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North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 21-23
CAIRO, W.Va. â€” North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 51st annual event Sept. 21-23. The theme of this year’s event is “Forage and Feast.”
“This year we will get back to the basics of this long-running event, and participants will enjoy a weekend of foraging and preparation at its best,” said Emily Fleming, deputy director for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “North Bend State Park has long been a forager’s paradise with an abundance of edible wild foods. Experienced foragers will be there to help attendees discover the richness nature provides.”
Wild food foragers from across the country attend the Nature Wonder Weekend every year. This year’s keynote speaker will be Doug Elliott, naturalist, herbalist, storyteller and author from Union Mills, North Carolina. Other guest speakers will include Mike Krebill, wild foods author and teacher from Keokuk, Iowa, and Sam England, chief of West Virginia State Parks.
Events begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday morning. There are scheduled speakers, presentations, nature walks, the event’s first-ever bike hike and collection and preparation of wild foods. Activities include a park tour, wild food identification instruction, the Hazel Wood Commemorative Wild Food Cooking Contest and the Bill Faust Wild Cake Contest. The Wild Drink Contest winner is awarded the honorary Maxine Scarbro Friendship Cup.
Overnight lodging packages as well as day-only attendance and meal options are available. Guests may reserve lodge rooms, cabins or camping sites. Packages for traditional Appalachian-style meals are available at North Bend Lodge restaurant.
To register, contact Wendy Greene by calling 304-558-2754 or send an email to Wendy.L.Greene@wv.gov. A registration form is available at and overnight lodging reservation information is available at wvstateparks.com/event/nature-wonder-weekend-north-bend/. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Nature Wonder Weekend is sponsored by the National Wild Foods Association, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and North Bend State Park.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Wild food foraging and preparation are part of Nature Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Sept. 21-23, 2018.