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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.  

Monday, June 29

10:00am – 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

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 – 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 – 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

Tuesday, June 30

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 – 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

2:00pm – 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

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

Wednesday, July 1

9:30am – 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

11:00am – Hibbs Cemetery 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.

3:30pm – 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)

Thursday, July 2

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 – 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)

2:00pm – 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)

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 – 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

7:00pm – Kickball Tournament – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Friday, July 3

9:30am – Bird Walk at Cokeley – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  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.

3:00pm – 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

4:30pm – 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 – 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

9:00pm – 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, July 4 – Independence Day!

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 – 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 – 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 – 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

5:00pm – 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 – Stepping Stone Band – Celebrate our country's independence with this local group of talented musicians.  Listen to top 40 hits, country, and soft rock favorites under the stars at the North Bend Amphitheatre.  Stepping Stone Band will be performing at the Amphitheatre.  (1.5 hours)

Sunday, July 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.

2:30pm – 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 

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 – 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 

Monday, July 6

10:00am – 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

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.

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 – 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

Tuesday, July 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

11:00am – Shuffleboard Tournament – 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.

4:30pm – 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)

Wednesday, July 8

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)

2:00pm – 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 

3:30pm – 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 – 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

7:30pm – 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 

Thursday, July 9

9:30am – 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

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 – 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 – Kickball Tournament at Cokeley – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse. (1 hour)

6:00pm – 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

7:30pm – 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

Friday, July 10

11:00am – 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

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 – Irish Road Bowling – 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 Nature Center.  (1 hour)

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)

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, July 11

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 Nature Center and hike the Overhanging Rock Trail.  (1 hour, 0.75 miles) YPP

1:00pm – 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) 

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 – 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)

6:00pm – Nature Center Open – 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

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, July 12

1:30pm – 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

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.

5:30pm – Friendship Bracelet Making Craft – Make a friendship bracelet and trade with your friends.  All materials provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

7:30pm – 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

Monday, July 13

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 – 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 

2:00pm – 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)

3:30pm – 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)

Tuesday, July 14

10:00am – 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) 

12:00pm – Nature Center Open – 12:00pm – 2:00pm – 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

3:30pm – 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)

Wednesday, July 15

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 – 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)

4:00pm – 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)

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)

Thursday, July 16

11:00am – 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)

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.

5:00pm – 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 Lodge Shuffleboard Court.  (1 hour)

7:00pm – 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)

Friday, July 17

North Bend hosts the 37th Annual International Sports Jamboree.  This event engages physically challenged youth in the field of recreation.  It has created opportunities through the sponsorship and commitment of dedicated volunteers.

9:30am – Bird Walk at Cokeley – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour)

1:00pm – 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 – Nature Center Open – 4:00pm – 8:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

Saturday, July 18

North Bend hosts the 37th Annual International Sports Jamboree.  This event engages physically challenged youth in the field of recreation.  It has created opportunities through the sponsorship and commitment of dedicated volunteers.

9:30am – Nature Center Open – 9:30am – 2:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

3:30pm – 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)

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)

Sunday, July 19

North Bend hosts the 37th Annual International Sports Jamboree.  This event engages physically challenged youth in the field of recreation.  The Jamboree creates recreational opportunities through the sponsorship and commitment of dedicated volunteers.

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 – 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)

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)

7:30pm – 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 

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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