FRIENDS OF HOBBS VOLUNTEERS
There are always projects that need to be done and events that need to be manned at the park! Our volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of giving their time to support a cause that they believe in. There are many, many opportunities to choose from requiring a variety of skills, abilities and physical effort. We invite you to explore what needs to be done and seek out a way that you can give back.
Wednesday Weed Pulling every week at the Visitor Center in the Spring months; 8:30-11:30
Carolyn & Emily checking bird boxes, a job after every weed pulling event.
Ken is social distancing out back. Lori & Carla are just a little sideways (2019).
Another pond clearing day, whew! These before & after pictures really don't reflect the labor that it took to drop & clear out all of the trees and briers.
"Why are we doing this", you ask?
-Too many trees remove too much water
-The wildlife need the water
-The water fowl need a clear landing
-The berms need to be protected
BIG THANKS to Master Naturalist & friends from Rush Running
The Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Library is being updated from floppy disk to Excel. Never heard of a floppy, understandable!
Bob & Brenda have spent countless hours dedicated to combing through our books; reorganizing, digitizing, and relabeling.
Interested in donating Arkansas, Ozarks and nature related books? We might have room add to our collection.
Cub Scout Pack 81
The cubs pictured here volunteered for some dirty jobs, and they keep coming back for more!
We greatly appreciate their service and helping us prepare for future projects.
Mother Nature had different plans for a Walmart Team that wanted an outdoor project. They graciously accepted janitorial duties at the Hobbs Visitor Center. As the Volunteer Coordinator that assigned this task, I had planned to help them. However, they just didn't need me, except as the supply runner! I will say they all preformed their duties with enthusiasm and perfection!
DUTCH OVEN COOK OFF WINNERS!
Hobbs had their first ever Dutch oven cook off on Saturday, August 31st. We had guests from far and wide come specifically to enjoy the delicious samples being offered! Overall, it was a smashing success with guests and cooks alike. Even though, the margins were very narrow for all of the cooks, there is always a chance for redemption next year!
Congratulations again to all our winners and a big thank you to all of our volunteers who took part in the cook off!
Best main dish: Cornish game hens with wild rice and green beans (Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Cox)
Best dessert: pineapple upside down cake (Dwayne Culmer)
Best side dish: bacon corn (Park Interpreter Chris Pistole)
Mother Nature visits each month for story time & crafts
Second Saturday, 10:30-11:30
A VISIT FROM SMOKEY THE BEAR
Smokey the Bear and Forest Ranger Anita came out to visit and teach our Day Campers about wildfires.
TABLE TOP PROGRAMS
Volunteers routinely demonstrate their skills to display for a few hours on a weekend or during a special event. SallyAnn Brown, a devoted volunteer and instructor for Fly Tying and Fly Casting. Bring your own ideas!
Hobbs has plenty of programs to borrow. Easy to learn and share with the public. If you prefer to "make a mess" and have fun doing so...we have plenty craft ideas and supplies.
We're always looking to expand our collection of programs and crafts. If you are a Master Naturalist or college intern looking to help, this is a great area to explore. You might find yourself posted here in our volunteer spotlight!
VOLUNTEERS BUILD BIKE SKILLS COURSE
Hobbs State Park has recently added a bikes skill course at the Townsend Ridge Road Trailhead parking lot. It took a team of volunteers from NICA Cycling to help build it earlier this year.
Rush Running and NICA Cycling and their teams were a tremendous support in cleaning up large sections of the Hidden Diversity Trail, in preparations for the annual running and cycling races.
Adopt-a-Trail Team Training Event on how to repair a "puddling" area on the trail. Springtime is the best time to work on trails.
Internationally known, SallyAnn Brown
TOWNSEND RIDGE ROAD PARKING LOT
SPRING CRAFT TABLES
Volunteers in the Spring enjoy indoor craft tables, making bird feeders to take home.
Sometimes it is nice enough outside for a nature hike with Ms. Diane.
Volunteers teach school children in the Fall & Winter months. Doug is teaching school children in the visitor center on a cool, crisp day.
Hobbs has two classrooms, the lobby area, and the film presentation room. An outdoor pavilion will be available soon.
Sometimes volunteers dress the part- Scott was teaching animal furs & skulls.