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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Slackline 101
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Marsh Walk with Dr. Charlie Belin
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Join one of the foremost experts in Marsh Ecology in the region as he leads a hike into the marsh surrounding Wormsloe and provides a fascinating look into the plant and animal life that call Wormsloe home. This is a fantastic way to welcome Spring back. Register in advance. Come prepared to get muddy. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Friday, May 6, 2016 10 AM to 4:25 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, May 6, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Fridays 8:30 PM - 10 PM – May 6, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Birding Weekend at Reynolds Mansion
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM from May 6, 2016 until May 8, 2016 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Participants will 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. $349 inclusive. 912-485-2299.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 6, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunset Point: Cloudland Canyon's Hidden Gem
Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy expansive views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – May 7, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
National Train Day / Cordele-Crisp "Touch-A-Train"
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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 877-GA-RAILS for more information. 229-276-0755.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Wildflowers in the Pasture
Saturday, May 7, 2016 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain has been transforming an old fescue pasture into a biologically diverse native grassland for over 10 years! Help us make the area even better, as we partner with Monarchs Across Georgia to turn this prairie into a butterfly paradise. We have over 600 native milkweed plants to put in the ground before summer hits. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, May 7, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds spring migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. It is ADA accessible for the full length. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Hills of Iron
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Discover the park's iron-mining history by touring an iron mine with a park ranger, visiting our blacksmith, etching a scratch block, and watching an iron pour. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2:00. Supplies are limited. Limit one per person. The line forms early! Iron pour starts at 6:00 PM. Fee for scratch block molds. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Birding Weekend at Reynolds Mansion
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM from May 7, 2016 until May 8, 2016 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Participants will 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. $349 inclusive. 912-485-2299.
Forgotten History: Hidden Gems of Richard B. Russell State Park
Saturday, May 7, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Our popular disc golf course and other popular park areas are home to what remains of past homesteads that visitors easily overlook. This Naturalist-led hike will replay in living history how the families lived in previous centuries. An interactive demonstration garden is also planned for a site. Meet at the disc golf course parking area. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Hidden Gem 
Firewise Community Preparedness Project
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods as we aim to keep our forest more prepared to fend off a wildfire. Volunteers will clean limb debris piles, blow leaves and remove invasive shrubs. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 7, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2016 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 visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sundays 11 AM - 2:30 PM – May 8, 2016 until Nov 27, 2016 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sunday, May 8, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Paws on the Falls
Sunday, May 8, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 8, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 8, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Get Outdoors Georgia 
Birding Weekend at Reynolds Mansion
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM ending May 8, 2016 
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Participants will 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. $349 inclusive. 912-485-2299.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bat Conservation in Georgia
Friday, May 13, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Presented by Wildlife Biologist Trina Morris of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this program will highlight bat species of Georgia, fun facts about bats, why bats are important to us, and the cause of bat decline. A bat mist-netting demonstration will follow. Meet at the campfire outside the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Paddle Trip at the Fort
Friday, May 13, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a paddle trip launching from the Ft. King George dock. The paddle will last approximately two hours. Comfortable attire and water recommended. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. $35. 912-437-4770.
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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, May 13, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Fridays 8:30 PM - 10 PM – May 13, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 13, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 14, 2016 11 AM to 1 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 re-enactment of his arrest and his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers and demonstrators. $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
Handicapped Accessible 
Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – May 14, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Night Hike
Saturday, May 14, 2016 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Who-Who what animal makes that sound? Discover what animal makes that sound as hikers explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Birding at the Mounds
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Join a park ranger for an introduction to birding hike around this historic site. Etowah offers both open fields and wooded areas along the river. Bring your own binoculars and field guides. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible 
Dirty Spokes Bike Race
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come out and enjoy Fort Yargo's bike trails during this Dirty Spokes sponsored bike race. For more information visit their website at www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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J.A.K.E.S Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
This event is designed to help pass on the traditions of hunting, ethics and to teach safety and responsible hunting. Join your children for a fun filled day with archery, bb shooting, hunting demonstrations and a turkey calling contest. All kids 17 and under will be eligible to participate (some events may be inappropriate for younger children). $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from May 14, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This pre-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from May 14, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This pre-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Hidden Gem: A Walk Through the Mining Industry
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The hills of NW Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960's and 1970's. Join a ranger led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Hidden Gem 
Spring Canning and Gardening Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Local extension office agents will be leading hands on canning and gardening workshops in celebration of Earth Day. Admission includes both workshops and historic site admission for the day. Space is limited. Please call our office to register. $10. 478-986-5172.
Spring Canning and Gardening Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Local extension office agents will be leading hands on canning and gardening workshops in celebration of Earth Day. Admission includes both workshops and historic site admission for the day. Space is limited. Please call our office to register. $10. 478-986-5172.
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, May 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Complex’, a signal used to communicate between Jarrell’s manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
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Kayaking 101
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn the basics to kayaking with park rangers! We will learn several basic strokes and techniques for rescues. Space is limited, registration required. This is an all day event with instruction in the morning, a lunch break, and then practice on the lake in the afternoon. $75 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail
Saturday, May 14, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Iron Hill has a rich history, much of which is unknown to the public. In this exclusive guided hike, a ranger will take you to explore the hidden gems of Iron Hill Trail including an iron mine, homestead sites and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from May 14, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, May 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A series of 12 hidden gems events will will take place in 2016. Each month will offer a unique event ranging from easy hikes to strenuous ones to paddling on a lake. Click this event for details. Please sign up in advance for the events. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Does your child enjoy the outdoors, fishing, spending time with their peers, and a chance to win great prizes? Then this Fishing Tournament is for them. The rodeo will be at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participants must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sundays 11 AM - 2:30 PM – May 15, 2016 until Nov 27, 2016 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sunday, May 15, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 15, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 15, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 15, 2016 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 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Snakes Alive
Sunday, May 15, 2016 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, May 15, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, May 15, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Monday, May 16, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 11 years or older who is 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. No pets please. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Slackline 101
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Marsh Walk with Dr. Charlie Belin
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Join one of the foremost experts in Marsh Ecology in the region as he leads a hike into the marsh surrounding Wormsloe and provides a fascinating look into the plant and animal life that call Wormsloe home. This is a fantastic way to welcome Spring back. Register in advance. Come prepared to get muddy. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Paddle Trip at the Fort
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a paddle trip launching from the Ft. King George dock. The paddle will last approximately two hours. Comfortable attire and water recommended. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. $35. 912-437-4770.
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High Falls Homeschool Thursday
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore science, nature and Georgia's outdoors with the park naturalist through fun and educational activities for homeschoolers. Register by calling the park office. $7 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Paddle Trip at the Fort
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a paddle trip launching from the Ft. King George dock. The paddle will last approximately two hours. Comfortable attire and water recommended. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. $35. 912-437-4770.
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Plains Express
Friday, May 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, May 20, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Fridays 8:30 PM - 10 PM – May 20, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Friday, May 20, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Hike will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Kids to Parks Day at Chatt Bend
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Kids to Parks Day the Chatt Bend way is packed full of fun and educational activities for kids. Bring lunch, snacks, water, be prepared for the outdoors. 10 am starts a guided nature hike; 1 pm is nature crafting; 3:30 pm is creative play with the Imagination Playground. Pre-register for each program in advance. $5 per kid per program $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Walking in Lady's Slippers
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to North Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique plant, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will also go on a hike to try and spot some Lady's Slippers in bloom. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – May 21, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join a guided tour of Clark Hill Lake and enjoy a peaceful paddle under the bright moon. enjoy the night sky as you star gaze and hear the different night sounds. The program will go on if it is cloudy or light rain. Meet at bathhouse 1 to receive your life jackets. Time 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm $10.00 - Person or $15.00 - for a canoe $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Stream Walk & Turtle Talk
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day with us. Get in the stream and discover small critters like salamanders and crawdads. After lunch we'll meet and learn about turtles. Bring a picnic lunch during the break. Dress to get a little wet. Meet at the shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground. Correct change only. Price includes both programs. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4656.
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Colonial Toys and Games -- Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Visit the site this day and have fun playing various old fashioned hands on games and activities! Tug of war, rolling hoops, quoits, nine pins, cup and ball, and more will all be taking place. Have more fun than ever before! $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Drive, Chip, Putt Contest - Kids To Park Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
We invite youths up to 16 years of age to come out to enjoy a friendly and fun contest at the Brazell's Creek Golf Course. Participants can win a prize for the longest drive at the Driving Range, for the Putting and Chipping. No experience necessary and you are welcome to bring your on golf clubs and remember this is all about having fun. $5 parking. 912-557-7744.
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Georgia's First Dig
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Hear about the first professional archaeological dig in Georgia with Archaeologist Max White, PhD. The Nacoochee Mound was partially excavated in 1915. Questions about who built it and what was discovered will be addressed as well as the significance of the dig. Call to register. $5 and add a tour for $7. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Full Moon Night Hike at Mistletoe
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for a moonlit hike where we'll use our ears and senses of touch and smell to explore nighttime wonders. Bring a flashlight and walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center in April and at the Campground Shelter in May. Weather permitting. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Echota Alive-Kids to Parks Day 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Step back to the 1820's and tour Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgian's lifestyle including how apples were pressed to make cider, try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the Ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course and check out our nature trails to Tarvin's Pond and New Town Creek. $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, May 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Creature Feature - Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds spring migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. It is ADA accessible for the full length. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain Makers Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 11 AM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Experience the First Makers Festival in a Georgia State Park. Makers present will be: Jewelers, Wood Workers, a Telescope Maker, Soapstone Carver, Print Maker, Bat Box Builder, Cider Maker & many more. Following the Festival enjoy Bluegrass Music at the Vaughn Cabin, above the Makers Field. Pack a picnic & enjoy makers & music on this festive day. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Hidden Gem 
Mountain Music Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM – May 21, 2016 until Jul 30, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy our free "Mountain Music" concerts every Saturday night May 21 to July 30. A different band each week will play for an hour or more. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and meet at the Vaughan log cabin located behind the park office. Bucket donations are appreciated! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Field Day Spectacular - Kids To Parks Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 9 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Parents and kids are invited to Reed Bingham's Field Day on the Ballfield. We will be hosting stations with Cornhole, crafts, face painting, dodgeball, relay race, tug o war, and more. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, May 21, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required. $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required. $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 21, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, May 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 2016 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.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Backyard Games - Kids to parks day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Meet the naturalist at the baseball field located in the campground area for some friendly competition. Featuring Cornhole, WiffleBall, Kickball, and Dodgeball. Players choice. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Youth Kayak 101 (Ages 9-12) - Kids to outdoors day
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Meet the naturalist at the Park Office to embark upon a paddling adventure where we will learn the basics of kayaking, maneuvers, paddle etiquette, and strokes. $5 Per Child $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sundays 11 AM - 2:30 PM – May 22, 2016 until Nov 27, 2016 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sunday, May 22, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 22, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 22, 2016 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 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, May 22, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, May 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:15 PM to 11:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Night Hike
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Golden Doughnut Dash & Splash
Friday, May 27, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a fun run for sweet treats and the first Liberty Bell Pool splash of the season. Price includes pool admission and games/activities for the entire family. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Includes t-shirt while supplies last. Sponsored by Golden Doughnut of Columbus. $15-$20. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Paddle Trip at the Fort
Friday, May 27, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a paddle trip launching from the Ft. King George dock. The paddle will last approximately two hours. Comfortable attire and water recommended. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. $35. 912-437-4770.
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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, May 27, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Fridays 8:30 PM - 10 PM – May 27, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Friday, May 27, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Friday, May 27, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge. There will be various nature and history related activities including a pedal boat program, a hike to the 5-story New Manchester Mill ruins, a reptile show, a green building tour,and arts and craft projects. $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 27, 2016 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Duckie Race
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
We're kicking off summer at Chatt Bend with the 2nd annual Duckie Race. Race starts at 2pm so be sure to get your lucky duck. Other activities include a nature hike at 10am, water balloon games in the afternoon. Lucky Duck winners get prizes! $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Rookery Trip
Saturday, May 28, 2016 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. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Beach Combing Cruise
Saturday, May 28, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise to one of the pristine beaches in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, Pre-registration required. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Archery for Beginners
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – May 28, 2016 until Oct 22, 2016 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Night Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Who-Who what animal makes that sound? Discover what animal makes that sound as hikers explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Cool Pool Summer Splash Celebration
Saturday, May 28, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Come splash with us! Food, fun activities, contests, and prizes for the whole family. Liberty Bell Pool Hwy 354. DJ poolside from 1-3PM. Regular Pool admission. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Memorial Day Commemoration
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Help us pay tribute to our fellow patriots who served our country throughout the years with a commemoration and reenactment. We'll have cannon and musket firings, Civil War-era demonstrations, and lots of family fun. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Memorial Day Miniature Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Show your skills at this year’s miniature golf tournament! Compete against your friends and family as you celebrate the holiday. Wear something patriotic and you may find yourself on our park Facebook page. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Hidden Gem: A Walk Through the Mining Industry
Saturday, May 28, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The hills of NW Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960's and 1970's. Join a ranger led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Hidden Gem 
Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
The farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. See the skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and many other farm activities. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
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New Echota Bird Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Explore the ridge and valley area of North Georgia at New Echota as we see what resident birds can be found. Open fields, flood plain, pond and mixed pine-hardwood forest provide a variety of habitat for good birding. Fee includes tour of site museum, 17-minute film and tour of historic grounds and buildings. $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, May 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Mountain Music Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM – May 28, 2016 until Jul 30, 2016 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy our free "Mountain Music" concerts every Saturday night May 21 to July 30. A different band each week will play for an hour or more. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and meet at the Vaughan log cabin located behind the park office. Bucket donations are appreciated! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Birding Workshop
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A workshop for beginning birders for ages 12-100! Enjoy a day learning about one of FDR's favorite hobbies! The day will include a Birds of Prey Show, outdoor birding activities, and a personalized Guided Tour of the grounds. Our guest speaker, Terry Johnson, will be leading the workshop along with a representative from the Atlanta Audubon Society Adults: $55.00 Youth (12-17): $45.00 Family: $135.00 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 28, 2016 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 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. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 28, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch and snacks. space is limited register in advance $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Tugaloo's Moonshine "Hidden Gem"
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Learn about the life of early settlers who once lived at what is now Tugaloo State Park. We will hike near unique remnants of old moonshine stills and see evidence of an old home place located on the park. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Hidden Gem 
A Memorable Memorial Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us for a holiday you and your family won't soon forget. Begin with our special "Hidden Gems" event followed by our 3rd Annual Doggie Pageant. Later we'll have Wiffleball on the Baseball field, all culminating with a campfire at the amphitheater, with s'mores, story telling, and campfire songs. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sundays 11 AM - 2:30 PM – May 29, 2016 until Nov 27, 2016 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sunday, May 29, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM
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. Reservations are required. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Beach Combing Cruise
Sunday, May 29, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise to one of the pristine beaches in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, Pre-registration required. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Night Hike
Sunday, May 29, 2016 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Who-Who what animal makes that sound? Discover what animal makes that sound as hikers explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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