Discover the Richness in Nature’s Simplicity

Nature Wonder Weekend
September 15 – 17, 2023
North Bend State Park – Cairo, West Virginia
Cost: $35 per participant

Grow your bond with nature in West Virginia by attending the 54th Annual Nature Wonder Weekend – prepared by the National Wild Foods Association. You will learn how to identify wild edible foods and prepare them after they are harvested! The event will take place at North Bend State Park in Cairo, West Virginia, from September 15-17. With many natural flavors and experienced foragers at your fingertips, you will leave this weekend with more knowledge in foraging and many memories to share.

* Participants must be registered to participate in weekend activities

Contests and Social Hour

To showcase some of the most creative wild food dishes, Nature Wonder Weekend also includes the 35th Annual Wood-Faust National Wild Foods Association Wild Foods Contest. Participants will be tasked to provide a recipe for a dish or drink comprised of natural ingredients sourced from West Virginia – for a panel of judges to crown a winner. Segments include the Hazel Wood Commemorative Wild Foods Contest, Best Wild Cake and Edelene Wood Wild Friendship Cup.

Lodging & Meals


Two nights lodge room per person:

Double occupancy – $85

Single occupancy – $170


Full meal package (five lodge restaurant meals) – $100

Meal Package (no Saturday dinner) – $85

Saturday lunch and dinner only – $40

Children’s meal package (ages 7-11) – $72


Wendy L. Greene

Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs

(304) 558-2754

Amy J. Larch

Executive Secretary, Division of Natural Resources

Featured Articles

Survival Skills: Ten Things to do When Lost in the Woods

The cool nights, crisp winds, and colorful foliage is a clear sign fall has descended upon the Mountain State. With the onset of this beautiful season, outdoor enthusiasts eagerly gear up to embrace the natural resources this state has to…

Why you need to buy RB/RRB stamps before the deer archery season

The start of West Virginia’s 2023 deer archery season is Sept. 30, which means time is running out to purchase your hunting license and RB/RRB stamps if you want to harvest additional deer. Hunting licenses and stamps can be purchased…

Motorists should take extra caution while driving during fall months

As fall arrives, the days get shorter, temperatures start to drop, leaves start to turn and white-tailed deer become a lot more active. That’s why we want to remind you to stay alert and drive with extra caution. November is…

Get a behind the scenes look at how the 2024 WV Wildlife Calendar was made

The 2024 edition of the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available to purchase online at and at select retail locations around the state! If you’re not familiar with West Virginia’s award-winning calendar, it features beautiful paintings of state…

WV State Wildlife Center turns 100! Celebrate Sept. 16.

Nature enthusiasts and families, mark your calendars for September 16 as we celebrate a remarkable milestone: the 100th anniversary of the West Virginia State Wildlife Center! Nestled in the heart of West Virginia’s scenic beauty, the West Virginia State Wildlife…

Nature Care: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

With abundant wildlife, it’s not uncommon for people to cross paths with a wild animal in West Virginia, especially during the spring and summer months. While the sight of wildlife can certainly be exciting, the WVDNR wants to remind people…

WVDNR, Trout Unlimited partnership rejuvenates WV streams

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has a longstanding relationship with Trout Unlimited Chapters and its State Council in West Virginia. Each year over the last two decades, volunteers have contributed several thousands of dollars to support the WVDNR’s…

Your Spring Fishing Guide to West Virginia

Tips, best fishing spots and helpful reminders to get you ready for your spring fishing adventures in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, May is a great time to go fishing in…

Your guide to spring turkey season in West Virginia

Hunting safety tips, essential gear and best hunting locations to help you enjoy turkey hunting in West Virginia It’s been a long winter, but spring is here and so is one of the most exciting events in West Virginia’s hunting…

WVDNR announces top teams, archers for 18th Archery in the Schools state tournament

More than 750 students from nearly 70 schools participated in the annual tournament. CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Thursday results from the 18th WVDNR Archery in the Schools State Tournament. The top high school…

9 go-to lakes and streams to help you plan your Gold Rush trip

Nine easy-to-access Gold Rush stocking locations where you can cast your line for a last minute trip. With 50,000 golden rainbow trout, 68 stockings and a chance to win a lifetime fishing license, the West Virginia Gold Rush is the…

7 bucket list items to help you plan your Gold Rush trip

Explore West Virginia’s natural beauty and catch a prized golden rainbow trout with our ultimate Gold Rush fishing trip bucket list. The sixth annual West Virginia Gold Rush is March 28 – April 8. This exciting event offers anglers an…

World-Class Natural Adventures Await in #AlmostHeaven