Midway into the summer, participation in outdoor activities might begin to wilt under the temperatures, but it's the opposite situation at North Bend State Park.
"We are seeing more and more people attending nature programs," said Ken Zebo, park naturalist. Zebo's activities encourage all ages to learn about the outdoors and area history at North Bend State Park and in Ritchie County. Summer activities at North Bend are open to the public and are held without charge.
Watch the park's website at www.northbendsp.com/activities.html for frequent postings of things to do.
All programs will start on time, and will not be canceled due to rain. Lightning, however, will cancel an activity.
Children under age six must be accompanied by an adult to participate in activities. Please wear proper attire to participate in programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are one hour in duration.
Wednesday, July 18
10:30 a.m., Spirit Animal Masks. Meet at the Nature Center.
12-2 p.m., Nature Center Open.
2:30 p.m., Orienteering. Meet at the Nature Center.
4 p.m., Wild About Wild Turkeys. Meet at the Nature Center.
5:30 p.m., Tunnel 13 Hike. Experience the great outdoors with a spice of history mixed in. The trail is flat and easy to walk on. Meet at the Nature Center.
Thursday, July 19
10 a.m., 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. Meet at the Nature Center.
11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Nature Center Open
2 p.m., 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.
3:30 p.m., Cornhole. Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole. We will have a tournament if participation allows. Meet at the Nature Center.
5 p.m., Southern Railroad Trail Hike. Follow the Southern Railroad Grade that now connects River Run Campground to the dam. Meet at River Run Campground. (Duration one hour, 1.5 miles)
Friday, July 20
North Bend hosts the 34th Annual International Sports Jamboree. This event engages physically challenged youth in the field of recreation. It has created opportunities through the sponsorship and commitment of dedicated volunteers.
9:30 a.m.Noon; and 24:30 p.m., Nature Center Open
Saturday, July 21
North Bend hosts the 34th Annual International Sports Jamboree.
9:30 a.mNoon; and 2-4:30 p.m., Nature Center Opens.