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, 31January: 1, 4, 5 ,6 ,7, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27February: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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)!
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
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
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
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
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 NatureWhere: 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 WoodsApril 13th: Dandelions – Stars in the GrassMay 11th: Around the Pond – Frogs and ToadsJune 8th: Animals in The NightJuly 13th: Water Dance – Water Cycle & Storm Drain PollutionAugust 10th: Caterpillar to ButterflySeptember 14th: Autumn in the Woods – Preparing for WinterOctober 12th: Bats – Not Really ScaryNovember 9th: It’s Turkey TimeDecember 14th: Who Goes There? Footprints and Animal Signs
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 CenterAdmission: Free
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
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
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
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
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Send mail to: PO Box 802, Rogers, Arkansas 72757-0802
Located at: 20201 East Hwy 12 - Rogers, Arkansas 72756