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Events starting 3/23/2013
  Saturday, March 23, 2013
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 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 Festival By The Lake
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Want to spend a day by the lake? Enjoy our festival with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. Boat rides will be departing on the hour. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Signs of Spring Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the park naturalist during this refreshing 1.5 mile hike looking for signs of spring. We will be searching for wildflowers, blooming trees, and singing birds. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $4 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Photography
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is here and Panola Mountain will be photo-ready with Diamorpha abound, the wildflowers appearing, and butterflies fluttering. Meet at the Nature Center for instruction on Digital-SLR techniques that apply to point and shoot cameras. Then hike onto Panola Mountain for some great photo opportunities. Register in advance. $17 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7 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 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.
Wilderness Survival and Night Sensory Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 3:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. At 7:00pm use all your senses to explore the woods in the dark. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 23, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Mar 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 "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching Class
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Learn the basics of geocaching, then head out with your GPS to look for caches hidden in the park, including a new one. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
  Sunday, March 24, 2013
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 Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 to Monday, Mar 25, 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 Scottish Heritage Day
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
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 Wildlife Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM  
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 24, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, March 28, 2013
Coastal Georgia Geology and Trail Hike
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am, what is a barrier island? Why doesn't Georgia get hit by hurricanes very often? What is the Georgia Bight thing? Come learn the answers to these questions. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through maritime forest. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 29, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt - Ages 0-5
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your kids ages 0 to 5 to Crooked River's Egg Hunt. Limited participation, early wristband purchase available. $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Flashlight Egg Hunt - Family Hunt
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your family, friends, flashlights and baskets to Crooked River's Egg Hunt in the Dark. Limited participation, early wristband purchase available. Entertainment and music will be provided by Camden DJ! $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Georgia on My Mind Days
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
The Georgia Visitor Information Center in Sylvania, Georgia will be hosting different attractions and destinations -- along with the Georgia State Parks Gopher Mascot and our park. Stop by and take pictures with your favorite furry friend. 912-829-3331.
Easter Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on Easter crafts, 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.
  Saturday, March 30, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting for you. Children bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch; and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 30, 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 30, 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 Beginner Birding
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 5 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
This moderately strenuous, three-hour paddle is through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. Participants must be 6 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian if younger than 18. Register in advance. $35-$95, plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia An Evening of Astronomy
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Great for the entire family. Meet at the Park Office on Hwy 190 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Native Americans and the American Revolution
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Jim Sawgrass of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe will present Native American life, tools, weapons and their role in the American Revolution with presentations at 1 pm and 3 pm. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 8:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Meet us next to the lake to search for Easter eggs which glow in the dark. Advance cabin and campsite reservations are encouraged. Register in advance for the egg hunt. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for egg hunting fun and face painting at the Turtle Creek Trail area (next to tennis courts). Please arrive by 10:45 am- the hunt will start promptly at 11 am. For ages 10 and under. Remember to bring your basket. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 10:20 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Children 8 and younger will hunt for 3,000 candy-filled plastic eggs, while little tykes 2 and younger can search in a baby patch. $1 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 30, 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 Leave No Trace Workshop
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Leave No Trace teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team and learn more about protecting your outdoor recreational areas. Participants will explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on, engaging activities. $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Forest Night Life Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 6:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short mile hike to the falls under the moon. We will also discover how nocturnal creatures live in the dark woods. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Bring your flashlight because this year we will hunt in the dark. Children 0-5 will start at 8 p.m. Ages 6-9 and 10 and up will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Meet at Picnic Shelter 4, with treats and refreshments provided by Friends of Kolomoki. There will be prize eggs for each category that the whole family can enjoy. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 7 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Go on an Easter treasure hunt to seek the prize, play some Easter bingo for prizes and meet the cutest and smallest live baby animals. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 x6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Ages 3 - 10 will create their own Easter baskets then go on a egg scavenger hunt looking for clues through the woods. We will finish with the 4-H Bunny Club sharing their rabbits. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterflies and Blooms
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain is an excellent place to visit in the spring. An amazing array of wildflowers bloom on the granite outcrops, which in turn attract a wide assortmant of butterflies. Join a park ranger for this 2-mile walk up Panola Mountain and bring a camera to record your adventure. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Plein Air Painting on Panola
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
This ranger-led program up Panola Mountain is for anyone who loves the natrual environments of Georgia and wants to try a hand at "Plein Air," or painting from life, outside, in real time. In the traditions of the impressionist painters who strove to capture the changes of light on the landscape, Panola Mountain is full of places to inspire artists. Supplies included. Meet at the Park Office/Nature Center. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
The Friends of Reed Bingham group will hide 2,000 eggs for children 12 years old and younger to find. There is a special prize egg in each age group. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Easter Blast
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts. Picnics welcome. Egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Egg hunt $2 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 30, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester where we will tour inside the mill. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Easter Fun at Unicoi State Park
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make an Easter Craft, get your photo taking with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), enjoy a hayride, and participate in an Easter egg hunt (12 years and under.) Try your chances for an Easter basket raffle. Sponsored by "Friends of Unicoi State Park." All activities will be held in Unicoi Bottoms. $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Sunday, March 31, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Birds Challenge - The Game
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM  
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.
3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an authentic Easter Egg Roll similar $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 31, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, April 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak the Salt Marsh
Monday, Apr 1, 2013 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take a 3-hour tour exploring one of Georgia's beautiful coastal salt marshes. Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Reservations required. $35-$95. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak the Salt Marsh
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take a 3-hour tour exploring one of Georgia's beautiful coastal salt marshes. Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Reservations required. $35-$95. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, April 5, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Bear Creek Trail Guided Hike
Friday, Apr 5, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
After 10 years of being closed, this park treasure is now open again. This is a strenuous hike, but we will go slow and enjoy the beautiful scenery this 9-mile trail has to offer. Bring plenty of water, lunch and hiking poles. We will cross the creek, so if water levels are too high, we will contact registrants. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Fort Yargo Colonial Market Faire
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this 19th century living-history event, tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate crafts and knowledge of the time. Enjoy frontier frybread and kettlecorn. $5. Children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Apr 5, 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 
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Apr 5, 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, April 6, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 11 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, Apr 6, 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.
Composting
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Composting is easy and interesting. This intro to composting will describe the basics concept of composting and what you need to get started. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Save the Hemlocks
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Georgia’s Hemlocks are under attack from the woolly adelgid. Help park staff check some of the hemlocks for infestation symptoms, and find out what can be done to save theses majestic trees. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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 Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My!
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Specially designed for young birders and their families, this interactive program is part of PBS kids “Explore the Outdoors,” inspiring families to get outdoors and explore nature. Participants will learn the basics of birds and bird watching through fun activities and a walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Kelley Family Concert
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for an outdoor concert featuring the Kelley Family. They will start playing at Shelter #1. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Fort Yargo Colonial Market Faire
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM until Apr 7, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this 19th century living-history event, tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate crafts and knowledge of the time. Enjoy frontier frybread and kettlecorn. $5. Children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Corn Grinding
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Now that the pond is full of water, our historic grist mill is up and running again! Join us as we grind corn like it was done in the 1800s. Freshly ground cornmeal will be available for purchase, including recipes for hush puppies and corn bread. $4 per bag of fresh cornmeal. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 6, 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 Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is a great time to see the incredible diversity of wildflowers on Panola Mountain. Not your typical habitat, this 100-acre granitic rock is a tough place to grow! See the beautiful Red-leaved Diamorpha, the delicate Sandwort, and the rare Granite Stonecrop. Register in advance. Meet at the Park's Interpretive Center. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Observe the Night Sky
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join astronomers as we learn about the planets, and if conditions allow, see objects such as planets, open and globular star clusters, planetary nebulas, and double stars. Register in Advance. Meets at the Mountain Lake; call for directions. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Night Climb
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come see the stars and the full moon through the tree branches. This nocturnal climb will include fluorescent lichen and other glowing critters of the night, stargazing and night climbing activities. Register in advance. For ages 8 and up. Meets at Alexander's Lake. $15 per person $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
A Southern Historic Garden
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 to Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 - 10 AM to 4 AM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
"Robert Toombs Family and Friends" will present a living history program and volunteers will demonstrate the importance of the Southern Garden from Post Colonial times to the early 1900s. Admission is Free. 706-678-2226.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Colors of Cancer 5k
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 8:30 AM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
A one mile track will be set up along with the 5k track to encourage participation at any age or fitness level. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Relay for Life to support cancer research. Registration forms are available from members of the Friends of Seminole State Park as well as the park office. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 6, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Apr 6, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays until Apr 27, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
  Sunday, April 7, 2013
Composting
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 10:30 AM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Composting is easy and interesting. This intro to composting will describe the basics concept of composting and what you need to get started. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Save the Hemlocks
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Georgia’s Hemlocks are under attack from the woolly adelgid. Help park staff check some of the hemlocks for infestation symptoms, and find out what can be done to save theses majestic trees. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Earth Day Nature crafts
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your own Earth Day Every Day park souvenir from tree cross sections and collected, nuts, twigs, and lichens. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Every Day Walk
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds 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 wildflowers and animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot across from Cottage #5. Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Fort Yargo Colonial Market Faire
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
During this 19th century living-history event, tradesmen and artisans will demonstrate crafts and knowledge of the time. Enjoy frontier frybread and kettlecorn. $5. Children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 8 AM to 9:45 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. Register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterfly Safari
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Granite outcrop habitats provide great butterfly viewing. Bring a digital camera to record these incredible creatures. A ranger will point out wildflowers that bloom on the rock outcrop and species that utilize their nectar. We will look for Zebra Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, Juniper Hairstreaks, and possibly a giant Yucca Skipper. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dragons and Damsels
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies have been on Earth since before the dinosaurs. They are great predators, which is good for us since they eat flies and mosquitoes. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and Panola has a great mix of these creatures. Bring a camera and stalk Alexander Lake for these colorful flying dragons. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 7, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Big Ferry Hike and Insects Galore
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9 am come for a 2- to 3-mile hike through a maritime forest, learning early history of Skidaway. At 3 pm learn about the different insects in this area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, April 11, 2013
Indoor Basic Archery
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Friday, April 12, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia The Forest Night Life
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 7:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short half mile night hike. We will be search for bats, listen for owls, and keep our eyes peeled for some nocturnal creatures. $4 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
69th Commemorative Ceremony for our President
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
We will pay tribute to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the anniversary of his death at the Little White House. This event includes a U.S. Marine Color Guard and guest speaker Nina Roosevelt Gibson. Free Admission until Noon. 706-655-5870.
Minute-by-Minute, FDR's final hours on April 12, 1945
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 3 PM to 4:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join historian Brian Roslund, President of the Friends of FDR's Little White House, for a 90-minute guided tour, highlighting minute-by-minute accounts of the afternoon of April 12, 1945. It is recommended guests arrive at least 45 minutes before the tour to visit the memorial museum and view the historic site film. Reservations required. $20. 706-655-5870.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Apr 12, 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Venue of Vultures
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn about these important and interesting birds that do the dirty work no other animal will. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 7:45 AM to 9 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This lesson is for beginners to intermediates and does not require experience. Students should expect a fun and gentle practice with an emphasis on grounding, balance, and strength building.The lesson will be held on the Yellow Trail Bridge above beautiful Sweetwater Creek. Yoga mat recommended. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Art in the Park
Friday, Apr 12, 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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, April 13, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate the arrival of spring to the park with a wildflower hike. The hike will tour the Stitton’s Gulch trail which runs the bottom of the canyon and will be led by local wildflower expert/enthusiast Larry Williams. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature's Recyclers
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2 PM until Apr 14, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Fungus, mold, creepy crawly things and vultures all get a bad rap but without them the world would be one gross place. Come learn more about Nature’s Recyclers and how they help you and go on a short hike to explore the seedier side of the natural world. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Roving Rover Dog Hike
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM until Apr 14, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Bring your furry companion along on a hike! All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and be friendly to other people and pooches. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia History Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Hike with re-enactor Adam Young, who will be fully outfitted in period uniform.  Adam will bring the storied history of the coast to life as your walk along the trail!  Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
An Introduction to Dyeing with Mushrooms
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Arleen Bessette, author of "The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer's Field Guide," will teach the basic techniques of using mushrooms to dye wool and other natural fibers and fabrics. Simple instructions, as well as some of the more common dye mushrooms, will be illustrated and discussed. A wool dyeing demonstration will conclude presentation. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tools & Weapons and Torchlight Tours
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 10 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. Complete your evening by seeing an amazing nighttime view of Etowah. The site will be illuminated by torchlight for guided tours. $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Rutledge
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join this guided paddle on Lake Rutledge. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the role they played in creating this park. All levels of skill can join this easy paddle. Look for wildlife like Osprey, Red-Headed Woodpeckers and possibly an eagle on the trip. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia GeoCaching 101
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the modern day treasure hunt in this family fun event. Learn the basics of geocaching and find your first cache. Meet at the park office. $4 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Kelley Family Bluegrass Concert
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Some siblings fight, but the five Kelley kids prefer to make music together. This award-winning family from Appling not only entertains, but teaches classical violin, bluegrass/gospel fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and piano. Donations are appreciated. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Ms. Charlene's Painting Party
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Paint a 16 x 20 canvas, The Family Tree, to take home. Led by Charlene Montgomery, Appling artist. Adult and children are invited. No experience is necessary. All supplies will be provided. Register in advance. $35 plus $5 parking. 706-699-9194.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Apr 13, 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 Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 13, 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us at the log cabin for this living history event. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games. Experience the sights and sounds of a black powder demonstration as authentic style muzzle loading rifles and muskets are fired. $2-$4. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 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 
College Day, Trail Hike, and Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
All day, college students with a student ID are invited to enjoy the perks of the park. At 11:00am, take a hike with a ranger to get introduced to Skidaway Island. Learn about birds, vegetation and wildlife. At 1:00pm learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Touch live examples! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Botanical Preparations for Spring
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Teas, vinegars and compresses will be made with some of the bountiful plants of the season. Students will participate in making medicinal preparations to take home. $30 or $35 if paid after March 30. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 13, 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 State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" member John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. There will also be a visit inside the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 13, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga in the Park
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a Beginner to Intermediate yoga practice on the trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park. No experience or yoga mat necessary. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays until Apr 27, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Photography Class
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional photographer Rena Johnson in this informative class that will entail both a presentation and hands-on experience photographing wildlife. Park Ranger Jessica James will assist with wildflower identification. To pre-register go to: http://www.meetup.com/Rena-Johnson-Photography-Workshops/events/107158642/ $100.00 $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Sunday, April 14, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature's Recyclers
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Fungus, mold, creepy crawly things and vultures all get a bad rap but without them the world would be one gross place. Come learn more about Nature’s Recyclers and how they help you and go on a short hike to explore the seedier side of the natural world. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Roving Rover Dog Hike
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Bring your furry companion along on a hike! All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and be friendly to other people and pooches. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Pine Mountain Day Hike
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join avid hiker Gayle Edgar as she leads you along the Pine Mountain Trail (Big Poplar Loop) through spring wildflower displays and rich hardwoods. Time to be announced.Call to register and get details. 8.5 miles; moderate. $5 parking. 706-457-2712.
Earth Day Every Day Walk
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 1 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds 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 wildflowers and animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot across from Cottage #5. Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 14, 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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