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Events starting 11/2/2013
  Saturday, November 2, 2013
Creek Indian Campfire with Billy Winn
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Listen and learn about the local daily lives of the Creek Indians through the eyes of Columbus native Billy Winn, author, historian, educator and retired editor of the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. Sunset and glorious fall view provided. $5 ages 10 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Haunted Trail
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 7 PM to 11 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Walk and ride a wagon through the Haunted Trail if you dare! Meet the Headless Horseman and other park haunts.
Pony rides, face painting, petting zoo and refreshments. Begins at Roosevelt Stables. $8 ages 4 and up. Additional costs for some activities. $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Workshop for Beginning Digital Photographers
Saturday, Nov 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Constellations by Carriage
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Constellations by Carriage
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. Learn about the camp's history and daily lives of the prisoners, and see some of the equipment being used to uncover artifacts. Photos of the artifacts will be available for viewing. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 1 PM to 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 4 PM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 2, 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.
Digging Savannah Guided Hike
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park's archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island's past from Native Americans to moonshiners. AASU archaeology professor Laura Seifert will lead the hike, which starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets at http://gastateparks.givezooks.com/ $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Make Your Own Basket
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Make a beanpot basket with Jan Stansell of Black Mountain Crafts. Spend a day crafting a basket and go home with a completed basket to keep or give away at the holidays. All materials included. Advance registration required. $38 if paid by October 15, or $45 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 Twilight Canoe Trip
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 6 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come out to take a twilight paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing from certified instructors and learn about some of the animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5:00 PM on the day of the paddle. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Night Sky Watch
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 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.
  Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mountain Arts & Crafts Celebration
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Come to one of Georgia's most beautiful State Parks to browse more than 60 booths filled with local art and crafts. Event will be held inside and around the park's group shelter. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Dinner Time
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, slithering snakes, and the alligator licking his chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Thursday, November 7, 2013
Brews & Bites
Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 6 PM to 9 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come to the park for Brews & Bites, Savannah’s newest local food festival and park fundraiser. Brewers and chefs will discuss their process and their appreciation of local ingredients. Guests will also have a chance to learn about many exciting local and park projects. Tickets are $30 or $25 for Friends of Georgia State Parks Members. Ticket price includes the parking pass. Tickets available at http://gastateparks.givezooks.com. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, November 8, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia It's a Hoot!
Friday, Nov 8, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
During this evening walk, you will learn why owls are such good hunters at night and other amazing facts about these birds. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia The Debatable Land -- Autumn Encampment
Daily until Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
A wide range of living history presentations will highlight various cultures and people that inhabited our region, long before Georgia was established in 1733. A battle reenactment will take place at 2 p.m. $4-$7. 912-437-4770.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Nov 8, 2013 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, November 9, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 AM - 2 AM until Nov 30, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Digital Nature Photography Basics
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your digital camera and learn, through practical in-the-field experience and classroom review, how to compose a photograph for maximum impact, employ simple techniques to overcome challenging lighting, and produce excellent photographs with any digital camera. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Adults only. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
AARP Safe Driving Class
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn safe defensive driving skills, ways to handle traffic and new traffic laws. Completion of class may reduce your insurance costs. All ages of drivers welcome. Bring brown bag lunch and drink. Must pre-register. Pay check or cash at door. Meets at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground. AARP members $12. Non-members $14. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Have You Thanked A Tree Today?
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Test your tree IQ. Learn how to read the rings and identify local tree species during an interactive program and short walk. Participants will receive a tree “cookie” medallion to take home. Geared towards ages 6 & up. Meet at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Veterans Day celebration with a radio-controlled model airplane fly-in and 1:00 pm ceremony with guest speaker, bagpipes and drums, and color guard. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Color Hike
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the changing colors on a 5 mile hike on the "Green" horse trail. Bring snacks, plenty of water, and sturdy shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Have you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Tons of Fun 
Mountain Dulcimer
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Have fun listening to dulcimer music while visiting the nature center. You play, your welcome to come get in on the jam session. Bring a folding chair. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
See a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona community. Buy a scratch block mold from the Friends of Red Top and create your own cast-iron art. Supplies are limited; molds go on sale at 2 pm behind the Park Office. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 2:00pm join us to learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. We have snakes, baby turtles, even an alligator! See and touch live examples! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Daily until Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this two part series students will learn basic use of the compass, features of a map and how to use a map with a compass, pacing, and application of skills learned. Participants must be able to hike up hill in a wooded area for up to two hours. Advanced registration required. $60 for series or $55 if paid by October 15 $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, Nov 9, 2013 9 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Backcountry Geology Hike
Saturday, Nov 9, 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 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 inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. 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, November 10, 2013
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Birding Basics
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, November 11, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak the Salt Marsh
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take a 3-hour tour exploring one of Georgia's beautiful coastal salt marshes. Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Reservations required. $35-$95. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Dinner Time
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, slithering snakes, and the alligator licking his chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Fall Foliage Lake Paddle
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing on the lake as we enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, November 14, 2013
Peanut Express
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, November 15, 2013
Twilight Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore. $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Full Moon Night Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger for a full moon night hike along the lake on Friday to enjoy the sites and sounds of the park at night. Bring a flashlight and wear appropriate clothing/footwear. No dogs, please. Meet at the boat ramp in Campground #2. $5/person $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Carriage Ride
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing carriage ride. Meet up will be at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Art in the Park
Friday, Nov 15, 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 as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Eastside Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 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 climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave", and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 16, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 AM - 2 AM until Nov 30, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Have You Thanked A Tree Today?
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Test your tree IQ. Learn how to read the rings and identify local tree species during an interactive program and short walk. Participants will receive a tree “cookie” medallion to take home. Geared towards ages 6 & up. Meet at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Mountain Creek Beaver Moon Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Venture along the 3.2 easy miles of Mountain Creek Trail with local PMT guides. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Bring a flashlight and water. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia 3rd Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
We will be enjoying a fun-filled day of activities including making cane syrup from sugar cane and cornmeal at the gristmill.  There will be arts and crafts vendors selling their wares.  Food being served will include turkey legs, fried gator tail, funnel cakes and good Southern cookin'.  Demonstrations will include cannon firing, a reptile show and helicopter. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Special Excursion - Plains Car Show
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 12:15 PM to 5 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Ride a tourist train over Lake Blackshear to the 4th Annual Plains Classic Car Show and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. You’ll have plenty of time to explore beautiful cars and the president’s boyhood farm before the train returns to Georgia Veterans State Park. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Tree ID
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Winter can be a great time to learn "Bark and Buds" of our native trees. Join a Park Ranger on this Guided walk of the Brantley Nature Trail and discover how much fun learning winter trees can be. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided hike under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and bring a camera to record the journey, as we listen for insects, frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the Hard Labor Creek Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Lounge under the Leonids - Meteor Shower Program
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 to Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The Leonid meteor shower can be a spectacular viewing experience. Join us for this special night on the beach, bring a thermos of coffee, hot chocolate or cider, pack a blanket and lounge chair, and watch the sky. As we gaze for meteors, learn about some of our prominent winter constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM to 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. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 4 PM to 6 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Candlelight Tours
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Confederate and Federal soldiers will recreate the night attack of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. During guided tours at 6, 7, 8 and 9 PM, visitors will witness Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury's Brigade advance into the dark ravine and Capt. Thomas Key's artillery bombardment. Register in advance at http://friendsofgastateparks.org/pickettsmill $8. 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Meteors and More
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Learn to appreciate the beautiful skies above. Join staff and the North Georgia Astronomers behind the Park Office to view the night sky. You're welcome to bring your own telescopes. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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 Twilight Canoe Trip
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come out to take a twilight paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing from certified instructors and learn about some of the animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5:00 PM on the day of the paddle. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Nov 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 16, 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 Rapids to Ruins Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a night hike to the five story Civil War era ruins of the New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Sturdy shoes and flashlights are required. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, November 17, 2013
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Dinner Time
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles, slithering snakes, and the alligator licking his chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 12 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Road Apple Trail Race
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
This trail duathlon race is a park fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Watson Mill Bridge State Park and is open to all ages. 3 mile run, 10 mile bike race, 3 mile run. The race will be held on the equestrian trails. Registration and Fees at Active.com. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, November 18, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Mystery of the Giant Ground Sloth and Wilderness Surivival
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am, come learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth, the Mastodon, and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age, more than 10,000 years ago. At 1:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, November 22, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia It's a Hoot!
Friday, Nov 22, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
During this evening walk, you will learn why owls are such good hunters at night and other amazing facts about these birds. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Saturday, November 23, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Nov 30, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginner Birding
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Waterfall Picnic Hike
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Experience nature’s bounty in our rich woodlands while we discover five waterfalls at the eastern terminus of the Pine Mountain trail. Pack your lunch and drink and join the naturalist for a 4 mile adventure. Geared towards ages 8 & up. Meet at the parking lot of the WJSP TV Tower on GA Alt 85 off Hwy 190 in Warm Springs. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Interpreters in historical attire will represent a variety of colonial life. 912-884-5999.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Battle of Griswoldville Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Come to Griswoldville Battlefild to learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals followed by noon memorial service. Call for directions. Free. Donations appreciated. 478-986-5172.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 23, 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. Register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sandpiper Trail Hike and Whoooooo is out there?
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Watch for the elusive pileated woodpecker and spot raccoon tracks. At 6:00pm we'll learn about owls and their behavior and then head out into the night to try and hear a hoot. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Trail of Hope 5K & 10K Road Race
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 8 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out to support Covenant Care Adoption Services by running the trails of Skidaway Island State Park. Children can join in on the Kids Fun Run. Register online. $25-$35 $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Make Your Own Basket
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Make a beanpot basket with Jan Stansell of Black Mountain Crafts. Spend a day crafting a basket and go home with a completed basket to keep or give away at the holidays. All materials included. Advance registration required. $38 if paid by October 15, or $45 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 Suwannee River Paddle
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come enjoy a paddle down the slow-moving waters of the Suwannee River. See alligators, birds, turtles and other types of wildlife as we wind through the cypress and tupelo trees. People of all skill levels will enjoy this paddle with our certified guide. Sign up by 5 pm the day before the paddle. $20-$30 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9 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, Nov 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 23, 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.
  Sunday, November 24, 2013
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Nov 24, 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. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 2 PM to 5:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
This moderately strenuous, three-hour paddle is through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. Participants must be 6 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian if younger than 18. Register in advance. $35-$95, plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Pioneer and Indian Lifestyles
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This program is for children 7-12 years old. Children will dip candles, make butter, make pioneer stew and create a pioneer toy. They will learn why wildlife and plants played an important role in Pioneer and Indian living. Pre-registration required by November 22 $20. 706-541-0321.
  Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Interpretive Center Tour & Reptiles and Amphibians
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am explore our museum and get all the details about our native wildlife, the history of the island, and check out live rare birds. At 3:00pm join us to learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. See and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, November 28, 2013
Fall Hayrides
Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Hop aboard our wagon for a real hayride through the campground. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rides last about 15 minutes. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. Supports Friends of FDR State Park. Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Friday, November 29, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia It's a Hoot!
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
During this evening walk, you will learn why owls are such good hunters at night and other amazing facts about these birds. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Turkey Waddle
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Hike off that extra slice of pumpkin pie with this exhilarating 3.5-mile hike. Enjoy the outdoors in the crisp fall air. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Island History and Big Ferry Guided Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am learn about the history and inhabitants of Skidaway Island. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning the early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
"Walk Off That Turkey" Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join Rangers on a strenuous hike to help shed the extra pounds you ate the day before. the hike is 3 miles and consists of rock hopping across a river, climbing boulders and logs. You need to wear proper foot wear (no flip flops or crocs) children must be 10 or older. bring water, snacks, light lunch and a bathing suite. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, November 30, 2013
Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. If you have never seen our owl show you are missing out. We look forward to showing off for you. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Cloudland Connector Trail Hike
Saturdays & Sundays until Dec 1, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Be one of the first to hike to newest section of the connector trail. Saturday 10am & Sunday 11 am. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Christmas in Plains
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 4:15 PM to 9 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Get your tickets today to enjoy Christmas in Plains. There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas. You'll be riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 229-276-0755.
Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 PM - 10 PM until Dec 29, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Tour of Lights on Seminole
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Lights will be lit throughout the park every Thursday through Sunday evening from November 30 to December 29. These lights are being presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through the lights, but donations are welcome. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Morning Bird Watch and Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 1:00pm meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Watch for the elusive pileated woodpecker, pick some sea pickle, and spot raccoon tracks. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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, Nov 30, 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 inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hayride and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
 

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