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Monday, July 6, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 6, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015. $150. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870s? Find out on Tuesdays in July. Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. $30. 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 7, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015. $150. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 8, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015. $150. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Moonlight Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike under the stars. Learn about the history of the fort and the flora and fauna here at Fort Yargo on a one mile paved trail. Bring water and a flashlight. Register in the office and meet at the Birdberry Trail. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 9, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015. $150. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM – Jul 9, 2015 until Jul 30, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. The first class is free. Must register in advance. $50 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 10, 2015
Peanut Express
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel west to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 10, 2015 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015. $150. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 5:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for this three-hour high tide paddle. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Tons of Fun 
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 7 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Dr. Rosa Williams from Coca Cola Space Center is hosting an astronomy night. Telescopes will be available, but you may bring your own. (Weather Permitting) Per Vehicle $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 4:25 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Night
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 7 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an evening of star gazing and slides. Visitors may bring their own telescopes, but some will be provided. The park offers excellent sky viewing without light pollution. $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pack a picnic and chairs to enjoy free concerts at the old log cabin. Please no alcohol. Located behind the park office. Click event for lineup. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Jul 11, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Hike to Laurel Ridge Trail
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail at Smithgall Woods State Park. Laurel Ridge is a 1.6-mi., moderate hike, demonstrating multiple, different mountain ecosystems. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – Jul 11, 2015 until Jul 25, 2015 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will take the planetary walk then discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basics of paddling and put your skills to the test. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Must be a swimmer. $10 includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870s? Find out on Tuesdays in July. Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. $30. 706-878-1077.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Night Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails...at night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 8:30 PM. $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM – Jul 16, 2015 until Jul 30, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. The first class is free. Must register in advance. $50 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 17, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia "Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Bark in the Park
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Bring your dog to hike at the park! We will meet at the visitor center and hike through the park with our furry companions. Any dog brought to this event must play well with other dogs, and MUST remain on a leash. Meet at the visitor center. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Sumter Special
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, enjoying a breath-taking view of Lake Blackshear then enjoy visiting Historic Dowtown Americus as well as President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Emory Jones Book Signing
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9:30 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This new historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site and are not part of admission. 706-878-1077 ext. thursdaysaturday.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Mountaintop Hike
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
See Panola Mountain up close as a volunteer explains the reasons why the mountain is protected and what we can all do to preserve the natural beauty of granite outcrops. Bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray, and your camera. The hike generally lasts 2-3 hours. Register in advance. Supports Friends of Panola. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pack a picnic and chairs to enjoy free concerts at the old log cabin. Please no alcohol. Located behind the park office. Click event for lineup. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Gators and the Galaxy
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
I spy a gator. I spy a constellation. I spy a pontoon boat. Those three things together mean one thing. I night pontoon ride to see some gators and galaxies all around us. Preregistration is required. There will be two tours, 8 pm and 9 pm. Maximum of 15 people per tour. $8/adult and $5/child $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Jul 18, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – Jul 18, 2015 until Jul 25, 2015 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will take the planetary walk then discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Paws on the Falls
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir. This program is intended for women 18 years and older who can swim and are new to SUP. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870s? Find out on Tuesdays in July. Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. $30. 706-878-1077.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Night Hike
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails...at night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 8:30 PM. $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM – Jul 23, 2015 until Jul 30, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. The first class is free. Must register in advance. $50 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 24, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Thronateeska Limited
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Thronateeska Limited takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear into Sumter County. The lake was formed by the damming the Flint River, known to native Indians to the area as "Thronateeska". 229-276-0755.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Flat Creek Adventure
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join in on this 4-hour excursion to the wildest park of the lake! This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island where a great deal of wildlife may be encountered. Next we will paddle up Flat Creek and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that it offers. Bring food and water for this trip, it takes a lot of energy. $40 with personal kayak/canoe - $50 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Paws on the Falls
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tails on the Trails Dog Hike
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Bring your dogs and enjoy a hike on our Overland Nature Trail. It is a 3/4 mile moderate hike. All dogs must be on a leash. Meet at the Overland Nature trail near the Springs Picnic area. $3 per person $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pack a picnic and chairs to enjoy free concerts at the old log cabin. Please no alcohol. Located behind the park office. Click event for lineup. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – Jul 25, 2015 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will take the planetary walk then discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Chief Vann House Days
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 12 PM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Anna Ruby Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870s? Find out on Tuesdays in July. Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. $30. 706-878-1077.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
End of the Summer Blast
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
We are going to get wet. Children can join us in the beach area for some water fun. We are going to have water games, water relays, water pinata and more. Parents can bring a picnic lunch and stay to enjoy the park and beach after the program. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM – Jul 30, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. The first class is free. Must register in advance. $50 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, July 31, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddling Tour
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Once in a Blue Moon Hike
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Once in a blue moon... there's a Blue Moon. And what better place to view it than from the top of Panola Mountain! Join this Ranger lead hike to watch the sun set behind the Atlanta skyline as the full, blue moon rises. We will end with a campfire and s'mores. Must Register in advance. Ages 10 and up for this moderately strenuous hike. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. $15 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Aug 8, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in the town of Savannah in August of 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See musket firings and more. $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 to Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 3 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach this year, for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. On this night, a Ranger will keep the beach open until the early hours of the morning, and participants can lay down on the sand and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket and snacks. Pre-registration is required. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Enjoy a guided tour of the Fort, but with a new focus. This walking tour will guide you through the land as it was during the Sawmill industry of the 19th Century. Learn about how Darien played a role in this huge industry. Cost is regular admission. Tours lasts approximately 30 minutes. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4:25 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 to Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9:15 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Children under age 16 are invited to learn how to be responsible fishermen while enjoying time with family and friends at Indian Springs State Park. Anglers are asked to bring their own fishing poles & tackle if possible. Bait will be provided at the park. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Soldier's Life
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Aug 15, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basics of paddling and put your skills to the test. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Must be a swimmer. $10 includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Sumter Special
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, enjoying a breath-taking view of Lake Blackshear then enjoy visiting Historic Dowtown Americus as well as President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 8:40 PM to 10:40 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 to Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, August 28, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddling Tour
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 7 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Run like a fox in this 1 Mile & 5K run through our campground. Open to all ages. Prizes for youth only. Early Registration by August 21 receives T-shirt. Team registration & No T-shirt registration options. Must pay to sign up. Call or drop by Park Office. Registration 7:00 AM, race begins at 8:00 AM. $25 early registration w/t-shirt,$18 Group reservation w/ t-shirt (6 or more) $10 early, no T-shirt $15 early group (6 or more) $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Bark In The Park Dog Luau
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 5 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for music, dog dancing, slushies and fun. Join our best summer costume contest and best trick competition as we celebrate our canine companions. $3 correct change entry fee per dog per event $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sumter Special
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, enjoying a breath-taking view of Lake Blackshear then enjoy visiting Historic Dowtown Americus as well as President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains.
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