North Bend State Park

2018 Nature & Recreation Programs

North Bend State Park offers a variety of Natural & Recreation Programs featuring the parks natural and cultural history. Programs run daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Special programs and tours can be arranged for groups. Programs are listed below date, time and title along with a short description. All programs will start on time and will not be canceled due to rain. Lightning will cancel all activities. Children under age 6 must have an adult with them to participate. Please take proper attire to participate in programs.

Young People for Parks Program (YPP): This is an Environmental Education Program for children ages 6 - 16. Children need to attend three YPP activities during their stay at North Bend.  Children will receive a certificate and a prize.

 

Monday, July 9

 

2:00pm – Powerful Pollinators – Pollinators exist all around us and help us in so many ways.  The current trend shows that may need some help as their population overall is starting to decline.  See how you can help while learning about local pollinating species that exist throughout West Virginia and the surrounding region.  You’re never too young or too old to begin learning how these groups of critters are a key part of the ecosystem and one that needs to be valued.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

4:00pm – Orienteering – For centuries, compasses were used to find the right path.  Sailors, explorers, and adventurers all use them to point them back home.  If you want to learn how to use one too, come to this interesting program.   The next time you venture into the woods you can be sure to know how to get back to camp.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

6:00pm – Animal Puppets – Make your own wildlife friend out of recycled materials you can find anywhere.  Bring your friends and put on a puppet show with your creations.  A great craft for kids of all ages and skill levels.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

Tuesday, July 10

 

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 – Searching for Sallies – Salamanders are amazing creatures!  They are some of the most primitive animals on the planet and some of the most fragile when exposed to pollutants and environmental change.  See if you can find some of the local residents at North Bend as you join the park naturalist to search through their unique habitats!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

2:30pm – Kickball Game – The age old game of gymnasiums and playgrounds, kickball is fun for folks of any age.  Join us for a game and make sure to bring plenty of friends to round out our teams.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

 

4:00pm – Giant Pine Trail Hike – Meet the park naturalist for a hike through some of the biggest and oldest white pine trees on the park.  Forests are always in transition and as you journey along the trail you’ll see smaller hardwoods in the understory and opportunities to see wildlife who call this forest home, including small mammals, white tailed deer, and birds.  This is a short loop trail and is perfect for anyone wanting to stretch their legs and get moving outside.  We will meet in the Lobby of the North Bend Lodge.  (0.6 miles, 1 hour) YPP  

 

Wednesday, July 11

 

10:30am – Hibbs Cemetery Trail Hike – The Hibbs Family lived centuries before North Bend came into existence but left behind a small family cemetery.  Although it may be easily overlooked, legend has it that the remains were never moved.  Take a look for yourself with the park naturalist as you learn about some of the local plants and wildlife along the way.  We will meet at the River Run Campground Check in Station.  (1 hour, 1 mile) 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.

 

3:00pm – Nature Scavenger Hunt – Become a super sleuth as you hunt for items throughout the recreation area.  Investigate unknown worlds of animals, plants, and insects to finish and discuss your finds!  Clue sheets are available with item pictures or text.  Great for all ages. We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

4:30pm – Duct Tape Wallets – Need someplace to keep your loot?  Come join your crafty cohorts and make yourself a duct tape wallet.  A fun and simple craft for kids of all ages and all skill levels.  Take a break from the heat and get crafty!  We will meet in the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

Thursday, July 12

 

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.  After learning about how to identify these small wonders, we will journey outside with nets in hand to capture a few and check them out in the magnifying glass.  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 – Fishing Derby – Bring your pole and we’ll supply the bait as you try your luck catching the Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Bass that inhabit the River Run Pond.  Anglers up to 14 years old are welcome to participate in this catch and release derby.  We will meet at the pond by River Run Campground.  (1 hour)

 

5:00pm – 3 Mile Hike – Have you ever just wanted to take a hike?  Really, just get outside, breath some fresh air, feel the trail under your feet, and just go.  If so, this hike is for you.  Join the park naturalist and get out on several trails throughout North Bend, creating a 3 mile loop.  A great opportunity for anyone who wants to get out on the trails and just hike.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (2 hours, 3 miles)

 

Friday, July 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 – You’ll Be Like Euell – The Euell Gibbons Trail was dedicated to the wild foods enthusiast because of the many walks he led, teaching visitors about the bounty that nature provides.  Learn about wild edibles that are easily identified and collected as you hike this short, but historic trail.  We will meet at the River Run Campground Check in Station.  (1 hour, 0.5 miles) YPP

 

2:00pm – Tie Dye – Learn how to tie dye your very own North Bend t-shirt!  Shirts will be available to purchase and dye during this activity for $8.00 per shirt.  All youth and adult sizes will be available.  This makes for a great souvenir of your time at North Bend and a fun way to show your support of West Virginia State Parks.  A variety of patterns and dyes will be available, so you can create your one of a kind shirt!  We will meet in the Nature Center.  (1.5 hours) A cost of $8.00 per shirt is required for the tie dye activity.  You may purchase shirts at the time of the tie dye activity in the Nature Center.

 

4:00pm – Putt Putt Golf Game – Take on all challengers and test your skill at putting through the 9 mini golf holes at the Lodge.  Individual scores will be counted with prizes awarded for top finishers.  Equipment and space is limited so show up early to participant in the fun!  We will meet in the Lobby of the Lodge.  (1 hour)

 

5:30pm – Creek Critters – Put on your water shoes and get ready to get wet as you dive into the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  Collect and observe crayfish, insect larva, and other aquatic invertebrates in this interactive program.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

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 14

 

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 Overlook Trail trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1 – 1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) YPP

 

12:30pm – 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.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1.5 hours)

 

2:00pm – 4:00pm – 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 – North Bend Pioneers – Take yourself back to the rich and fertile Ohio Valley, where the first colonizers came over 300 years ago.  We will embark on the wilderness, searching out a place for our settlement and build our community.  Join us as we hewn branches and logs to create our fort and surrounding structures in the forest.  All are welcome, but respect for the land and respect for each other is a must.  Proper safety attire will be provided.  Younger pioneers need to have parental guidance.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (2 hours) YPP 

 

7:00pm – Spirit Animal Masks – Some Native American cultures believe that everyone has a spirit animal that guides their life and shares similar characteristics with them.  Find out your own spirit animal and become one with it as you make a wearable mask in this fun craft.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

 

8:30pm – Night Hike – Have you ever wondered about the nocturnal world and how some animals are able to survive in the dark?  Find out as you use all your senses to experience the Extra Mile Trail at night and the many creatures that lurk just beyond the shadows.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1.5 hours) YPP

 

Sunday, July 15

 

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 – 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

 

3:00pm – Tunnel 13 Trail Hike Experience the great outdoors with a spice of history mixed in. The trail is flat and easy to walk on, following an old railroad line leading to the North Bend Rail Trail and Tunnel 13.  Learn about railroad and local history along with plants and wildlife throughout the hike.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles) YPP

 

5:00pm – Irish Road Bowling Competition – You don’t have to be Irish or a bowler to play this sport!  Learn the game that is taking state parks across West Virginia by storm.  Winners will have their team name emblazon on the famous Irish Road Bowling trophy for the 2018 season!  A simple game that is lots of fun.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) YPP 

 

Monday, July 16

 

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 – Gobble, Cluck, Purr, and Yelp – Answer the call of the Wild Turkey and make your own real working turkey call in this educational and crafty program.  Did you know that during our Nation’s founding, this bird was in competition with the Bald Eagle to the symbol of our country, or that every Thanksgiving a turkey is given a Presidential Pardon?  Learn these and other fascinating facts about one of the most common, but seldom seen birds of our forests.  We will meet in the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

4:00pm – Sand Art – Take a break and use your imagination or stencils to create a beautiful work of art out of sand.  Sketch out your picture, trace it with glue, and sprinkle it with sand.  Viola, sand art!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

 

6:00pm – Giant Tree Trail Hike – This trail runs right through a 25-acre section of the park that was recently inducted into the Old Growth Forest Network and features some of the oldest and most ancient trees on North Bend.  Learn to read the landscape and discover the subtle clues that give away a forest’s age as you hike this short route with the park naturalist.  We will meet at Basecamp.  (1 hour) YPP

 

Tuesday, July 17

 

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 – Warts and All – There’s more to toads and frogs than warts.  Find out how much when you come participate in this educational program about the famous amphibians and their fascinating adaptations.  We’ll check out the River Run Campground Pond for local residents and maybe catch a few to get an up close look.  We will meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour) YPP  

 

2:00pm – Venom and Poison – Leaves of three, let it be.  This is a great way to remember not to touch poison ivy, but what about all those other poisonous plants and venomous animals you may encounter while in the forests of North Bend?  Learn all about what to avoid in the woods and how to identify those species that might make you sick or uncomfortable.  This program is designed to educate and not intimidate, so there is nothing to be afraid of.  We will meet in the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

4:00pm – Duct Tape Wallets – Need someplace to keep your loot?  Come join your crafty cohorts and make yourself a duct tape wallet.  A fun and simple craft for kids of all ages and all skill levels.  Take a break from the heat and get crafty!  We will meet in the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

6:00pm – Orienteering – For centuries, compasses were used to find the right path.  Sailors, explorers, and adventurers all use them to point them back home.  If you want to learn how to use one too, come to this interesting program.   The next time you venture into the woods you can be sure to know how to get back to camp.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

8:00pm – All About Trees – Explore the common trees of North Bend and learn how to identify them and the important role they serve in the ecosystem.  We will focus on trees along the Extra Mile Trail and a portion of the Access Trail, with both trails being flat and easy to walk on.  This short loop is suitable for all skill levels.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP 

 

Wednesday, July 18

 

9:30am – 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.  After learning about how to identify these small wonders, we will journey outside with nets in hand to capture a few and check them out in the magnifying glass.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

11:00am – Plant Pounding – Search out your leaves and preserve them on cloth in this nature themed craft.  Pound in designs, colors, and shapes to create your masterpiece.  A great souvenir of your time at North Bend!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

 

1:00pm – Leave No Trace – Every activity that we do outside has the potential to leave some kind of impact behind after were through.  This can sometimes be a problem for the environment and wildlife.  Join our Quest guides in learning how to avoid some of these hazards when you are participating in whatever you love to do outside.  Respect for the land and the wildlife that inhabit it will keep it pristine for everyone to enjoy!  We will meet at the parking lot at Basecamp.  (1 hour) YPP 

 

3:00pm – Fishing Derby – Bring your pole and we’ll supply the bait as you try your luck catching the Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Bass that inhabit the River Run Pond.  Anglers up to 14 years old are welcome to participate in this catch and release derby.  We will meet at the pond by River Run Campground.  (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.

 

7:30pm – Hibbs Cemetery Trail Hike – The Hibbs Family lived centuries before North Bend came into existence but left behind a small family cemetery.  Although it may be easily overlooked, legend has it that the remains were never moved.  Take a look for yourself with the park naturalist as you learn about some of the local plants and wildlife along the way.  We will meet at the River Run Campground Check in Station.  (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP

 

Thursday, July 19

 

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 – Creek Critters – Put on your water shoes and get ready to get wet as you dive into the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  Collect and observe crayfish, insect larva, and other aquatic invertebrates in this interactive program.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

4:00pm – Origami – Learn the Japanese art of folding paper to make fun and creative animals.  Several projects will be available ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging.  Make an animal to give to a friend or create a whole zoo for your room!  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

 

5:30pm – Nature Scavenger Hunt – Become a super sleuth as you hunt for items throughout the recreation area.  Investigate unknown worlds of animals, plants, and insects to finish and discuss your finds!  Clue sheets are available with item pictures or text.  Great for all ages. We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

Friday, July 20

 

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.

 

1:30pm – 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 – 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.

 

Saturday, July 21

 

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 – Irish Road Bowling Competition – You don’t have to be Irish or a bowler to play this sport!  Learn the game that is taking state parks across West Virginia by storm.  Winners will have their team name emblazon on the famous Irish Road Bowling trophy for the 2018 season!  A simple game that is lots of fun.  We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse.  (1 hour) 

 

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.

 

Sunday, July 22

 

1:30pm – 5:30pm – 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.

 

6:00pm – Marvelous Mammals – The group of mammals contains some of the largest animals on planet Earth.  But what is it that makes them so different when compared to other groups of animals?  Find out when you attend this exciting and educational nature program and learn about West Virginia mammals and those that you can find at North Bend.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP

 

7:30pm – Putt Putt Golf Game – Take on all challengers and test your skill at putting through the 9 mini golf holes at the Lodge.  Individual scores will be counted with prizes awarded for top finishers.  Equipment and space is limited so show up early to participant in the fun!  We will meet in the Lobby of the Lodge.  (1 hour)