Have Fun at Ponca State Park!
9:00 am –11:00 am Introduction to Archery and Shotguns —The shooting complex will offer introductory courses on Archery and Shotguns. Participants will be able to participate in their choice of events. All equipment is provided. Archery participants must be 5 years old and shotgun participants must be 12 years old. Meet and pay at each range located in the shooting complex. Cost $1/6 arrows for archery; $7/box of shotgun shells.
11:00 am; 1:30 pm; 3:30 pm Backwater Kayaking — Learn the basic skills of kayaking in an “off-river” backwater area. Fine-tune your kayaking skills while touring our backwater area and viewing wildlife. Preregister at the Resource and Education Center. Meet and pay at the Resource and Education Center. Must be 12 years of age or older and the cost is $12.00/person.
11:30 am Critter Corner — Critter Corner is a very popular program for all ages. This program provides a snapshot of the wildlife found along the Missouri River. Participants will be able to see and touch live critters, furs, feathers, shells, skulls, etc. Meet at the Resource & Education Center. Free.
1:00 pm Animal Detective — Wildlife at Ponca State Park can be hard to spot, but you can become an expert at seeing the clues they leave behind. Learn how to identify tracks and scat as an “animal detective.” Participates will have the opportunity to set up a trail camera within the park to catch wildlife in action. A 20% discount coupon on our Animal Track T-shirts will be available at this program. Meet by the Riverfront Campground. Free.
3:00 pm Bug Crawl — The world is full of many different and interesting insects to discover. In this program we will show, differentiate, and catch some of the amazing insects that are found at Ponca State Park. Nets and magnifying glasses will be provided. Meet at the Resource and Education Center. Free.
5:00 pm; 6:15 pm; 7:30 pm Hayrack Tour — Learn everything you wanted to know about Ponca State Park, but were scared to ask. Great for groups new to the park. Meet and pay at the Resource and Education Center. Please pre-register at front desk. Cost is $4.00 for Adults, $2.00 for Kids (5 years old and under are free). Maximum of 25 people allowed, minimum of 10.
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A Park Entry Permit is required.