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Events starting 8/23/2013
  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 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 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.
  Saturday, August 31, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 8 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Run like a fox in the 1.5 mile fun run through the campground. Open to all ages. Prizes awarded to youth ages 14 & under for 1st-3rd place. T-shirt awards to all pre-registered runners. Must sign up by Aug 22 to receive shirt. $10-$75 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Aug 31, 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 Labor Day On The Lake
Daily until Monday, Sep 2, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Let's get outside and have a little fun on the park. Our family celebration including games, nature programs, and crafts. Educational boat tours throughout the day. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Ft. McAllister Labor Day Festival 2013
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
You deserve a little R & R for all of your hard work, so gather up the family and bring some friends! We invite you to kick back and enjoy music and entertainment, fun games for children & adults, a challenging grease pole, and great food. Adults $6.50, Seniors $6.00, Youth (6-17) $3.75, 5 & Under- free. 912-727-2339.
Labor Day Fun at Fort Yargo
Saturday & Sunday until Sep 1, 2013 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us Saturday at 4 p.m. for nature crafts and at 7 p.m. for a twilight paddle. On Sunday at 6 p.m., come for Intro to Kayaking: for Women by Women. Call to register and for details. $3-$15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak out to a Frog Slog
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Discover some amazing things about wetlands and the many frogs that live in them. We will kayak out to the marshy area of Lake Rutledge, and search for the many frogs that call the wetland home! Bring shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting muddy and wet! $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Aug 31, 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 
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 9 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Build Your Own Bird House or Bat House
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us in the campground for this free, family-friendly construction project. Choose between a birdhouse or bat house kit to build and take home this Labor Day weekend. Please call the office to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Ranger-led Tandem Kayaking Tours -- FULL
Saturday, Aug 31, 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 
Sunset Photo Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Grab your gear and head to the park to practice your sunset photography. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to this free program where you'll enjoy hiking in good company, taking pictures, and sharing tips and tricks. Meet at the Park Office. $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 
Roosevelt Days
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join us Labor Day Weekend for a fun filled event celebrating FDR’s life in Warm Springs, GA. Special activities for kids, living history, guest lectures, guided tours, arts & crafts vendors. $8-$12. $15 for Guided Tour. $25 for Luncheon. 706-655-5870.
Winston Churchill: Recollections on the struggle for liberty
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 11 AM to 2:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Dr. Tom Wentland as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill will reflect on the scarifices of liberty, made by millions, to win a war against tyranny. Performances in the theater 11 am, 12pm, and 2 pm. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Housewarming - Celebrating the anniversary of the Little White House
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
In May of 1932 a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the completion of FDR’s Little White House. Friends of Roosevelt’s Little White House will offer cookies, cake and lemonade to historic site visitors at the memorial fountain. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Luncheon with Jeff Clemmons, author of Rich's: A Southern Institution
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 12 PM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join author and historian Jeff Clemmons as he recalls the history of Rich's, Georgia's and the South’s iconic department store. A southern buffet will be provided as part of the lecture, which will be followed by a book signing. Admission fee includes admission to other Roosevelt Days activities. Reservations required. $25. 706-655-5870.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 31, 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 Water Day
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Water balloon toss competitions, sponge relays, and a water slide are just some of the fun activities planned for this year's Water Day. Some fees. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Water Balloon Games and Fungus Among Us
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 1:00pm go wild and get wet in these fun-filled water balloon games. At 8:30pm come out into the night to look for lichen that glows in the dark. $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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 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 Oconee Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bring your binoculars and join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a basic birding techniques walk. This event involves a 1 mile hike, so bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park office to register in advance. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Doggie Pageant
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us for a “Doggie Pageant” to benefit the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter. The director of NEGAS will be with us to help judge the show. All contestants will be entered into a raffle drawing to win doggie treat basket. $5 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  
  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.
Picnic Hike to Blood Mountain
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
This will be a 7 mile strenuous hike, taken at a moderate pace, with discussion topics ranging from the CCC to the romanticism movement and the surrounding flora. The hike should last 6-7 hours and all participants are to bring their own picnic lunch, water, and snacks. Preregistration is required. $10 participation fee $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Daily until Monday, Sep 2, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Craft demonstrations for the 18th century including woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, colonial games, candle making and so much more. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, September 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia It's a Hoot!
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
During this evening walk, you will learn why owls are such good hunters at night and other amazing facts about these birds. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Labor Day Fun at Fort Yargo
Saturday & Sunday 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us Saturday at 4 p.m. for nature crafts and at 7 p.m. for a twilight paddle. On Sunday at 6 p.m., come for Intro to Kayaking: for Women by Women. Call to register and for details. $3-$15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 1 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
Sunday, Sep 1, 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Luau
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
  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 
Roosevelt Days
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join us Labor Day Weekend for a fun filled event celebrating FDR’s life in Warm Springs, GA. Special activities for kids, living history, guest lectures, guided tours, arts & crafts vendors. $8-$12. $15 for Guided Tour. $25 for Luncheon. 706-655-5870.
Franklin Roosevelt, the Fountain City and Ft. Benning
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join Brian Roslund, historian and President of the Friends of FDR’s Little White House, for a presentation regarding Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt’s numerous visits to Columbus and Fort Benning, Georgia. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Roosevelt's Rail Travels
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A presentation regarding FDR’s travel by train includes highlights from FDR's whistle stop campaigns, construction of the Presidential Pullman "Ferdinand Magellan" & funeral train from Warm Springs, GA to Hyde Park, NY. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Housewarming - Celebrating the anniversary of the Little White House
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
In May of 1932 a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the completion of FDR’s Little White House. Friends of Roosevelt’s Little White House will offer cookies, cake and lemonade to historic site visitors at the memorial fountain. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Eleanor’s Contributions
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A presentation focused on the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt - “First Lady of the World”. Presented by Dr. Joe Morrow, Vice-Chairman, Roosevelt Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 1, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, Sep 1, 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  
  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, September 2, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginner Birding
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Morning Kayak Paddle
Monday, Sep 2, 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 
Labor Day Mountain Hikes
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for exploration of the unique conservation area and Panola Mountain. This hike is 3.5 miles round-trip and is moderately difficult. Two hikes will take place to offer a morning and a night hike for interested visitors. Bring water, bug spray, and wear good hiking shoes. Reservations required. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Labor Day Mountain Hikes
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for exploration of the unique conservation area and Panola Mountain. This hike is 3.5 miles round-trip and is moderately difficult. Two hikes will take place to offer a morning and a night hike for interested visitors. Bring water, bug spray, and wear good hiking shoes. Reservations required. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Monday, Sep 2, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Monday, Sep 2, 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 
  Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, September 5, 2013
"John Muir Inspired" Identification Hike
Thursday, Sep 5, 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.
  Friday, September 6, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Catfish Rodeo
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 2 PM to 6 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Catch and keep up to 5 fish each from the park's stocked pond. Lessons will be offered throughout the day on how to cast and bait hooks. Please bring your own bait. Limited equipment is available to borrow. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
For Women by Women: Intro to Kayaking
Friday, Sep 6, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bird Watch, Scat N' Tracks, and Night Frog Hike
Friday, Sep 6, 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 explore the salt flats in search of scat, tracks and other signs of the park's wildlife. At 8:30pm listen for frog calls and try to identify them as you hike the trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Friday, Sep 6, 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, Sep 6, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, September 7, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Sep 21, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Catfish Rodeo
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM until Sep 8, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Catch and keep up to 5 fish each from the park's stocked pond. Lessons will be offered throughout the day on how to cast and bait hooks. Please bring your own bait. Limited equipment is available to borrow. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Sky Watch
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Local astronomers are back for an evening up-close tour of the night sky. Constellations visible might include Orion, Taurus, Lepus, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini and Leo will be rising in the east. Weather permitting. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Trek along the Pine Mountain Trail to the highest point in the park, Dowdell's Knob. Discover flora and fauna in the mixed hardwood forest along the ridge. Geared towards ages 10 & up. 3.5 miles, moderate. Bring water. Meet at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spectacular Spider Shine
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a close look at these eight-legged, insect eating predators followed by a short walk to find them along the woodland edges. Meet below the campground dam at Picnic Shelter #2; Bring a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk/Run
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 7:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance as they celebrate, honor, and remember gynecologic cancer survivors and patients, their families, caregivers and friends. Proceeds will support Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) community outreach programs. www.gaovariancancer.org For event fees, please visit: www.gaovariancancer.org $5 parking. 404-255-1337.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia The Great Fort Yargo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a park-wide scavenger hunt starting at the Nature Center at 11 a.m. Saturday morning! Get ready to solve riddles and win prizes! Must have a bike or car to get from place to place inside the park for the hunt. Work alone or in teams; no more than 4 to a team. $3/person. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 8 PM to 10 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 Hound Hike to the Falls
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your four legged friends to the park to enjoy a short 0.5 mile guided hike to see the falls. All dogs must be on a leash. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 11 AM to 1 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, Sep 7, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dragonfly and Butterfly Safari
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
A park ranger will guide this trip into a "wild" grassland habitat, teeming with butterflies and dragonflies. Bring a camera to record the adventure as we navigate through the different grassland habitats. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Pickett's Mill Battlefield Tour
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Take a guided tour on one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Terrain is rugged and it is recommended you wear proper gear for hiking. $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Iron Hill Trail Bird Walk
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 8 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Victor Williams of the Atlanta Audubon Society on a pursuit for Red Top's winged residents. Bring your binoculars and we'll provide a bird checklist to see how many we can spot. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 7, 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 Guided Hike and Nature Craft
Saturday, Sep 7, 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. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. At 3:00pm meet and greet fellow park visitors as you make crafts from everyday household items. $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 Geology Hike
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 10 AM to 12 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 7, 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 7, 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, Sep 7, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, 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/unicoi-state-park/ for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, September 8, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Sundays until Oct 27, 2013 
  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, Sep 8, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Catfish Rodeo
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Catch and keep up to 5 fish each from the park's stocked pond. Lessons will be offered throughout the day on how to cast and bait hooks. Please bring your own bait. Limited equipment is available to borrow. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 8, 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.
  Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 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, September 12, 2013
What a Hoot!
Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 3:00pm come learn about the amazing owls that we have here in Georgia. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, September 13, 2013
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Sep 13, 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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Sep 13, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Twilight Hike
Friday, Sep 13, 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.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Sep 13, 2013 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Painted Buntings
Friday, Sep 13, 2013
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, then hang out at our Birding Station. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga on the Bridge
Friday, Sep 13, 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 13, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, September 14, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Sep 21, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Hemlock Help Clinic
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The Hemlock Help Clinic is a free program geared to the general public and will present an overview of the threat to our hemlocks, how to recognize it, the options for saving these valuable trees, and the free help that is available through Save Georgia's Hemlocks. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spectacular Spider Shine
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a close look at these eight-legged, insect eating predators followed by a short walk to find them along the woodland edges. Meet below the campground dam at Picnic Shelter #2; Bring a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 14, 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.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Sep 14, 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Farm & Garden Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 9:30 AM to 2 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Show your support for state parks and historic sites by joining volunteers caring for the vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and the historical farm buildings and furnishings at an authentic middle Georgia plantation. Work gloves are recommended. Extra herbs can be taken home to start a new garden. 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 14, 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, Sep 14, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 7 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 call to register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sandpiper Trail Hike and Toads and Turtles
Saturday, Sep 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. At 2:00pm come and learn all the differences between reptiles and amphibians and see and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Women for the Woods at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Share the great outdoors with like-minded women on this beautiful unopened state park. Choose between classes in canoeing/kayaking, hiking, fly-fishing, firearms and more. Price includes a fire-cooked lunch. $45 or $50 if paid after August 30. $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 
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