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  Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Adventure Camp for Kids
Daily until Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy three days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, environmental education and one entire day dedicated to photography. Space is limited, reservations required. Kids age 10-13. $95 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, July 24, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 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 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Pickleball 101
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pickleball is a fun and addicting game that combines elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. Come learn the rules and how to play pickleball with Ranger Marcus. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Meet at the tennis and pickleball courts at the visitor center on Red Top Mountain Road. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Wilderness Survival
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Eastside Evening Hike
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Watch 1800s crafts demonstations at the home of Cherokee Indian plantation owner James Vann. Demonstrators show the art of blacksmithing, soap making, weaving, spinning, quilting, doll making, chair and basket weaving, pottery, and much more. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9 AM to 12 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-$35 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. Meet at the visitor center upper parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger Clint will introduce you to reptiles from all over the globe. You will see snakes, lizards and even a giant tarantula. This will be held at shelter 3 at the beach. Donations appreciated and go to the care of the animals in the show. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop. Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 9 AM - 10:30 AM – Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 11 AM - 12:30 PM – Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every three weeks 9 AM - 10 AM – Jul 26, 2014 until Jul 27, 2014 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy an easy guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks or canoes. We'll look for alligators, herons and egrets. Register in advance. Subject to change due to weather. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 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 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Night
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 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 Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
We will have two bands at the Beach Pavilion, Yonah Pickers and The Nearly Normal String Band. The concert is free, but the bands will pass the hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Folk Life Traditions
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Watch demonstrations of everything from pioneer tools, candle dipping, butter churning, dulcimers and more. There will be activities for kids, gold panning, and local mountain music. All festivities will be located at Picnic Shelter 3 near the beach area parking. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
  Sunday, July 27, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 5 PM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. Meet at the visitor center upper parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every three weeks 9 AM - 10 AM – Jul 27, 2014 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy an easy guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks or canoes. We'll look for alligators, herons and egrets. Register in advance. Subject to change due to weather. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 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 16 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 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 16 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 
  Monday, July 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this 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. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Birding Basics
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Not only is birding a fun hobby, it's also a great way to get kids outdoors and excited about nature. During this program we'll cover how to use binoculars and then go on a short hike to find some of Red Top's winged residents. Binoculars are limited, register in advance. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
  Thursday, July 31, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Solar Astronomy
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ever wanted to look at the sun’s flare-ups and spots safely? Join the world’s largest Solar Astronomy outreach program with us. Also, if you want to take a picture of the Sun, bring your camera because a complete imaging setup will be available for you to take your own picture of the Sun. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Friday, August 1, 2014
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for a peaceful ranger-lead lake paddle. A ranger will go over canoeing basics and lead participants in a game. Enjoy the setting sun during free paddle. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. Please sign up early as space is limited. $10 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 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 Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 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 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Watch a Talbot stationary steam engine in action. This is one of the few working Talbots remaining. See if you can make the whistle blow. All the original equipment -- sawmill, shingle mill, cotton gin, & grist mill -- also on view and other original farm buildings and houses. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 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 activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 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 activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 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.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 2, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 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 an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ssslithery Snakes
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join Don Burdick and his awesome snakes at the Nature Hut. Don will be discussing snake identification, habitat, habits, and more. This is a safe family friendly program. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, August 3, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 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 16 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 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 16 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, August 7, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Stargazers Party
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Take a trip to Fort McAllister to see the night sky in a new way. With the moon to light up the night, this will be the perfect opportunity to see the stars shining brightly above us. Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU, will be here to help you discover and define the starry sky. $7 per Individual $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Paddle
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk to the Stars
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 9 PM to 11:30 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The evening will start with a sensory hike, where we will learn to use all of our senses to make the night come alive. Our hike will then end at Lake Buncombe, where you will see and learn about star constellations and get a great view the Perseid meteor shower. We will be meeting in the parking lot at Shelter #3 also known as the BBQ pit. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop. Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bark in the Park
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
We would like to celebrate the different breeds and offer you the opportunity to show off your best friend. There are dog costume contests, a speed-sit game, a mini obstacle course and more. There will be prizes for the contest winners. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Full Moon Paddles with S'mores
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Don't you love it when there is a combo of s'mores, a campfire, and a full moon paddle?! Come with us to enjoy the beauty of the night. Meet at Hornet's Nest Amphitheatre. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Dowdell's Knob Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and loop the highest section of the park. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Lot off Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wagon Ride and Campfire Cooking
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a narrated wagon ride through the park where a ranger will tell Fort Mountain history. After the wagon ride gather around the campfire and gain the knowledge and skill of how to make a tasty campfire treat at the Naturalist Area. Pick-up will be at Pavilion #1 and drop off at the Naturalist Area. Reservations recommended. $6 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia SuperMoon 5k & Fun Run
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 11 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
5K run and Fun Run at night under the SUPERMOON of 2014 (full moon and the closest moon to earth this year) What could be more beautiful than running under the Kolomoki sky with only the full moon to light your path (and a couple of hundred other runners with glow sticks)? $30 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 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 Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 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 short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join naturalist Jeremy Reeme on this walk through the woods as we look at plants and trees and other resources the Native Americans would have used. We will learn about edibles, medicinals, cordage, pottery, shelter, clothing, and firemaking. Closed-toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations necessary at 770-732-5871. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 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 an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bob Thomason, master dulcimer musician and storyteller, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. Bring the kids and enjoy an evening by the lake. Event is free, but Bob will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 1 PM to 4 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.
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 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 16 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 Full Moon Paddle
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 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 
  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, August 15, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 to Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 6 PM to 8 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 register and pay in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Saturday, August 16, 2014
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
This will be a great day to learn about birds and birding. Join us on a bird walk to see if you can identify any birds we see or hear. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 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 16, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 to Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia RESCHEDULED - Movie Under the Stars
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8:45 PM to 11 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join us at our day-use area for a movie under the stars featuring the classic Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bring blankets to sit on and refreshments to enjoy during this family feature. Donations Accepted. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn to stitch a quilt on the big frame. The Plantation Quilters group will also be displaying their Crazy Quilt squares. Quilt items available in the gift shop. 478-986-5172.
Soap Carving
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Get one-on-one instruction from an experienced wood carver. Learn how to turn a bar of soap into an animal shape. A bar of soap will be provided for each participant. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 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 activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 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 activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
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 (no corn) 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 Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 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 an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Sand Castle Tournament
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Looking for something the whole family can do together? Grab your sand pails/shovels and join us at the park's beach for a little friendly competition. Judging begins at noon and prizes will be given for top three sand castles. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 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 16 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 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.
  Friday, August 22, 2014
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 to Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 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 reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, August 23, 2014
Star Party 2014
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 to Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga will present an informative program followed by observation of the night sky. Meet at the tennis courts. Please bring a lawn chair, blanket and insect repellent. Flashlights are optional, but if brought must have red cellophane over the lens to protect night vision. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop. Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wagon Ride and Campfire Cooking
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a narrated wagon ride through the park where a ranger will tell Fort Mountain history. After the wagon ride gather around the campfire and gain the knowledge and skill of how to make a tasty campfire treat at the Naturalist Area. Pick-up will be at Pavilion #1 and drop off at the Naturalist Area. Reservations recommended. $6 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for a peaceful ranger-lead lake paddle. A ranger will go over canoeing basics and lead participants in a game. Enjoy the setting sun during free paddle. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. Please sign up early as space is limited. $10 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 to Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 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 Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 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 an optional 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. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ssslithery Snakes
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join Don Burdick and his awesome snakes at the Nature Hut. Don will be discussing snake identification, habitat, habits, and more. This is a safe family friendly program. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, August 24, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 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 16 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.
  Friday, August 29, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 6 PM to 8 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 register and pay in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Art in the Park
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the warmth of summer. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8 PM to 10 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. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, August 30, 2014
Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 7 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get Out! Get Dirty! 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 22 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 8:00AM. $25 early registration w/t-shirt $10 early, no T-shirt $15 early group (6 or more) $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park Dog Luau
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for Music & Dog Dancing, Slushies and Fun. Best Summer Costume contest and Best trick competition. Celebrate our canine companions. $2 correct change entry fee per dog per event $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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