February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Briefly Outdoor Events



Ozark Highlands Trail Association will host a group hike Saturday from Fane Creek to Cherry Bend on the Ozark Highlands Trail. The hike is five miles, moderate difficulty.

Meet for carpooling at 8:30 a.m., at the Harps store in Elkins near the gas pumps or at 10 a.m. at the Fane Creek trailhead.

All hikers are welcome. Sign up for the hike with Mike Lemaster, or 479-466-5214.



Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area’s annual sweetheart cruises are Saturday and Sunday on Beaver Lake.

Trips feature eagle viewing, then a three-course lasagna or portabella mushroom lunch at Ventris Trails End Resort. Cruises are from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., and depart from Rocky Branch Marina aboard the park’s 20-passenger pontoon boat.

Tickets are $80 plus tax for a couple or $40 plus tax for a single ticket. Register at the park visitor center or call 479-789-5000.


Bald eagles at Beaver Lake will be the topic of Lunch and Learn at noon on Feb. 14 at the Rogers Public Library.

Joan Reynolds, a Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalist, will give the program. Patrons are invited to bring a sack lunch. Beverages are provided.

Lunch and Learn is held the second Tuesday of each month at the library, 711 S. Dixieland Road in Rogers.


Volunteers are needed Feb. 18 to help with a glade restoration project at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Shaddox Hollow Trail parking area on Arkansas 303.

The work involves moving cedar trees at the restoration site. Volunteers should bring gloves, water and wear sturdy shoes. Glades were more numerous at one time, but many have been choked out by encroaching red cedar trees.

For details call the visitor center at 479-789-5000.


The Leopold Education Project is open to all area environmental educators and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3 at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

The course is based on Aldo Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac,” and stresses conservation and environmental teaching and critical thinking. School teachers, master naturalists, stream team leaders and others involved in environmental education are encouraged to attend.

Cost is $35 and includes teaching materials and a oneyear membership in the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Register with Suzanne or Marc Hirrel, 501-224-9419, or


Buckmasters of Northwest Arkansas will hold its annual fundraiser banquet beginning at 6 p.m. on March 4 at the Rodeo Community Center in Springdale.

Buckmasters provides free hunting trips to youngsters who are ill or disabled and for disabled veterans. Buckmasters also provides fishing trips, nature observation and target shooting.

The banquet includes games, auctions and drawings for sporting equipment and art.

For tickets call Lindell Roth, 479-435-8681 or Brad Corbitt, 479-879-3490.