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Fall Activities at Ponca State Park

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Learn why leaves change color and fall in the autumn while painting a treescape at Ponca State Park on November 15.

Celebrate the fall season on Saturday, November 15 at Ponca State Park. Enjoy crafts such as painting and building your own twig vase, while learning about natural science. All activities will take place in the Resource and Education Center.

Meet at 10 a.m. for Q-tip painting. Learn why the leaves change color and fall as you paint your own autumn treescape. All ages welcome at $1/craft.

Then discover the different kinds of trees around the park as you make your own nature vase or pencil holder at 1 p.m. All ages welcome at $2/craft.

At 2:30 p.m., learn how animals prepare for the winter. Meet some of the park’s critters while naturalists share information on their cold weather survival techniques; program is free.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Ponca State Park has several modern mini-lodges and rustic cabins available by reservation. To find out more, contact the park at 402-755-2284. All vehicles must display a valid park sticker for entry.

About Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

NEBRASKAland Associate Editor Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California, in 2008 and completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2012. Wheatley was editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. She then became associate editor in 2015. Wheatley enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.

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