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100 Years of Nebraska State Parks at Ponca State Park

August 7 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Come celebrate the Nebraska state parks centennial with this 2-day event at Ponca State park. Everyone is welcome, and past Game and Parks employees will be honoree guests.

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Friday ($15 covers all of Friday’s activities and dinner)

5:30-6:30 p.m. — Wine & Cheese Social with music by the Bligh Brothers

6:30-7:30 p.m. — Fish Fry

7:30 p.m. — Keynote, “History of Nebraska Nebraska State Parks and the role of the CCC.”

8:00 p.m. — Oral Storytelling/Harvest Moon campfire session


8:00 a.m. — Raising of the flag ceremony (military reenactment)

9:00 a.m.

— River of Change – National Parks Video

— Ashfall – Paleontological Dig

9:45-11:30 a.m.

—NET Movie – “Adventures in History: Discovering Nebraska’s State Historical Parks” documentary

— Buffalo Bill Reenactment

— Bird Banding

— Shooting Sports

— Walking Sticks w/ centennial medallion

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Lunch (vendor truck)

1:00-2:30 p.m.

— Shooting Sports

— Woodland Hayrack Tour

— Dutch Oven Cooking

2:45-4:00 p.m.

—Ceremonial Bur Oak Tree Planting & Natural Wonders throughout Nebraska

— Role of the CCC & unveiling of CCC plaque

— Marci Broyhill & Teresa Kay Orr – “Aprons, Skirts, Hats & Flirts: Women – Their range of status during the western movement”

—NET Movie – “Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks”

— Woodland Hayrack Tour

— Ponca History Hayrack Tour

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Dinner – Buffalo Feed/Dutch Oven ($15 covers dinner and keynote speech)

7:00 p.m. — Keynote: Jim Swenson – “Future of Nebraska Parks”

7:30 p.m. — Birthday Cake & Past Employee Recognition

8:30 p.m. — Sunset guided hike

8:30 p.m. — Sunset kayaking

All Day — A 1920 campsite will be located in the meadow next to mini lodge Whitetail with reenactors interacting with guests: Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, Lewis & Clark, 1920 Military, Pony Express, and Native Americans.

Cabin reservations for this event must be made directly through the Ponca State Park office at 402-755-2284.


August 7
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Ponca State Park
88090 Spur 26 E
Ponca, NE 68770
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(402) 755-2284
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Time outdoors is time well spent

Nebraska Game and Parks offers a plethora of opportunities beyond events. You can get away and unwind by planning a trip to a Nebraska state park. You can catch the next big one, go wildlife viewing, plan a hunt or more. Or you can help us celebrate our park system’s 100th birthday. Go ahead: Build your own adventure.

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