the keys to saving this tree is to find single-trunked, seed producing Ozark chinquapins.  We ask the public to help us in this effort.  If you think you know of a healthy, single-trunked Ozark chinquapin tree, we ask that you share that information.

    Another key to saving the Ozark chinquapin is through important leaf research that the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation recently began at the laboratories of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Yesterday, June 25th, I contacted Leslie Bost who is conducting the research.  When I asked how the research was progressing, she replied, “I am indeed finding very some significant findings. We have some special resistant trees on our plots. Our most resistant tree is one we originally thought was low resistance.”

    This exciting research identifies in a few days which trees are the most blight resistant.  Culling trees from our test plots that show the least resistance to the blight, and leaving the ones with the highest resistance, saves years in producing blight resistant seed that can be successfully reintroduced into the native range of the Ozark chinquapin.

    To be successful, we need more individuals knowledgeable of the Ozark chinquapin, what it meant to our wildlife before the chestnut blight hit our area in 1957, and what the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation and state parks in Arkansas and Missouri are doing to help save this tree.  Let’s talk more about this tree.

    • If you know of a healthy, single-trunked Ozark chinquapin tree, please share that information with:
    • Steve Chyrchel, Interpreter at Hobbs, and a board member – Ozark Chinquapin Foundation
    • Hobbs State Park
    • 20201 E. Hwy. 12
    • Rogers, Arkansas 72756
    • 479-789-5006
    • Please take some time to learn more about the Ozark chinquapin tree.  The Ozark Chinquapin Foundation has an in-depth web site.  Check out all the links at the top of the page.

  • 24 Jun 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whether you've painted in the past, or if you have never held a paint brush, this is the nature painting workshop for you.  Lyshell Mcbride, your instructor, comes from a family of artists.  She does personal art instruction as well as group workshops for all ages.

    Lyshell will inspire you, and guide you step by step as you create your own nature masterpiece.   Thanks to her supportive teaching techniques, even the novice painter becomes successful.

    At the end of the 2-hour workshop, you will leave with new friends, new skills, and your very own painting.   Included in the price of the event is everything you will need: canvas, brushes, paint, and easel. 

    Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must however pre-register.   Minimum age 8 years old.

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

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

    When:  Sunday July 14     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Cost:  $30 per person 

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

  • 24 Jun 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Volunteers: Weed Pulling Wednesday at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center with the Volunteer Coordinator!
    Time: 8:30—11:30 a.m.
    All areas around the visitor center and along the entrance-way are over-populated with an invasive species, Sericea lespedeza, which is about to start producing flowers and seeds….yikes! Gotta pull them now!!

    Additionally, our Red Bud trees have been quiet successful. There are entirely too many of these little trees growing to close to the visitor center. Many have been pulled or cut from the tops, so have pretty deep roots. If you’re up for a challenge, bring some good tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and lots of water. I can also see about bringing tools over from our maintenance complex, if given advance notice of what you need.

    Please RSVP for any of the following dates:
    June 26th
    July 3rd
    July 10th
    July 17th
    July 24th or call 479-789-5009

  • 24 Jun 2019 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area will have the annual Fall Festival event on Sunday, October 6th, 2019.
    Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Locations will be on the Historic Van Winkle Trail and at the Visitor Center.

    Fall Festival is a time when volunteers demonstrate an old timey craft. In the past (most will be here again this year) we’ve had the following crafts or demonstrations:

    Van Winkle Trail
    Blacksmith Demonstration
    Early Food Preservation
    Old Timey Games
    Stone Tool Making/Demo
    Dutch Oven Demonstration
    Pearling (the hard way to make buttons) Dowsing Demonstration
    Mountain Woman Story Teller
    Snake Oil Salesman
    Pioneer Homesteader (how to make butter) Tall Tales Tellers
    Old Cider Press

    Visitor Center:
    Lace Makers Spinners
    Apothecary Shoppe

    We are always looking for new and fun crafters, story tellers, etc. to dress up and slide back in history for a few hours to help people reflect, visualize, and experience how things use to be. If you have a skill from the past and would enjoy sharing it with others, we’d love to hear from you!

    Additionally, we could use a few behind the scenes workers to help unload the crafters earlier in the day, then help load them up at 4pm.

    Have questions? Contact Park Interpreter Steve Chyrchel at 479-789-5006 or Volunteer Coordinator Carla Berg, 479-789-5009.

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