Ponca State Park Releases Weekend Activities Starting Friday, July 17

Ponca State Park Releases Weekend Activities Starting Friday, July 17
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WAYNE – Ponca State Park is excited to have visitors. They have limited educational and recreational programming setup, but still have activities for people to do in their park. All programs must be pre-registered for.

There are three events scheduled for Friday, July 17. First, another weekend of introduction to slingshot is offered. Session one is from 9 – 9:45 a.m. Session two is from 10:15 – 11 a.m. All equipment will be provided. Participants must be five years or older. This costs $3 per shooter and meet at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. At 1 – 1:45 p.m. or from 2:15 – 3 p.m. Nature’s Paint is available. This is where participants join a naturalist on a short walk to collect natural materials, then paint a landscape or animal. This is recommended for kids five years and older. Participants will meet at the Resource and Education Center for this free event. From 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. or from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. the Riverfront Hike will be done. Learn about life on the Ponca Bluffs on this adventure. Meet at the Backwoods Trail parking lot for this free hike.

Saturday, July 18, has three programs available at the state park. Another introduction to slingshot class will be offered at the same times as Friday. The same rules and recommendations apply on Saturday. A campfire cooking exercise will be offered from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. or from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. S’mores, campfire toast, popcorn, food on a stick and much more will be covered in this lesson. Meet at the West Shelter for this program that costs $3 per kit. Recommended for all ages is the Critter Corner program. It’ll provide a snapshot of wildlife along the Missouri River. Critter Corner is offered at 12 – 12:45 p.m. or from 1:15 – 2 p.m. Meet near the pollinator garden on the east side of the Resource and Education Center for this free program.

Two separate programs are offered for Sunday, July 19. From 9 – 9:45 a.m. or from 10:15 – 11 a.m. introduction to tomahawk will be taught. All equipment will be provided for this $3 per shooter program. Participants must be eight years or older. Meet at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex for intro to tomahawk. Bobber the Water Safety Dog is in the activity book for Sunday. Available from 12 – 2 p.m., learning about water safety has never been more fun. Join Bobber on a rescue mission. Pick up the book at the Activity Shed on the northwest corner of the Resource and Education Center. This is recommended for ages five and older and is available while supplies last.

Call 402-755-2284 or visit the Resource and Education Center at the Park office to register for a program. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. the day of the program and closes 30 minutes before the start time. Limited spots are available for most events, in order to keep group sizes smaller. The Park’s ability to stay open is dependent upon visitor’s compliance with social distancing and group size recommendations. Most programs have two possible sessions for registration. For more information, visit https://www.outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/.