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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

July 27 – August 6, 2017

Thursday, July 27

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.

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

Friday, July 28

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 – 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

5:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife along the way.  The trail winds through a variety of habitats with great views and large sandstone outcrops in sections.  Moderate terrain.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 8.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) YPP

7:00pm – Singer / Songwriter Bruce Kahler – Singer / Songwriter, Bruce Kahler will be traveling back to his Ritchie County roots to release his debut CD, “Hainted Hills”.  Join Bruce as he plays through his poetic and thoughtful songs, entertaining with his unique brand of charm and character.  Bruce will perform at the Amphitheatre.  (2 hours)

Saturday, July 29

1:00pm – 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)

3:00pm – 5:00pm – 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 - 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

8:00pm – Storyteller, Bil Lepp – Listen as Bil spins his yarns for you, and figure out for yourself what is truth and what is fiction.  Hilarious and insightful stories for the whole family!  Bil will perform at the Amphitheatre. (1 – 1.5 hours)

 

Sunday, July 30

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 – Herp Hunt – Join the hunt for our reptile and amphibian 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

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 – 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

Monday, July 31

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 – 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)

2:30pm – 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 – Friendship Bracelet Making – Make a friendship bracelet and trade with your friends.  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Tuesday, August 1

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 – 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 – 1.5 hours) YPP

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 – 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

Wednesday, August 2

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.  Meet at the Lodge. 
(1 hour, ½ mile) YPP

11:30am – 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

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 – 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.  Just like the real thing, only better!  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (45 mins)

 

Thursday, August 3

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 – 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)

2:00pm – 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

3:30pm – 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)

Friday, August 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) YPP

1:00pm – 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

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.

4:30pm – 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

6:00pm – Kickball Game – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

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, August 5

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 – 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

1:30pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife along the way.  The trail winds through a variety of habitats with great views and large sandstone outcrops in sections.  Moderate terrain.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 8.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) YPP

3:00pm – 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 – Cornhole Tournament at Cokeley – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole.  We will have a tournament if participation numbers allow.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) 

7:00pm – 9:00pm – STARLab 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, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, and 8:30pm 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, August 6

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 – 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 mile) YPP

6:00pm – 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

7:30pm – 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)


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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