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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.  

Friday, August 29

1:30pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 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.

6:30pm – 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) YPP

8:00pm – 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)

Saturday, August 30

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 – 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

6:00pm – Corn-hole Tournament at Cokeley* – Challenge your friends and fellow campers to a friendly game of corn-hole.  If participation allows we will have a tournament.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour)

8:45pm – 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, August 31

1:00pm – 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

2:30pm – Nature Center Open – 2:30pm – 4:30pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

6:00pm – GPS and Geocaching – Learn the basics on how to use your GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  Feel free to bring your GPS device with you 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)  YPP

8:30pm – NIGHT HIKE – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

*Programs at Cokeley Recreation Area
You must sign-up for programs taking place at the Cokeley Recreation Area; signup sheets are available at the Cokeley Recreation Area with the campground host or attendant, or at the Nature Center.  

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.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – Fishing with a Friend

12:00pm – 3:00pm – Fishing with a Friend – Ritchie County Deputy Sheriff's Association presents, the Gary Hissem Memorial.  Join them for a fun afternoon of fishing at North Bend State Park.  Please bring your own fishing pole, tackle will be provided.  Trophies and prizes will be awarded for various categories.  Registration is at 12:00pm, with fishing starting at 1:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Meet at the pond by River Run Campground.  Event is open to children, ages 3 – 12.  For more information – 304.643.2262. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – Nature Programs

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 – 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)

8:00pm – Night Hike – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – Nature Programs

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 – 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.  (1.5 hours, 1.5 miles) 

2:00pm – Venom and Poison – Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19  – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21  

NATURE WONDER WEEKEND
Experience the bounty of food that nature has to offer by attending the 47th annual Nature Wonder Weekend.  The weekend will focus on the use of wild foods.  Registration is required and lodge rooms are recommended.  Inquire at North Bend State Park for fees and lodging availability.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27– Nature Programs

10:00am – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) 

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)

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.


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. 


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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