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  Saturday, April 19, 2014
Wings of Flight
Daily until Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 5 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Share your love of all winged creatures during these programs on birds, bats, and butterflies. Learn about their life histories and discover tips on how to attract these creatures to your own backyard. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting for you. Children bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch; and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 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 
Rookery Trip
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet some of the Park’s scaly inhabitants. Discover natural history and how to ID local snakes, turtles, and lizards Meet at the CCC Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office $3 each ages 4 & up. Pay at Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day Bark In The Park
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend and join us for an easy Earth Day forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Everyone is welcome! Supported by the Columbus area Petsmart. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Festival By The Lake
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Want to spend a day by the lake? Enjoy our festival with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. Boat rides will be departing on the hour. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for an Easter egg hunt at Fort Yargo at the Turtle Creek Trail. The trail begins at the tennis court area. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Veterans Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Come join us for one of the biggest Easter egg hunts around. Over 3,000 eggs will be available for children to find, each with a treat inside. More Easter activities will be taking place throughout the day. Call for more information. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Tons of Fun 
Springtime Hike on the Bike Trails
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike on the blue mountain bike trail. Welcome the spring season by enjoying beautiful waterfall vistas and wildflowers. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old and adults in good walking shape. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Eggs hunts are no long for the day. Bring your Easter basket and get ready to search for over 1,000 glowing eggs under the moon light. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 479-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day and Spring EGGtravanganza
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 9 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Earth Day is just around the corner, so spend the day learning about Mother Earth. Programs include guided hikes, recycled crafts, wildlife presentations, and stick around that afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt. During the evening we will be hosting a Campfire, so bring your best skits, songs, and of course Marshmallows $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Easter Egg Night Hunt at Kolomoki
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join us for EGG-citing fun at our Easter Egg Night Hunt held at Group Camp Hicita. There will be 3 age groups and prizes awarded to those who find the golden eggs. Kids, bring your own baskets and flashlights. $1 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Hunt for Easter Eggs and Easter Treasure on the park. Meet some live cute baby animals. Paint an Easter suncatcher, scratch off a colorful egg, color an Easter magnet and make a small birdhouse. Finish the day with a night hike. $2-$10 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Ages 3 - 10 will create their own Easter baskets then go on a egg scavenger hunt looking for clues through the woods. We will finish with the 4-H Bunny Club sharing their rabbits. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Photographers and Artists Morning Out
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Photographers and artists will have access to restricted areas of the park to draw, paint or photograph scenic Panola Mountain. A park ranger with an art background will be on hand as a guide, with tips, painting supplies and knowledge of the flora and fauna of the granite mountain. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Apr 19, 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.
Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails this spring. Bring your basket and picnic to spend the day at the park. Ages 1-5 and 6-11 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 1 PM and will have face painting, arts and crafts, and games to play throughout the afternoon. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Butterfly Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join a park ranger when many flowers are in bloom and butterflies like hairstreaks and zebra swallowtails abound. Meet at the Park Nature Center. Hike is a rugged 2-mile loop. Bring a digital camera. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Apr 19, 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.
Easter At The Park
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Celebrate Easter in the great outdoors. At 3pm there will be a Easter egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs. Once all the eggs are found, there will be a Live animal show about local egg laying reptiles. After the animal show, there will be a chance for you to make your very own Easter craft. varies plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 19, 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.
Easter Blast!
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts. Easter egg hunt starting at 1 p.m. $3 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Based on the American Heart Assoc. first aid model. Taught by a retired NPS ranger/paramedic. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Apr 19, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
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 Suwannee River Visitor Center's Eggstraordinary Easter
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
The afternoon will be full of games, live animal programs and, of course, an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m., but come early to make a milk jug into an Easter basket. Has been moved to Suwannee River Eco Lodge. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 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 Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 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 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Kids 12 and younger can bring Easter Egg baskets and join us at the beach for hunting treats. Sponsored by Poplar Springs Baptist Church. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
2nd Annual Easter Fun Fest and Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for our annual Easter Fun Fest Event located at "the bottoms" field. Festivities starting at 10am kids will get to enjoy crafts, Hayrides, egg hunt, and other wonderful surprises! At 11:00am the Egg Hunt will begin, Children will be divided up by age group Sponsored by Friends of Unicoi. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Walk (Earth Day Event)
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
This guided wildflower walk through the Appalachian forest will highlight Jack-in-the pulpits, trilliums, wild azaleas and many other flowering plants. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, April 20, 2014
Spring Guided Hike
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided Spring hike on the granite rock outcrops on Flat Rock Trail. The molten domes of magma that cooled to form our outcrops were generated from the heat and friction at the edges to colliding continental plates about 500 million years ago. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Apr 20, 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 
3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 12:30 PM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an authentic Easter Egg Roll similar $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
All About Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger for an educational program to learn all about reptiles and amphibians. There will even be an opportunity to touch several snakes and a turtle. Reservations are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day River Paddle – Low-Tide Paddle
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Celebrate Earth Day with a Paddle on Crooked River. This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. Space is limited, registration required. $25-$35 per person. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Apr 22, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 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, April 24, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – Apr 24, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, April 25, 2014
"Save the Water Wheel" Golf Tournament
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Registrations includes golf fee, cart, range balls, light snack, swag bag, parking, and dinner after the tournament. Check-in begins at 11 A.M., and the tournament begins at 12 P.M. Prizes go to the 1st and 2nd place spots, hole in one, putting contest, longest drive, closest to pin, ball drop, and various raffle prizes. $60 - $240 $5 parking. 678-789-8641.
Get Outdoors Georgia Forest Night Life Hike
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short mile hike to the falls under the moon. We will also discover how nocturnal creatures live in the dark woods. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. 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.
Reptile Show, Roving Ranger, and Call of the Wild
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Reptile Show: Come and learn all the differences between reptiles and amphibians and touch live examples. 5:00PM Roving Ranger. 8:00PM Call of the Wild:Walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. See if you can tell the difference between frogs, bugs and birds. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 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. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 2 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 Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Apr 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 
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. $35 Single/ $45 Tandem $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 3 PM to 4 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet some of the Park’s scaly inhabitants. Discover natural history and how to ID local snakes, turtles, and lizards Meet at the CCC Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office $3 each ages 4 & up. Pay at Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 26, 2014 until Apr 27, 2014 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 8 PM to 10 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Tour of High Falls Lake
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 6 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore a lake-to-creek paddle and experience the changes in wildlife, scenery and your paddling style as we paddle to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Tour will start at Park office. Space is limited. Reservations required. $15 includes boat rental, PDF, and paddle $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 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, Apr 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 Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
How are we to celebrate earth day if we don't know how to take care of it? Come enjoy a brisk hike along our fitness trail as our naturalist talks about leave no trace and taking care of our mother Earth. Later on that afternoon, kids will have a chance to catch one of Mother Earths animals in our Fishing Rodeo. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:45 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village 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.
Big Ferry Guided Hike, Roving Ranger, and Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Big Ferry Guided Hike: Come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. 5:00PM Roving Ranger 8:00PM Campfire and S’mores: Enjoy an evening under the stars and meeting new people around a campfire. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Apr 26, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
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 Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 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 Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 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, Apr 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 
Rookery Trip
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 27, 2014 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Apr 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, Apr 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 Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. At this open house, visitors can understand the series better by chatting with artists and writers while they are "at work in the woods." $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23. $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 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.
  Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Apr 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 
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Apr 29, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 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 
Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, Apr 30, 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.
  Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2014 until Saturday, May 3, 2014 12 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $30.00 - $85.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 1, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 3, 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 Intro to Canoe Fun
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove. $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy late spring woodlands on this 5.0 mile moderate hike with PMT Association guides. Meet at the WJSP Parking Lot off Hwy 190. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music & Dancing on the Mountain
Saturday, May 3, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your family and friends for a spring outing on the mountain. Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the park office. Resident overnight park guests $3 per person ages 4 & up; $5 all other guests 4 & up. Pay at the office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dirty Spokes 6hr/9hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 AM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
These 6-hour and 9-hour races take competitors along our mountain bike trail and allow visitors to see the action first-hand. www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, May 3, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. Learn about the camp's history and daily lives of the prisoners, and see some of the equipment being used to uncover artifacts. Photos of the artifacts will be available for viewing. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 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
Saturday, May 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.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from May 3, 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
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – May 3, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
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 Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 4, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 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 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 until Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
An exciting new 24-hour birding event. Travel by ferry to Sapelo Island along Georgia’s scenic coast, enjoy birding the beaches, marshes, fields and forests of this limited access barrier island with expert birders and, overnight at the historic Reynolds Mansion. Registration is limited. Meals included. Starting at $299/person for double occupancy; ferry fee ($15) is not included in registration. $5 parking. 912-485-2299.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – May 6, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sapelo Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3 PM to 8:30 PM
Sapelo Island Reserve and Reynolds Mansion - Darien, GA
The adventure will be filled with opportunities for birding around the barrier island with expert ornithologists. Habitats will include open fields, maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. On May 8, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on the island. Costs vary based on selected accommodations. 912-485-2299.
  Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Sapelo Birding Adventure
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sapelo Island Reserve and Reynolds Mansion - Darien, GA
The adventure will be filled with opportunities for birding around the barrier island with expert ornithologists. Habitats will include open fields, maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. On May 8, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on the island. Costs vary based on selected accommodations. 912-485-2299.
  Thursday, May 8, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 8, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Thursday, May 8, 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.
  Friday, May 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 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, May 9, 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 Moon Hike
Friday, May 9, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Learn about nocturnal creatures and sensory awareness at night. Bring flashlight, hiking boots, water and your sense of adventure. Meet at the overland trailhead parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, May 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. 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.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, May 9, 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village 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, May 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live reenactment of this event. We will also be reenacting his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 10, 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 Mother's Day Hike with Mother Nature
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother's Day! We will hike Sitton's Gulch to the bottom of Hemlock Falls while identifying plants, birds, and trees along the way. This is a 4-mile hike on moderate terrain. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Activities will include competitions, games, 3D archery shooting, fishing simulator, County Sheriff K9 demonstrations, and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day. This event is sponsored by C. MO’S KIDS. They will have a drink and BBQ sale. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 10, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia J.A.K.E.S Day and Junior Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Get you kids involved with outdoor recreation. Let the park staff and our wonderful volunteers introduce them to archery, recreational target shooting, fishing and more. Bring your own bait and fishing pole. free, donations appreciated $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
National Train Day Celebration
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
A day full of fun and family-friendly activities at the Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Depot. Call for more information. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Pre-registration Required, space is limited. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9 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.
Mother's Day Birdhouse
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for something special to do with mom on Mother's Day? Why not spend the day a Mistletoe? You can enjoy natures beauty and join us in creating birdhouses out of gourds. You and your mother can decorate them and take them home. $5 per gourd $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12 PM to 2 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, May 10, 2014 3 PM to 5 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 Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 10, 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.
Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. Victor Williams will lead an easy, .75 mile hike on the Lakeside trail in search of Red Top's winged residents. Great for birders of any experience level. Click the event link to register and receive $2.00 Stan Tekiela's "Birds of Georgia Field Guide" available in the gift shop. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Iron Pour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 9 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed. Yard games will be set up during the day and the Friends will be selling food and drinks. Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, 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.
Bike Rodeo
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
A bike rodeo is a fun, educational event for children to practice bike skills and learn how to safely navigate roads and traffic. Kids will tackle different stations, each with a different game or challenge. Co-sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – May 10, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
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 Tugaloo Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Clark Jones, president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, will lead a bird walk that is open to birders of all skill levels. We will be walking a park trail so bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. We will hold the Rodeo at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participates must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, May 11, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, May 11, 2014 1 PM to 2 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 Mother's Day Hike with Mother Nature
Sunday, May 11, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother's Day! We will hike Sitton's Gulch to the bottom of Hemlock Falls while identifying plants, birds, and trees along the way. This is a 4-mile hike on moderate terrain. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intro to Canoe Fun
Sunday, May 11, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove. $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Sunday, May 11, 2014 4 PM to 5 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 11, 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, May 11, 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.
  Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – May 13, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Wednesday, May 14, 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 Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, May 15, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 15, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, May 16, 2014
Twilight Hike
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore. $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 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. 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 
Art in the Park
Friday, May 16, 2014 1 PM to 3 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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Artifact ID and Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. Dr. Lloyud Schroder will be here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Staff from the Waring Lab will be here after noon to show you how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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