Friends of Hobbs
State Park-Conservation Area

Hobbs Calendar  - don't miss a thing!

Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 33 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    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.”

    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
    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

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

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    How does wildlife survive the cold winter months? Park Interpreter Chris will share with you the 8 “ates” or strategies used for survival. Hibernating is just one of them!  FREE

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Visitor Center

    There are some great conservation success stories from the last century, and the return of the bald eagle is one of those. Park Interpreter Chris will share their story and natural history through images and hands-on objects. FREE

    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve on the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn more about your State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    The choices you make when you are outside make a big difference.  This is a great program for all ages, but especially for young girls and boys who are just beginning to experience camping, hiking, and the outdoors in general. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 02 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center
    What exactly is a groundhog, and can they predict the length of winter by seeing their shadow or not? Park Interpreter Chris will share the truth about the groundhog, woodchuck, or whistle pig, on their special day of fame, Groundhog Day! FREE
    • 02 Feb 2019
    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Winter can be a great time for a hike in the Ozarks! Join Park Interpreter Chris for an easy quarter-mile interpretive hike on the Ozark Plateau Trail. What will we find and what secrets will be revealed? It can vary each time! Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 02 Feb 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Vistor Center

    This weekend isn’t just about Super Bowl Sunday! Come out for this kid-friendly program and learn about the superb owls of Hobbs State Park with Dr. Birdius Brainiac (a.k.a. Park Interpreter Chris)! 

    • 03 Feb 2019
    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail? And just what is the Ozark Plateau? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park. FREE


    • 03 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Listen in as interpreter Steve reads the Lorax.  Do you know what the Lorax was?  He wasn’t just that “orange colored dude”.  Do you know who the most important character in the story was?  It’s not the Lorax. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 03 Feb 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Everyone who lives in Arkansas should be aware of what venomous snakes we have and what they look like. This short program identifies the 6 venomous snakes that we have in Arkansas, five of which are found in northwest Arkansas. FREE

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for our continuation of the “Fun With Mother Nature” series.  Circle around as one of our talented park docents or staff sits in the Mother Nature rocker telling stories about the nature that surrounds us.  Story time will be followed by a “hands on” activity or craft.  Children of all ages are welcome but most stories will target children 3-6 years of age. FREE

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    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. FREE event.

    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

    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



    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Join Park Interpreter Chris for this fun and lively program, perfect for families with young children, as we learn about the reptiles of Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Be ready for an up-close encounter with a live turtle and a snake, and we’ll wrap up with the reptile rap! Meet at the Visitor Center.  FREE

    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Join Park Interpreter Steve while you learn some interesting facts about our reptile friends. Why are there 5 toes on a 3-toed box turtle? There is an easy way to tell the difference between a boy and a girl turtle. Do you know the secret? 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center 
    Admission: Free

    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meet at the Visitor Center.

    Do you know the symbols of Arkansas?  Some are easy, and others you probably have never heard of.  Did you know we have a state soil and a State beverage?  Join interpreter Steve to learn some of the symbols of Arkansas. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Visitor Center

    Winter brings some special feathered guests from the North. Learn to identify these visitors, as well as some of our year-round residents, with Park Interpreter Chris. We’ll hike around the Visitor Center counting birds and discuss how you can participate in this community science project where you live! Binoculars will be loaned out to those who need them. FREE


    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Rocky Branch Marina

    Share the wonders of nature with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking an Eagle Watch Cruise on beautiful Beaver Lake and enjoying a scrumptious lunch at Ventris Trails End Resort

    Lunch features grilled bacon-wrapped chicken with mushrooms, onions and cheese, twice baked potato, seasoned green beans, French onion soup and salad with homemade bread rolls, Boston Cream Pie, tea, or coffee.  A vegetarian option is offered.  Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge.

    There are two Sweetheart Cruises to choose from.  One will run Saturday February 16th and the other Sunday February 17th.  Each cruise will leave Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 11:00 am and return at 2:00 pm.

    Cost: $80+ tax per couple or $40+ tax per individual:   Reservations and payment must be made in advance.   Contact Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center to reserve your spot.   (479) 789-5000. 


    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Is a cloud just a cloud? No sir! Clouds can tell us things. Clouds can do things. Do you know what thunder really is? Why do tornadoes form in clouds? Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn about our amazing clouds.


    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    Is it a gall or isn’t it?  What is a gall?   How are they formed?  Join interpreter Steve to learn the basics of what galls are all about. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Join us for a light breakfast as ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds, gather some data, and then let YOU help release them! There’s nothing like seeing these amazing creatures up close and in the hand! Breakfast sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Visitor Center

    Just in time for the start of the bluebird nesting season, join Park Interpreter Chris to learn more about these beloved birds and how to increase the odds of attracting them to your property. FREE

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Highway 303

    Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5 mile, moderately difficult loop through Shaddox Hollow as we see what we can discover in nature during late winter. Perhaps there will already be some signs of spring, if we’re lucky! Meet at Shaddox Hollow trailhead, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Meeting place: Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Highway 303
    Admission: Free

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Meet at Visitor Center

    Do you know the destination of a trail?  And just what is “Hidden Diversity”? Join Interpreter Steve to learn more about your State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE


    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Visitor Center

    The choices you make when you are outside make a big difference. This is a great program for all ages, but especially for young girls and boys who are just beginning to experience camping, hiking, and the outdoors in general. 
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

Copyright 2019 - Friends of Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 
Send mail to: PO Box 802, Rogers, Arkansas 72757-0802
Located at: 20201 East Hwy 12 - Rogers, Arkansas 72756

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