Outdoor notes: Ponca State Park features fun activities for all ages

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ease into July with a series of fun summer activities for all ages at Ponca State Park.

June 27 – Take an introductory course to archery and muzzleloading, and learn how to make a bird feeder from everyday items in the home.

June 28 – Learn how to shoot a pellet rifle, discover the types of wildflowers growing in the park, and find out about a giant creature that swam through the park 90 million years ago.

June 29 – More archery is available, plus activities about the power of the sun and how birds communicate with each other.

June 30-July 1 – Backwater kayaking, parachute races and kite flying are scheduled both days. An introductory course to archery and shotguns, crafts and critter programs are scheduled June 30 and a course tomahawk and atlatl throwing, as well as a scavenger hunt hike, will take place July 1.

Visit the park’s Facebook page or call 402-755-2284 for more information. A permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.


July Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

June 30-July 1 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun

July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31

July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through Dec. 31

July 1 – Sidewalk Chalk Art and Pollinator Program, Niobrara State Park (SP), Niobrara

July 1-14 – Paddlefish snagging permit application period

July 2, 30 – Family Nature Club, Game and Parks Northeast District Office, Norfolk

July 3 – Victory Lake Cleanup, Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA), Fremont

July 3 – Patriotic Boat Parade, Fremont SRA, Fremont

July 4 – Pollinator Program and Ice Cream Social, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 5, 12, 19, 21 – Mentored Bowfishing Program, Ponca SP, Ponca

July 6 – Final day to apply for Nebraska Super Tag and Combo lottery permits

July 7 – Hooked for Life, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

July 7 – Cosmic Fireworks – Astronomy Night, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

July 8 – Family Fishing Event, Riverside Discovery Center Pond, Scottsbluff

July 9 – Remaining deer, elk and antelope hunting permits may be purchased, beginning at 1 p.m. Central Time, through the close of the seasons

July 9 – Calamus Campfire Cooking, Calamus SRA, Burwell

July 9-30 – Application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area special access permits for deer hunting

July 11 – Family Fishing Event, Oak Lake, Lincoln

July 11 – Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop, Kearney

July 11 – Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop, Kearney

July 12 – Family Fishing Event, Lake Halleck, Papillion

July 13 – Family Fishing Event, City Park, Holdrege

July 13 – S’mores with the Doerrs, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 13 – Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop, Norfolk

July 13 – Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop, Norfolk

July 14 – Buffalo Cookout, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 14 – Youth Shoreline Fishing Tournament, Louisville SRA, Louisville

July 14 – Carp-O-Rama, Lake Maloney SRA, North Platte

July 14, 21 – Bighorn Sheep Hike, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

July 14, 21 – Night Sky Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 14, 21 – Geocaching, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 15 – Republican Valley Archery 3-D Shootout, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

July 17 – Family Fishing Event, Lake Zorinsky, Omaha

July 17-19 – Archery Academy Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

July 18 – Family Fishing Event, Bowling Lake, Lincoln

July 20 – Family Fishing Event, Melham Park, Broken Bow

July 20 – Stargazing, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

July 20 – Desperado Days Pool Party, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 20 – Veterans’ Cookout, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 20-21 – Beyond BOW Niobrara and Missouri River Kayaking Trip, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 21 – Youth Shoreline Fishing Tournament, Memphis SRA, Memphis

July 21 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Beginning Kayaking, Lake Wanahoo SRA, Wahoo

July 21 – TBF SAF State High School Fishing Tournament, Lewis and Clark Lake, Crofton

July 22 – Kite Day, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

July 22 – Family Fishing Event, Lake Wanahoo SRA, Wahoo

July 24-26 – Archery Academy Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

July 25 – Family Fishing Events, Benson Park, Omaha; Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

July 27-28 – Campfire Christmas in July, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

July 28 – Jingle Bell Junk and Craft Market, Indian Cave SP, Shubert

July 31 – Family Fishing Event, Prairie Queen Recreation Area, La Vista

July 31-Aug. 2 – Learn to Hunt Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

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