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Programs and Activities

Interpretative activities are scheduled daily from Memorial – Labor Day weekend at North Bend State Park. Naturalist and programmer Ken Zebo invites groups to contact him at [email protected] to schedule special hikes or programs in fall, winter and early spring. North Bend has many special events and weekend events and these are posted on the Events/Deals tab. .

Discover special weekends and activities on our Events page. Or if you're just looking to get away, our deals and discounts page maybe just the thing to encourage your visit.


Friday, May 26

4:00pm – Nature Center Open – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

6:30pm – Scavenger Hunt – Become a nature super sleuth as you hunt for items in this nature friendly scavenger hunt.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

8:30pm – Night Hike – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  The trail we will be using is paved and flat.  Flashlights are welcome, but not necessary.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

Saturday, May 27

9:30am – Nature Center Open – 9:30am – 11:30am – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

11:30am – Creek Critters – Put on your water shoes and get wet!  Take a look at the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

1:00pm – Friendship Bracelet Making Craft – Make a friendship bracelet and trade with your friends.  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:00pm – Tunnel 13 Hike – Experience the great outdoors with a spice of history mixed in. The trail is flat and easy to walk on, following the old railroad line.  Learn about some of the local plants and wildlife along the way.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles)  YPP

6:00pm – Irish Road Bowling at Cokeley – You don’t have to be Irish or a Bowler to enjoy this sport.  Come check out the most popular game at West Virginia State Parks!  No experience or equipment necessary.  Closed toe shoes are required.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour)

10:00pm - Stargazers – Explore the night sky and search for constellations and planets!  Telescopes will be available to get an up close look at the moon, stars, and planets.  A limited time program, with telescopes on loan from NASA.  This special opportunity is best for star gazers 12 and above.  Meet at the Lodge.  (1 – 1.5 hours)  YPP

Sunday, May 28

9:00am – Bird Walk at Cokeley – Join the park naturalist and take a closer look at the world of birds in this beginner bird walk.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) YPP

12:00pm – Nature Center Open – 12:00pm – 2:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

2:30pm – Fishing Derby – Bring your own poles and we’ll supply the bait.  Certificates will be given to lucky anglers.  We will meet at the pond by River Run Campground.  (1 hour) YPP

4:00pm – Cornhole Tournament – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of corn-hole.  We will have a tournament if participation numbers allow.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

6:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife along the way.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1 – 1.5 hours, 1.2 miles)  YPP

8:00pm – Spirit Animal Masks – Learn what your spirit animal is and make a mask to show it off!  Explore Native American culture and their link with spirit animals.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Monday, May 29

9:30am – Nature Center Open – 9:30am – 11:30am – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

12:00pm – Origami – Learn the Japanese art of folding paper and transform a flat sheet into a work of art.  Make an animal to decorate and take home.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

2:00pm – Marvelous Mammals – Learn about the mammals of West Virginia and what makes them special.  We will go on a short hike to view signs of mammals in the park.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)  YPP

3:30pm – Volleyball Game – Enjoy a game of volleyball on our sand court.  Bring your friends and serve up some fun!  We will meet at the Volleyball Court by the Amphitheatre.  (1 hour)

 

Family Trails Weekend is Friday – Sunday, June 2 – 4, 2017
North Bend State Park

Join us for National Trails Day and our Family Weekend
 
Friday, June 2

11:00am – Creek Critters Put on your water shoes and get ready to get wet!  Take a look at the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

4:00pm – Hibbs Cemetery Trail Hike  – Learn some West Virginia flora and fauna as you hike the trail to the ancient Hibbs Cemetery.  The trail has a constant grade and great views.  Meet at the River Run Campground check in station.  1 hour, 1 mile   

8:30pm – Luminary Hike – Experience the trail lit by beautiful luminaries as you hike to Tunnel 13.  Local lore and history will be shared along the way along with a ghost story and raffle at Tunnel 13 on the North Bend Rail Trail.  Sponsored by the North Bend Rail Trail Foundation.  Meet at Shelter 3.  1 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles

10:00pm – Stargazers – Explore the night sky and search for constellations and planets!  Telescopes will be available to get an up close look at the moon, stars, and planets.  A limited time program, with telescopes on loan from NASA.  This special opportunity is best for star gazers 12 and above.  Meet at the Lodge.  1 hour

Saturday, June 3
National Trails Day!

7:00am – 6:00pm – Country Trails Bikes – Register your miles hiked, biked, or on horseback for National Trails Day at the storefront.  While you’re there, check out the local and railroad history displays.  Visit their Facebook page: Country Trails Bikes & The Cairo Supply Co.

9:30am – Bike Ride to Cairo – Take a ride on the Rail Trail into Cairo, WV and experience the history of the trail and surrounding towns.  We will take a break in Cairo for you to explore, eat, or just relax.  Meet at the Nature Center.  2 hours, 7.5 miles round trip

10:00am – 5:00pm – Cairo Bank Building Open – Ken Adams, North Bend Rail Trail Foundation, will be giving tours of the historic Cairo Bank Building.  He will be showcasing period office equipment and other artifacts from the past.  The Cairo Bank building is the Rail Trail Foundation headquarters and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cairo Bank building is located along the North Bend Rail Trail in Cairo, WV.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
–  John Muir

10:00am – 2:00pm – Pennsboro Train Depot Open – The historic Pennsboro Train Depot will be open for public viewing to help celebrate National Trails Day!  A one-time busy hub of train activity, this landmark features a treasure trove of railroad and local history.  The Pennsboro Depot is located in downtown Pennsboro, alongside the North Bend Rail Trail.

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

2:30pm – Weed Warriors – Invasive Species Hike – Do your part in keeping the trails at North Bend free from non-native, invasive species.  We will identify invasive species and work to clear them from the Access Trail of the park.  All supplies and materials will be provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

4:00pm – Giant Pine Trail Hike – Hike through an ancient white pine forest, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife that inhabit the area.  Moderate grades with smooth tread.  Meet at the Lodge. 
1 hour, ½ mile

7:30pm – Sunset Paddle – Bring your own kayak or rent one from North Bend Outfitters (304.299.1768) and take a sunset paddle on North Bend Lake.  The water is a great place for wildlife observation and fantastic views.  The trip will be guided and basic kayak skills are recommended.  Meet at the Cokeley Boat Ramp.  2 hours
Sunday, June 4

9:00am – Bird Walk at Cokeley – Join the park naturalist and take a closer look at the world of birds in this beginner bird walk.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  1 hour

11:00am – 1:00am – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

2:00pm – GPS and Geocaching – Learn the basics on how to use your GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  A limited number of GPS devices will be available for you to use as we search for some of North Bend State Park’s hidden caches.  Basic instruction and information is best for geocachers 12 and above.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1.5 hours

4:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 8.  1.5 hours, 1.2 miles 

For information or reservations

North Bend State Park
304.643.2931
www.northbendsp.com

Young People for Parks Program (YPP)
            This is an Environmental Education Program for children 6 - 16. 
Children need to attend three YPP activities during their stay at North Bend. 
Children will receive a certificate and a prize.

All programs will start on time, and will not be canceled due to rain. 
Lightning will cancel all activities. 
Children under 6 must have an adult with them to participate. 
Please bring or wear proper attire to participate in programs. 

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