Ponca State Park Organizes Events For June 26-28 Weekend

WAYNE – Ponca State Park’s usual events are on hold; therefore, they’ve set up activities for visitors to do during their stay at the park. This will be the third weekend in a row Ponca State Park will host these weekend activities.

The park will continue their “Have you seen Sasquatch?” challenge. Each week Sasquatch moves to a new location. The goal is to find him around the park and take a selfie with him. Then, share the selfie on Facebook or email them at ngpc.ponca@nebraska.gov. This event is for Friday, June 26th. Also, on June 26th, there will be the “Pollinators, Meet Your Plants” challenge. Available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., this event will allow people to match the pollinator with its preferred flower. This information can be picked up at the northwest Activity Shed behind the Resource and Education Center. This challenge is recommended for ages six and up.

Creativity will be put to the test with the “Pollinator Art” challenge. The goal is to complete a butterfly and bumblebee work of art. This challenge will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from noon till 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. Enter the world as a bee and learn the process of pollination with the “Busy Bee” challenge. Create a bee and move pollen from flower to flower. This event is available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. “Busy Bee” is recommended for ages five and older. “Pollinator Art” and “Busy Bee” information can be found at northwest Activity Shed behind the Resource and Education Center. “Pollinator BINGO” will be held on Saturday, June 27th. Pick up a Bingo card at the information board at the park office or on Facebook. See if you can find all the pollinators and flowers around the park.

On Sunday, June 28th, the park encourages people the hike the Prairie Loop Trail. The trail begins in the riverfront campground area, then it loops around a prairie restoration area. There are over 125 native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers along the trail. The trail difficulty is described as easy and it’s a 1.15-mile hike.

Program materials can be found at the northwest side of the Missouri River Resource and Education Center, on Facebook, and posted on the information boards throughout the park.

Ponca State Park asks that everyone maintain social distancing and group size restrictions. Compliance from visitors is paramount for the continued use of the park. For more information visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/.

Ponca State Park has Ponca Packs full of fun activities. Buy a Ponca Pack to dive deeper into guided topics throughout Ponca State Park. For more information visit their Facebook page or call 402-755-2284.