Hobbs State Park offers family fun and photographic walk

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Upcoming programming at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers includes a living forest event for families and a fall foliage walk for photographers.

Living Forest

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, join Mother Nature as she introduces her many woodland friends. These educational messages will be uncomplicated and easy for young children to understand. But the living forest is for all family members because teenagers and adults will learn too.

Who are these critters who will deliver 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 each animal’s story.  If you want to be like Mother Nature’s animal friends, you can come in costume too.

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The free event is a fun, non-scary, fall treat for the whole family.  Strollers and wagons are welcome as you meander along a wide, paved, barrier-free path. Other activities include face painting, crafts, free S’mores and more.

Meet at the park visitor center on Ark. 12, just east of the Ark. 12 and War Eagle Road intersection. For more information call, 479-789-5000.

Fall Photo Walk

A fall photography walk, led by members of the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas, is set for 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers.

The walk will focus on the changing colors of the foliage at the park, and is offered as part of a new partnership between Hobbs and the photographic society.

Bring camera gear, whether it’s a full-frame DSLR or a smartphone. Meet at the parking lot of the Historic Van Winkle and Sinking Stream Trailheads. To get there, travel east out of Rogers on Ark. 12; about 10 miles from downtown is a paved parking lot on your right with restrooms.

The walk takes place rain or shine and ends as the morning light begins to shift. The trails are considered easy, but you still need sturdy shoes suitable for hiking. Sinking Stream Trail has one small elevation increase.  The Historic Van Winkle Trail is wheelchair accessible.  Each trail is 0.5 miles in length.

The photo walk is free and all people of all photographic levels are welcome. For more information, call 479-789-5000. To learn more about the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas, go to the website:   http://www.psnwa.org.

To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: www.arkansasstateparks.com and http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/.