Weekend camping workshop at Ponca State Park is June 24-26

The Becoming an Outdoors Family program by the Nebraska Game and Park Commission will hold a weekend camping workshop June 24-26, with many hands-on topics, ranging from wildlife photography to wild edibles. The family program, open to all types of families and guardians, focuses on learning outdoor skills to encourage outdoor sports and recreation and to provide a safe, relaxed setting for families to connect.

Archery is one of many activities planned at the Becoming an Outdoors Family program planned at Ponca State Park.

The workshop will be held at scenic Ponca State Park, a panoramic setting in the hills of the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska. Each class will be taught by experts in the field and each class will start with the basics and then give everyone a chance to try each activity hands-on and ask questions, said Ponca State Park Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Wolff.

The cost of the workshop is $55 for adults and $45 for children under 12 and includes all instruction, program materials, use of demonstration equipment and all meals. Topics and activities include: Archery; Firearm safety; Outdoor cooking; Wilderness survival; Shotgun, pellet, muzzleloading; Fishing; 3D advanced archery; Wildlife photography; Outdoor survival hike; Wild edibles; Swimming.

For more information, call Jennifer Wolff at Ponca State Park (402) 755-2284 or register at http://www.NebraskaBOW.com. Ponca State Park consists of over 2400 acres of heavily-forested bluffs, bottom wetland and prairie. Lodging includes mini-lodges, rustic cabins, electric paved campsites and tent camping. Naturalists lead daily activities in the summer and the park also features a swimming pool and guided horseback rides.

Ponca State Park was awarded the The Camping Clubs Americas Top 100 Campgrounds in 2010. Over 750,000 people visited the park in 2010 that is located two miles north of Ponca, NE.

For additional information, contact: Andrea Johansen, Ponca State Park 402-755-2487 Andrea.johansen@nebraska.gov

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