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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.


Friday, May 27

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.

2:00pm – 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) 

4:00pm – 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

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, May 28

10:30am – 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

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.

2:30pm – 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)

4:00pm – 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

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

10:00pm - 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

Sunday, May 29

10:30am – 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

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.

2:30pm – 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

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)

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)

9:30pm – 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.

Monday, May 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.

12:30pm – 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)

2:00pm – 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

3:30pm – Volleyball Game – Enjoy a game of volleyball on our sand court.  Bring your friends and serve up some fun!  We will meet at the Volleyball Court by the Amphitheatre.  (1 hour) 

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. 

STATEMENT OF POLICY REGARDING THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO USE FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMS.
"It is the policy of the Department of Natural Resources to provide its facilities, accommodations, services, and programs to all persons without regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicap.  Proper licenses registration and compliance with official rules and regulations are the only sources of restrictions for the facility use of program participation".
"The Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity employer".

 

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