Ponca State Park Weekend Events

Ponca State Park Weekend Events
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PONCA – A trio of introduction courses along with more hands-on activities will be showcased at Ponca State Park this weekend.

According to a release, join Ponca State Park officials for an introductory course on pellet rifles between 9 – 11 a.m. on Friday, July 15. Participants must be eight and older with adult supervision as cost is $1 per four clips.

Other weekend 9 – 11 a.m. introduction courses include archery on Saturday, July 16 for those five and older with adult supervision (cost $1 per six arrows) and slingshot on Sunday, July 17 for those five and older with adult supervision (cost $1 per 30 rocks).

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

Friday’s afternoon activity will feature ‘Critter Corner’ from 1 – 1:45 p.m. Join a park naturalist to learn about Nebraska’s wildlife. Participants will get a chance to see furs, skulls, artifacts and more including hearing about how animals adapt to their environment. Meet in the display wing for this free event which will include a chance to meet some of the resident critters at Ponca State Park.

Moving further into Friday from 3 – 3:45 p.m. will be ‘Tracks and Traces’. A Ponca State Park naturalist will talk more about track identification, the animals that live around the park and then visitors will create their own track to take home. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center between 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. then meet behind the Center as cost is $2 per kit.

Close out Friday night by grabbing your friends and family for a fun night of nature themed trivia. Prizes, dollar popcorn and memories will be created. Meet in the Riverfront Conference Room for this free event.

Saturday’s afternoon event will feature a ‘Build Your Own Bird Feeder’. Participants will learn about some of the common backyard birds at Ponca State Park. Create a pinecone and peanut butter feeder to take back to your cabin or home for $1 per kit. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 – 11:30 a.m. before meeting behind the Center from noon until 12:45 p.m.

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 3 – 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Participants will weave their own keychain to take home. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. before meeting behind the center at 3 p.m. Cost is $2 per kit.

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.