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  • 13 Aug 2019 1:06 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

  • 13 Aug 2019 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For many people, hiking means finding a local trail on a weekend afternoon to enjoy a couple hours of fresh air and perhaps a respite from the concrete, asphalt, and work cubicle that surrounds their normal everyday life.  Others seek a more all-consuming experience: a physically and mentally demanding long-distance hike that takes them hundreds or thousands of miles through feral wilderness and demanding terrain.  If you complete a long-distance trail hike end-to-end within one calendar year, you are called a “Thru-Hiker”.

    If you’ve ever worried that you’ll run out of energy on a long hike, you’ll want to attend Jim’s upcoming program at Hobbs State Park.  He will share strategies for completing long hiking trips while remaining healthy and well fed.  Participants will see how he prepares and packs food for the long haul.  Jim will demonstrate ways to acquire dehydrated foods and customize meals that work to provide a balanced diet on the trail, whether you’re traveling ten or one-hundred miles.

    During the presentation, Warnock will share photos and stories from a variety of backpacking experiences along with tips for preparing and completing long thru-hikes in varied conditions.  

    Whether you’re a novice or veteran hiker, you’re sure to enjoy this presentation.  Children and their parents/grandparents are welcome to join Warnock and his black Lab, “Hiker-dog”, for a short walk on the Ozark Plateau Trail after the presentation.

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

    When:    Sunday September 1, 2019

    Time:      2:00 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

  • 13 Aug 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Friends of Hobbs are always looking for interesting and different programs to present free to the public.  This one gives a glimpse into the intensive training a bloodhound must undergo to become a certified search hound.  The bloodhounds will be there too.  There will be a live demonstration of how these dogs help to save lives.

    The program will be given by the Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists (AABSS).   This is a state-wide, all-volunteer organization formed in 2005.  They are a 501(c)3 public charity.  The members are concerned citizens from a multitude of occupations who are dedicated to helping save lives.    Their programs focus on safety, and cover what to do if you become separated from the rest of your group and ways to help keep you safe while participating in outdoor activities.

    Training a search and rescue dog takes on average 18 months depending on the discipline.  Any breed can work in search and rescue if they have the proper personality, temperament, drive, interest, and stamina to do the job – which may cover large areas and many hours when searching for a missing person.

    The Friends of Hobbs organization is pleased and in fact excited to make this program available to the public and encourages families and individuals to participate to learn about this free, lifesaving service.

    When:  Sunday November 3, 2019 at 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

  • 13 Aug 2019 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is Secchi Day?  Let’s take a quick step back in history.  Father Pietro Angelo Secchi (1818 – 1878) who was a scientific advisor to the Pope, used the Secchi disk in 1865.  Father Secchi was asked by Commander Cialdi, head of the papal navy, to test a new transparency instrument.  This instrument, now named the Secchi disk, was first lowered from the papal steam yacht Immaculate Conception.  The original disk was plain, white, 12 inches in diameter, and used to measure water turbidity in bodies of water Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, like smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality.

    Today the Secchi disk is black and white.  It is lowered into a body of water.  The Secchi reading is the depth at which the disk disappears completely from view.

    On Secchi Day volunteers will take readings from all over Beaver Lake to determine the over-all clarity or water quality of the water in the lake.  As these readings come back into the Army Corps Prairie Creek Lakeside Amphitheater for posting, family activities and free food will be available.

    9 am – 12:15 pm

    • Activities and Exhibits
    • Kayak Rides
    • Music and Dance
    • Fun and Games
    • Snacks, Fruit, and Frozen Desserts

    11 am – 12:15 pm

    • Free Chips, Sodas, Hot Dogs and Veggie Dogs
    • Art Awards and Announcements

    12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

    • Door prizes – Must be present to win

    1:00 pm – Event Ends

    Special Guests:

    • Emcee – Dan Skoff, KNWA Chief Meteorologist
    • Al Lopez “PaPa Rap” – Water Fun facts
    • Marshallese Neighbors – Culture of Atolls and Islands

    When:  Saturday August 17, 2019  --  9 am – 1 pm

    Where:  U.S. Army Corps Prairie Creek Lakeside Amphitheater, 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72756

    Cost:  FREE

    For more information:

  • 03 Aug 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amazon phrased it well.  “The job of regional literature is twofold: to explore and confront the culture from within, and to help define that culture for outsiders.  Taken together, the two centuries of Ozarks literature collected in this ambitious anthology do just that.  The fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama presented in The Literature of the Ozarks complicate assumptions about backwoods ignorance, debunk the pastoral myth, expand on the meaning of wilderness, and position the Ozarks as a crossroads of human experience with meaningful ties to national literary movements.

    Among the authors presented here are an Osage priest, an early explorer from New York, a native-born farm wife, African American writers who protested attacks on their communities, a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, and an art history professor who created a fictional town and a postmodern parody of the region’s stereotypes.”  In total, the book presents work from a diverse group of 41 authors.

    Howerton said, “I attempt to define the Ozarks as a geographical and cultural place, to define Ozarks literature, and to identify several trends and themes that run through the body of Ozarks literature."  He further noted, “This is not the greatest hits album but rather an organized and critical survey that presents the ugly, the bad, the good and the great literature of the region.  The Ozarks and its literature are often not taken seriously, and this anthology is intended to be a beginning point of a focused, ordered, and critical study, the type of study that has been granted to literature of other American regions."  "Readers will be introduced to several writers and themes they may be unfamiliar with and they will be prompted to think in new ways about the regional literature they are familiar with."

    "In most instances, I offer no judgment of the text's literary value or of its other strengths or weaknesses," Howerton said. "Other than correcting a few obvious typographical errors, I reproduce them as they originally appeared.  All innovative dialect and intentional misspellings were reproduced."

    Howerton said when he began the project, he believed there would be relatively little Ozarks-based literature, but he soon learned there is a large and diverse body of writing about this region.  Howerton said this story needs to be told because Ozarks literature has generally been omitted from the study of American literature history.

    Howerton said the Ozarks is a small corner of the world, but just like every other place, it is a crossroads of experience, and all places and people should be taken seriously in our shrinking world.

    When:  Sunday August 18, 2019 at 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 

  • 18 Jul 2019 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Those who have seen one of Mike Martin’s amazing exhibitions of Arkansas wildlife know what a treat it is to experience his photos and presentation style.   His programs always feature new and undeniably stunning pictures.  People react to each image as if they were seeing fireworks at the 4th of July.

    Mike has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 25 years.  His photos have been published by the Arkansas Parks Department, 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 scheduled for publication in late 2019 by University Press. 

    Mike is a regular speaker at Arkansas State Parks and Nature Centers, photography clubs, museums and schools where he speaks on topics ranging from nature and wildlife photography technique to birds of Arkansas and bald eagles. 

    Put this one on your calendar!

    When:  Sunday August 4, 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 3:42 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. 

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