WAYNE – There’s a limit to the activities available at Ponca State Park this weekend. Nevertheless, they still have many events scheduled. This weekend’s schedule looks similar to lasts week’s, with a few new events planned.
There are three different activities available for Friday, July 10th. There will be two sessions conducted for each event, in order to reduce group size. Pre-register and pay for all activities at the Resource and Education Center. First, refine or learn slingshot skills, with this weekend’s introduction to slingshot. One session is from 9 – 9:45 a.m. and another is from 10:15 – 11 a.m. All equipment will be provided. This is recommended for ages five and older. There are limited spots for this event that will meet at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. It will cost $3 per shooter to participate. From 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. and from 2:15 – 3 p.m. listen to the reading of Jump, Little Wood Ducks by Marion Dane Bauer and play a game of trivia. This is recommended for ages seven and older. Meet at the West Shelter for this free event. Sign up fast because there are limited spots for this event also. From 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. and from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. learn how to cook over a fire, with this lesson in campfire cooking. Participants will learn how to make s’mores, campfire toast, popcorn, food on a stick, and much more. Meet at the West Shelter for this experience. The cost is $3 per kit.
On Saturday, July 11th, expect four opportunities for some fun. Each event has two sessions and can be pre-registered for at the Resource and Education Center. First off, another introduction to slingshot lesson will be available. The same directions and rules from Friday apply. The two sessions are offered at the same time on Saturday. There will be a prairie hike from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and also from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be many different plants and animal sightings on the hike. All ages are encouraged to hike. There are limited reservations and it will be free. Meet at the North Addition near the kayak launch before the hike. Maps can be found at the Resource and Education Center. The Critter Corner activity will be offered from 12 – 12:45 p.m. and form 1:15 – 2 p.m. This program will show participants the various wildlife found along the Missouri River. Critter Corner is for all ages. Meet at the pollinator garden on the east side of the Resource and Education Center for this free event. Limited spots are open. Learn the process of pollination with the Busy Bee activity. This is offered from 1 – 1:45 p.m. and from 2:15 – 3 p.m. This is recommended for ages five and up. This free activity will meet at the West Shelter. Limited spots are available.
There are two different activities Ponca State Park will be offering for Sunday, July 12th. The first is introduction to tomahawk. The two sessions for this will be at 9 – 9:45 a.m. and from 10:15 – 11 a.m. All equipment will be provided and participants must be eight years or older. The cost is $3 per shooter and they will meet at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex. There’s a limited number of spots to sign up for. From 10 – 11 a.m. and from 1 – 2 p.m. there is a Spaceflight Explorer Guide offered. Complete all activities to earn a badge. Find out what science, nature, and history have to offer. Pick up the guide book at the northwest corner of the Resource and Education Center. This guide is recommended for ages five and older and materials are given while supplies last. Pre-register and pay for activities at the Resource and Education Center.
All programs must be pre-registered for in order to participate. Registration for each event starts at 8 a.m. the day before and closes 30 minutes before the event’s start time. To register, visit the park office or give them a call at 402-755-2284.
Ponca State Park would like to remind everyone to recreate responsibly. Don’t forget that visitor’s compliance with social distancing and group size precautions dictates the ability for the park to be open. For more information visit https://www.outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/. For additional information visit the state park’s Facebook page or give them a call at 402-755-2284. All programs are subject to change due to staffing and/or bad weather.