PONCA – Pack the family up this weekend to visit Ponca State Park.
According to a release, join a park naturalist each morning for an introductory course.
Friday’s event will focus on the pellet riffle from 9 – 11 a.m. for those eight and older with adult supervision (cost is $1 per four clips); introduction to shotguns will be on Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. for those 12 and older (cost is $7 for a box of 25 shells) and the slingshot on Sunday also from 9 – 11 a.m. for those five and older with adult supervision (cost is $1 per 30 rocks).
All equipment is provided, and park goers are invited to meet and pay at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex.
Later in the afternoon on Friday from 1 – 1:45 p.m., join a park naturalist to discuss the ins and outs of the pollinator world and then create your very own one of a kind pipe cleaner pollinator. 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. as cost is $1 per kit.
Also, ‘Build Your Own Bird Feeder’ between 3 – 3:45 p.m. 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 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. before meeting behind the Center at 3 p.m.
Campfire cooking will be the Saturday afternoon featured event from 1 – 2 p.m. Attendees will learn fire safety and tools of the trade before cooking their very own snack. Pre-register and pay at the Resource and Education Center from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. before meeting at the west shelter at 1 p.m. Cost is $3 per kit.
Saturday’s afternoon activity will feature ‘Critter Corner’ from 3 – 3:45 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.
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.