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Events starting 1/25/2014
  Saturday, January 25, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 
Snake Awareness Program
Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, January 26, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 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
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 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.
Tree ID Hike
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come take a 1 mile hike with a Ranger to learn how to identify some common trees found on our island and in Savannah. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Learn to Play the Dulcimer
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 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.
  Thursday, January 30, 2014
Say "Happy Birthday, FDR" with a Guided Tour
Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 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.
  Friday, January 31, 2014
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Jan 31, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, February 1, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Groundhog Day Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Will spring come early this year or will it be another 6 weeks of winter? Whatever the prediction will be, enjoy the day outside in this guided nature hike to the falls. Meet at the park office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 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.
1st Saturday Hike & Pinecone Birdfeeder Craft
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Let us help you keep your New Year's resolution! Join Ranger Marcus on a 3.5 mile hike on the Homestead Trail loop. In the afternoon, come make a tasty treat that birds will love. $1 per person for birdfeeder. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Learn to Play the Dulcimer
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, February 2, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 10 AM to 12 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.
Groundhog Day Hike
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come join us and look for your shadow from the top of Panola Mountain. Join a ranger-led hike to explore our unique conservation area and learn about the unique plant communities that call granite outcrops home. Luckily no two hikes are the same with us so you are guaranteed a one-of-kind experience! Please register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 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.
  Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tree ID Hike
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come take a 1 mile hike with a Ranger to learn how to identify some common trees found on our island and in Savannah. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, February 7, 2014
Art in the Park
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 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.
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, February 8, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Sky Watch
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Bluebird Workshop
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 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.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hike the winter woods with PMT guide, Mark Hughes, from the highest point in the park to Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Lot. 3.5 moderate miles. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 10 AM to 2 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.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 10 AM to 12 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, Feb 8, 2014 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 Hemlock Update and Winter Botany
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
A report on the progress of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid treatment of our Eastern Hemlock trees will be followed by Botanist Jim Sullivan demonstrating how to identify plants using clues available in the winter. Winter Botany will include a short hike to identify nearby flora. Register in advance. $10 if paid by January 31, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 
Colonial Faire and Muster
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Feb 9, 2014 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free admission. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, February 9, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 10 AM to 12 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
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 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 Falconry Experience at Buck Shoals
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014
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.
Colonial Faire and Muster
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free admission. 912-353-3023.
  Friday, February 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us count winter birds during this international birding event sponsored by Audubon and Cornell University. Novice and expert birders welcome. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Bring a picnic lunch. Meet at the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Valentines Under Venus Stargazing Party
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Invite your Valentine for a night beneath the moon and stars as we learn and solve the secrets of space with Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to eat under the stars. Alcohol is prohibited. $7 per person $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Romantic Sunset Valentine Dinner On The Train
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 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 in time to attend he Valentine dance at the Lake Blackshear Resort featuring the Good Vibrations Band. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky. Space if limited, please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky. Space if limited, please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Couples Twilight Night Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Enjoy a romantic night under the full moon light with a stroll to the falls. Learn the history of the falls and some cool facts of the nocturnal creatures that call High Falls home. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Civil War Medicine
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 1 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Lurking in the shadows behind the pomp and glory, beneath all the patriotic fervor, and thrill of battle, and even the serene camaraderie of the campfire, awaited enemies more dread and sinister than all the bullets on the continent. During this period three men died of disease compared to one who died on the battlefield. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Cupid's Night Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Enjoy a romantic night hike under the stars. Learn about nocturnal creatures and park history. After the hike, cozy up to a campfire, make S'mores, and sip hot chocolate. Purchase tickets at the park office before 4:30pm. Meet at the Overland trailhead parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Valentine's Day Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring yourself or your sweetheart for this moonlit stroll atop Panola Mountain. We will picnic on the mountain as we watch the sun set over downtown Atlanta, and then continue our journey towards the full moon view. Pack a light blanket, some water, and your hiking shoes for this unique Valentine's Day event. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Couples Sunset Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring your loved one on a special Ranger-led hike on the Iron Hill Trail. We'll hike out to where we can see the sun setting over Lake Allatoona. Program is free but pre-registration is required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Valentine's Day Special
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 3 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Add a ready-made Valentine’s Day gift for you and your sweetheart to your Valentine's weekend cottage reservation! You must call the park office by February 8th in order to purchase a basket. The baskets will be available when you check in on Valentine’s Day. $30 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Valentine's Day Tour and Overlook Hike at Buck Shoals
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Whether you are with your sweetie or solo, you’ll love these two overlooks at Buck Shoals, an unopened DNR property. Come tour the property by van with several stops along the way. See a mountain overlook and a river overlook that involves a short hike. No fee but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Valentines Day "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your sweetheart out for a romantic night. This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is moderately difficult and goes inside the five-story Civil War era ruins of the New Manchester Mill along the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight is required. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
  Saturday, February 15, 2014
Hike to the Heart
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a guided hike of about a mile (round trip) to the old stone tower where Valentines will learn the endearing story of true love carved in stone. Pictures will be taken followed by a wagon ride. Preregistered female guests will receive a carnation. Tours start every 1/2 hour. Register at www.friendsoffortmountain.com. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Get Outdoors Georgia Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky. Space if limited, please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky. Space if limited, please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 5K Trail Run
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 9 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Compete in a 5k, 1-mile Fun Run, or Kiddie Run through the trails of Magnolia Springs State Park. In support for Jenkins County Karate for Kids. Register online at Active. $5 parking. 478-982-2943.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
3rd Saturday of Month 1 PM until Jul 19, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
3rd Saturday of Month 3 PM until Jul 19, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
In celebration of Georgia Arbor Day we will be planting native trees around the park, hosting an educational tree lesson, hosting a mini-golf tournament, and making some crafts using parts of different trees. $1/craft; tournament $4 for just volunteers, free for volunteers $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
In celebration of Georgia Arbor Day we will be planting native trees around the park, hosting an educational tree lesson, hosting a mini-golf tournament, and making some crafts using parts of different trees. $1/craft; tournament $4 for just volunteers, free for volunteers $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Great Backyard Bird Count and Bird Hike
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 9 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9:00AM Bird Hike: Join Camphost Nell for an informative morning bird hike. Bring binoculars or borrow limited pairs from the museum. All day: Great Backyard Bird Count $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia GPS Basics
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance. $25 per adult if paid by February 21, $30 after plus $5 parking per vehicle $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
SweetH20 Half Marathon
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 8 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This race course offers 13.1 miles of winding, moderately difficult trails in and around Sweetwater Creek State Park, following the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek, and venturing past Civil War-ear textile mill ruins. There will be aid stations every 2-4 miles with water and sports drink. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, February 16, 2014
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 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
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 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 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a mile-long hike to identify and count birds for this world-wide citizen scientist project. Birders of all experience levels are invited. Bring binoculars and guides if you have them. For more on the GBBC go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Snake Awareness Program
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and several snakes and turtles in this educational program as we learn about reptiles of Sweetwater Creek State Park. This will be an up-close experience as everyone will have the opportunity to touch the snakes. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, February 17, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join Ranger Marcus on a mile-long hike to identify and count birds for this world-wide citizen scientist project. Birders of all experience levels are invited. Bring binoculars and guides if you have them. For more on the GBBC go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Great Backyard Bird Count and Morning Bird Watch
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
10:00AM Morning Bird Watch: Learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. all day: Great Backyard Bird Count $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 
  Thursday, February 20, 2014
Weapons and Equipment of the Civil War
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 1 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
There will be a display of these items used by the soldiers of the North and South. You will actually get to hold and touch Swords, Pistols, Rifles, Cannon Balls, and Personal items used during the War. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.
Civil War History Event 
  Friday, February 21, 2014
Art in the Park
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 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.
Night Sky Watch
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate hike will take us to Jack's Hill where we will search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars are recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are required. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
39th Annual Fireside Arts Craft Show
Friday, Feb 21, 2014 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
More than 50 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Saturday, February 22, 2014
Basics of Photography
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 3 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join Randall Hollis for a three weekend course combining classroom lectures and discussions, hand outs, image presentation, field experiences and student work critiques to cover the basics of photography. Adults only. Limited space, pre-registration required. $75.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Arbor Day "Bark In The Park" Dog Walk
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Arbor Day among the trees with your canine friend. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all. Treats and prizes & for dogs. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Supported by the Columbus area Petsmart. Meet next to the Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dinner with the General
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
General James E. Oglethorpe and the garrison of Fort King George invite the public to a quaint colonial dinner in the enlisted soldiers barracks. Evening entertainment will feature the arrival of General Oglethorpe, musket and cannon firings, and interaction among fort officers, soldiers and dinner guests. Reservations required. RSVP By February 18 $35 for dinner. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia Thrills in the Hills Half-Marathon and Marathon
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 6 AM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
This half marathon and marathon will be an off-road course following the park's scenic mountain bike trails. To register, please go to www.dirtyspokes.com. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
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.
Outdoor Digital Photography Workshop
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Each workshop will consist of 2 sessions. The level I session will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm each day. The level II session will be from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm each day. Beginner and intermediate photographers are invited to attend this workshop. No photography experience is required. Each session will cover different topics. $15 per session/$30 for day. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 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 Buzzard Day - 5K Road Kill Run
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 7 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Stretch your legs and have fun. Meet at the Beach Pavilion to run in our 5k run around the beautiful park. The course is certified and will be professionally timed at the finish line, though it is not a race. Register at the Visitor Center or online at www.runningintheusa.com. Registration fee is $20 until February 16th, and $25 after February 16th $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 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.
Digging Savannah Guided Hike
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn about the archaeological sites of Skidaway Island. This is a special event led by Armstrong State University archaeologist Laura Seifert. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail. $10 or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Okefenokee Swamp and Night Sky Photography Workshop
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM until Feb 23, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Want to learn to capture all the mystery and intrigue of the Okefenokee Swamp and its inhabitants? During this two day workshop at gorgeous Stephen Foster State Park, you will learn everything you need to know in order to photograph it all from sunrise to sunset and even a step beyond with capturing the unbelievable night sky. $325 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile night hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
39th Annual Fireside Arts Craft Show
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 10 AM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
More than 50 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Sunday, February 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 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
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 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.
Okefenokee Swamp and Night Sky Photography Workshop
Saturday & Sunday 9 AM  
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Want to learn to capture all the mystery and intrigue of the Okefenokee Swamp and its inhabitants? During this two day workshop at gorgeous Stephen Foster State Park, you will learn everything you need to know in order to photograph it all from sunrise to sunset and even a step beyond with capturing the unbelievable night sky. $325 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
39th Annual Fireside Arts Craft Show
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
More than 50 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. This indoor, juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
  Friday, February 28, 2014
Sandpiper Trail Hike
Friday, Feb 28, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Saturday, March 1, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 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.
Basics of Photography
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 3 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join Randall Hollis for a three weekend course combining classroom lectures and discussions, hand outs, image presentation, field experiences and student work critiques to cover the basics of photography. Adults only. Limited space, pre-registration required. $75.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Dirty Spokes: Off-road Duathlon
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
The 5th annual duathlon at Fort Yargo State Park presented by Dirty Spokes Production. Please visit www.dirtyspokes.com for event details. Fee plus $5 parking. 404-310-3628.
Tons of Fun 
Lake Blackshear Mardi Gras Festival
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 12 PM to 6 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
An afternoon of Arts & Crafts, rides & activities, a King Cake Contest, Karaoke, a Cajun style cook off, a Pet Parade, a Mardi Gras Parade and lots more fun. Come just to enjoy these family friendly events or consider being a participant by contacting the Park Office for official rules and application forms. $5 parking. 229-276-2372.
Tons of Fun 
Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 8:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Dance the night away at the Masquerade Ball, featuring The Official Notice Band. The dance is for adults 18 years and older. Bring your mask and beads and enjoy a night of fun. $5 cover charge. 229-276-1004.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic Wagon Rides
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join this guided wagon ride and learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the role they played in making Hard Labor Creek State Park. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Black History Hike at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Join a park ranger to learn about the experience of enslaved and free Black people who lived and worked at Jarrell Plantation, and the daring escape to freedom of a Jones County woman and her husband. Easy half mile walk. Begins at Visitor Center. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 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 Astronomy Night
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon State 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Ranger-led hike on the 4 mile Iron Hill Trail. Click link for more details. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia GPS Basics
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance. $25 per adult if paid by February 21, $30 after plus $5 parking per vehicle $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to 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 Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to 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 will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, March 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Almost Spring Hike
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Guided hike in the woods to see the first signs of Spring. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 10 AM to 12 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
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 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.
  Monday, March 3, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia World Wildlife Day - Morning Bird Watch
Monday, Mar 3, 2014 8 AM to 9 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
The United Nations declared this day to be observed around the globe as World Wildlife Day. Let’s kick off the celebration by learning about some of our feathered friends. Join a Park Host Volunteer at the bird blind for up- close views of some our native birds, as well as birds who are passing through our area during migration. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Bird Hike and Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 9 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9:00AM Bird Hike: Join Camphost Nell for an informative morning bird hike. Bring binoculars or borrow limited pairs from the museum. 2:00PM Wilderness Survival: We will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, March 6, 2014
Peanut Express
Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, March 7, 2014
Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO)
Daily until Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 7 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join authors, vendors, hiking clubs and AT hikers during this presentation-packed weekend designed for anyone who has ever dreamed about hiking the AT. The latest hiking gear, books, and t-shirts are available for purchase. For a complete schedule, visit friendsofamicalolafalls.org. Lower lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Black & White At Twilight - Spring Gala
Friday, Mar 7, 2014 7 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
The Cordele Crisp Community League will be hosting the Spring Gala. Silent auction begins at 7 p.m. and live music starts at 8:30 p.m., featuring the Loose Chain Band from Atlanta. There will be raffle drawings and door prizes. Call for tickets and more information. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $300 for a table of 10. 229-938-1070.
Animal Encounter: Reptiles
Friday, Mar 7, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
How do snakes smell? From what is a turtle’s shell made? Come find the answers to these and many other questions as you get up close and personal with several of Georgia’s native snakes and turtles. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
  Saturday, March 8, 2014
Basics of Photography
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 3 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join Randall Hollis for a three weekend course combining classroom lectures and discussions, hand outs, image presentation, field experiences and student work critiques to cover the basics of photography. Adults only. Limited space, pre-registration required. $75.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy a 5.0 mile moderate trek along the PMT. Dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Hike ends at Fox Den Cove. There will be transportaion to return you to your car. Meet your guides at Molly Hugger Hill Parking Lot on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Living History Days
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s and see living skill displays from local historians. Meet at ball field across from Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Outdoor Digital Photography Workshop
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Each workshop will consist of 2 sessions. The level I session will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm each day. The level II session will be from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm each day. Beginner and intermediate photographers are invited to attend this workshop. No photography experience is required. Each session will cover different topics. $15 per session/$30 for day. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 10 AM to 12 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, Mar 8, 2014 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 Pickleball 101
Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Looking for a fun physical education activity? Come play pickleball – a combination of ping pong and tennis that is played with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball. Recommended for ages 10+ Wear tennis shoes and bring a bottle of water. Tennis courts located off Red Top Mountain Road near the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Tons of Fun 
 

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