Self-Guided Activities Planned At Ponca State Park For May 23-25

PONCA – Plan a trip to Ponca State Park over the next three days to enjoy the outdoors.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, programs are on a temporary hold but park officials do plan on providing participants with self-guided activities to help enjoy their visit.

Throughout Saturday, May 23 learn about Nebraska’s native frogs from 9 – 10 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m. Pick up a bag on the west side of the park office while supplies last and create your own frog. The activity is recommended for ages 5 – 9.

Then hike an easy .83 miles of Bloodroot Trail. The trail gets its name after a common woodland wildflower (bloodroot) that is predominant through Ponca State Park’s forested area. The loop starts and ends just east of the old horse stables as the Bloodroot Trail also connects with Old Oak Trail.

Close out the day by getting creative with ‘Ponca Poems’. Write a poem about Ponca State Park and share it with them on Facebook.

Open Sunday, May 24 by testing your wildflower knowledge with a scavenger hunt. Springtime means flowers and participants can explore the park to see if they can find all the wildflowers.

‘Become a Junior Ranger’ from 9 – 10 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m. by completing all the activities in the Missouri River Book to earn a badge. This activity is recommended for ages five and up while supplies last.

Moving into Memorial Day (May 25), learn about using scat to identify animals and what they eat. Pick up a grab bag on the west side of the park office between 10 – 11 a.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. while supplies last. The activity is recommended for ages 7 – 13.

Close out the day by seeing if you can find Sasquatch. Park staff have noticed signs of this wooly beast. Take a selfie once it is found and share your photos on Facebook or email to

Program materials can be found on the west side of the Missouri River Resource and Education Center, on the Ponca State Park NE Facebook page or information boards throughout the park. Park officials ask that attendees recreate responsibly.

All programs are subject to change due to weather and for more information, call 402-755-2284.