Ponca State Park Weekday Events

PONCA – Plan a trip to Ponca State Park before school resumes with weekday activities for the entire family.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, a trio of introductory courses will open each of the next three mornings.

Be introduced to archery from 9 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 for those five and older with adult supervision (cost is $1 per six arrows); muzzleloader from 9 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday for those 12 and older with adult supervision (cost is $1 for two shots) and the .22 rifle for those 10 and older with adult supervision will be introduced from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday (cost is $3 for 10 rounds).

All equipment is provided, and park goers are invited to meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex.

Moving into Tuesday afternoon, hear more about the ‘Towers in Time’ from 1 – 1:45 p.m. as park experts answer the questions why are they located near the entrance, what do they represent and who made them? Participants will examine and talk more about the three ‘towers’, the fountain, the stairway of falls and the reflecting pond. Learn more about the vision of the artists during the creation of this monument and discover the importance of art and the natural world by meeting in the ‘Towers in Time’ parking lot for this free event.

Later in the day on Tuesday, a ‘Tracks and Traces’ event will last from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Join a park naturalist to learn more about track identification, the animals that live around Ponca State Park and then create your own track to take home. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. before meeting behind the Resource and Education Center at 3 p.m. as cost is $2 per kit.

A ‘Paracord Keychain’ is a small piece of rope and will help you survive. Learn the techniques and strategy of using a keychain made from paracord between 1 – 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Participants will weave their own keychain to take home. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. before meeting behind the center at 1 p.m. Cost is $2 per kit.

Then from 3 – 3:45 p.m., learn how owls swallow their prey whole and then regurgitate the un-digestible material, being the owl pellet during the ‘Owl Pellets’ activity. Attendees will be given an owl pellet to investigate, dissect and ID. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and meet behind the Center later in the day as cost is $2 per kit.

Fishing 101 will then take over the Ponca Pond on Thursday between 1 – 2:30 p.m. Bring your own pole or borrow one from Ponca State Park during this free event. Whether you’re new to fishing or just looking for some tips of the trade, park specialists will be available to help. All anglers 16 and older must have a fishing permit.

‘Gonna Find me a Bluebird’ is also scheduled for Thursday from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Participants will learn about the bluebirds that spend the summer at Ponca State Park. Park goers will discuss bluebird life, history and habitat needs while inspecting bluebird boxes, observe nests, eggs as well as both adult and young birds. Meet near the bridge in the Riverfront Campground for this free event which will also feature plans to build your own bluebird boxes and discuss suggestions on best locations to install boxes.

Other events include Bingos/Scavenger Hunts/Passports; Search for Sasquatch; Ponca Packs; Old Oak Trail Self-guided Hike, Fishing Tackle Loaner Program and Beginner Mountain Bike Trail (located behind campsite G8).

For details on all current activities going on at Ponca State Park, like Ponca State Park NE on Facebook or call 402-755-2284 with any questions.