PONCA – More weekday activities continue at Ponca State Park.
According to a release, open Wednesday morning with an introduction to muzzleloader from 9 – 11 a.m. Cost is $1 for two shots as youth must be 12 years of age or older with adult supervision.
Another introduction course will highlight the .22 rifle on Thursday for youth 10 and older ($3/10 rounds). All equipment will be provided as guests can meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex.
Pond Macroinvertebrates will be the Wednesday afternoon session from 1 – 1:45 p.m. Join a park naturalist for water quality measurements as attendees will try and catch and identify the small creatures that live in the Ponca Pond. Meet at the Ponca Pond for this free event.
Close out Wednesday by creating your own fishing lure from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Colors, sizes and shapes all react differently under water. Visitors will learn how lures work to catch different species of fish and make their own out of everyday materials. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center between 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. as this event is recommended for ages six and up with adult supervision. Meet behind the Resource and Education Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday as cost is $2 per kit.
Thursday’s afternoon activity will highlight turkey vultures from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Join a park naturalist to learn about some of the attributes and habits of one of the largest birds found at Ponca State Park. These graceful fliers have one particular feature that is not very attractive being feeding primarily on dead animals. Watch these large birds, sometimes called buzzards, soaring along the bluffs and over the Missouri River searching for the next meal. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars (limited supply available) and plan for a short walk along the bluffs. Meet at the Riverfront Campground bridge for this free event.
Other upcoming activities include a full moon hike on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. and Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26.
Like Ponca State Park NE on Facebook for more information and activities or call 402-755-2284 with any questions.