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Three parks to host Christmas Bird Counts in December

LINCOLN, Neb. – Take part in a winter tradition and participate in the Christmas Bird Count this month at three state park areas across the state. Events will be held Dec. 14 at Ponca State Park (SP), Dec. 16 at Indian Cave SP, and Dec. 30 at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area (SRA). The Christmas Bird Count is a program of the National Audubon Society, with more than 100 years of citizen science involvement. This event is a one-day bird …

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Celebrate Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Celebrate the holiday season at Ponca State Park, where families can enjoy the weekly seasonal activities of Christmas in the Woods. Christmas in the Woods, which takes place Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, is a chance for families to do seasonal crafts, get a family photo taken, decorate a cookie or cupcake, attend an outdoor program, or ride on a decorated and lighted hayrack. In addition, the park is holding its annual Snowman …

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The Old Wolf Oak Tree

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Ponca State Park tree is one of the oldest in Nebraska Ponca’s 373 Year Old Tree Ponca State Park, one the agency’s flagship parks, is located on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River just 2 miles north of the town of Ponca. Growing in the interior of park woodlands is a bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) estimated at a whopping 373 years old. This “Old Wolf Tree” was so named and designated as a “Nebraska Heritage Tree” by the Nebraska Community Forestry …

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Public invited to Ponca SP design charrette open house Oct. 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house at Ponca State Park (SP) on Oct. 11 to take public input on the design charrette for the park. The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. A design charrette is a planning session where citizens and stakeholders collaborate on the vision of a development project. The design team will host the open house following …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo is Sept. 16-17 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – With more than 90 hands-on activities that showcase outdoor education, sports and recreation, there is something for everyone at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 16-17 at Ponca State Park. Those who attend the expo will be able to try a variety of outdoor activities, including archery, kayaking, fishing and more. The expo will also include live wildlife exhibits, exhibition shooting, a canine aquatics competition, a lumberjack show and much more. All activities are offered at no …

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Explore 150 years of Nebraska storytelling Aug. 6-8 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Registration opens June 5 for the sesquicentennial event “150 years of Nebraska Storytelling: a Conference Celebrating Nebraska History through Literature,” which will be held at Ponca State Park on Aug. 6-8. This event invites participants to explore Nebraska history and the art of storytelling through a series of educational experiences, including author presentations, writer’s workshops, American Indian perspectives and more. It will include more than 15 authors from a variety of genres with a deep connection to …

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Ponca State Park aquatic center grand opening June 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to the grand opening of the new aquatic center at Ponca State Park on June 3. A welcome will kick off the event at 11 a.m., with guest speakers and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The aquatic center will open at noon, with food and concessions available. Family activities will start at 1 p.m. The aquatic center, which replaces a swimming pool that was built in 1956, can accommodate 250 people and showcases a combination …

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Ponca SP to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, Mother’s Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the festivities May 13-14 as Ponca State Park (SP) celebrates Mother’s Day and International Migratory Bird Day. May 13’s activities include an introductory archery course, bird mask craft and face painting, interactive bird game, bluebird box building, and scavenger hunt. Fees apply to some activities. The park’s Mother’s Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 14 includes roast beef, ham, a salad bar, green beans almondine, cheesy potatoes and Dutch oven cobbler. The …

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Hands-on activities planned at Ponca SP April 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get closer to nature with fun, interactive activities for all ages at Ponca State Park on April 29. Take an introductory shotgun course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. During the 11:30 a.m. Feeding Frenzy program, a naturalist will feed the animals in the Resource and Education Center, including snakes and frogs. Be prepared to touch worms and crickets in this program. Paint Ponca’s woodland wildflowers during …

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Day of fun, educational activities set for April 22 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get outdoors for a spring day of fun, educational activities for all ages April 22 at Ponca State Park. Take an introductory archery course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. At 11:30 a.m., Critter Corner will introduce guests to wildlife found along the Missouri River. The beginning fishing clinic from 2-4 p.m. will feature demonstrations on casting and instruction on fish identification and tying knots. Fishing poles …

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