Group hikes two cities
Ozark Hill Hikers, associated with the American Volkssport Association will host a walk in Bentonville on Wednesday and a walk in Rogers on Jan. 13. Hikers may choose 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer routes.
For the Wednesday walk, meet at Casey’s General Store, 100 S.E. J St. between 9:30 and 10 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk is dubbed the “Sam Walton Walk” because the route passes several Walton landmarks.
The Jan. 13 walk is on paved trails and through neighborhoods in Rogers. Meet at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 1520 S.E. Walton Blvd. between 9:30 and 10 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m.
A popular canoe and kayak launch site at Beaver Lake has been repaired after flooding in April.
A gravel road at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area leads to the back of scenic Van Winkle Hollow on Beaver Lake. The road, closed since the flood, has been repaired, and paddlers can access the launch site.
To get there, go to the intersection of Arkansas 12 and Arkansas 303 in the park. Drive north on Arkansas 303 one-quarter mile to the first gravel road on the right. Follow it for one mile to the lake.
Lakes see seasonal closure
Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah are closed through Jan. 14 for their seasonal closure.
Annual fishing permits may be purchased when the lakes reopen.
Naturalists offer training
Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists are taking applications for new member training.
Classes start Jan. 20 for Benton County, Jan. 24 for Carroll County and Jan. 27 for Washington and Madison counties.
Benton, Washington and Madison county classes are on alternating Saturdays. Carroll County classes meet on Wednesdays with field time to be determined.
Cost is $135 for training and materials, plus $30 annual dues. Cost is $80 for a second household member if materials are shared, plus annual dues.
More than 60 hours of instruction are offered in areas such as wildlife, watersheds, geology, native and invasive species. Most classes combine classroom and field work.
For details visit wordpress.arkansasmasternaturalists.org or email nwamncontact@mn4 arkansas.org.
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