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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for this three-hour high tide paddle. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $35 single; $45 tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Leader, Jim Pound, on a 5.0 mile moderate hike in the winder woodlands ending at Fox Den Cove. Transportation provided back to starting point. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Meet at Molly Hugger Hill parking lot along Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Valentine's Civil War Dinner and Dance
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
This is the perfect chance for history lovers to get together for an evening full of fun and great food. Stop buy for a lovely roast dinner for two, under the candlelight of a Civil War site. Includes a tour of the fort, era singing and dancing, and a nighttime cannon firing. $50. 912-727-2339.
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Hike to the Heart -- Valentine's Weekend
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Love is in the mountain air at Fort Mountain State Park. Join a ranger on a hike to the Historic CCC fire tower and learn about the love story that is carved in stone. This is a moderate, rocky one mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Valentine's Day Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Bring your honey for our Valentine's Day Hike. We will have a station where you can make your own trail mix and then go out on the trails for a guided hike. Meet at Visitor Center. Call ahead and book your spot with our Activities Coordinator. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 13, 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.
Paws on the Falls
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
You may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join our expert tracker and guide to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Hike is STRENUOUS, 6+ miles. Must register in advance. Ages 14 and older. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 13, 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
Saturday, Feb 13, 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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Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Nothing fans the flames of love like a little competition. Take aim and see which of you are the best Cupid in this indoors, intro archery class JUST FOR COUPLES! Bring your Beau, we'll bring the arrows. Ages 18 and up. All equipment provided. Must register in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Honoring America's First African American Paratroopers: The Triple Nickles
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 11 AM to 2 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
The Triple Nickles, America's first all African American parachute infantry platoon, served in more airborne units during both war and peacetime than any other parachute group in history. Former Rangers will share the legacy of the 555th with guests in the museum. James Fowler as FDR will speak to guests regarding African Americans in service. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
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Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Feb 13, 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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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 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, Feb 13, 2016 11 AM to 12 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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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Romantic Sunset Valentine Dinner On The Train
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, we'll take a short ride and park over beautiful Lake Blackshear as the sun is setting. After dinner, we will take a nighttime train ride through the Sumter County countryside before returning to the park. 229-276-0755.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 14, 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
Sunday, Feb 14, 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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Valentine's Day Hike at Richard B. Russell State Park
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Bring your Valentine and join our Park Naturalist on a stroll on our trails and you will leave refreshed and loving nature! We will be looking for signs of Spring and observe how our animal friends at the park are preparing for their new arrivals! Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water to drink. Chocolates will be provided. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
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Winter Splendor West Side Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This will be a three-mile moderately strenuous hike to a beautiful, little known area off the main trails. This ranger-led hike will focus on the splendor of nature in winter. Meet in the Visitor Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
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, and you can bring your own equipment as well. We will talk about well-known constellations. Meet us at the Visitor's Center by 8:15pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge. Bring a blanket, binoculars and a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This field trip 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. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Introduction to Archery
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 20, 2016 
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Every other Saturday. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Ages 8 and up only, Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment needed is on site. We will have longbows, recurve and compound bows, available. $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Enjoy a ranger-led kayak paddle on the newly reopened lake! We will explore the lake by the light of the moon. Limited space; pre-registration required. $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 5 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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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 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, Feb 20, 2016 8 AM to 9 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
We will look for resident birds and see if we can find some early 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. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; join us at the Park Office to build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population! Call to pre-register, spaces are limited! Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Val-Kill: A Virtual Tour of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's Home
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 10:20 AM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A digital presentation featuring about the home of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The presentation will include a virtual tour of the home, ground, and history. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 20, 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.
Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired). $40 per day pre-paid by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Birding at the Break of Dawn
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for sunrise birding over the Okefenokee Swamp. This will be a boat tour that lasts for an hour and a half. We will go out into Billy's lake and look for birds during prime birding time. Feel free to bring binoculars, cameras, or other birding equipment. A field guide will be accessible. $20.00 a person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Wilderness Skills
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Do you have the skills to survive? Do you know how to deal with the elements or start a primitive fire? Yes or No? Come out to Stephen C. Foster to get some hands on experience with back country skills. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamp Astronomy
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Star light, star bright, come see the stars tonight. Join some of our rangers to find out more about the celestial bodies that are just above your heads. Not only will you see stars, but some of the major constellations will be discussed through the use of story telling elements. Come take a ride through the milky way with Stephen C. Foster. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, February 22, 2016
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
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, and you can bring your own equipment as well. We will talk about well-known constellations. Meet us at the Visitor's Center by 8:15pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge. Bring a blanket, binoculars and a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 6 PM to 8 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. No dogs please. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Antebellum Medicine in Coastal Georgia
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
One of the early owners of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, James M. Troup (1786-1849), was a doctor. Dr. Troup is set to make a return appearance at his low-country estate. He will discuss the trials and tribulations of being a doctor in this era, plus bring actual medicines and surgical equipment. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and over), $5 for youth (6 to 17). 912-264-7333.
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Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Winter Canning Workshop
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Our workshop will include discussion of proper canning techniques, safety, and a hands-on step by step recipe. You will bring home a jar of the final product. Space is limited. Call office to register in advance. Fee includes all canning materials, historic site admission for the day, and a ranger-led tour of the plantation. $10. 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 27, 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
Saturday, Feb 27, 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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Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run 5K/10K/13.1K/50K
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 7 AM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
This event is designed to be a great "first time" trail run for the novice runner or road runner that will also challenge the seasoned trail runner at the 1/2 marathon distance. This year will challenge runners even more with the addition of the 50k ultra distance. Email billy.goodson@gmail.com for race application. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 27, 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.
Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 27, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired). $40 per day pre-paid by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Wilderness Skills
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Do you have the skills to survive? Do you know how to deal with the elements or start a primitive fire? Yes or No? Come out to Stephen C. Foster to get some hands on experience with back country skills. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 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.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 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
Sunday, Feb 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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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 1 PM to 2 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir. $15 adult/$7 child (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Plains Express
Saturday, Mar 5, 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.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Mar 5, 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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Hike and Craft
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12:30 PM from Mar 5, 2016 until Dec 3, 2016 
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join the naturalist on a hike lasting about one hour and then create a craft as a souvenir. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water. Crafts will be $2, no fee to hike. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 5, 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 
Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 1 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir. $15 adult/$7 child (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Saturday, Mar 5, 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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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 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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Who Will Go A-Pyrating?
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Come learn about the Golden Age of Piracy! During the first quarter of the 18th century left such a mark on the world that 3 centuries later they remain in the forefront of popular culture today. Join Ranger Jesse and separate fact from myth to discover who was willing "to go on the account" and become a pirate. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
During an exciting day you’ll visit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains and use different photography techniques in these unique landscapes. In this small, personal class you’ll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world all over North America. Space is limited! Register at monadnockmadness.com. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 6, 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 
Arabia/Panola Bike Ride
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 14 miles round trip from Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve to Panola Mountain and back. We’ll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn about the history and landscape of Arabia National Heritage Area. Ride will begin and end at: 4963 Flat Bridge Rd. SW, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Advanced Archery Class
Sunday, Mar 6, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Plains Express
Friday, Mar 11, 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.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Mar 11, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area OR Vaughter's Farm Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Click event title for Walk locations. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Ancient Tree Hike
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Find the hidden gem on our 3 mile trail. Its older than Georgia, George Washington and even Elijah Clark himself. This cedar tree is measured to be about 400 years old. Red Cedar trees are found throughout Georgia and are very beneficial to many wildlife species. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Hidden Gem 
Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Etowah will be hosting a lecture on historic Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. Come learn about how our modern society still carries the past on its shoulders. There will also be a genealogy lecture and workshop to help guests understand how their families have been influenced by Native Americans. $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible 
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Picnic Supper Hike
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet at the WJSP Tower trail head on Hwy 85 for a 2-mile (round trip) easy to moderate Pine Mountain Trail hike to Cascade falls. Bring a picnic supper and dine by the falls. Return back to the parking lot. Dress for the weather. Bring a flashlight. Geared towards ages 8 and older. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scenic Natural Overlook Hike
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Take a guided tour on the 301 Mountain Bike trail to a naturally formed scenic overlook. High winds from a storm system cleared trees opening up a beautiful view of the Cohutta mountains and the western valley. Approximately 4 miles of moderate to strenuous hiking. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Hidden Gem 
7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Children 10 and under are invited to bring their baskets and join in on our Easter egg hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for age groups, with games and crafts before and after the big search. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and pose for photographs. $5.00 Youth (6 - 17). $7.00 Senior (62 and above). $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heels for herpetofauna? Or maybe you just think they're neat. Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society. $5. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 12, 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.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Mar 12, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Downstream Privet Project
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods for a rewarding volunteer project that will help beautify the Visitor Center area. Learn about the invasive plant privet and help volunteers remove this plant from around the newly rebuilt ADA Visitor Center Trail along Dukes Creek. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hidden Gem 
Sunday, March 13, 2016
American Frontier Days
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 13, 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
Sunday, Mar 13, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Wildflower Hike
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Night Eggstravaganza
Friday, Mar 18, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Great fun for youth and adults begins with egg tossing & ribbon runs (ages 9 -adult) & a hat parade (all ages.) Bring your cleverly decorated hat from home. Visit the animals in the petting coral. Make a craft. Enjoy refreshments. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $4 per child ages 3-12 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM from Mar 18, 2016 until Mar 20, 2016 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday. A traditional Scottish "Kirkin of the Tartans" will be 10 a.m. Sunday. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible 
Plains Express
Friday, Mar 18, 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.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Mar 18, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
5K CottonTrail Rabbit Run
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 8 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Run over the creeks and through the woods with the rabbits. Register and pay at the park office or pay CC over phone. Pre-registration includes t-shirt. No guaranteed shirt for walk-ins. Trail/Start details given at registration. Before March 6,$15; March 6-18, $20; Day of $25. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM from Mar 19, 2016 until Mar 20, 2016 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday. A traditional Scottish "Kirkin of the Tartans" will be 10 a.m. Sunday. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible 
McAllister's Secret Freshwater Sloughs
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
There are some things on the park only we rangers know about, but it's time to change that. There are some fantastic freshwater sloughs that dot the maritime forests of Fort McAllister State Historic Park that we consider our own hidden gems. Join us for two hikes around the park to see these miniature ecosystems in action. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Hidden Gem 
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come out to Fort Yargo to enjoy peaceful night out on Lake Marbury under the bright moon. Learn about the history of the Fort while paddling with family. Space is limited; Pre-registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Remarkable Georgia Women
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11 AM
Hardman Farm State Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women", wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale. Call to register. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Baskets, Bunnies and Eggs
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Happy Easter! Ages 3 - 10 can create their own Easter baskets and go on a kid-friendly egg scavenger hunt through the woods. Afterward, visit with rabbits from the 4-H Bunny Club. $2 basket program $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
During an exciting day you’ll visit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains and use different photography techniques in these unique landscapes. In this small, personal class you’ll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world all over North America. Space is limited! Register at monadnockmadness.com. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, 2016 1 PM to 5 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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Intermediate Archery
Saturday, Mar 19, 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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Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir. $15 adult/$7 child (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Hills of Iron and Iron Pour
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11 AM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
The iron industry was one of Georgia's first businesses long before the Civil War. Take guided wagon ride tours of the historic Iron Hill section of the park. Later that evening, watch molten iron pour from a blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit. Scratch block molds will be for sale so you can make your own iron keepsake. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 19, 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.
Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by an Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods. $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after. $10/adult pre-paid by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Hike & Bike to Hidden Pond
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will bike 2.5 miles to a trail that leads to a hidden pond. Only the Park Rangers have known the location of this secret area until now. Bring your own bike and join us for $10 or rent our bike for $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Hidden Gem 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; help us build bat habitats to strengthen their population. Spaces are limited, call to pre-register. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible 
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM from Mar 20, 2016 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday. A traditional Scottish "Kirkin of the Tartans" will be 10 a.m. Sunday. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 20, 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
Sunday, Mar 20, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir. $15 adult/$7 child (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 20, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Thronateeska Limited
Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 9:30 AM to 3 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Thronateeska Limited takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear into Sumter County. The lake was formed by the damming the Flint River, known to native Indians to the area as "Thronateeska". 229-276-0755.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Night Hike
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7 PM to 9 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come out to Fort Yargo to enjoy peaceful night out on Lake Marbury under the bright moon. Learn about the history of the Fort while paddling with family. Space is limited; Pre-registration is required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Friday, Mar 25, 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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 8:30 PM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
On Friday there will be a flashlight egg hunt along the trail. It is for ages 1-10. Bring your own basket. On Saturday, start the Easter weekend with a rousing game of Easter bingo, followed by Easter crafts and live cute baby animals you can touch. Pick up a schedule at the Lodge for times and locations. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Saturday, March 26, 2016
A.H. Stephens Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
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Easter Eggcitement at the Bend
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your baskets and camera; 1000 candy and prize filled eggs and the Easter bunny will be here. Age groups 0-4, 5-8, 9-12. After the hunt get drawing in the sidewalk chalk art contest. Chalk is provided. Ages groups 4-8 and 9-13, prizes for each age group announced at 3:30. Free finger painting for all ages. $3 for egg hunt, $3 for chalk contest. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Old Fashioned Easter
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Participants will dye eggs from natural dyes made here at the park. We will have old timey games like egg toss and egg rolls, with prizes. Create a burlap Easter bunny. Bring your camera to take pictures of your family with our live bunnies. End the day with a guided, moonlit canoe paddle 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Call for reservations. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come joins us in the park for an old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt in historic Fort McAllister. Bring your basket and come celebrate Easter with us. For children ages 2-12. $1 for children 2-4 and $2 for children 5-12 $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Dirty Spokes Off Road Duathlon
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 8:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come out and enjoy some healthy competition. Dirty Spokes Production is sponsoring a duathlon (run/bike) on the bike trails. For more information visit Dirty Spokes website $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 26, 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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
3rd Annual Glow-N-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Egg hunts are no long for the day. Join us for our third annual Glow-n-Dark egg hunt. Over 4,000 glowing eggs will fill the day use area. Join in before the hunt for carnival-style games and s'mores. Registration is required and space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Spring EGG-Stravaganza
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
What is plastic and likes to hide? Easter Eggs! Join park staff and the Friends of Sloppy Floyd for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The festivities will be going at Pavilion 1 and the egg hunt will start at 2:00 PM. We will divide visitors into age groups, so it will be fun for the whole family. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Easter Egg Hunt at Kolomoki
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 3 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
All ages are welcome to join us at the Visitor Center to hunt Easter eggs and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Ages will be divided up 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12+. Be on the look out for the golden egg which holds the grand prize! Call the park office for more details. $2 per participant $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Twilight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Bring your flashlight and join us for a fun egg hunt in the dark. We will have two egg hunts, one at 7:30 PM for children ages 0-5. The second hunt will be at 8:30 PM and is open to all ages. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 11 AM to 7 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
On Friday there will be a flashlight egg hunt along the trail. It is for ages 1-10. Bring your own basket. On Saturday, start the Easter weekend with a rousing game of Easter bingo, followed by Easter crafts and live cute baby animals you can touch. Pick up a schedule at the Lodge for times and locations. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
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Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 AM, leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 26, 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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Intermediate Archery
Saturday, Mar 26, 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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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 6 PM to 8 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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Little River Festival
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
The festival will include live bird of prey shows, Easter Egg hunt, bounce houses, pontoon boat tours, fishing, fire trucks, animal adoption event, an imagination station for kids, food vendors, arts and crafts, and music. Vendor applications being accepted now. Mail to Reed Bingham State Park 542 Reed Bingham Rd. Adel, GA 31620 or fax 229-896-2052 $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
We will be conducting the hunt during our Second Annual Little River Festival which will have bounce houses, music, and fun activities for kids. Raffles and prizes will be available. The age specific egg hunts will be open to all children up to age 12. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Forgotten History: Hidden Gems of Richard B. Russell State Park
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Our popular disc golf course is 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 the site. Meet at the disc golf course parking area. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Hidden Gem 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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