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Activities

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 Kenneth.t.zebo@wv.gov 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.  

Friday, July 25

9:30am – Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  Meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour) YPP

11:00am – 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

1:00pm – Venom and Poison – Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)  YPP

3:00pm – Nature Center Open – 3:00pm – 5:00pm  – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

6:00pm – Plant Pounding – Find your perfect plant and preserve it on cloth.  You can make a wall hanging or frame your creation.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

9:00pm – Night Hike – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

Saturday, July 26

9:30am – 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 and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the lodge.  (1 hour, 0.6 miles) YPP

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

1:30pm – 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

3:00pm – 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)

5:00pm – GPS and Geocaching – Learn the basics on how to use a GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  Feel free to bring your GPS device or use one we have on loan from NASA, as we search for some of North Bend State Park's hidden caches.  This program is made possible through a loan of GPS units from the NASA Education Center in Fairmont, WV.  Take advantage of this limited time program.  Basic instruction and information is best for geocachers 12 and above.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1.5 hours)  YPP

9:30pm – 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, July 27

11:30am – Tracks and Scat – Who's been here?  Find out by reading the clues our animal pals leave behind.  Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they're not around.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

1:00pm – Nature Center Open – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

5:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles)  YPP

6:30pm – Shuffleboard Game – This game is a classic, so come out and experience it.  Easy to learn and fun to play, check it out with your friends or make some new ones while playing!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Monday, July 28

10:30am – Fisherman's Trail Hike at Cokeley* – Take a hike with the park naturalist on this trail that follows along the North Bend Lake.  Terrain is moderate with some hills.  Learn about local flora and fauna.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) YPP 

12:30pm – Nature Center Open – 12:30pm – 2:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

4:00pm – Orienteering – Learn how to find your way in the woods through using a map and a compass.  Materials and tools provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

6:00pm – Corn-hole Game – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting fame of corn-hole.  We will have a tournament if participation allows.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Tuesday, July 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.

12:30pm – Wild About Wild Turkeys – Come talk turkey with the park naturalist and learn about these birds of our forests.  Great for all ages.  We will meet at the Nature center.  (1 hour) YPP

2:00pm – Soda Pop Bottle Fish – Reuse items to create works of art.  This craft uses soda old bottles, turning them into beautiful fish.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:30pm – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old Southern Railroad Grade that now connects River Run Campground to the dam.  The hike is flat and easy to walk on.  Meet at River Run campground.  (1 hour, 1.5 miles) YPP

Wednesday, July 30

9:30am – Volleyball Game – Enjoy a game of volleyball on our sand court.  Bring your friends.  We will meet at the Volleyball Court by the Amphitheatre.  (1 hour)

11:00am – 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 River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP

1:00pm – Nature Center Open – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

3:00pm – Animal Puppets – Learn how to make your own animals by reusing items around your house. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!  Materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Thursday, July 31

9:30am – Sand Art – Use your imagination to create a beautiful work of art out of sand.  Sketch out your picture, trace it with glue, and sprinkle it with sand.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

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

1:30pm – Insect Investigation – The insect population is one of the largest of all the animals on earth.  Explore the small world of insects and their kin, in a big way with the park naturalist.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

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 hour, 1.5 miles)  YPP

4:30pm – GPS and Geocaching – Learn the basics on how to use a GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  Feel free to bring your GPS device or use one we have on loan from NASA, 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)  YPP

9:30pm – 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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

2:30pm – Nature Center Open – 2:30pm – 4:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

5:00pm – Herp Hunt – Join the hunt for our reptile friends!  Learn about the differences between amphibians and reptiles, frogs and toads, and turtles.  We will take a short hike to try and find some residents of North Bend.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

6:30pm – Spirit Animal Masks – Learn what your spirit animal is and make a mask to show it off!  Explore Native Americans and their link with spirit animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

8:30pm – Night Hike – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

9:30am – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles)  YPP

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

1:30pm – 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

3:00pm – GPS and Geocaching – Learn the basics on how to use a GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  Feel free to bring your GPS device or use one we have on loan from NASA, as we search for some of North Bend State Park's hidden caches.  This program is made possible through a loan of GPS units from the NASA Education Center in Fairmont, WV.  Take advantage of this limited time program.  Basic instruction and information is best for geocachers 12 and above.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1.5 hours)  YPP

5:30pm – Corn-hole Tournament at Cokeley* – Challenge your friends and fellow campers to a friendly game of corn-hole.  If participation allows we will have a tournament.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour)

9:30pm - 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, AUGUST 3

9:30am – Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  Meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour) YPP

11:00am – 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 and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the lodge.  (1 hour, 0.6 miles) YPP

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

4:00pm – Venom and Poison – Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)  YPP

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

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 – Animal Puppets – Learn how to make your own animals by reusing items around your house. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!  Materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:00pm – Shuffleboard – This game is a classic, so come out and experience it.  Easy to learn and fun to play, check it out with your friends or make some new ones while playing!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

4:30pm – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old Southern Railroad Grade that now connects River Run Campground to the dam.  The hike is flat and easy to walk on.  Meet at River Run campground. 
(1 hour, 1.5 miles) YPP

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6

10:30am – Tree Hike – Take a walk with the park naturalist and learn about some of the native trees of West Virginia.  This trail is paved and easy to walk on.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

12:30pm – Nature Center Open – 12:30pm – 2:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

4:00pm – 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

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)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7

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 – Nature Center Open – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

5:00pm – Plant Pounding – Find your perfect plant and preserve it on cloth.  You can make a wall hanging or frame your creation.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

6:30pm – Orienteering – Learn how to find your way in the woods by using a compass.  Basic instruction will be taught with a simple course to practice what you learn.  All materials and tools provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8

10:30am – Nature Center Open – 10:30am – 12:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

1:00pm – Tracks and Scat – Who's been here?  Find out by reading the clues our animal pals leave behind.  Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they're not around.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

4:00pm – 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 hour, 1.5 miles)  YPP

5:30pm – 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)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

1:30pm – Nature Center Open – 1:30pm – 3:30pm – Come inside for 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.  A constant grade.  Meet at River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP

5:30pm – 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

7:30pm – Wings of Wonder – Three Rivers Avian Center – Come to this educational program featuring live birds of prey native to West Virginia.  Live raptors, including hawks and owls are part of this event with discussions focusing on diet, habitat, and the behavior of the birds.  All ages welcome.  Three Rivers Avian Center will be presenting in the Lodge Conference Room.  (1 hour) YPP

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10

11:30am – Nature Center Open – 11:30am – 1:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

2:00pm – 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

5:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain.  Meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1 hour, 1.2 miles)  YPP

6:30pm – Herp Hunt – Join the hunt for our reptile friends!  Learn about the differences between amphibians and reptiles, frogs and toads, and turtles.  We will take a short hike to try and find some residents of North Bend.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP


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 proper attire to participate in programs. 


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