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  • 12 Oct 2018 10:08 AM | 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 Chelsea Porter, park interpreter, “We have always been lucky seeing eagles on our tours; some mature, some immature, and we always see other beautiful wildlife as well.  It could be migrating osprey, great blue herons, king fishers, deer, or red-tailed hawks.  No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours.”  Porter 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.”

    Eagle Cruise Dates
    November:  3, 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
    December:  1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

    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

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

  • 08 Oct 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do dead people just pop up here and there?  If you are Abby Burnett, well, she sees them often. 

    Abby Burnett is an independent researcher who studies all aspects of burial in the Arkansas Ozarks.  Her book, “Gone to the Grave; Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850 -1950”, was featured on AETN’s cemetery documentary, “Silent Storytellers.”  Abby lives in a log cabin in the Boston Mountains, when she’s not out photographing tombstones in rural cemeteries. 

    Tombstone portraits, popular in this country since the 1700s, depict how the deceased looked in life, or occasionally, after death. Abby tells us, “Though somewhat scarce in Arkansas, it is possible to find photos, cameos and statues adorning tombstones, and to learn about the lives these images represent.  Whatever form they take, these portraits have stories to tell – some of them quite gothic.”

    Burnett’s upcoming program at Hobbs State Park, “I See Dead People”, will give the stories behind a few of the most unusual portraits found in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky.  Come live a day in the life of Abby Burnett, but don’t be scared.

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

    When: Sunday October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Cost: Free – The public is invited

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

  • 24 Sep 2018 10:20 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 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 27, 2018  -   Come any time from 1 pm – 5 pm

     Cost:  Free

    Kids of all ages are invited to participate.  For more information, call: 479-789-5000

  • 24 Sep 2018 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 7, 2018 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 how some things were done in the past.

    Taking place at Hobbs State Park visitor center  

    See demonstrations from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

    • Weavers
    • Smockers
    • Lace makers
    • Spinners
    • Music
    • “Table top” programs
    • Kid’s craft
    • Free ice cream

    Taking place at Historic Van Winkle Hollow
    The Van Winkle Hollow events (only) have been cancelled due to weather concerns

    • 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 – and kids do it)
    • Van Winkle Historical Presentation (Great history)
    • Apothecary Shoppe (Strange recipes) (Leeches?)
    • Dutch Oven Demonstration (Holy yum!)
    • Pearling (The hard way to make buttons)
    • Dowsing Demonstration (It really works.)
    • Mountain Woman (Ask her about hunting wild turkeys.)
    • “Snake Oil” Salesman (Don’t let him sell anything to you!)
    • Pioneer Homesteader (Want to make some butter.  She will let you)
    • Tall Tales Tellers (Would they lie to you? – Yes!)

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

  • 19 Sep 2018 10:28 AM | 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)

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

    When:       November 24-25, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

    Cost:       $135.00

    Register/more information:

  • 19 Sep 2018 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area has released the dates of five sunset pontoon boat cruises on Beaver Lake.

    October          Departure Times from Rocky Branch Marina      

    Thursday 4th                                            5:15 p.m.

    Sunday 14th                                              5:00 p.m.

    Thursday 18th                                          5:00 p.m.

    Thursday 25th                                           4:45 p.m.

    Sunday 28th                                               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.  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

  • 17 Sep 2018 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you have ever asked yourself, “How can I get the most out of my camera when I photograph Nature?”, then the upcoming, free program presented by the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas might be what you are looking for.

    The program is not for the professional…beginners only please.  Don’t be bashful, or self-conscious 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.

    Also note the time of year of this presentation.  We don’t have a lot of wildflowers and other plants with lush foliage to photograph in late September.  Here’s the point.  No matter what time of year it is, there is ALWAYS something wonderful to photograph.  That’s what you will learn from Cleeo Wright, Nature Photographer, with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas (PSNWA).

    Cleeo will present a lecture in the Hobbs State Park visitor center on Beginning Nature Photography.  Afterwards he will help all participants identify photographic “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 Nature Photography learner.  Don’t pass up this extraordinary opportunity to learn basic Nature 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 September 22, 2018

    Time:      4:00 pm lecture by Cleo Wright, Nature photographer from the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas.   Outside photo shoot follows the lecture.    


    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 and Hobbs State Park.  To learn more about the PSNWA and upcoming Hobbs State Park programs, go to: and  and

  • 10 Sep 2018 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What do the following have in common:  The Irish Potato Famine, the loss of the American chestnut/Ozark chinquapin, death of American elm trees in our forests, the return of de-tasseling corn, the preference of Brits for tea instead of coffee, and the source of LSD?  All of these are the result of plant diseases.  Plant disease can change the landscape as well as change human history.

    Rose Gergerich, professor emeritus, U of A, explains, “I am a plant pathologist.  In my earlier life (before retirement), I was a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.   I've always wanted to develop a talk on the social impact of plant diseases.  This would include the Irish Potato Famine, the introduction of the fungi that cause chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease, the southern corn leaf blight epidemic, etc.  All of these diseases had major socio-economic impacts in the US.  Plant disease epidemics will be discussed to illustrate the past and present vulnerability of the plants that sustain us all.  I will follow up on the actions that need to be taken to avoid future epidemics such as these.”

    Don’t miss this informative and important program.

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

    When:    September 16, 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Cost:       Free

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

  • 05 Sep 2018 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 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 cook and sample tasty dishes including sunchoke soup, persimmon crisp, muscadine ice cream, and more. The presentation covers concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant identification.  If you would like four hours of comradery, cooking, and eating, then this workshop is for you.”

    When:  Saturday September 15, 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 intersection.

    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

  • 04 Sep 2018 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You cannot beat Mother Nature and Beaver Lake.  What a great way to spend a late afternoon with your spouse or friend on the last Friday of Fall.  Take a lake cruise on beautiful Beaver Lake guided by a park interpreter.  Stop off at Ventris Trails End Resort for a scrumptious dinner consisting of smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes with white gravy, green beans, dinner roll, French Onion soup, salad, tea, coffee, or lemonade.  If a vegetarian option is your preference, you get a portabella sandwich with sautéed green peppers & onions, garlic mayo and Swiss cheese.  Ventris Trails End Resort is famous for their desserts, and this cruise comes with chocolate cake.    

    After some surprise entertainment, hop back onto the boat to catch a beautiful sunset as we look forward to the colors and fragrances of fall.   

    When:  Friday September 21, 2018

    Time:  Leave Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 4:00 p.m. - Dinner at 5:00 p.m.  Cruise with dinner is approximately 3 hours long.

    Cost:  $40.00/person + tax

    Registration and prepayment required.  For more information and to register, call 479-789-5000

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