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North Bend Activities – July 22-25

July 22, 2019 @ 1:01 am - July 25, 2019 @ 1:01 am

Take advantage of these things to do at North Bend State Park, July 22-25, 2019. Activities with * meet at the Nature Center.

Monday, July 22

10:00 a.m. – Powerful Pollinators* – Pollinators exist all around us and help us in so many ways. The current trend shows that some may need 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. (1 hour) YPP

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

3:00 p.m. – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old railroad grade that snakes its way along the North Fork of the Hughes River while learning about local wildlife and plant species. This trail brings you right through the “north bend” in the river that is the namesake for park! A smooth trail for hikers of all skill levels. Meet at the River Run Campground Check in Station. (1 hour, 1 mile) YPP

5:00 p.m. – Volleyball Game*

Tuesday, July 23

10:00 a.m. – 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! (1 hour) YPP

12:00 p.m. – 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. Meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 8. (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) YPP

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

5:00 p.m. – 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! (1 hour) YPP

Wednesday, July 24

9:00 a.m. – 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. (1 hour) YPP

11:00 a.m. – 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. (1 hour) YPP

1:00 p.m. – 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 hew 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 in the parking lot at Basecamp. (2 hours) YPP

4:00 p.m. – 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. (1 hour) YPP

5:00 p.m. – 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 will 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 shorter, loop trail and is perfect for anyone wanting to stretch their legs and get moving outside. Meet in the Lobby of the North Bend Lodge. (0.6 miles, 1 hour) YPP

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

Thursday, July 25

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Nature Center Open

12:00 p.m. – Warts and All* – There’s more to toads and frogs than warts. Find out how much when you 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. (1 hour) YPP

2:00 p.m. – 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. (1 hour)

4:00 p.m. – 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. Meet at the River Run Campground Check in Station. (1 hour, 0.5 miles) YPP

6:00 p.m. – 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 around. Discover all the signs that the critters of North Bend leave behind. How many animal signs will you find during your stay at North Bend? (1 hour) YPP

8:00 p.m. – 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. (1 hour)

North Bend activities and things to do are shared with the public on North Bend State Park Foundation Facebook page.

Young People for Parks Program (YPP) 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.

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July 22, 2019 @ 1:01 am
July 25, 2019 @ 1:01 am