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Mar
3
Fri
Hiking Marathon Challenge @ Ponca State Park
Mar 3 all-day

Hiking Marathon Challenge 

Kick off the New Year with the Ponca State Park Hiking Marathon Challenge!

Ponca State Park has 22 miles of hiking trails with diverse scenery and skill levels.  Hike all the trails at Ponca State Park between January 1 – March 11, 2017 to complete the challenge and have your name entered into a drawing for a door prize.  All ages are welcome to participate.

This Hiking Marathon Challenge can be completed individually or with your family and friends.  For guided group hikes, meet at the Resource and Education Center at 2:00pm on the Saturdays below.  Record your completed hikes at the Resource and Education Center, open from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information, please call Ponca State Park at (402) 755-2284.

2017 Guided Hike Schedule

January 1 – The Old Oak Trail – 1.9 Miles, Rated Easy First Day Hike

January 7 – Bloodroot Trail – 1.6 Miles, Rated Easy

January 21 – Buffalo Run Trail – 3.4 Miles, Rated Moderate

January 28 – Prairie Loop Trail – 1 Mile, Rated Easy

February 4 – Bigley’s Ravine Trail – 2.1 Miles, Rated Moderate

February 11 – Backwater Trail – 4 Miles, Rated Easy

February 18 – Corps of Discover Trail – 1.4 Miles, Rated Moderate

February 25 – Whitetail Trail – 0.8 Miles, Rated Moderate

March 3 – Overlook Trail 1.2 Miles, Rated Moderate

A Park Entry Permit is required.

 

 

Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
4
Sat
Marsh Madness @ Ponca State Park
Mar 4 @ 6:00 am

Have Fun at Ponca State Park!

6:00 am Sunrise Bird Tour— Get up before the birds! Join an expert guide from the Loess Hills Audubon Society to watch waterfowl wake-up and continue their migration. Make sure to bundle up for this program and feel free to bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. Please pre-register by calling (402)755-2284. Meet inside the Resource and Education Center. Free. (Limited to 10 people per tour).

11:00 am Bird Critter Corner— Learn about a variety of bird species and why they migrate. Participates will be able to touch and feel talons, feathers, and beaks. A live African ring-necked dove will be present for the kids to see. Meet in the Resource and Education Center. Free.

2:00 pm Bird Hike— Take an afternoon hike on the Overlook Trail (1.2 miles). See picturesque views of the Missouri River while bird watching. Learn how to identify local birds by sight and sound. This hike will also be included in Hiking Marathon and the NE150Challenge. Meet at the Resource and Education Center. Free.

5:15 pm Sunset Bird Tour— Watch the birds return to the safety of the marsh at dusk. A guide from the Loess Hills Audubon Society will accompany you to our bird blinds. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird books will be available on the tour. Please pre-register by calling (402)755-2284. Meet in front of the Resource and Education Center. Free. (Limited to 10 people per tour).

This weekend there will be a 20% discount on all bird merchandise and a 30% discount on mini-lodges.

There is still time to enter our Snowman Contest. The Snowman Building Contest ends the first day of spring, March 19.

Visit our Facebook Page, Nebraska Northeast Parks, to view our upcoming events at Ponca State Park. All programs subject to change due to staffing/weather. For questions please call (402)-755-2284.

A Park Entry Permit is required.

Download the event flyer:  3.4.2017

Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
5
Sun
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
6
Mon
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
7
Tue
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
8
Wed
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
9
Thu
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

Mar
10
Fri
Sandhill Crane Migration @ Fort Kearny State Historical Park
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us to view the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP March 3rd-April 9th.

The Visitor Center will be open for crane information and history from 9am-5pm daily.

Cost is $2 per adult admission.

A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required.

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