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Events starting 1/26/2013
  Saturday, January 26, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "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. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  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.
Tons of Fun 
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
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
  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
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, February 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, February 2, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 3 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. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 3 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. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Night
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 6:30 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 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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 
  Sunday, February 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and Friends member John Johnston will lead a moderate three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom visited rock quarry of New Manchester. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  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
Get Outdoors Georgia "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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
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.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, February 9, 2013
Romantic Sunset Valentine Dinner On The Train
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 6 PM to 6:45 PM
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.
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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 Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Feb 9, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Colonial Faire & Muster
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Feb 10, 2013 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, sutlers' row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free admission. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, February 10, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Feb 10, 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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Fly Tying Clinic
Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Participants learn the art of fly tying as instructors introduce them to tools and techniques to create realistic flies. Learn how to make some basic fly fishing hooks that will be useful for trout fishing in Georgia Ages 10 and older. Meet in the Nature Center. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Year of the Snake Celebration
Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
This year the Chinese New Year celebrates the year of the snake. Celebrate these legless reptiles with a live snake show, snake crafts, and activities. $1 per craft. Animal shows are supported by donations. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Happy Chinese New Year
Sunday, Feb 10, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
10 AM - Recycled Craft - Create your very own recycled nature project focused on the Chinese New Year. 3 PM- Dinner Time - Watch as lizards leap, turtles chomp, and snakes lick their chops as our ranger feeds our reptiles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Colonial Faire & 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, sutlers' row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free admission. 912-353-3023.
  Thursday, February 14, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Discovery Camp - Pre-K - 3rd grade
Daily until Friday, Feb 15, 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- 3rd. Remember to send your students with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and proper outdoor clothing. Pre-registration required. $30. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Valentine’s Day on Lake Walter F. George
Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 6:30 PM
George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge - Fort Gaines, GA
Bring your sweetie to this beautiful lodge for a romantic meal and live music. Choose from bacon-wrapped filet mignon or artichoke- and-spinach-stuffed chicken breast for your main course, and end with chocolate lava cake. Overnight packages include in-room champagne, plus dinner and breakfast for two. After dinner, take a romantic stroll to watch stars over the lake. $17.95 dinner only. $120.90 overnight package includes dinner. Reservations required. $5 parking. 229-768-2571.
Art in the Park
Thursday, Feb 14, 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.
  Friday, February 15, 2013
Celebrate Arbor Day: Take A Seedling Home
Friday, Feb 15, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Friday, February 15th, is Georgia’s Arbor Day. Drop by and celebrate trees with us. Test your tree IQ and take home a free loblolly pine seedling. Limit one seedling per family. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 8 AM to 10 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia History Hike - Longleaf Pines
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring your binoculars and cameras on this History Hike exploring the fascinating world of longleaf pines. Learn about this important ecosystem and what Red Top is doing to bring it back. Meet at the Iron Hill Trail parking lot. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Trail Hike and Birds of Prey
Friday, Feb 15, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM- Sandpiper Nature Trail Hike - Take a leisurely 1 mile stroll through marsh and maritime forest, keeping an eye out for local wildlife and see how they make a living. 3 PM- Birds of Prey - Eagles, hawks, osprey! Learn about the fascinating raptors in the area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Saturday, February 16, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 16, 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.
Roots of Arbor Day
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Participants will learn the meaning and importance of Arbor Day. There will be hands on learning about native trees of Georgia as well as a take-home craft. The whole family is welcome to join the fun. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia I Speak for the Trees: An Arbor Day Walk
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Georgia’s Arbor Day in the winter woodlands with local forester and educator Bill Consoletti. Rich in natural history, the woodlands along the Pine Mountain Ridge from Rocky Point to Big Oak Campsite provide an amazing outdoor classroom. Participants will receive a free pine seedling. Meet at the Park Office at 10:45 to carpool to Rocky Point Parking Lot on Hwy 190;1.5 miles easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hike to the Heart
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Take a romantic tractor ride up to the mountain overlook and learn about the heart-shaped stone in the old fire tower. Wagon rides will leave every half hour from 2:00 - 4:00 from shelter #1. Refreshments will be available for a small fee. Register in advance. Fees. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 16, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 16, 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.
Explore Georgia's Past - Fireside stories of the CCC
Saturday, Feb 16, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Bonanza and Terrific Tree Day
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Take part in the National Great Backyard Bird Count with a guided bird walk and making bird crafts. Celebrate Arbor Day and the CCC in Georgia by planting a tree, taking a guided historic walk to view CCC sites and playing some Project Learning Tree games and creating tree crafts. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474x6052.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia History Hike - Iron Hill Mine
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet at the Iron Hill Trail parking lot to go on a guided tour of the area's remaining open-pit iron mine. Discover some of the history of Red Top before it was a park. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching 101
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn the basics of this fun and addicting game and then go in search of a cache. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Valdosta Kennel Club Agility Trials
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come for a “dog-gone good time." Bring chairs to watch as dogs and their handlers compete in performance events to earn titles from the American Kennel Club. Concessions will be available. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 8 AM to 10 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Bird watchers of all ages, join us in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Bird Watch and Virtual Island Hopping
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. 3 PM- Virtual Island Hopping - Visit all of Georgia's barrier islands without leaving the comfort of our Interpretative Center. Come learn about what the rest of our coast has to offer. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This course will consist of classroom instruction and outside exercises. The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival; venomous snakes, spiders, and insects endemic to Georgia; survival medicine; field expedient weapons and tools; water procurement; edible wild plants; wildlife food; shelter and fire build $70 for both classes or $60 if paid by February 28 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 16, 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 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, Feb 16, 2013 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 
38th Annual Fireside Craft/Art Show
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Celebrate 38 years of the Fireside Craft/Art Show. More than 60 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. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
  Sunday, February 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Wild Gourmet In Winter
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
What’s cooking this winter? We’re promised a hearty raccoon barbeque with an acorn side dish (acorn grits?) At this potluck, the only rule is that every dish must contain at least one wild ingredient. A little nervous? Come on anyway; we’ll teach you how to find delicious edibles all around you. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Valdosta Kennel Club Agility Trials
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 8 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Come for a “dog-gone good time." Bring chairs to watch as dogs and their handlers compete in performance events to earn titles from the American Kennel Club. Concessions will be available. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Trail Hike and Dinner Time
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9 AM- Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike - Come for a 2-3 mile guided hike through Maritime Forest. Meet at the Big Ferry Trailhead. 3 PM - Dinner Time - Watch as lizards leap, turtles chomp, and snakes lick their chops as the ranger feeds our reptiles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Sunday, Feb 17, 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.
38th Annual Fireside Craft/Art Show
Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Celebrate 38 years of the Fireside Craft/Art Show. More than 60 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. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
  Monday, February 18, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Discovery Camp - 4th - 8th grade
Daily until Tuesday, Feb 19, 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 4th- 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.
Happy Presidents Day
Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Nature Craft - Come and learn to make your very own nature journal and how to use it. 3 PM - Birds of Prey - Eagles, hawks, osprey. Learn about the fascinating raptors in this area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Monday, Feb 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.
  Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Skidaway History Day
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9 AM- Sandpiper Nature Trail Hike-Take a leisurely 1 mile guided hike through marsh and maritime forest, keeping an eye out for local wildlife and see how they make a living. 3 PM- History of Skidaway Island-Native Americans to early European settlers and beyond. Discover the rich history of the island. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, February 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Photo Hike and Invasive Plants
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
8 AM- Morning Marsh Photo Hike - Guided 1.5 mile morning hike of the Sandpiper and Avian Trails. Learn some nature photo tips and don't forget to bring your camera. 3 PM- Invasive Plants-Learn about exotic invasive non-native plants that squeeze out our native plants and why they are dangerous to our environment. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Feb 21, 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Friday, February 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Basic Tree Identification and Sunset Hike
Friday, Feb 22, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - We will go over basic tree identification and get you started on your path to becoming a tree expert. 5 PM - Meet at the Big Ferry Trail head to join an evening hike to the Observation Deck and set up your camera for some great sunset photos. Bring a flashlight. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Saturday, February 23, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Thrills in the Hills Half-Marathon and Marathon
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 7 AM to 2 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 Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 1 PM to 2 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Exploring Georgia's Past - Historic Wagon Ride Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 2 PM to 3 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.
Life as a Creek Indian
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
High Falls was once inhibited by the Creek Indian Nation. Learn what life was like for the Creek Indians before the settlers in this exciting program with stories, crafts, and games. Meet at the pool house. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993.3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 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 Buzzard Day
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Every year, thousands of black vultures and turkey vultures return this park for the winter. Take a pontoon boat ride to see their amazing numbers. Celebrate with some arts and Crafts as well as live animal shows. Animal shows are funded through donations. Boat rides are $4. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tracks Hike and Reptile/Amphibian Program
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Scats and Tracks - Explore the salt flats in search of scat, tracks, and other signs of the park's elusive creatures. 3 PM- Reptile and Amphibians - Discover Georgia's amazing diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Learn frog calls, view some of the state's most secretive animals, and hold live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hemlock Update and Winter Botany
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 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.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 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, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 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 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 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 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. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, February 24, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia A Walk Through Time
Sundays 1:30 PM - 3 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Take a guided walk through history as we explore forest trails walked by Creek Indians and European settlers. Find out who was here and how they lived on Pine Mountain. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool Parking Lot on Highway 354: Easy 1 mile. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snow Moon Ramble
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to a night trail walk lit by the full moon, stars, and lights from the valley below. Meet at the Amphitheater next to the Park Office; 1 mile; ages 7 & up; Easy;Bring a flashlight & water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Photo Hike and Dinner Time Show
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
8 AM- Morning Marsh Photo Hike - Enjoy a 1.5 mile morning marsh hike over the Sandpiper and Avian Trails. Learn a different nature photo tip every week. Dress for the weather and don't forget your camera. 3 PM- Dinner Time - Watch as lizards leap, turtles chomp, and snakes lip their chops as the ranger feeds our reptiles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Craft and Hiking Games
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Create your own nature journal and learn how to use it. 3 PM - Hiking Games - Learn to observe nature with fun hiking games. Meet at the Sandpiper Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, February 28, 2013
Skidaway Day
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM - Learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. 3 PM- Virtual Island Hopping - Visit all of Georgia's barrier islands without leaving the comfort of our Interpretative Center. Come learn about what the rest of our coast has to offer. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, March 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, Mar 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Time Pontoon Boat Ride
Friday, Mar 1, 2013 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Take a trip down our river to see alligators in their natural habitat. These large reptiles are most active at night, and this gives visitors a safe experience of viewing them from our pontoon boat. Reservations suggested. Limit 14 people. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
  Saturday, March 2, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Nature Quest
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM until Dec 7, 2013 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Want to learn about nature as a family? Come to our “fundana” activities each month and learn about a different topic. There will be 12 quests and at each program the family will receive one bandana about the topic. The family that completes the most quests will receive a bonus bandana for the entire family. Register in advance. $10 per family $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Workshop for Beginning Digital Photographers
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join photographer Jackie DeBusk and allow her to provide technical terms in easy to understand language with lots of hands-on exercises. Participants will practice making sound exposures, metering, and focus area settings, as well as practice applying creative composition principles throughout the historic park. www.debuskphoto.com $20. 912-580-5308.
Plains Pig Pickin' Excursion
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a ride in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, to the Annual Plains Pig Pickin' Festival. This excursion promises to be a great opportunity for the whole family to take in the sites of President Jimmy Carter's hometown and see all the crafts and taste all the foods made available at this festival. An excellent Prime Rib Buffet at Lake Blackshear Resort is included in the price of your tickets. Call today to get your tickets! 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia Owl Prowl and Night Sounds Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to the music of frogs and crickets as we search for the elusive owl on the Beaver Pond Nature Trail. Flashlights are welcome, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring bug repellent and digital camera to record the findings. Meet at the Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM  
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Mar 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia If These Trees Could Talk: A 75th Celebration
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
In 1938, Kolomoki Mounds was founded as Georgia State Park. Imagine the stories the trees could tell! In celebration, join us for a tree planting where you can be a part of park history. Lunch provided. RSVP by Feb. 22. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 10 AM to 11 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Bring your family for arts & crafts, great food, petting zoo, horse carousel, mechanical bull and train rides throughout the park. Enjoy a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be lots of fun for all ages. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Tons of Fun 
Lost Person Prevention
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for not getting lost and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors of Georgia. Search and Rescue Dog Team will be joining the class unless a SAR activity is occurring. Meet at the Nature Center. Register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 3 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. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Time Pontoon Boat Ride
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 6:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Take a trip down our river to see alligators in their natural habitat. These large reptiles are most active at night, and this gives visitors a safe experience of viewing them from our pontoon boat. Reservations suggested. Limit 14 people. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 11 AM
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 Off the Beaten Path: East Side Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Mar 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 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 
  Sunday, March 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildlife Walk
Monday, Mar 4, 2013 to Monday, Mar 4, 2013 - 1:30 PM to 3 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of inhabitants of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot; Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spanish Moss Festival
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 10 AM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Bring your family for arts & crafts, great food, petting zoo, horse carousel, mechanical bull and train rides throughout the park. Enjoy a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be lots of fun for all ages. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Tons of Fun 
Monadnock Madness
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Invigorating hikes, surreal views and a rockin’ good time are all in store. This family friendly event encourages amateur adventurers to reach the peaks of Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains. Must register in advance for this ranger-led hike on Panola. See www.monadnockmadness.com for complete schedule. $5 parking. 770-492-5231.
 

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