Weekend Activities At Ponca State Park

Weekend Activities At Ponca State Park
Courtesy of Ponca State Park. Updated Facebook page photo cover.

PONCA – With a busy post-4th of July weekend scheduled for Ponca State Park, all are invited for more events.

There’ll be another introduction to archery from 9 – 11 a.m. on Friday. Participants must be five years old as cost is $1 per six arrows. The afternoon activity will allow attendees to find out how the water cycle works. This is a free event from the Resource and Education Center starting at 1 p.m.

Moving into Saturday, an introduction course for both shotguns and archery will open between 9 – 11 a.m. All equipment, again, is provided as shotgun participants must be 12 years of age or older. Cost is $1 per six arrows and $7 for a box of shells.

Backwater Kayaking will take over the afternoon at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Learn the basic skills of kayaking in an “off-river” backwater area. Fine-tune your skills while touring the backwater area and viewing wildlife. Preregister at the Resource and Education Center as participants must be at least 12 years old and cost is $12 per person.

Other afternoon activities include Critter Corner at 11:30 a.m., Leaf Printing at 1 p.m. and Adventure Journaling at 3 p.m.

Also, coming to Ponca State Park this weekend will be Jerome Kills Small. Put on by the Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library, Smalls is an Oglala Lakota Story Teller. The Guest Author event will be held at 4 p.m.

Jerome Kills Small will entertain guests of all ages with iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old Legends) that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. This free Guest Author Event is brought to you in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment as a potluck dinner will follow.

Sunday’s lone event will last from 9 – 11 a.m. and feature slingshots. Try hitting targets with pebbles as the age limit is five years old and older. Cost is $1 per 30 rocks.

Visit Ponca State Park on Facebook to view upcoming activities or go to the Community tab of waynedailynews.com and click Events Calendar to find out more information happening around the area. Call the park at 402-755-2284 for questions as all programs are subject to change due to staffing and weather.