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North Bend Fun August 26-September 1

August 26, 2019 @ 1:01 am - September 1, 2019 @ 1:01 am

Take advantage of these things to do at North Bend State Park August 26 – September 1. Activities with * meet at the Nature Center.

MONDAY, August 26

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

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

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

5:00 p.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

TUESDAY, August 27

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

1:00 p.m. Animal 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. (1 hour)

3:00 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. 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

5:00 p.m. 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. (1 hour) YPP

THURSDAY, August 29

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Nature Center Open

11:00 a.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. We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 8. (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) YPP

1:00 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

FRIDAY, August 30

11:00 a.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

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

4:00 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

SATURDAY, August 31

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

4:00 p.m. 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’ll create your one of a kind shirt! (2 hours)

6:30 p.m. 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. (1 hour) YPP

8:30 p.m. STAR PARTY – The New Era Astronomy Club will be onsite to showcase some of the visible stars, planets, and other celestial objects. They will have several large telescopes to look through and will assist in observation. Bring your own to use or for advice on techniques and sky watching tips. Construct your own star chart so you can map the night sky! The party will take place in the Lodge Conference Room. (2 hours) YPP

SUNDAY, September 1

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

4:00 p.m. Irish Road Bowling Tournament – 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 emblazoned on the famous Irish Road Bowling trophy for the 2019 season! A simple game that is lots of fun. We will meet at the Cokeley Recreation Area Bathhouse. (1 hour)

6:00 p.m. Fishing Derby – Bring your pole and we’ll supply the bait as you try your luck catching the Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Bass that call the River Run Pond home. 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)

8:30 p.m. 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. (1.5 hours) YPP

*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.

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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August 26, 2019 @ 1:01 am
September 1, 2019 @ 1:01 am