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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 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.  

Wednesday, July 29

10:30am – 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

12:00pm – 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)

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.

4:30pm – Euell Gibbons Trail Hike – A pioneer in the wild food movement, Gibbons was a frequent visitor to North Bend.  Learn about some wild foods growing in the forests of North Bend and the teachings and history of Euell Gibbons.  Meet at River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 0.5 mile) YPP

Thursday, July 30

9:30am – 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

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.

1:30pm – Silly Putty Craft – It's a liquid, it's a solid, it's silly putty!  Make your own homemade putty with simple ingredients in this fun craft.  All materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

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

5:30pm – Lawn Dice at Cokeley – Similar to Yahtzee, this game uses oversize dice to collect points.  A fun game for all ages and all skill levels.  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

Friday, July 31

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 – 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) YPP

1:30pm – 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)

3:30pm – 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 – Cornhole Tournament – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole.  We will have a tournament if participation allows.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (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

Saturday, August 1

9:30am – 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

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 – Tunnel 13 Trail 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

3:00pm – Kickball Game – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

5:00pm – 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

 

7:00pm – Bats Alive! – Patty Morrison of the U.S.F.W.S. will be at North Bend to talk about bats!  Join her for a presentation at the Lodge, then check out one of the real time acoustic signal recorders to hear bats communicating.  The use of the "bat detectors" will begin ½ hour after sunset and continue for up to 2 hours.  The presentation will take place in the Douglass Conference Room at the Lodge.  (45 minutes) YPP 

Sunday, August 2

11:30am – 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

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 – 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 of the local residents of North Bend.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

5:30pm – 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 

Monday, August 3

10:30am – 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 Lodge Shuffleboard Court.  (1 hour)

2:00pm – Nature Center Open – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – 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 – 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)

6:00pm – Euell Gibbons Nature Trail Hike – A pioneer in the wild food movement, Gibbons was a frequent visitor to North Bend.  Learn about some wild foods growing in the forests of North Bend and the teachings and history of Euell Gibbons.  Meet at River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 0.5 mile) YPP

Tuesday, August 4

11:30am – 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) 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.

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

6:00pm – 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

Wednesday, August 5

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 – 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

 

4:00pm – 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 

5:30pm – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old Southern Railroad Grade that now connects the River Run Campground to the dam.  The hike is flat and easy to walk on.  Meet at the River Run campground check in station.  (1 hour, 1.5 miles) YPP

Thursday, August 6

2:00pm – Nature Center Open – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – 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 – Kickball Game – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

5:30pm – 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

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 7

9:30am – Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds in this beginner bird walk.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  We will meet at the Lodge.  (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.

5:00pm – 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)

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

Saturday, 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.

12:30pm – 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

2:00pm – 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)

3:30pm – Tree Walk – 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, 1 mile) YPP 

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 of the local residents of North Bend.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

9:00pm – 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

Sunday, August 9

12:00pm – GPS and Geocaching Learn the basics on how to use your GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  GPS devices will be available for you to use and try out 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

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.  We will talk about those species that exist in West Virginia.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

5:30pm – Giant Pine Trail Hike – Take a hike through an ancient white pine forest while keeping an eye out for the local wildlife that inhabits the area.  Moderate grades with smooth tread and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour, 0.6 miles) YPP

Monday, August 10

9:30am – 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) 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 – Soda Pop Bottle Fish – Reuse items to create works of art.  This craft uses old soda pop bottles, turning them into beautiful fish.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:30pm – Wild About Wild Turkeys – Come talk turkey with the park naturalist and learn about these amazing and sometimes misunderstood birds of our forests.  Great for all ages.  We will meet at the Nature center.  (1 hour) YPP

Tuesday, August 11

10:00am – 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 - 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 Lodge Shuffleboard Court.  (1 hour)

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 – 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

Wednesday, August 12

9:30am – 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)

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.

1:00pm – 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

3:30pm – Overlook Trail – 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

Thursday, August 13

9:30am – Water's Edge Trail 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

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.

1:30pm – Friendship Bracelet Craft – Make a friendship bracelet and trade with your friends.  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:30pm – Let's Get Folky! – Folk songs and singing games.  Come enjoy some music and fun as we put a new twist on some old tunes.  Come learn about the origins of these songs as you connect with the Appalachian heritage of our area.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Friday, August 14

10:00am – 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

11:30am – 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 

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 – Silly Putty Craft – It's a liquid, it's a solid, it's silly putty!  Make your own homemade putty with simple ingredients in this fun craft.  All materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

6:00pm – 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

7:30pm – Snakes Alive! – Join Jim Fregonara, WVDNR and take a closer look into the amazing world of snakes.  He will be bringing several West Virginia snakes to look at and learn about!  Get an up close look at these fascinating and sometimes misunderstood creatures.  All ages welcome.  Jim will be presenting in the Lodge Conference Room.  (1 hour) YPP

Saturday, August 15

9:30am – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old Southern Railroad Grade that now connects the River Run Campground to the dam.  The hike is flat and easy to walk on.  Meet at the River Run campground check in station.  (1 hour, 1.5 miles) 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

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.

2:30pm – 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)

 

4:00pm – Cornhole Tournament at Cokeley – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole.  We will have a tournament if participation allows.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) 

9:00pm – Outdoor Movie – Come enjoy a family friendly movie in our open - air outdoor Amphitheatre!  Movies shown will be rated G – PG.  Movies will be shown at the Amphitheatre.

Sunday, August 16

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 – 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)

3:30pm – 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 – 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

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 proper attire to participate in programs.

 


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