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  • 21 May 2019 4:33 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 Reann Hiatt-Blech, 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 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 


  • 02 May 2019 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now in its seventh year, National Kids to Parks Day is sponsored by the National Parks Trust.  Kids to Parks Day urges kids across the country to discover science, history, nature and adventure.  This annual event helps kids and families develop more active, healthy lifestyles, and create lifelong memories as well as offering educational opportunities.  Kids to Parks Day events happen throughout the spring, and take place all across the country.

    The following activities are offered at Hobbs State Park on National Kids to Parks Day, May 18th:

    ·       8:00 am – 11:00 am Bird Walk with Rick Jones   
    Rick is an avid birder with over 50 years of field experience.  He is a certified Cornell Labs of Ornithology nest box monitor with bluebird nest box trails at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks (BGO).   Rick will cover both the Historic Van Winkle Trail and the Sinking Stream Trail. (Same parking lot) Explore the area with Rick for birds for 1 hour, 2 hours, or stay the entire 3 hours…easy return to the parking lot.  Children 8 and up for this one please.  Meet at the Van Winkle/Sinking Stream Trail head on Highway 12, 1 ½ miles west of the visitor center.

    ·      11:00 am – 11:45 Mothers of Nature                                          
    Join Park interpreter Kiara while you learn about the many mothers in Nature.   This is a fun time for the little ones.  Meet at the front desk of the visitor center.

    ·      1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Nature Scavenger Hunt                
    Interpreter Kiara takes families out on the Sinking Stream Trail to search for some of Nature’s fun and curious things.  Meet at the Van Winkle/Sinking Stream parking lot on Highway 12, 1 ½ miles west of the visitor center. 

    ·      3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Mothers of Nature                                       
    Join Park interpreter Kiara while you learn about the many mothers in Nature.   This is a fun time for the little ones.  Meet at the front desk of the visitor center.

    When:    Saturday May 18, 2019

    Cost:       Free.  The public is invited.

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


  • 16 Apr 2019 10:25 AM | 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 recently retired from the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Co-operative Extension Service as an Associate Professor of Extension Forestry.  Tamara serves on several boards including the Arkansas American Indian Center, Arkansas Women in Agriculture, the National Network of Forest Practitioners, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

    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 some excitingly tasty dishes.  The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  30 pages of wild edible recipes are included as well.”

    When:  Sunday May 5, 2019
    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 intersection.
    Cost:  $25 per person -  Check or cash accepted on day of workshop:   Participants must pre-register.   For more information and to register, call:  479-789-5000


  • 09 Apr 2019 11:45 AM | 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.

    This year, Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area celebrates Earth Day on Saturday April 13th throughout the Park.

    9:00 am – 10:30 am   Birds N. Breakfast
    Our feathered friends will be at center stage at Hobbs State Park.  Come enjoy a cup of coffee or juice and have breakfast with the birds.  Have you ever seen all the feathers of a goldfinch, chickadee, or other songbird up close?  Well, this is your chance.  You will witness this unique scientific process up-close, and then help us release the birds back into the wild.  Bring your children and your camera.

    10:30 am    Fun with Mother Nature
    Mother Nature herself has become a frequent visitor to Hobbs State Park –Conservation Area.  She visits the park every second Saturday of the month and reads nature stories to her little followers.  Story time will be followed by “hands-on” nature-craft activities.  Children of all ages are welcome, however most stories target children   3-6 years of age.

    11:00 am   Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center brings live raptors
    Local wildlife rehabilitator, Lynn Sciumbato, will give her always popular “Raptor Rescue” program using live birds native to northwest Arkansas.  Great Family fun!

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   Hike Sinking Stream Trail with interpreter Chris
    Another great family activity!  Sinking Stream Trail originates in the Historic Van Winkle Trail parking lot just west of the intersection of Hwy 12 and War Eagle Road.  It’s only a ½ mile hike.

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Table Top crafts in the lobby of the Park’s visitor center.
    Round out the day’s activities with crafts that all ages will have fun doing.

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

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


  • 03 Apr 2019 3:02 PM | 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 14, 2019 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 14, 2019

    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

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


  • 03 Apr 2019 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weather is getting nice!  Let’s get out and enjoy some part of the 35 miles of trails at Hobbs State Park.  What’s special next Saturday is that it’s Al Knox Trail Day at the Park.

    For many years Al Knox volunteered to take care of the Hobbs’ trails, then for some 17 years officially served as the Trail Maintenance Supervisor.  To honor Al’s service, we now have Al Knox Trail Day.

    Join Mr. Al himself at 10:00 am at the Van Winkle Trailhead on Hwy. 12 just west of the visitor Center.  He will guide you on a pleasant ½ mile hike on the Sinking Stream Nature Trail on the south side of Highway 12.

    Things turn historical at 11:00 am on the ½ mile barrier-free Van Winkle Trail on the north side of Highway 12.  From the same parking lot, join Diane and Jim Gately.  They have been volunteering at Hobbs State Park for a plethora of duties for as long as anyone remembers.  The Gatelys are experts on the Peter Van Winkle History, and are always looking forward to taking groups of Park visitors back to 1858 when Peter Van Winkle built the first steam-driven saw mill in the Ozarks.

    Take advantage of this opportunity for free, guided hikes with the experts themselves.

    Where: Van Winkle Parking lot on Hwy. 12 just west of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road                                 intersection
    When: Saturday April 6, 2019
    Time: 10:00 am:  Sinking Stream Trail hike with Al Knox
              11:00 am:  Van Winkle Historical Trail hike with Diane and Jim Gately
    Cost: Free.  The public is invited.

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



  • 03 Apr 2019 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Although small earthquakes do occur in northwest Arkansas there is little known risk to the general population.  The faults that these earthquakes emanate from are not generally identified as they cause no surface offsets. The greatest risk of serious damage due to earthquakes is northeast Arkansas and one day we will need to assist them in the damage recovery efforts.

    According to John David McFarland, retired Arkansas Chief Geologist, “Arkansas is at great risk of experiencing a large damaging earthquake in the not too distant future.  Recent studies suggest that this threat is as great today as at any time in the last hundred years.  Each day that goes by brings us one day closer to a catastrophe the likes of which we have not seen in modern times here in Arkansas.  In 1811-1812 a series of seismic events struck the northeast Arkansas - Missouri boot heel region, what is now generally called the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), in such numbers and with such intensities that it took a full century for the area to fully recover. 

    Today's modern society is even less resistant to the potential for damage than the world of the early 1800s.  Although current understanding supports the view that great earthquakes (magnitude 8 and larger) are not very likely to occur for several hundred years, large damaging shocks (magnitudes between 6 and 7.9) are in fact, overdue.

    In order to understand the damage potential of a major seismic event we only have to look at the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California.  That earthquake has been rated at a magnitude of 7.1.  It resulted in billions of dollars in damage and killed over 60 people.  A similar sized event in Arkansas could do at least as much damage and there are several geologic considerations that strongly suggest that it would likely cause significantly more wide-spread devastation than the Loma Prieta event.  Further, the impact of such a tragedy on this state's overall economy would spread that adversity throughout the state and extend the recovery period over many years.  Severe disruptions of utilities and lifelines, banking and finance, and agriculture are specifically projected following such an event.

    As there is nothing we can do to stop or prevent earthquakes our only hope is to understand them and the forces that they produce.  With knowledge comes resilience.  With knowledge comes the security of effective preparation.  With knowledge comes proficient and efficient recovery after the fact.  Earthquake processes are so complex that no model or theory developed elsewhere for another fault zone can clearly predict the action of a New Madrid earthquake on the people and infrastructure of this state in a specific way.  It is only by monitoring local seismic activity and measuring the response of our infrastructure to these local events that we will gain insight into the impact that a massive seismic displacement will have. “

    The upcoming program at Hobbs State Park on Arkansas Earthquakes will be presented by John David McFarland, who was Chairman of the Arkansas Earthquake Advisory Council for 21 years.  (The Council was formed to assist people, business, and emergency planners of the parts of the state where earthquakes may be a realistic problem.  Among many other activities the Council helped design earthquake building codes for Arkansas.) 

    McFarland’s presentation is free and the public is invited.  

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

    When: Sunday April 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free

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


  • 29 Mar 2019 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take your star gazing to the next level!  Join us for a night of sky gazing and dark sky photography with Sugar Creek Astronomical Society and the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas.  The focus of this event is to appreciate our dark skies and to learn about the techniques and equipment needed to capture your own images of the starry night.

    Tim Johnson of the Photographic Society of NWA will start the night with a presentation on night sky photography.  Kent Marts from Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will follow with a presentation on Light Pollution and what we can do to help preserve our dark skies.  After the lectures are complete we will head outside to the parking lot where, weather permitting, we will do some observing through binoculars and telescopes, and we will also endeavor to take some night sky photographs.

    Bring your camera and tripod for an opportunity to practice in the visitor center parking lot after the lectures.  You will want a camera with the ability to adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  You will also need to be able to manually focus your camera.  A cable release is optional but can be helpful.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    What to Bring if you can:
    - Binoculars (if you have)
    - 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 April 6th, 2019
    ·       6:30 pm Lecture
    ·       8:00 pm for Star Party and Night Photography

    Cost:       Free

    Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SugarCreekAstro/

    The NWA Photographic Society’s Facebook Page is:
    https://www.facebook.com/PSNWA/

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


  • 29 Mar 2019 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A maintenance position has become available at Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area.

    Maintenance TechnicianPosition #:    22078267
    Salary:         $29,046 - $33,402
    Pay Grade:    GS04
    Location:      Hobbs State Park–Conservation Area, Rogers, AR

    Closing date: 04/12/2019

    This position is responsible for overseeing and participating in the maintenance and operation of all park facilities, grounds and equipment in a 12,000-acre park.  Applicant will perform skilled and non-skilled maintenance duties, including basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, cleaning, mowing, weed trimming, trash removal, vehicle maintenance, and other labor related maintenance activities.  Other job duties include supervising, training, and participating in the work of regular and seasonal employees, community service workers, and volunteers involved in maintenance functions.  This position also maintains equipment history records, inventory of supplies and materials, facility and system inspections, and other assigned record keeping responsibilities.  Must have a valid driver’s license, be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays, and be able to traverse rough terrain.  A driver’s record check will be performed.  Applicants with computer skills in Microsoft Office are preferred.

    This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance and retirement pension.

    Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of vocational technical training in maintenance operations; plus two years of experience in general maintenance operations.

    EOE/AA/ADA  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Applications accepted online ONLY:  www.arstatejobs.com.


  • 28 Mar 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Isn’t stress in our daily lives exciting?  Look at all the benefits: Heart disease + stroke, pre-mature aging, impaired immune system, gastro intestinal disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, tension headaches, anxiety, depression, anger, and the list of fun goes on, and on, and on.

    It’s been said that reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.  You know you’re stressed when you start getting on your own nerves.  Are there only two times that you feel stressed – day and night?  Do you feel like a fish in a blender, and here comes some demented scallywag lunging at the switch?

    Jump back a minute!  Nurse Kim wants to talk to you.   She will show you easy, pleasant, and successful ways you can deal with stress.  Yes!  It is very easily doable.

    Kim Starble has been in some form of nursing for 39 years.  Before retiring, she held the Certification as a Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN).  She has served as a nursing educator, and an infection control and wound care travel nurse.  She’s seen and done it all.  Nurse Kim understands stress!

    As part of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series, Kim will be presenting her program on “Stress, and the Nature of Things” at Hobbs State Park this Sunday.  Nurse Kim says, “Get out of that work cubicle.  Get away from that concrete and asphalt.  Give your mind a vacation, and sincerely do what Bugs Bunny tells us all to do – ‘Unlax’.”  Don’t miss this opportunity for Nurse Kim to show you truly enjoyable, and successful ways to – unlax.

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

    When:  Sunday March 31, 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

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