Activities This Weekend at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN – A full weekend of fun and educational activities for all ages is scheduled July 9-10 at Ponca State Park.

On July 9, park visitors may participate in an introduction to shooting archery, shotguns and .22 rifles, learn about wildlife species found along the Missouri River, discover the difference between native and invasive species, and learn how to identify wildlife by tracks and scat. In addition, backwater kayaking and hayrack park tours are scheduled throughout the day.

July 10’s schedule includes a workshop on the ancient spear-throwing tool known as the atlatl, a naturalist program on insects, and an outdoor survival class.

A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fees apply to some activities.

For more information, call the park at 402-755-2284, and visit to view the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s calendar of events.

Parks Statewide Offering Family Halloween Events

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and Halloween is just around the corner – celebrate the season with one of many seasonal events happening at Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas.

Ponca State Park, Indian Cave State Park and Ash Hollow State Historical Park will offer haunted hayrack rides and many other family activities, and the haunted barn at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park is back by popular demand in 2015. Visit our website to find spooky activities near you.

Celebrate the Legacy of Lewis and Clark at Ponca State Park

It’s been more than 200 years since Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery camped along the Missouri River not far from the current site of Ponca State Park.  Celebrate their history with Missouri River canoeing, period games, crafts and more during Lewis and Clark Heritage Day on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Ponca State Park. More information is available online.

Women Caring for Land Workshop

Lyons, NE – Women who own or manage farm or ranch land in Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota are invited to participate in a  Women Caring for the Land discussion about soil health, farm conservation options, and available resources. The free program will take place on Friday, June 13 at the Library Room in the Education Building of Ponca State Park, 8090 Spur 26 E, Ponca, NE.

“Women landowners now own or co-own approximately half of Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch land, and often want to do more to conserve their land and resources. However, many are unsure exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them. Women Caring for the Land can help,” said Virginia Meyer, with the Center for Rural Affairs.

According to Meyer, Women Caring for the Land offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals, facilitated by women conservation experts who can share resources available such as USDA cost-share programs, state loans, and other tools.

The meeting will begin with registration and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m.  A free lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby location to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration.

Meyer suggests participants wear appropriate clothing and footwear/attire as walking a short distance will be required for the field tour.  The group will return to the Education Building for dessert and wrap-up, with the meeting ending by 3 p.m.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.

Meyer also pointed out that all interested women are welcome to these discussions, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, regardless of their degree of knowledge regarding conservation.

Event Location Details:

Friday, June 13, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Library Room in the Education Building of Ponca State Park

8090 Spur 26 E, Ponca, NE.

To ensure enough food is provided, interested participants should  RSVP by June 10th to Virginia Meyer at the Center for Rural Affairs – (402) 687-2100 or For more information about this program, or call 641-430-2540.

This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs in partnership with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The series is funded by a grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant Program.

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