North Bend Fun – August 12-15

Take advantage of these things to do at North Bend State Park, August 12-15, 2019. Activities with * meet at the Nature Center.

MONDAY, August 12

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

1:00 p.m. 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. (1.5 hours, 1.5 miles) YPP

3:00 p.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

TUESDAY, August 13

9:00 a.m. Beginner Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist to learn some common birds of North Bend. This beginner bird walk is great for birders of all ages and experience levels. A short review of binocular use and field guides will help you correctly find and identify the many species of birds seen throughout West Virginia. We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse. (1 hour) YPP

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

2:00 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

4:00 p.m. 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! (1 hour)

WEDNESDAY August 14

10:00 a.m. 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. (1 hour) YPP

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

3:00 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

5:00 p.m. 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 participate in the fun! We will meet in the Lobby of the Lodge. (1 hour)

THURSDAY, August 15

11:00 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

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Nature Center Open

4:00 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)

6:00 p.m. Building is for the Birds* – All animals need homes, but not every animal builds their own. Learn how our feathered friends build their homes, from the tallest tree to the lowest patches of dirt and gravel. You can pick your favorite and make a nest that even a peacock would be proud of! (1 hour) YPP

North Bend activities and things to do are shared with the public on the 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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Event Details

  • Start Date: August 12 - 15, 2019
  • End Date: August 15, 2019

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