Late July Ponca State Park Activities Scheduled For This Week

PONCA – As the month of July closes out, plan on joining Ponca State Park for several week-day activities.

Following an introductory course to archery Monday, there will be a pellet rifles session from 9 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday and between 9 – 11 a.m. for another archery course on Wednesday, July 31.

All equipment will be provided as participants must be eight years of age or older for the pellet rifles and five years or older during the archery session. Cost is $1 per six arrows and $1 per four clips.

Moving into Tuesday afternoon, parkgoers will learn more about Nebraska snakes at 1 p.m. Meet at the Resource and Education Center for this free event and find out how many different kinds of snakes live in our state, are any venomous, how do they find their food and how do they move without legs?

Many fossils have also been found at Ponca State Park including two plesiosaurs, an ancient giant fish (Gillicus), shark teeth and much more. Participants will look for fossils along the park’s riverfront shale during the “Fossil Hunt” at 3 p.m. Meet at the boat ramp near the Riverfront Campground and look for the white bird van during this free event.

More free events are slated for Wednesday afternoon during a “Whitetail Trail Hike” at 1 p.m. and “Introducing Lewis & Clark” at 2:30 p.m.

Bring a water bottle and meet at the Whitetail Trailhead as attendees  will see and hear songbirds flying through the forest canopy, bugs crawling across the forest floor and whitetail deer.

Lewis and Clark along with their expedition were sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the United State’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. They overcame many challenges while exploring their new world and those who attend the Wednesday late afternoon session will learn what they accomplished and discover more about them. Meet at the Resource and Education Center for this free event.

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