North Bend State Park’s Winter Wonder Weekend… January 18-20, 2019

Monarchs and More!

Monarch Butterfly nectaring on Wingstem wildflower (photo (c) Bill Beatty)

Monarchs, migration and Mexico – not sure what those things have in common?  Join Jan and me at  Winter Wonder Weekend 2019 at North Bend State Park to find out.  Not only will you learn more about the importance and conservation of Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators, you will enjoy outdoor and indoor winter activities like sleigh riding (weather permitting), winter hikes, tours of the local area, programs, contests, puzzles, crafts, door prizes and entertainment.

North Bend State Park’s Winter Wonder Weekend is a wonder-ful tradition and a great way to have fun. There are loads of activities for all ages to choose from or you can just enjoy sitting with friends around their beautiful fireplace.  The staff at North Bend always shows amazing creativity with decorations and activities related to their theme–I’m sure this year will be just as wonder-ful.

I will be presenting the Friday evening program, Creating a Backyard Habitat for Butterflies, Birds and other pollinators.

Black-eyed Susan flowers and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies (photo (c) Bill Beatty)

Following my program there will be an Ice Cream Social.


After the ice cream, Jan and I will lead a Night Walk along nearby roadways.  We will gaze at the dazzling stars and, hopefully, call in an Eastern Screech-owl or Barred Owl.

Eastern Screech-owl  (photo (c) Bill Beatty)

After a Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, Jan and I will lead an easy 4-5 mile Winter Hike along part of the North Bend Rail Trail.  For those not wanting to hike, there will be field trips to Berdine’s Five and Dime (one of Jan’s favorite places) and Cliff’s Museum of Car Memorabilia (one of Bill’s favorite places) or craft classes at the park Lodge.  In the afternoon the choices include craft classes, the same field trips and the ever-popular Bingo!

Saturday evening will start with Magnificent Monarchs, presented by Sue Olcott of the WV Division of Natural Resources.  Sue is currently project leader of the WV Butterfly Atlas, project leader for the WV monarch butterfly conservation plan, and serves on a regional technical steering committee and a national species status assessment team for the monarch butterfly.

Monarch Butterflies  (photo (c) Veronique)

After Sue’s program there will be refreshments and a live performance by Stepping Stone Band, incredibly talented Bridgeport, WV, musicians who play so many songs Jan knows the words to.  You can just sit back and enjoy the music, but watch out … they make you feel like dancin’!

Stepping Stone Band

On Sunday, after another Breakfast Buffet,  we will enjoy a program about the natural history and conservation of pollinators. 

You can make the weekend as busy or relaxed as you want in the beautiful hills surrounding North Bend Lake on the Hughes River, east of Parkersburg, WV.   Multiple packages are available for accommodation in the North Bend Lodge or cabins and include all activities, crafts, and five full meals in North Bend Dining room plus an ice cream social and snacks. Double occupancy at North Bend Lodge is $150 per person for the total weekend.  Other lodging preferences are available.

Register before January 11, 2019, by calling Wendy Greene at 304-558-2754.