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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, June 8

10:30am – 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 

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 – 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 – 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

Thursday, June 9

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 – 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

3:00pm – 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.

5:30pm – 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)

Friday, June 10

9:30am – Water's Edge Trail Hike – Take a hike with the park naturalist on this trail that follows along the North Bend Lake.  Terrain is moderate with some hills.  Learn about local flora and fauna.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) YPP

11:30am – 1:30pm – 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.

2:00pm – 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

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

Saturday, June 11

2:30pm – Cornhole Tournament at Cokeley – 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 Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) 

4:30pm – 6:30pm – 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.

7:00pm – 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

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, June 12

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 – 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

5:30pm – 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 and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour, ½ mile) YPP

7:30pm – 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

Monday, June 13

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

2:00pm – 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 

3:30pm – Shuffleboard Game – 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)

Tuesday, June 14

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.

3:30pm – 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)

5:00pm – Kickball Game – Join us for a friendly game of kickball with park staff and guests.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Wednesday, June 15

10:00am – 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

1:00pm – 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) 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 – 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

Thursday, June 16

11:30am – 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

12:30pm – 2:30pm – 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.

3:00pm – 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

5:00pm – 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 and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour, ½ mile) YPP

6:30pm – 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 

8:00pm – Cornhole Tournament – 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 Nature Center.  (1 hour) 

Friday, June 17

9:30am – 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

11:30am – 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

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 – 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)

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

Saturday, June 18

9:30am – Bike Ride to Cairo – Take a ride on the Rail Trail into Cairo, WV and experience the history of the trail and surrounding towns.  We will take a break in Cairo for you to explore, eat, or just relax.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (2 hours, 7.5 miles round trip)

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 – 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

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)

5:30pm – 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

9:00pm – 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, June 19

10:30am – 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

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 

1:30pm – 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) 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

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.

Monday, June 20 – West Virginia Day!

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

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 – 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)

Tuesday, June 21

11:30am – 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 and changing sight lines.  We will meet at the Lodge.  (1 hour, ½ mile) YPP

1:00pm – 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)

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.

Wednesday, June 22

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 – 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) YPP

3:00pm – Nature Trail Hike – Hike through a variety of habitats and rocky outcrops.  This trail is moderate with some rugged terrain.  Enjoy changing treads and great sight lines.  Meet at the River Run Campground check in station.  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP

5:30pm – Leave No Trace – Learn the principals of the Leave No Trace program through hands on practice.  This program teaches outdoor ethics and the simple, yet effective techniques you can use on your next outdoor adventure to protect and preserve the land.  Meet at the Basecamp area of the park (previously the Old Playground).  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP 

Thursday, June 23

10:00am – 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 

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 – 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

5:30pm – 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)

"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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"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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