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Events starting 2/16/2013
  Saturday, February 16, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Roots of Arbor Day
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Participants will learn the meaning and importance of Arbor Day. There will be hands on learning about native trees of Georgia as well as a take-home craft. The whole family is welcome to join the fun. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia I Speak for the Trees: An Arbor Day Walk
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Georgia’s Arbor Day in the winter woodlands with local forester and educator Bill Consoletti. Rich in natural history, the woodlands along the Pine Mountain Ridge from Rocky Point to Big Oak Campsite provide an amazing outdoor classroom. Participants will receive a free pine seedling. Meet at the Park Office at 10:45 to carpool to Rocky Point Parking Lot on Hwy 190;1.5 miles easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hike to the Heart
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Take a romantic tractor ride up to the mountain overlook and learn about the heart-shaped stone in the old fire tower. Wagon rides will leave every half hour from 2:00 - 4:00 from shelter #1. Refreshments will be available for a small fee. Register in advance. Fees. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 5 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
Explore Georgia's Past - Fireside stories of the CCC
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the colorful and interesting stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps and their work at Hard Labor Creek State Park from a seasoned, retired park ranger with a passion for CCC history. Enjoy s'mores by the side of a campfire as you listen to the story of Hard Labor Creek unfold. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia The Dam Walk
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM until May 18, 2013 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Get up close and personal with the most predominant feature at High Falls State Park . . . the dam. Walk availability is dependent on river flow. No dogs. Must be 6 or older. Please wear durable shoes. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Bonanza and Terrific Tree Day
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Take part in the National Great Backyard Bird Count with a guided bird walk and making bird crafts. Celebrate Arbor Day and the CCC in Georgia by planting a tree, taking a guided historic walk to view CCC sites and playing some Project Learning Tree games and creating tree crafts. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474x6052.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia History Hike - Iron Hill Mine
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet at the Iron Hill Trail parking lot to go on a guided tour of the area's remaining open-pit iron mine. Discover some of the history of Red Top before it was a park. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching 101
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn the basics of this fun and addicting game and then go in search of a cache. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Valdosta Kennel Club Agility Trials
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come for a “dog-gone good time." Bring chairs to watch as dogs and their handlers compete in performance events to earn titles from the American Kennel Club. Concessions will be available. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 8 AM to 10 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Bird watchers of all ages, join us in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Bird Watch and Virtual Island Hopping
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. 3 PM- Virtual Island Hopping - Visit all of Georgia's barrier islands without leaving the comfort of our Interpretative Center. Come learn about what the rest of our coast has to offer. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This course will consist of classroom instruction and outside exercises. The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival; venomous snakes, spiders, and insects endemic to Georgia; survival medicine; field expedient weapons and tools; water procurement; edible wild plants; wildlife food; shelter and fire build $70 for both classes or $60 if paid by February 28 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
38th Annual Fireside Craft/Art Show
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Celebrate 38 years of the Fireside Craft/Art Show. More than 60 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
  Sunday, February 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Hike
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger-led hike. We will be learning about the coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk Through Time
Sundays 1:30 PM - 3 PM until Feb 24, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Take a guided walk through history as we explore forest trails walked by Creek Indians and European settlers. Find out who was here and how they lived on Pine Mountain. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool Parking Lot on Highway 354: Easy 1 mile. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wild Gourmet In Winter
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
What’s cooking this winter? We’re promised a hearty raccoon barbeque with an acorn side dish (acorn grits?) At this potluck, the only rule is that every dish must contain at least one wild ingredient. A little nervous? Come on anyway; we’ll teach you how to find delicious edibles all around you. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Valdosta Kennel Club Agility Trials
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come for a “dog-gone good time." Bring chairs to watch as dogs and their handlers compete in performance events to earn titles from the American Kennel Club. Concessions will be available. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Trail Hike and Dinner Time
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9 AM- Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike - Come for a 2-3 mile guided hike through Maritime Forest. Meet at the Big Ferry Trailhead. 3 PM - Dinner Time - Watch as lizards leap, turtles chomp, and snakes lick their chops as the ranger feeds our reptiles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
38th Annual Fireside Craft/Art Show
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Celebrate 38 years of the Fireside Craft/Art Show. More than 60 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
  Monday, February 18, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Discovery Camp - 4th - 8th grade
Daily until Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Discover the outdoors and make new friends during this two-day camp. Enjoy hands-on learning about native animals, outdoor survival and safety skills, wild games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and more. Grades 4th- 8th. Remember to send your students with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and proper outdoor clothing. Pre-registration required. $30. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Happy Presidents Day
Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Nature Craft - Come and learn to make your very own nature journal and how to use it. 3 PM - Birds of Prey - Eagles, hawks, osprey. Learn about the fascinating raptors in this area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Monday, Feb 18, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Skidaway History Day
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9 AM- Sandpiper Nature Trail Hike-Take a leisurely 1 mile guided hike through marsh and maritime forest, keeping an eye out for local wildlife and see how they make a living. 3 PM- History of Skidaway Island-Native Americans to early European settlers and beyond. Discover the rich history of the island. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, February 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Photo Hike and Invasive Plants
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
8 AM- Morning Marsh Photo Hike - Guided 1.5 mile morning hike of the Sandpiper and Avian Trails. Learn some nature photo tips and don't forget to bring your camera. 3 PM- Invasive Plants-Learn about exotic invasive non-native plants that squeeze out our native plants and why they are dangerous to our environment. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Friday, February 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Tree Identification and Sunset Hike
Friday, Feb 22, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - We will go over basic tree identification and get you started on your path to becoming a tree expert. 5 PM - Meet at the Big Ferry Trail head to join an evening hike to the Observation Deck and set up your camera for some great sunset photos. Bring a flashlight. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Saturday, February 23, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Thrills in the Hills Half-Marathon and Marathon
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 7 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
This half marathon and marathon will be an off-road course following the park's scenic mountain bike trails. To register, please go to www.dirtyspokes.com. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
Life as a Creek Indian
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
High Falls was once inhibited by the Creek Indian Nation. Learn what life was like for the Creek Indians before the settlers in this exciting program with stories, crafts, and games. Meet at the pool house. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993.3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 5:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Buzzard Day
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Every year, thousands of black vultures and turkey vultures return this park for the winter. Take a pontoon boat ride to see their amazing numbers. Celebrate with some arts and Crafts as well as live animal shows. Animal shows are funded through donations. Boat rides are $4. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tracks Hike and Reptile/Amphibian Program
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Scats and Tracks - Explore the salt flats in search of scat, tracks, and other signs of the park's elusive creatures. 3 PM- Reptile and Amphibians - Discover Georgia's amazing diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Learn frog calls, view some of the state's most secretive animals, and hold live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hemlock Update and Winter Botany
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 12 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
A report on the progress of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid treatment of our Eastern Hemlock trees will be followed by Botanist Jim Sullivan demonstrating how to identify plants using clues available in the winter. Winter Botany will include a short hike to identify nearby flora. Register in advance. $10 if paid by January 31, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, February 24, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk Through Time
Sundays 1:30 PM - 3 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Take a guided walk through history as we explore forest trails walked by Creek Indians and European settlers. Find out who was here and how they lived on Pine Mountain. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool Parking Lot on Highway 354: Easy 1 mile. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snow Moon Ramble
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to a night trail walk lit by the full moon, stars, and lights from the valley below. Meet at the Amphitheater next to the Park Office; 1 mile; ages 7 & up; Easy;Bring a flashlight & water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Photo Hike and Dinner Time Show
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
8 AM- Morning Marsh Photo Hike - Enjoy a 1.5 mile morning marsh hike over the Sandpiper and Avian Trails. Learn a different nature photo tip every week. Dress for the weather and don't forget your camera. 3 PM- Dinner Time - Watch as lizards leap, turtles chomp, and snakes lip their chops as the ranger feeds our reptiles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Craft and Hiking Games
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Create your own nature journal and learn how to use it. 3 PM - Hiking Games - Learn to observe nature with fun hiking games. Meet at the Sandpiper Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, February 28, 2013
Skidaway Day
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. 3 PM- Virtual Island Hopping - Visit all of Georgia's barrier islands without leaving the comfort of our Interpretative Center. Come learn about what the rest of our coast has to offer. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Mar 1, 2013 8 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars for a guided walk in search for some of the common birds in the area. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Time Pontoon Boat Ride
Friday, Mar 1, 2013 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Take a trip down our river to see alligators in their natural habitat. These large reptiles are most active at night, and this gives visitors a safe experience of viewing them from our pontoon boat. Reservations suggested. Limit 14 people. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
  Saturday, March 2, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger-led hike. We will be learning about the coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Workshop for Beginning Digital Photographers
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join photographer Jackie DeBusk and allow her to provide technical terms in easy to understand language with lots of hands-on exercises. Participants will practice making sound exposures, metering, and focus area settings, as well as practice applying creative composition principles throughout the historic park. www.debuskphoto.com $20. 912-580-5308.
Plains Pig Pickin' Excursion
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a ride in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, to the Annual Plains Pig Pickin' Festival. This excursion promises to be a great opportunity for the whole family to take in the sites of President Jimmy Carter's hometown and see all the crafts and taste all the foods made available at this festival. An excellent Prime Rib Buffet at Lake Blackshear Resort is included in the price of your tickets. Call today to get your tickets! 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia Owl Prowl and Night Sounds Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to the music of frogs and crickets as we search for the elusive owl on the Beaver Pond Nature Trail. Flashlights are welcome, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring bug repellent and digital camera to record the findings. Meet at the Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM  
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia If These Trees Could Talk: A 75th Celebration
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
In 1938, Kolomoki Mounds was founded as Georgia State Park. Imagine the stories the trees could tell! In celebration, join us for a tree planting where you can be a part of park history. Lunch provided. RSVP by Feb. 22. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 11 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Bring your family for arts & crafts, great food, petting zoo, horse carousel, mechanical bull and train rides throughout the park. Enjoy a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be lots of fun for all ages. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Tons of Fun 
Lost Person Prevention
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class unless a SAR activity is occurring. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Time Pontoon Boat Ride
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 6:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Take a trip down our river to see alligators in their natural habitat. These large reptiles are most active at night, and this gives visitors a safe experience of viewing them from our pontoon boat. Reservations suggested. Limit 14 people. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Off the Beaten Path: East Side Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 11 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile excursion to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to seldom-visited sights. This hike will venture off-trail and is open for anyone 12 and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Pre-registration is required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, March 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 4, 2013 to Monday, Mar 4, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spanish Moss Festival
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 10 AM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Bring your family for arts & crafts, great food, petting zoo, horse carousel, mechanical bull and train rides throughout the park. Enjoy a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be lots of fun for all ages. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Tons of Fun 
Monadnock Madness
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Invigorating hikes, surreal views and a rockin’ good time are all in store. This family friendly event encourages amateur adventurers to reach the peaks of Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains. Must register in advance for this ranger-led hike on Panola. See www.monadnockmadness.com for complete schedule. $5 parking. 770-492-5231.
  Friday, March 8, 2013
Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Mar 10, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join authors, vendors, hiking clubs and AT hikers during this presentation-packed weekend designed for anyone who has ever dreamed about hiking the AT. The latest hiking gear, books, and t-shirts are available for purchase. For a complete schedule, visit friendsofamicalolafalls.org. Lower lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching Campout
Daily until Saturday, Mar 9, 2013
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join our hosts, the Georgia GeoCampers, for a weekend of camping, caching and more. Beginners welcome. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Fossils, Snakes and Campfires
Friday, Mar 8, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00 am see and talk about fossils at the Interpretive Center. At 3:00 pm meet and touch our snakes and learn about their biology. At 7:30 pm meet at the amphitheater for a campfire, storytelling, and s'mores. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, March 9, 2013
Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Mar 10, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join authors, vendors, hiking clubs and AT hikers during this presentation-packed weekend designed for anyone who has ever dreamed about hiking the AT. The latest hiking gear, books, and t-shirts are available for purchase. For a complete schedule, visit friendsofamicalolafalls.org. Lower lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Busy as a Bee
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about honey bees and how they make their honey. View a live hive and try to find the queen bee. $1.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-8531.
Get Outdoors Georgia Healthy Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Grab your walking shoes and join us for a free fitness walk. This will last about 45 minutes and be adjusted to the level of the participants. Beginners are encouraged to participate. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Meet at the Nature Center. Don’t forget to bring water. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Behind the Scenes Tour: Leverett’s Mill
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
This tour will follow an old Civil War road that leads to where Leverett’s Mill once stood. The mill was burned as war contraband by Federal forces retreating to Acworth. Terrain is rugged; wear good hiking shoes. $3 - $5.50. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Survival Preparation and Skills Course Series
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this final section of Survival Skills at Buck Shoals, students will receive classroom material and participate in field exercises to learn about field expedient weapons and tools; water procurement; edible wild plants; wildlife food; shelter and fire building; and signaling. As a bonus the instructor will give a short briefing and handout on air-travel survival. $30 - $95 by January 7. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, March 10, 2013
Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join authors, vendors, hiking clubs and AT hikers during this presentation-packed weekend designed for anyone who has ever dreamed about hiking the AT. The latest hiking gear, books, and t-shirts are available for purchase. For a complete schedule, visit friendsofamicalolafalls.org. Lower lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 to Monday, Mar 11, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Monadnock Madness
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Invigorating hikes, surreal views and a rockin’ good time are all in store. This family friendly event encourages amateur adventurers to reach the peaks of Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains. Must register in advance for this ranger-led hike on Panola. See www.monadnockmadness.com for complete schedule. $5 parking. 770-492-5231.
  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Peanut Express
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
Bird Watch and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a maritime forest. Meet at the Big Ferry trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 15, 2013
"Ruins to Rapids" Comet Hike
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This will be a 2-hour, 1.5-mile moderately difficult guided hike along the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and into the ruins of the Civil War-era textile mill of New Manchester. We will be comet-watching, so bring binoculars if you wish. Bring a flashlight and closed-toe shoes, and meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
All About Beavers
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join Anne Warner, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger with Acadia National Park, as she shares the many secrets of beavers. This evening will begin with a short presentation on beavers and will end after a short walk to Unicoi Lake. $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Saturday, March 16, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Turkey Calling Contest
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Kick off turkey Hunting Season with Chattahoochee State Park. To get ready, we will proactice turkey calls. Middle School and High School Students can win prizes. Judged by members of the Wild Turkey Federation. Please preregister by calling the park or coming by the visitor's center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Know the Enemy - White Nose Syndrome
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Cases of the deadly fungus that kills bats have been confirmed in Sitton’s Cave in the park. Find out what WNS is, how it harms bats and what can be done to counteract the detrimental effects of this disease. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia St. Patrick's Lucky Clovers
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everyone could use a little more luck, and four leaf clovers are especially lucky. Nestled in right alongside all of the less lucky, but equally ecologically important three leaf clovers, searching for four leaf clovers can be fun and interesting. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM until Mar 17, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the 2 mile Backcountry Loop trail in search of the elusive leprechaun. This easy hike through pristine leprechaun habitat is perfect for both beginner and experienced trackers. But remember any gold acquired must be shared with the naturalist. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Georgia's Native American Heritage
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come learn how our heritage has been influenced by those who were here before us. We will spend the day examining how people and cultures from the past have helped create today's world. $2.00-$6.00. 770-387-3747.
Feed The Birds Workshop
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Explore the basics of backyard bird feeding so you will know how to attract a range of feathered friends from hummingbirds to cardinals. We will go over bird baths, feeder types, and food choices including bird attracting plants. Meet at the enclosed Group Shelter in the campground. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friends of Fort McAllister Kickoff Cookout
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us to make a difference at a local level to support your state park and historic site. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, good fellowship with neighbors, and education about what we can do to improve and protect our amazing natural and historical resource on Bryan Neck. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pot of Gold Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join our naturalist to hike a 2-mile section of the Gold Mine Creek Trail and search for a "Pot of Gold". See if you have the luck of the Irish! Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Who Lives In A Tree?
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for crafts and a nature walk along our Bird Berry Trail to lean about trees and animals that call them home. Recommended ages are 3-12, but all are welcomed. Location: Nature Center Shelter $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Who Lives in a Tree?
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for crafts and a nature walk down the Bird Berry Trail where we'll talk about the animals that call trees their home. Recommended for ages 3-12 but all ages are welcome. $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Fest
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Welcome spring back to south Georgia with a day full of family fun activities. Included will be a "painted" 5-k fun run, games, face painting, and much more. Please call the park for information and to register for the 5-K. Pre-registration required for the race. $20 race registration. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Let your ears be your guide on this ranger-led hike. While exploring many different habitats on our nature trails, we will be listening for creatures of the night, including frogs, chuck-wills-widow's, and maybe an owl or two. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bug spray, and bring water. Meet at Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia The Dam Walk
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM until May 18, 2013 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Get up close and personal with the most predominant feature at High Falls State Park . . . the dam. Walk availability is dependent on river flow. No dogs. Must be 6 or older. Please wear durable shoes. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Healthy Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Grab your walking shoes and join us for a free fitness walk. This will last about 45 minutes and be adjusted to the level of the participants. Beginners are encouraged to participate. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Meet at the Nature Center. Don’t forget to bring water. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hills of Iron
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013
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. Fee for scratch block molds. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join the Interpretative Ranger to hike along our upland loop nature trail which is also our fitness trail. Stop along markers to do jumping jacks and other fitness related activities. Please wear appropriate work out clothes, jogging shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a show and tell, helpful hints, and “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting and more. Hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Wildlife Interpretive Specialist Sheila Humphrey. Register in advance. $5. Kids under 12 free. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, March 17, 2013
Know the Enemy - White Nose Syndrome
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Cases of the deadly fungus that kills bats have been confirmed in Sitton’s Cave in the park. Find out what WNS is, how it harms bats and what can be done to counteract the detrimental effects of this disease. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia St. Patrick's Lucky Clovers
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everyone could use a little more luck, and four leaf clovers are especially lucky. Nestled in right alongside all of the less lucky, but equally ecologically important three leaf clovers, searching for four leaf clovers can be fun and interesting. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike the 2 mile Backcountry Loop trail in search of the elusive leprechaun. This easy hike through pristine leprechaun habitat is perfect for both beginner and experienced trackers. But remember any gold acquired must be shared with the naturalist. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 to Monday, Mar 18, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk on the Beaver Pond Loop Trail
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger and seach for woodpeckers dashing through the trees, ducks foraging in a natural beaver pond, and the always possible deer, chipmunk or frog. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterfly Hike
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led walk near the mountain bike trails will feature spring butterflies that live in forests and fields. Zebra Swallowtails, Cloudless Suphurs, and Sleepy Orange butterflies, as well as many others can be found. Bring a camera to record your journey. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Happy St. Patrick's Day - Parade & Craft
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Look for our float in Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Or at 1:00 pm in the park, we will make a craft focused on the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day of Spring Hike
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Spring is official here! Emerge from winter hibernation and join a park naturalist on a walk through the park to find the first signs of spring. $4 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
Birds of Prey, Nature Hike, and Campfire
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn about the different birds of prey in this area. At 3:00pm come for a 1.5 mile walk to learn about native plants and animals that inhabit the marsh. At 7:30pm meet at the amphitheater for a campfire, storytelling, and s'mores. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, March 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Friday, March 22, 2013
Night Eggstravaganza
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 7:45 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your basket and your flashlight for a noctural egg hunt. Three hunts separated by age: up to 3 yrs, 4-6 yrs, and 7-9 yrs. Have your picture taken with R.B., Roosevelt Bunny! “Shaker” flashlights will be available for purchase. Parents may hunt with younger children. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Mar 24, 2013 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 2 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on history, nature, kayaks and canoes, with astronomy at 8 PM Saturday night. $1 per program. Kayaks and canoes $8 for 2 hour rental. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM until Mar 24, 2013 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join our park staff for a fun weekend of wildlife activities showcasing alligators, turtles, snakes and more. Interpretative boat rides, guided hikes, and live animal shows will highlight wildlife found at the park. Donations for animal programs appreciated. $4 boat rides. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Giants of Skidaway and Observation Tower Hike
Friday, Mar 22, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am come learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age. See and touch real fossils! At 6:30pm take a nice evening walk to the Observation Tower to watch the sunset. Bring your camera and a flashlight. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, March 23, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Equestrian Poker Ride
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 8 AM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Friends of A.H. Stephens invites you to be a part of benefit for the park's equestrian facilities. Registration is from 8-9am., ride starts at 9:30am., $30 per rider includes one poker hand, lunch, parking and riding fee. $15 per non-rider. Negative coggings is required. $5 parking. 770-466-4430.
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM until Mar 31, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The birds are back! Step up the excitement on your bird watching excursions with a fun and friendly challenge. Keep track of the birds you see then stop by the Interpretive Center to add up your points and add your name to the score board. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Sky Watch
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Local astronomers are back for an evening up-close tour of the night sky. Constellations visible might include Orion, Taurus, Lepus, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini and Leo will be rising in the east. Weather permitting. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Mar 24, 2013 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds - An Ear for Wildlife
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
There is a whole world of discovery on the Bird Berry Trail when the sun goes down. Frogs, Bugs, Spiders, and maybe an owl or bat! Join a park ranger on this 1/2 mile loop trail. Flashlights are welcome, bring a digital camera to record your adventure. 5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Walk on Brantley Trail
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This easy ranger-Led walk will take visitors on the Lake Brantley Nature Trail, exploring the path for different spring wildflowers. Bring a digital camera to document the journey. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
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