Ponca State Park Hosting Program Of Outdoor Activities This Weekend

WAYNE – Ponca State Park is putting on self-guided events for the weekend of June 5-7. Their normal programs are on temporary hold, so the park is setting up some activities to make everyone’s stay more enjoyable.

First off, on Friday, June 5, there will be a sasquatch hidden somewhere around the park. If someone finds him, make sure to take a picture with the sasquatch. Then, share the picture to the park’s Facebook page or at ngpc.ponca@nebraska.gov. Also, on Friday, there will be a Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer guide. This will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. There’s a guide book at the West side of the Park Office. Inside you’ll find science, nature, and history activities. Complete all activities to earn a badge.

Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day. Hike or bike any of the 22 miles of trails around Ponca State Park. The trails range from easy to difficult. Biking and hiking are allowed on all trails besides the horse trail. The park would like to remind everyone to use proper trail etiquette. Let people know when you’re approaching, travel quietly, stay on marked trails only, and make sure to keep it clean. More information about trails can be found near the front office. Also, check out https://www.americanhiking.org/ to learn more about preserving trails.

Ponca Poems is the activity for Sunday, June 7, where anyone can write their own Acrostic poem and share it with the park on Facebook. An Acrostic poem uses the first letter from each line to spell out a word or phrase. In this case use the letters P.O.N.C.A. S.T.A.T.E. P.A.R.K. to start each line.

Of course, social distancing is still asked of all people that want to enjoy the park. They recommend people to follow Directed Health Measures (DHM) in order to keep the area open.

More information about the programs can be found on the West side of the Missouri River Resource and Education Center, on Facebook, or on information boards posted throughout Ponca State Park. For more information about following social distancing while at the park visit, http://outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/.