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Events starting 5/11/2013
  Saturday, May 11, 2013
McIntosh Relay-For-Life 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013 to Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 6 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for the annual Relay-For-Life fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. www.mcintoshrelay.org 912-437-4770.
Tons of Fun 
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 11, 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 Birdwatching
Saturday & Sunday until May 12, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Go on a short hike and learn what habitats and plants attract particular birds. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Waterfall Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until May 12, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Water is a powerfull thing. Come see the powerful role water played in the past at Cloudland Canyon State Park an how it continues to shape the natural landscape on a hike to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until May 12, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Frogs of Georgia
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM until May 12, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn the calls of native frogs, learn how to make a toad abode habitat and hike to the pond to look for tadpoles. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 11, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo has some great habitat, including marshland, mixed hardwood Forest, and an expansive open lake. We will look for a variety of birds like woodpeckers, warblers, and wading birds. Learn about the Atlanta Audubon Society, and how you can get involved in birdwatching, as well as land conservation. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Art in the Park
Saturday, May 11, 2013 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join local artist Stefano Bacino for a sketching class for ages 10 years and up. All materials will be provided. Class will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Meet at the Nature Center by 2 PM. Feel free to bring water and a light snack. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 11, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Children ages 3-15 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) are invited to participate in the parks annual kids fishing derby.We will be partnering with the National Wild Turkey Federation to offer J.A.K.E.S. day in conjunction with the fishing derby. Additional activities will include BB guns, archery, and black powder demonstrations. Prizes will be offered in various categories and age groups. Registration will be held the morning of the event. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, May 11, 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.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the park naturalist during this refreshing 1.5 mile hike looking for wildflowers on the Falls View Trail. Meet at the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Talk
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a relaxing evening among the stars at our amphitheater by the lake. Bring your best star stories and enjoy some s'mores and good company. Donations welcome. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Whose Coat Is It?
Saturday, May 11, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Someone scattered fur coats along the Mistletoe Canyon Trail! Whose coats are they? In this short walk, you’ll become a detective--touching, guessing, and learning about the animals who left their coats behind. You’ll also learn how each coat was especially designed to meet each animal’s needs. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 11, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 11, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Iron Pour
Saturday, May 11, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona mining community. Purchase a scratch block mold and create your own piece of cast iron art. Molds go on sale at 2 pm and supplies are limited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8 AM to 10 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring your binoculars and cameras to this guided bird walk celebrating International Migratory Bird Day. We'll be on the paved Lakeside Trail and hiking less than a mile. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Photography Workshop
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 2 PM until May 12, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
A combination of presentations and hands-on experience at this weekend workshop will equip you with the skills to take great pictures in a variety of situations. This workshop is designed with the novice and intermediate photographer in mind. For complete details and to sign up, click the event link. $200 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8 AM to 2 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Everyone knows about robins and geese migrating, but did you know that hummingbirds, vultures, and hawks migrate as well? Come learn about migratory birds with guided bird hikes, bird lectures, and crafts. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Stroll at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a gentle stroll by the river and rhtough the woods with volunteers Leslie and Everett Avery. Enjoy this 1-2 mile hike and the opportunity to see Buck Shoals, an unopened state park. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Skulls, Scat, & Scutes
Saturday, May 11, 2013 5 PM to 6 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Ever wondered what types of animals lurk in the swamp? Meet at the interpretive center, across from the office, and learn about some of the critters of the swamp and what we can learn from what they leave behind. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 11, 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 11, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 11, 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. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, May 12, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Birdwatching
Saturday & Sunday 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Go on a short hike and learn what habitats and plants attract particular birds. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Waterfall Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Water is a powerfull thing. Come see the powerful role water played in the past at Cloudland Canyon State Park an how it continues to shape the natural landscape on a hike to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia Frogs of Georgia
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn the calls of native frogs, learn how to make a toad abode habitat and hike to the pond to look for tadpoles. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk Through Time
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:30 PM to 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.
Photography Workshop
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 2 PM  
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
A combination of presentations and hands-on experience at this weekend workshop will equip you with the skills to take great pictures in a variety of situations. This workshop is designed with the novice and intermediate photographer in mind. For complete details and to sign up, click the event link. $200 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Off the Beaten Path: East Side Hike
Sunday, May 12, 2013 10 AM to 1 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 
  Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Reptiles and Amphibians
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Discover Georgia's diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Learn from calls, view some of the state's most secretive animals and get close to live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, May 16, 2013
Bird Watch
Thursday, May 16, 2013 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, May 17, 2013
Armed Forces Day Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, May 18, 2013 3 PM to 10 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on Georgia military history, nature, kayaks and canoes, with astronomy at 9:00 Saturday night. $1 per program: kayaks and canoes $8 for 2 hour rental $5 parking. 229-276-2372.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, May 17, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
A Presidential Motorcade: Social Security Car Tour to Visit
Friday, May 17, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
More than 60 antique automobiles will be parked on the Little White House grounds for visitors to take a step back in time. The Social Security Car Tour features cars old enough to draw a Social Security card, if they could draw one. Car owners will be on hand to answer questions and show off their automobiles. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Canoe Trip
Friday, May 17, 2013 7 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come out to take a twilight paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing from certified instructors and learn about some of the animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5:00 PM on the day of the paddle. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Art in the Park
Friday, May 17, 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 warmth of summer. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 17, 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. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, May 18, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 18, 2013
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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Kiss My Grits!
Saturday, May 18, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us as we grind grits at our water powered gristmill just as it was done in the late 1800s. Grits will be available for purchase. $4 per bag. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Get Outdoors Georgia The Dam Walk
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM  
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 High Falls' National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013 12 PM to 3 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by competing in a number of fun activities including a miniature golf tournament, backyard Olympics, and wildlife trivia. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia Piedmont K9 Search and Rescue Demonstration
Saturday, May 18, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Do you know what to do when you are lost in the woods? Learn from the Georgia Piedmont Search and Rescue team lost prevention and meet the amazing dogs they work with. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3. Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twisted Ankle Marathon
Saturday, May 18, 2013
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The Twisted Ankle Marathon and Half Marathon is a hilly, sometimes technical run through Sloppy Floyd Park and along Taylor's Ridge, the majority of which is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Training for this run should be done on hilly trails. There is a registration fee to participate in Marathon. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Jarrell Plantation's National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn what kind of life children had on the plantation. We will show you what kind of games they would have played and we will make one of the toys they would have played with in that time. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
175 Years: Cherokee Trail of Tears Memorial Service
Saturday, May 18, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
In May 1838, State Militia and Federal Troops started the removal of Cherokee Indians from their homeland in Georgia and surrounding states. Join us for a memorial service including speakers from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee and National Trail of Tears Association. Participating will be Tommy Wildcat, All Nations Warrior Society Honor Guard, Medicine Ridge Singers, Sammy Still and Jack Baker. $5-$6.50 (free for service only) 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Outdoor Adventure Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2013 8 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us at Alexander's Lake for a fishing rodeo, archery, fly-fishing, tree climbing, orienteering, hay rides, and lots of other fun games. Bring your fishing poles and bait as we learn about aquatic habitats and fish identification. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays until Jul 27, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Photo Hike
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to come hiking while honing your skills, enjoying good company, and sharing experiences and tips. We'll be on the paved Lakeside Trail this time which has great photographic opportunities. Meet in the Discovery Room at the Park Office. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Buzzard Day - 5K Road Kill Run
Saturday, May 18, 2013 8 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Stretch your legs and have fun. Meet at the Beach Pavilion to run in our 5k run around the beautiful park. The course is certified and will be professionally timed at the finish line, though it is not a race. Register at the Visitor Center or online at www.runningintheusa.com. Registration fee is $20 until February 16th, and $25 after February 16th $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Double Loop Hike
Saturday, May 18, 2013 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join a ranger for a guided hike through the marsh on the Sandpiper Trail and Avian Loop Trail. Plan about 1.5 hour hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by competing in a number of yard games, such as water balloon toss and sack races. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM until Sep 21, 2013 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour
Saturday, May 18, 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 National Trails Day: After-Dark Night Hike
Saturday, May 18, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
There is a different world that operates at night with all kinds of sounds, things that glow, blink, fly, and croak. Come take a hike through the park in the dark with park naturalists and explore the sights and sound. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 18, 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, May 18, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 18, 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. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tugaloo's National Kids Park Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Celebrate getting outdoors and join us for these kid friendly programs. 11:00 am 'Water Exploration' see what critters live in Lake Hartwell. Met at the Amphitheater and wear shoes that can get wet. 1:00 pm 'Snakes Alive' at the Nature Hut. 3:00 pm 'Putt-Putt Tournament' at the Mini Golf Course by the beach. Tournament is for kids 12 and under. $5 Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Tons of Fun 
Family From Performs Stories and Songs
Saturday, May 18, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional storyteller Debbie From and her 12-year old daughter as they perform stories and songs for the entire family. Concert will take place in the Campground Amphitheater. Rain or Shine. Pass the Hat Donations. $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 18, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. We will hold the Rodeo at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participates must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, May 19, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk Through Time
Sunday, May 19, 2013 1:30 PM to 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.
The Rice Kingdom: Antebellum Darien & McIntosh County 1800-1861
Sunday, May 19, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A presentation by McIntosh County Historian Buddy Sullivan will discuss the various plantations along the Altamaha River, as well as the people who owned the land, and those who worked the fields. This program is FREE, and takes place at the Darien 1st Presbyterian Church @ 3pm. The church is located at 301 3rd St. W, Darien, GA 31305. 912-437-4770.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Basics
Sunday, May 19, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn how to canoe on High Falls Lake with a certified instructor. This program is for those 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to canoeing. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Park Office. $15 includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Wild Gourmet Dinner
Sunday, May 19, 2013 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
If you enjoy our Herbs & Wild Edibles programs, you’ll love this. Every dish must contain at least one wild ingredient. Each season brings its own treats--and summer is full of edible greens, fruits and berries. Nothing to bring? Come anyway; you’ll learn to identify safe, natural foods and enjoy tasting the treats nature provides. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, May 19, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
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 
Reptile Dinner Time
Sunday, May 19, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles and snakes licking their chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 19, 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 19, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for 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. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, May 23, 2013
Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike
Thursday, May 23, 2013 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a maritime forest, learning the early history of Skidaway Island. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Painted Buntings
Thursday, May 23, 2013 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, May 24, 2013
75th Anniversary BBQ Dinner
Friday, May 24, 2013 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
75th Anniversary BBQ Dinner includes meal, seat in Group Shelter and Mystery Tree Program Presentation. Guest Speaker: Don Wells Author of the book Mystery Trees. The never-before-told story about the curious, oddly-shaped “trail trees” that were used by Indians to guide themselves across the North American continent. $25. 706 663 4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Hike
Friday, May 24, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Memorial Day Celebration
Daily until Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
We all know what Memorial Day means, summer time! Get outside and enjoy what nature has to offer. There will many opportunities to have fun with family and friends at the park. Varies plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Hunt
Friday, May 24, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy the gentle pastime of stalking wildflowers. Today's hunt will take place on the Martin Mine Trail. Plant lore, medicinal use, and identification will be highlighted. Donations welcome. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, May 24, 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Friday, May 24, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, May 24, 2013 8:15 PM to 10:15 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Blast
Friday, May 24, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join in on a full moon paddle, relay races, live music, and much much more! See flyer for more details.  $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Paddle on Unicoi Lake
Friday, May 24, 2013 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy the full moon on Unicoi Lake as you paddle alongside a park ranger. Space is limited and no private boats are allowed. No one under the age of 3 is permitted in a canoe and an adult must accompany youths under the age of 18. Pre-registration is required. 15.00 plus $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Saturday, May 25, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 25, 2013
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 Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
75th Celebration Activities
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10 AM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Outside World Outfitters Boat Demo Day- 8:00am –Noon & 2pm- 6pm at Lake Delanor. FDR Amusement Carnival- 10:00am – 6:00pm at ball field. Grand Opening of Liberty Bell Pool- 10:00am-6:00pm. Sean Rox Drum Circle Concert- 6:00pm- 10:00pm at the Office Amphitheater. Bring your own instruments; all percussion instruments welcome. Some fees. $5 parking. 706 663 4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Daily until Monday, May 27, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
A variety of family events will include crafts and games throughout the weekend. Boat tours available. $2 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Memorial Day Commemoration
Saturday, May 25, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Help us pay tribute to our fellow patriots who served our country throughout the years. Cannon and musket firings, Civil War-era demonstrations, and lots of family fun. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Fun at Fort Yargo!
Saturday & Sunday 8 PM - 9:15 PM until May 26, 2013 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
On Saturday we'll have Night Hike at the park! Meet at the boat ramp in campground 2 by 8 PM. We'll see what animals are out and about after dark and will end the hike with S'mores at the amphitheater located between campgrounds 1 & 2. Night Hike Fee is $5 person, ParkPass not included. No dogs, please! Then on Sunday go kayaking or canoeing at night. Meet at the beach boat dock area by 7 PM and enjoy this ranger led evening paddle on the lake. $5-$15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Special Excursion - Memorial Special
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10 AM to 3:15 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
What a great weekend for Memorial Day!  Enjoy you train ride from Ga. Veterans Memorial State Park to Plains and Archery.  Return back to Ga. Veterans Park in time to go visit the indoor and outdoor museums.

10:00 a.m. - Depart Ga. Veterans State Park
10:55 a.m. - Arrive Americus
11:00 a.m. - Depart Americus
11:30 a.m. - Arrive Plains (layover 1 hour 15 minutes)
12:45 p.m. - Depart Plains
12:55 p.m. 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Rutledge
Saturday, May 25, 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 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 25, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be "Super Moons during the month of September. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Tour of High Falls Lake
Saturday, May 25, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore a lake-to-creek paddle and experience the changes in wildlife, scenery and your paddling style as we paddle to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Tour will start at Park office. Space is limited. Reservations required. $15 includes boat rental, PDF, and paddle $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Forest Night Life Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short mile hike to the falls under the moon. We will also discover how nocturnal creatures live in the dark woods. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kolmoki Beach Bash
Saturday, May 25, 2013 5 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Enjoy a kick off to summer with the Kolomoki Beach Bash! We will have blow up inflatables, Corn Hole Tournaments, Music, all sorts of games, crafts, and finally a Campfire with S'mores. Admission is $10 per car, which includes your parkpass. Camp with us instead and you get in free. $10 per car including parkpass $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Memorial Day Mayhem
Saturday, May 25, 2013 11 AM to 9 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
It's H2O Olympics Time! Compete in soaking wet water games, meet interesting creatures, take home cool crafts and enjoy a night hike. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 x6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Whippoorwills, owls and bats, oh my! Explore the night by using all your senses while going on a hike through the woods led by a ranger. Bring a flashlight and hiking shoes. Easy, half-mile hike. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 8 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 Tree Top Night Climb
Saturday, May 25, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Get an owl's eye view of the stars and full moon from up in a 50-foot tree! This nocturnal rope and harness climb will include spotting fluorescent lichen, stargazing and a camp fire with s'mores! Please register in advance. For ages 8 and up. Meets at Alexander Lake parking lot. $20 per person $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday & Sunday 8 PM until May 26, 2013 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars and the full moon. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants should bring dinner, breakfast and a sleeping bag. Non-climbers allowed to camp. Register in advance. $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Ranger-led Tandem Kayaking Tours -- FULL
Saturday, May 25, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us as we explore some of Red Top's beautiful coves on tandem kayaks. Fee includes kayak, paddle, life jacket, basic instruction, and guided tour. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Mushrooms
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Explore mushroom natural history, ecology, and lore with Dr. Julia Kerrigan, a mycologist at Clemson University and co-founder of the South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society (SCUMS). Begin in the classroom with an introduction to the kingdom Fungi followed by a walk exploring fascinating fungi in the forest and their roles in the ecosystem. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 25, 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 25, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 25, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:30 PM to 11:30 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 
Southern Gospel Music
Saturday, May 25, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Southern Gospel group "Blood Bought" from Toccoa will be at the park's Beach Pavilion for a night of fun and music. Bring your favorite camping chair and join us for a relaxing musical evening. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Blast
Saturday, May 25, 2013 1 PM to 9 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join in on a full moon paddle, relay races, live music, and much much more! See flyer for more details.  $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Movie Night
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
We will be showing a movie in the field behind the office, so bring your blankets or chairs and get ready for some fun. We will have popcorn and refreshments for sale. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 25, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, May 26, 2013
Radical Reptiles
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about the reptiles you can find around the park. World Turtle Day is Thursday, May 23. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
75th Celebration Activities
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Outside World Outfitters Boat Demo Day- 8:00am –Noon & 2pm- 6pm at Lake Delanor. FDR Amusement Carnival- 10:00am – 6:00pm at ball field. Grand Opening of Liberty Bell Pool- 10:00am-6:00pm. Sean Rox Drum Circle Concert- 6:00pm- 10:00pm at the Office Amphitheater. Bring your own instruments; all percussion instruments welcome. Some fees. $5 parking. 706 663 4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Fun at Fort Yargo!
Saturday & Sunday 8 PM - 9:15 PM  
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
On Saturday we'll have Night Hike at the park! Meet at the boat ramp in campground 2 by 8 PM. We'll see what animals are out and about after dark and will end the hike with S'mores at the amphitheater located between campgrounds 1 & 2. Night Hike Fee is $5 person, ParkPass not included. No dogs, please! Then on Sunday go kayaking or canoeing at night. Meet at the beach boat dock area by 7 PM and enjoy this ranger led evening paddle on the lake. $5-$15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Sunday, May 26, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Sunday, May 26, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia River Walk at High Falls
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn about the ecology and biology of the Towaliga River on this lead 0.5 mile hike on the Falls View Trail. Meet at the Park Office. $4 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Tour of High Falls Lake
Sunday, May 26, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore a lake-to-creek paddle and experience the changes in wildlife, scenery and your paddling style as we paddle to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Tour will start at Park office. Space is limited. Reservations required. $15 includes boat rental, PDF, and paddle $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday & Sunday 8 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars and the full moon. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants should bring dinner, breakfast and a sleeping bag. Non-climbers allowed to camp. Register in advance. $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Outdoor Concerts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 4 PM to 5:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy bonus "Mountain Music" concerts during Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends. The bands will be playing off the front porch of the Vaughan Log cabin, located behind the Park Office. Bring a snack and something to sit on. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Sunday Series: Springwood a Virtual Tour of FDR's New York Home
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 1:20 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Take a photographic journey through FDR's family estate by former National Parks Ranger Ashley Aultman. Located in Hyde Park, New York, Springwood was the offical home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the time of his birth to his death. $6-$10. 706-655-5870.
Dinner Time
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, and snakes licking their chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, May 26, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Discover Georgia's diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Learn from calls, view some of the state's most secretive animals and get close to live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 26, 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 Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Blast
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 8 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join in on a full moon paddle, relay races, live music, and much much more! See flyer for more details.  $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
War of Jenkins' Ear
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.
  Monday, May 27, 2013
Rookery Trip
Monday, May 27, 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. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Pine Mountain Boy Scout Troop #40 will be performing a retirement ceremony for the American flag. Guests are welcome to bring flags needing to be retired and may drop their flags off at the FDR State Park Front Desk upon check-in. $5 parking. 706 663 4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 2013
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Start your summer with a BANG here at Fort King George! $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 2013 11 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This coastal fort will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Monday, May 27, 2013 12 PM to 3 PM
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 
Twilight Paddle
Monday, May 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Family Challenge
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Compete with other families in fun mini games for great prizes including free mini golf and canoe rentals. Meet at Lakeside Program Area. $10 per family. $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Memorial Day Mountain Hike
Monday, May 27, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Work up an appetite before your holiday cookout. Join a ranger for a 3 mile hike to the top of Panola Mountain. Enjoy views of Atlanta and Stone Mountain. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet in the Nature Center. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Painted Buntings
Monday, May 27, 2013 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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