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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 [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.


Activities at North Bend State Park
June 15-25, 2017

Thursday, June 15

9:30am – 11:30am – 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.

12:00pm – 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)

2:00pm – 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

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 

Friday, June 16

9:30am – 11:30am – 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.

12:00pm – 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

1:30pm – 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 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles) YPP

3:30pm – Kickball Game – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Saturday, June 17

2:30pm – 4:30pm – 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.

5:00pm – 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

7:00pm – 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)

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

Sunday, June 18

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 – Corn-hole 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 – 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

7:30pm – Friendship Bracelet Making – Make a friendship bracelet and trade with your friends.  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Monday, June 19

9:30am – 11:30am – 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.

1:00pm – 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)

2:30pm – 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)

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) YPP

Tuesday, June 20 – HAPPY WEST VIRGINIA DAY!!!

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

11:00am – 1:00pm – 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.

2:00pm – 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 – 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 and the teachings and history of Gibbons.  Meet at the River Run Campground check in station.  (1 hour, ½ mile) YPP

5:00pm – Putt Putt Golf – Join in the fun as we play a game of miniature golf on the 9 hole course at the lodge.  Space and equipment is limited so show up early to participate.  We will have a game as participation allows.  Meet in the lobby of the North Bend Lodge.  (1 hour)

7:00pm – 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

Wednesday, June 21

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 

11:30am – Plant Pounding – Find your perfect plant and preserve it on cloth.  Pound in designs, colors, and shapes to create your masterpiece.  You can make a wall hanging or frame your creation.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

1:00pm – 3:00pm – 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.

3:30pm – 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 – 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 

8:00pm – 10:00pm – STAR Lab Portable Planetarium – A very special program brought to the park from the NASA IV and V Facility in Fairmont, WV, this informative program will showcase stars, constellations, and constellation mythology.  Shows will take place every half hour, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm and will be on a first come, first served basis.  We will meet in the Douglass Conference Room in the Lodge.  (30 mins.) YPP

Thursday, June 22

9:30am – Giant Tree Trail Hike – This short trail is packed with some of the largest trees on the park and oldest tree growth.  One of North Bend’s hidden gems within its trail system.  Experience tall hardwood trees in this historic forest with the park naturalist on this guided hike.  Meet at the Basecamp area of the park (previously the Old Playground).  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP 

11:00am – 1:00pm – 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.

2:00pm – 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)

6:00pm – 8:00pm – STAR Lab Portable Planetarium – A very special program brought to the park from the NASA IV and V Facility in Fairmont, WV, this informative program will showcase stars, constellations, and constellation mythology.  Shows will take place every half hour, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm and will be on a first come, first served basis.  We will meet in the Douglass Conference Room in the Lodge.  (30 mins.) YPP

Friday, June 23

1:00pm – 3:00pm – 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.

4:00pm - 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)

7:30pm – Geology Rocks! Presentation – Join Ken Ashton, a geologist with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey and find out what rocks make up the Mountain State.  Ken will be giving a presentation on Friday evening, followed by a hike on Saturday morning.  Geology Rocks in West Virginia!  Meet at the Lodge Conference Room.  (1 hour) YPP

Saturday, June 24

10:00am – Geology Rocks! Hike – Join Ken Ashton, a geologist with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey and find out what rocks make up the Mountain State.  Ken will be giving a presentation on Friday evening, followed by a hike on Saturday morning.  Geology Rocks in West Virginia!  We will meet at the Overlook Trail trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1 – 1.5 hours, 1.2 miles)  YPP

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.

2:00pm – 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

3:30pm – 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

5:00pm – 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) YPP

7:00pm – 9:00pm – STAR Lab Portable Planetarium – A very special program brought to the park from the NASA IV and V Facility in Fairmont, WV, this informative program will showcase stars, constellations, and constellation mythology.  Shows will take place every half hour, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm and will be on a first come, first served basis.  We will meet in the Douglass Conference Room in the Lodge.  (30 mins.) YPP

Sunday, June 25

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

11:30am – 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)

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 – 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

 

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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