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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

First Day Hike at Vogel
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join members of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for a healthy hike on New Year's Day. We'll explore the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail which has a beautiful overlook with Lake Trahlyta in view. Vogel Volunteers will provide lunch afterward. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Beginner Birding
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Art in the Park
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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.
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Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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High Falls Historic Walk
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM until Mar 2, 2013 
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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Sun Over Panola Mountain
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wondered what the sun looks like up close? Take a look at the Earth's closest star. Using special telescopes that are safe for your eyes, you will be able to see the sun's surface and the fusion of hydrogen on the sun. Join us for some super solar system fun. We will meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wormsloe's New Year's Resolution Run
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe is partnering with Savannah's NonStop Fitness for the first-ever 10K trail run through the historic site. Runners will pass through three centuries of history while enjoying some of the best natural scenery on the Georgia coast. Register at www.active.com or call 912-349-4902. $35 through Active.com. 912-349-4902.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Wild Discovery Camp - PreK - 8th grade
Daily until Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Discover the outdoors and make new friends during this two-day camp. Enjoy hands-on learning about native animals, outdoor survival and safety skills, wild games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and more. Grades PreK- 8th. Remember to send your students with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and proper outdoor clothing. Pre-registration required. $30. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
History Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Hike with re-enactor Adam Young, who will be fully outfitted in period uniform.  Adam will bring the storied history of the coast to life as your walk along the trail!  Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Behind the Scene Tour: A.P. Stewart's Line
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
This tour takes visitors to seldom seen areas of the park, including an area occupied by Maj. Gen A.P. Stewart’s Division from May 29 to June 5, 1864. $2.75 - $4 770-443-7850.
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join the Interpretative Ranger to hike along our upland loop nature trail which is also our fitness trail. Stop along markers to do jumping jacks and other fitness related activities. Please wear appropriate work out clothes, jogging shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Jack Frost Jump
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10:30 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join this benefit for Elbert Memorial Hospital by jumping in the icy-cold lake. Register at www.emhcare.net. $50 minimum donation. $5 parking. 706-498-2958.
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Send-off Party & Hike for Trans-USA Walker
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join this inspirational send-off for Jack Fussell who is running across America, from Skidaway Island State Park to California. He's raising support for Alzheimer's Association. Help send Jack on his journey with a short hike, live music and food. Learn how he lost 100 pounds by hiking at Amicalola Falls. AJC article: www.bit.ly/U5Zxas $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Beginning Bee Keeping
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about basic bee-keeping and how to start a hive. Professional honey producer Berry Wright will discuss assembling equipment and installation of bees. A trip to the apiary will be included, weather permitting. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Invite a Monarch to Lunch-Conference Room at Visitor Center
Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years. Learn all about the Monarch butterfly and what we can do to help bring it back. Registration is encouraged for this free program. $0 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Art in the Park
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Dancing Through The Decades
Fridays 5:30 PM - 7 PM until Feb 8, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional dancer Carrie Elrod for a 4-week series. Each class will include a warm up, then participants will learn steps to social dances from a specific decade ('40s through '70s). From there, participants will learn social dances from the time period to put together in a fun routine at the end. $7 prepaid or $10 walk-in. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext 305.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 4 mile hike on the Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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The Dam Walk
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM until May 18, 2013 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Get up close and personal with the most predominant feature at High Falls State Park . . . the dam. Walk availability is dependent on river flow. No dogs. Must be 6 or older. Please wear durable shoes. Meet at Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Dulcimer Jam
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join musicians from around the state as they play dulcimers, fiddles, banjoes, basses, and harmonicas. You can sit back and enjoy the music or join in with an instrument of your own. $5 parking. 706-541-2146.
Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Survival Skill Series at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The first part of the series is Basic Land Navigation, including an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, bearing/azimuth, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and more. Register in advance. $20 - $95. Call for details. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Guided Sunset Paddle in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Enjoy a beautiful evening paddle in the Okefenokee Swamp while watching sunset over Billy’s Lake. Bring a head lamp or flashlight since we will be returning after dark. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp -- hooting owls, calling frogs and maybe bellowing alligators -- from a canoe or kayak. Weather permitting. Reservations required. $20 includes rental gear. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Jan 19, 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.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Hayride and S'mores
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 25, 2013 2 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 25, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Fox Frolic
Friday, Jan 25, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Did you know that many of Georgia’s native species are most active at night? Join our Interpretative Ranger for a night time hike to experience why many creatures prefer the night. The nature nook will be open from seven to eight with the hike starting promptly at eight. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Star Party
Friday, Jan 25, 2013 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Hike out to the Wetland Loop and view stars from the open field with amateur astronomist Everett Avery. This is a 3 mile round-trip hike on paved roadway into the park. There is one significant hill to climb. $5 per person or $15 per family. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Dancing Through The Decades
Fridays 5:30 PM - 7 PM until Feb 8, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional dancer Carrie Elrod for a 4-week series. Each class will include a warm up, then participants will learn steps to social dances from a specific decade ('40s through '70s). From there, participants will learn social dances from the time period to put together in a fun routine at the end. $7 prepaid or $10 walk-in. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext 305.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wolf Moon Ramble
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to a night walk lit by the full moon, stars, and lights from the valley below. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Sunbury and the War Between the States
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Remnants of the old colonial town of Sunbury still existed when the war between the North and South began. Observe a Confederate encampment, musket and cannon demonstrations, and soldier talks, and learn the role that Sunbury and Savannah played in this great, tragic war. $3 - $4.50. 912-884-5999.
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Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Orienteering Course & Classes
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us as we unveil the new orienteering course at Panola. Bring your compass, and purchase a map from the Nature Center as we help you to understand compass usage and topographic maps to find your way. Members of the Georgia Orienteering Club will be on hand to provide demonstrations. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 5:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Dulcimer-Making Workshop
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Assemble, sand and finish an all-wood Appalachian dulcimer with dulcimer-maker and musician Bob Thomason. All tools and supplies are provided. No woodworking experience is required. Bob Thomason has been making and playing fine Appalachian dulcimers since 1981. Register by 1/11. $90 or $100 if paid 1/10 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wildflower Photography Class
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional photographer Rena Johnson in this informative class that will entail both a presentation and hands-on experience photographing wildlife. Park Ranger Jessica James will assist with wildflower identification. To pre-register go to: http://www.meetup.com/Rena-Johnson-Photography-Workshops/events/107158642/ $100.00 $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Winter Walk
Sundays  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Celebrate FDR's Birthday
Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
It's a birthday celebration at the F.D. Roosevelt State Park office. Local historian and former Warm Springs Institute brace maker, Marion Dunn, will be on hand to chat and take us back to the time of FDR. Birthday cake and drinks will be served as we pay tribute to the 32nd president of the United States. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Say "Happy Birthday, FDR" with a Guided Tour
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Commemorate the 132nd birthday of President Roosevelt with a guided tour at the Little White House. This 90 minute tour will be led by historian and Friends president Brian Roslund. Reservations required. $20. 706-655-5870.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Feb 1, 2013 8 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars for a guided walk in search for some of the common birds in the area. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Dancing Through The Decades
Fridays 5:30 PM - 7 PM until Feb 8, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional dancer Carrie Elrod for a 4-week series. Each class will include a warm up, then participants will learn steps to social dances from a specific decade ('40s through '70s). From there, participants will learn social dances from the time period to put together in a fun routine at the end. $7 prepaid or $10 walk-in. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext 305.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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.
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Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
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Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 5 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take a rustic wagon ride through the park, and through a slice of American History. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park out of Dust-Bowl Era farm land, and made a recreation area for the public to enjoy for all time. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3007.
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Explore Georgia's Past - Fireside stories of the CCC
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the colorful and interesting stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps and their work at Hard Labor Creek State Park from a seasoned, retired park ranger with a passion for CCC history. Enjoy s'mores by the side of a campfire as you listen to the story of Hard Labor Creek unfold. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
High Falls Historic Walk
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM until Mar 2, 2013 
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.
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High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Dendrology: Winter Tree Identification
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
This two-hour ranger-led hike will show you basics to identifying common trees and other woody vegetation during the winter time. 20-25 species will be identified with the common and scientific names as well as some key characteristics to help you find these trees even when most trees don't have any leaves. Wear good hiking shoes and meet at the Nature Center. Register in Advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Basic Photography
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Spring is here and Panola Mountain will be photo-ready with Diamorpha abound, the wildflowers appearing, and butterflies fluttering. Meet at the Nature Center for instruction on Digital-SLR techniques that apply to point and shoot cameras. Then hike onto Panola Mountain for some great photo opportunities. Register in advance. $17 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Astronomy Night
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join an interpretative ranger to hike along our upland loop nature trail which is also our fitness trail. Stop along markers to do jumping jacks and other fitness related activities. Please wear appropriate work out clothes, jogging shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Learn to Play the Dulcimer
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the dulcimer? Music teacher Gwen Aumann will help you tune, strum, and learn easy, beginning songs for the dulcimer. Gwen plays a number of musical instruments; from the piano to the penny whistle, and performs with dulcimer groups. $35 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Walk Through Time
Sundays 1:30 PM - 3 PM until Feb 24, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Take a guided walk through history as we explore forest trails walked by Creek Indians and European settlers. Find out who was here and how they lived on Pine Mountain. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool Parking Lot on Highway 354: Easy 1 mile. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Falconry Experience at Buck Shoals
Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 2 PM to 5 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about the art of falconry with Buster Brown, Co-Director of the Georgia Falconry Association. A short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. Register by January 25. $30/adult or $35 if paid after January 25. Kids 12 and under free. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Invite a Monarch to Lunch-Conference Room at Visitor Center
Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years. Learn all about the Monarch butterfly and what we can do to help bring it back. Registration is encouraged for this free program. $0 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dahlonega’s Mysterious Diving Bell
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
In November 2012, Dahlonega welcomed its newest historical attraction -- the Chestatee River Diving Bell. Visitors come from across the nation to wonder at this marvel of 19th-century underwater technology, but how many know the mysteries surrounding the great iron bell? $3.50 - $6 706-864-2257.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Marsh Meander and Afternoon Nature Craft
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9:00AM Marsh Meander
A one hour long exploration of Skidaway Island State Park's fascinating marshlands.

3:00PM Afternoon Nature Craft $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Venue of Vultures and Basic Tree ID
Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11:00AM- a Venue of Vultures
Learn about these important and interesting birds that do the dirty work no other animal will.

3:00PM- Basic Tree Identification
We will go over basic tree identification and get you started on your path to an expert in trees! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Friday, February 8, 2013

"Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Friday, Feb 8, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Dancing Through The Decades
Fridays 5:30 PM - 7 PM  
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional dancer Carrie Elrod for a 4-week series. Each class will include a warm up, then participants will learn steps to social dances from a specific decade ('40s through '70s). From there, participants will learn social dances from the time period to put together in a fun routine at the end. $7 prepaid or $10 walk-in. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext 305.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Bluebird Workshop
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Local bluebird specialist Lamar Hamrick explores the basics of bluebird natural history and housing so you have the tools to attract these feathered friends to your yard. Handouts provided. Pre-registration encouraged. $6 per person-cash at the door or pre-pay at office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Romantic Sunset Valentine Dinner On The Train
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, we'll take a short ride and park over beautiful Lake Blackshear as the sun is setting. After dinner, we will take a nighttime train ride through the Sumter County countryside before returning to the park. 229-276-0755.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Historic Rutledge Horse Trail Hike
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take this 5 mile Ranger-Led Hike on the historic Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. We will see some of the best scenery in the park, and discuss the importance of the CCC and the role they played in turning old farm land into a beautiful recreation area. Ages 10 and older, in good physical condition. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Birding Basics
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 9 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basic of the growing hobby of bird watching, then put your skills to test with a short guided bird walk. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturdays 10 AM until Mar 2, 2013 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Behind the Scenes Tour: Hazen's Approach
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
A ranger-led tour follows Union General William B. Hazen's approach route to the Battle of Pickett's Mill on May 27, 1864. The tour takes you through parts of the battlefield not seen by the average visitor. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable hiking shoes since the tour is across the same rugged terrain crossed by soldiers in 1864. $2.75 - $4.00 770-443-7850.
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Georgia Arbor Day
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 9 AM to 1 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
We're celebrating Georgia Arbor Day early with native tree planting, educational programs, and tree crafts. Get in the spirit of nature and plant a tree as a thanks to our planet. $1 for craft. $5 parking. 2298963551.
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A Celebration of Independance: Our Revolutionary War Connection
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - Washington, GA
Period costumes from 1797-1925 and a favorite authenic recipe will enhance the visitors' experience. Dialogue taken from war records will tell of families' ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War. The program will connect over 40 patriots to those who built, preserved and maintained the Robert Toombs House. $1.50-$4.50 706-678-2276.
Romantic Valentine's Train Excursion
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 4:30 PM
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA
Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day on this romantic train excursion across Lake Blackshear.  Begin by browsing antique cars, then board the train to ride across the sparkling lake and past scenic pecan groves.  End at the Lake Blackshear Resort for a wonderful meal.  Overnight packages with breakfast buffet are available.  $41-$99. 229-276-0755.
Off the Beaten Path: East Side Hike
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 11 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile excursion to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to seldom-visited sights. This hike will venture off-trail and is open for anyone 12 and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Pre-registration is required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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