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Events starting 7/28/2013
  Sunday, July 28, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 10 AM
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 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 4 PM to 5:15 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Wild Gourmet Dinner
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 10:30 AM to 12 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 28, 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.
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.
  Thursday, August 1, 2013
Night Hike
Thursdays 9 PM - 10 PM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Hikers will explore Georgia's nightlife on a walk through the woods after dark. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Painted Buntings and Call of the Wild
Thursday, Aug 1, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. At 8:30pm walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. See if you can tell the difference between frogs, bugs, and birds. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, August 2, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 8:30 AM to 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars for a guided walk in search for some of the common birds in the area. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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, August 3, 2013
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.
Bird Walk
Saturdays 9 AM - 10 AM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come see Georgia's birds up close and personal. We'll take a walk and practice our birding and identification skills. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Interpretive Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided hike through the unique and diverse ecosystems of the Georgia Piedmont. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Stargazing
Saturdays 10 PM - 11 PM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get to know the night skies. We'll find constellations, stars, and planets, and learn stories and facts behind each. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
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 Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 3, 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. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Talk
Saturday, Aug 3, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 3, 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 3, 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com/red-top-mountain for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Ranger-led Tandem Kayaking Tours -- FULL
Saturday, Aug 3, 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 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Morning Bird Watch and Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 1:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 10 AM to 12 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 3, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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.
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.
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 Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
All you need to participate is a digital camera or mobile phone camera. The challenges will have different start times and their scavenger lists will be available in the Visitor’s Center at the following times: (9 am) The Naturalist’s Challenge, (10 am) The Trails Challenge, and (11am) Family Challenge. Prizes awarded to the first three teams in each category. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, August 4, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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.
  Wednesday, August 7, 2013
For Women by Women: Intro to Kayaking
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a women's only introduction to kayaking on Fort Yargo's beautiful lake. This program is open to girls and women 12 years and older who are new to kayaking. Meet at the beach boat dock area by 5:45 p.m. Reservations required. $15/person, inludes life jacket, paddle, kayak. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 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, August 8, 2013
Peanut Express
Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, August 9, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Family Fun Camping Night
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 6 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join a park ranger for a night of camping at our brand new Scout Lake campground. Learn backpacking tips like how to properly pack your bag and Leave No Trace Principles. We will provide water for campers and will have wilderness education programs throughout the night finishing up the day's activities with a campfire to roast s'mores. Register in advance. $15 per family. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Astronomy 101
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Learn about the stars in this introduction to astronomy. All ages welcome. Start by learning a little bit about space and the stars in general, and as it gets dark gaze through the telescopes to get a closer look at the night sky. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Big Ferry Guided Hike and Birds of Prey
Friday, Aug 9, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning the early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. At 2:00pm join us to learn about the large birds of prey that rule the sky. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 7:30 AM to 8:45 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, Aug 9, 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, Aug 9, 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, August 10, 2013
Annual Star Party
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 8 PM to 11 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga will host an program followed by an observation of the night sky. A video will be presented at 8 PM and BAS members will be on hand with telescopes to provide observations of objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Dowdell's Knob Loop Hike
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Pine Mountain Trail Association for a summer ramble along the Pine Mountain Ridge and through mixed hardwood forests. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob Parking Lot off Hwy 190; 4.3 miles; moderate. Bring water and snack; geared for ages 10 & up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
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 Georgia Veterans Memorial Triathlon and Duathlon
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 7 AM to 10 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Racers can participate in a triathlon, a half-mile swim in Lake Blackshear, a 13.6-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run, or a duathlon, which drops the half-mile swim. Registration fee. $5 parking. 229-273-1668.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Aug 10, 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 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 to Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 - 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy for Beginners
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 9 PM to 10 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn about the stars in the sky in this informative program on how to identify a few star constellations and the stories behind them. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Lost Person Prevention
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class unless a SAR activity is occurring. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Soldier's Life
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Canoeing Tours
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Paddle with us on beautiful Lake Allatoona and search for birds, turtles, deer, and more. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $20 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Insects Galore, Giant Ground Sloth, and Fungus Among Us
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am, learn about the different types of insects in this area. At 3:00pm, hear a discussion about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age. At 8:30pm come out into the night to look for glow-in-the-dark lichen. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 10 AM to 12 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 10, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 10, 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 Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bring your favorite camping chair or lounge and join us to watch this years' most spectacular meteor show. We will be meeting in the parking lot behind the Visitors Center. $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.
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.
  Sunday, August 11, 2013
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Monday, Aug 12, 2013 to Monday, Aug 12, 2013 - 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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.
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.
  Monday, August 12, 2013
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Monday, Aug 12, 2013 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 to Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 - 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Sounds Hike
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Let your ears be your guide on this ranger-led hike. While exploring many different habitats on our nature trails, we will be listening for creatures of the night, including frogs, chuck-wills-widow's, and maybe an owl or two. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bug spray, and bring water. Meet at Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, August 15, 2013
Interpretive Center Tour, Scat N' Tracks, and Call of the Wild
Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 1:00pm explore our museum and get details about our native wildlife and the history of the island. At 3:00pm hike the salt flats in search of scat, tracks, and other signs of the park's elusive creatures. At 8:30pm walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, August 16, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Paddle
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Frog Slog
Friday, Aug 16, 2013 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn how to identify frogs by their calls. Investigate wetlands and streams in search of frogs and salamanders. Be prepared to get wet, muddy, and bring a flashlight and headlamp, nets, seines and buckets. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Hike
Friday, Aug 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a hike as day ends and night begins. Start in the Discovery Room at the Park Office to meet a resident snake and then set out on the trail. Moderately difficult 1 mile hike. $3 per person or $15 for groups of 5 or more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Painted Buntings and What a Hoot!
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am 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. At 3:00pm come learn about the owls that are native to Georgia. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 16, 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, August 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wilderness Survival Weekend
Saturday & Sunday until Aug 18, 2013 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Learn survival skills such as shelter making, fire building and compass reading. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Artifact Identification Day
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
A professional archaeologist will be available to date and identify artifacts brought by visitors. Many interesting and unusual items will be shown. Bring your items, heirlooms, and imagination for a day of fun. Youth $4.00 Adults $5.50 770-387-3747.
Raptor Program and Release
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 9 AM to 9:45 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center for a birds of prey program ending with the release of rehabilitated hawks. Meet at the amphitheater next to the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
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 Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, Aug 17, 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
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 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 Waterfall Scenic Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join a guided hike down to High Falls along the Towaliga River. Learn about the habitat and history that surrounds the river. Hike is approximately 3/4 mile long and moderately strenuous. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kolomoki Mounds Moon Race
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 8 PM to 10 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Registration begins at 8:00p.m., Fun Run begins at 9:00p.m., 5k begins at 9:30p.m. Preregistered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt night of the race. Registration forms can be picked up the Park Office, or by calling the park office. Make sure you stick around for some music and prizes for the most creative "GLOWERS" after the race. $25 prior to Aug. 9. $30 after Aug. 9. Parking Fee included in Price 229-724-2150.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 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 Arabia/Panola Bike Ride
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 8 AM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 14 miles round trip from Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve to Panola Mountain and back. Guided by Park Rangers and Naturalists we’ll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn more about the history and landscape of the Arabia National Heritage Area. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 17, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Big Ferry Hike, Toads and Turtles, and Whoooo is out there?
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning early history of Skidaway. At 2:00pm discover the differences between reptiles and amphibians. At 8:30pm join us to learn about owls and their behavior and then head out into the night to hear a hoot. $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.
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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 10 AM to 12 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 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 Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 12 PM to 2 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 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Aug 17, 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, Aug 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.
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.
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.
  Sunday, August 18, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wilderness Survival Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Learn survival skills such as shelter making, fire building and compass reading. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Aug 18, 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. Register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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.
  Monday, August 19, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 7 PM to 9 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 
  Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 7:45 PM to 9:45 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 
  Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 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 
  Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wilderness Survival and Spider Seek
Thursday, Aug 22, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 1:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. At 8:30pm hike the trails at night to find where the spiders go hide. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
"John Muir Inspired" Identification Hike
Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
No cameras or search engines, only pencil and paper. This hike will be an educational program geared toward identifying native and non-native animal and plant species. Later at the lab we will identify with the help of field guides what we had earlier sketched. Pencil and sketch pad recommended. 16 yrs. and older. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle
Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 8 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Friday, August 23, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Paddle
Friday, Aug 23, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Aug 25, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Hike
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a hike as day ends and night begins. Start in the Discovery Room at the Park Office to meet a resident snake and then set out on the trail. Moderately difficult 1 mile hike. $3 per person or $15 for groups of 5 or more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 7:30 AM to 8:45 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, Aug 23, 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, Aug 23, 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, August 24, 2013
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 24, 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 months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Aug 25, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 9 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Hear the history of local gold mining with a local historian and Smithgall's Interpretive Ranger. The morning begins with a presentation depicting cultural influences that lead up to the 1828 Georgia “gold rush.” A hike on the Martin Mine trail provides an opportunity to interpret the scars that gold mining efforts left on the landscape. Register in advance. $5 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, Aug 24, 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, Aug 24, 2013 3 PM to 5 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, Aug 24, 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.
Canoeing 101 for Women
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 9 AM to 2 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Women ages 16 and up are invited to join us for a fun day on Lake Hartwell. This event involves a paddle to one of our special islands, so bring plenty of water, a sack lunch, and sturdy shoes that can get wet. Seats are limited, so register in advance. $15 plus $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.
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.
  Sunday, August 25, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Morning Kayak Paddle
Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate Labor Day on Lake Rutledge. Learn some basic kayak strokes, and enjoy an easy paddle on the calm water. Space is limited, please register in advance. Participants will meet at the Park Office Trading Post. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Archery
Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 10:30 AM to 12 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 25, 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.
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.
  Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 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 
  Friday, August 30, 2013
Night Hike
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This 1-mile hike will give you an introduction to the canyon, tips on hikes while at the park, and help you relax your way into a great weekend. Meet at the Interpretive Center at 7:00 PM. Bring a headlamp or flashlight for a “spider hunt” at the end of the hike. Reservations suggested. $3 adults; $1 children $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 8 PM to 9:15 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Geocaching Weekend
Daily until Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 7:30 PM to 10 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Activities include an ice cream social, kids activities, a spaghetti dinner and lots of geocaching. Join other geocachers for camping too. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 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 Labor-less Day
Daily until Monday, Sep 2, 2013 11 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Take a break from work and come play at the park with some animals, hikes, games and crafts. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Hike
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a hike as day ends and night begins. Start in the Discovery Room at the Park Office to meet a resident snake and then set out on the trail. Moderately difficult 1 mile hike. $3 per person or $15 for groups of 5 or more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Luau
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
There will be many fun games for the children along with face painting, wildlife presentations, and a kid’s treasure hunt on the beach. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the festivities. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Morning Bird Watch and Toads and Turtles
Friday, Aug 30, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 2:00pm come and learn all the differences between reptiles and amphibians and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 30, 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.
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