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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. .

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.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

10:00am – 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

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 – 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)

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 

Thursday, August 18

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 – 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

4:00pm – 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

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

Friday, August 19

9:30am – Bird Walk – 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 Lodge.  (1 hour) YPP

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 – 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

6:00pm - 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)

Saturday, August 20

12:00pm – 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

2:00pm – 4:00pm – 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.

5:00pm – Tracks and Scat – Who's been here, who's been there?  Find out by reading the clues our animal friends leave in the forest.  Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they're not aroundDiscover all the signs that the critters of North Bend leave behind.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

7:00pm – 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

Sunday, August 21

10:00am – 12:00pm – 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.

1:00pm – 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

3:00pm – 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

5:00pm – Giant Tree Trail – 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 

Wednesday, August 31

10:00am – 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

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 – 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

5:00pm – 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)

Thursday, September 1

9:00am – Bird Walk – 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 Lodge.  (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.

3:00pm – 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

4:30pm – 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)

Friday, September 2

2:00pm – 4:00pm – 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 – 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)

6:00pm – 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 

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

Saturday, September 3

12:00pm – 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

2:00pm – 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

4:00pm – 6:00pm – 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.

8:30pm – 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, September 4, 2016

10:00am – 12:00pm – 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.

1:00pm – 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

4:00pm – 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)

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

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."

–  John Muir 

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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