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  • 17 Jan 2019 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boy we’re lucky.  Here and there we hear about our great friend Mother Nature, but at Hobbs State Park you can actually see her.  Yes!  Every second Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, all throughout the year, she visits the Park.  Her favorite thing to do is to read nature-related stories of the forest and the animals that live there.   Those who visit her always remember an educational, memorable, and fun time.

    Mother Nature Visits and Reading Subjects for the Rest of the Year:

    (Keep this list on your refrigerator so you never miss Mother Nature.)

    February 9th The Woods in Winter – Where are the animals?

    March 9th Getting Ready for Spring – Changes in the Woods

    April 13th Dandelions – Stars in the Grass

    May 11th Around the Pond – Frogs and Toads

    June 8th Animals in The Night

    July 13th Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain Pollution

    August 10th Caterpillar to Butterfly

    September 14th Autumn in the Woods – Preparing for Winter

    October 12th:  Bats – Not Really Scary

    November 9th It’s Turkey Time

    December 14th Who Goes There?   Footprints and Animal Signs


    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.

    What:  Fun with Mother Nature

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

    When: Every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am

  • 14 Jan 2019 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NOTE: Unfortunately, parts of this event have been cancelled due to the severe weather. Please call the park office for an update: 479-789-5000.

    It’s been raining.  It’s been cold.  We’ve been stuck in the house and we’re itching to get out.  Let’s go to Hobbs State Park for Wonders of Winter Wildlife.  Bring the whole family and have some fun.

    Birds N breakfast:  Enjoy some coffee, juice, and donuts on us.  The University of Arkansas will be catching birds, and then releasing them back into the wild.  Bring your camera for close up bird photos.

    Local wildlife rehabilitator, Lynn Sciumbato, will give her always popular “Raptor Rescue” program using live birds native to northwest Arkansas.

    Also, the Cowboy’s Catering food truck will be here to make it easy to have lunch.

    9:00 am – 10:30 am      Birds N Breakfast

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm        Form and Function of Bird Skulls:  Rick Jones

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm        Eagle Nest Model:  Ken Leonard

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm        Mammal Furs:  Tom and Lisa Edminston

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm        Bird Cafe’:  Cathy Patterson

    10:30 am – 11:00 am     Migration Headache:

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm       Cowboy’s Catering Food Truck: Get lunch here

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm     Raptor Rescue:  Lynn Sciumbato (Live birds)

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm         Black Bears:  Denis Dean

    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm         Survival Games:  Jay Schneider

    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Survival Strategies for Winter Wildlife:  Chris


    3:00 pm – 3:45 pm          Ozark Plateau Hike with interpreter Chris Pistole  

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm          Eagle Watch Cruise*

    What:     Wonders of Winter Wildlife

    Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the

                      Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

    *Eagle cruises require pre-registration

    Cost:  $10+ tax/adult, $5+ tax/child 6-12

    For more information and to register for the eagle watch tour, call: 479-789-5000

  • 07 Jan 2019 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is it about waterfalls?  Why do we like them?  Why do we want to go see them?  There’s more than one reason. 

    To many, the number one reason to see waterfalls is aesthetic.  Waterfalls and beauty go together.  Moving water – “poetry in motion”, but what about the settings?  Here in northwest Arkansas many of our waterfalls can be found diving off majestic limestone bluffs, thus creating another reason to visit these flowing beauties – handsome photographs.

    We may not think of it as the reason we want to visit them, but certainly subconsciously, waterfalls improve our mood, since they have a calming effect on us.  In truth, just like hiking in the woods, watching and listening to waterfalls relaxes us, and works positive wonders on our mental well-being.

    Flip Putthoff, outdoors reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, knows the northwest Arkansas countryside well, and will present a program at Hobbs State Park on waterfalls in our area.  He will explain when, where, and how to go on safari to see our waterfalls.  According to Putthoff, “I will highlight some of the waterfalls that are not too difficult to reach, including some by hiking, and a couple that you can drive right up to.  There are some in Van Winkle Hollow after a big rain, one nice one near the Madison County water intake, and a neat one near Hog Scald Hollow.”

    The rainy spring is not too far away.  Learn from Flip how to find these wet weather moments of “poetry in motion”.

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

    When:  Sunday January 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Cost:  Free     

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

  • 04 Jan 2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mike Martin, an award winning nature and wildlife photographer, and a native Arkansan, will be presenting a program on Bald Eagles at the Hobbs State Park visitor center on Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 p.m.  

    Mike has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 27 years.  His photos have been published by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 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 has recently co-authored a book about the bald eagles of Arkansas.    In both 2013 and 2014, Mike's bald eagle photos were featured photos in an annual “Wildlife” Magazine produced by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.   He will include many new photos that he has never before presented in his eagle programs.   Mike’s program will be followed by a question and answer session.

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

    When:  Sunday January 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

    Cost:  Free – Public invited

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

    This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs monthly Speaker Series.

  • 10 Dec 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park has offered eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake for nine years.  Every cruise is different.  You never know what wildlife you will see.

    According to Chris Pistole, newest Hobbs State Park interpreter, “It’s always great to be out on the water, and then to see the wildlife too adds special meaning to each cruise.  We always expect to see Bald Eagles, but don’t forget about the beautiful osprey, the always hungry great blue herons, the red tailed hawks, the ducks, the kingfishers, deer, turtles, and the list goes on.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Pistole added, “We only take 18 guests at a time, so it’s important that folks call the park in a timely manner to ensure that their names get on the boarding lists.”

    Hobbs State Park Eagle Cruise Dates Still Open

    December:  10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

    January:  1, 4, 5 ,6 ,7, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27

    February:  2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24

    Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax.  Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m.  For more information and to make reservations, call: 479-789-5000

  • 05 Nov 2018 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This two-day course immerses participants in basic wilderness medicine procedures, preparing individuals to take immediate action when an outdoor activity doesn't go as planned and 911 responders are hours away. Time is split between interactive classroom sessions and hands-on field scenarios to prepare participants and help them quickly develop basic backcountry medical care skills.

    The course focus is on patient assessment, stabilization and emergency treatment of issues such as hypothermia and snakebites, as well as understanding of when and how to attempt evacuation. Participants will emerge capable of calmly responding to a wide variety of emergency situations.

    Instructor: Tom Burroughs, NREMT/EMT-W, Team Leader, Washington County AR Search And Rescue Team Certifying Body- ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute)

    (this course is accepted by the Boy Scouts of America)

    Hours: 8-5 each day
    Cost:  $135

    To Register or for more information:


  • 05 Nov 2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We know the easy ones don’t we?  Arkansas’s state bird is the mocking bird.  Arkansas’s state gem is the diamond, but did you know that Arkansas has an official state cooking vessel?  Well, we do, the Dutch oven.  Arkansans have been cooking in these deep cast iron pots for generations.  Embrace your Arkansas heritage today by learning some traditions of the natural state through a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop at Hobbs State Park.  (For some reason, anything cooked in a Dutch oven always taste wonderful!)

    Park Interpreter, Chelsea Porter, will be leading a hands-on workshop Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to teach the art of Dutch oven cooking at the Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.  Participants will learn how to care for cast iron and will cook a three course meal to enjoy together.  Participants will also receive a Dutch Oven Cooking guidebook.  Pre-registration is required. The workshop is limited to the first 14 participants.    

    ·    Cost - $40/person

    ·    Registration and pre-payment required.   

    To register call: 479-789-5000

  • 29 Oct 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Can you imagine a timber rattlesnake as your friend?  Dr. Steven J. Beaupre, Associate Dean of Social Science at the University of Arkansas, has carefully befriended this species of rattlesnake and others for many years.

    According to Beaupre, “Timber rattlesnakes can be very hard to find, even in areas where they may be relatively common.  They are native to much of the eastern United States.   They blend extremely well with their environment, while spending most of their time motionless in thick cover.  Rattlesnakes are ambush predators that patiently wait for prey to come within reach.”

    It’s all in a day’s work for Dr. Beaupre to capture these pit vipers and attach radio transmitters to them.  Monitoring the activities of the snakes then becomes a relatively easy task, even at night.  Data collected includes home range size, activity patterns, hibernacula use, and more.   

    Did you know that an adult Timber rattlesnake can meet its basic energy needs by eating one gray squirrel per year, and that a healthy adult Timber Rattlesnake can even survive for up to two years with no food at all?  Dr. Beaupre will discuss the methods and results of 23 years of research on the Timber Rattlesnake in Madison County, Arkansas.  Join Dr. Beaupre as he shares stories of his intimate relationships with venomous snakes.

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

    When:  Sunday November 4, 2018     2:00 pm

    Cost:  Free     

    For more information, call:  479-789-5000

  • 22 Oct 2018 10:01 AM | 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 27th.

    Listen to each animal’s story.  They have a lot to tell us.  These educationamessages 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 27, 2018  - 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 

  • 17 Oct 2018 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park has released the dates of available sunset boat cruises on Beaver Lake.  Get on board and enjoy some time on the water.

    October Departure Times from Rocky Branch Marina      

    Thursday 18th     5:00 p.m.

    Thursday 25th     4:45 p.m.

    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.  Leaves on our trees are now beginning to turn gorgeous colors too. 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

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