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Events starting 12/15/2012
  Saturday, December 15, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Christmas for Travelers
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 1 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Visitors will enjoy live music and period dances by the 1860s Civilian Society. Craft demonstrators will show their skills in blacksmithing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and more -- all in an 1800s seasonal setting created by the Friends of Traveler’s Rest. Cider and tea cakes are served. $2.50-$4.00 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Caroling Through The Park
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments & Sugar Cookies? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, December 16, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Dec 30, 2012 
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 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM until Dec 30, 2012 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 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 
  Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Peculiar 'Possum
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 3:30 PM to 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Learn why the humble opossum is amazing and meet our "opossum ambassador." Meet at the Park Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706.265.1969.
  Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Trail Hike
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist on a hike through salt marsh and maritime forest, while discussing local wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fossil Show 'N' Tell and Island History
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am come see and talk about Naturalist Kerry's impressive fossil collection. At 3:00pm learn the history, formation, and inhabitants of the Georgia barrier islands. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, December 21, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Holly-Day Camp
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Do parents need a little extra time to do some holiday shopping? Send your kids to Holly-Day Camp where they can learn about the winter season and enjoy outdoor fun. Don't forget to send your students (preK - 8th grade) with a snack, water bottle, and proper outdoor clothes. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Winter Wildlife Discovery and Crafts
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 5 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get up close and personal with live animals and interactive displays. Make a natural, take-home decoration to celebrate the season. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cordelia Special Train Ride
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Join Santa on a special nighttime ride to the Downtown Cordele Depot to visit the Jingle Bell Market where vendors and artist will have great gifts and homemade treats for sale. Ticket includes Santa Hat, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane & Entrance to Jingle Bell Market 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Last-Day Hike
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 5:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Maybe the Mayans were right! If not, then enjoy a relaxing evening hike to the falls. Meet at the Visitor Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 478.993.3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
  Saturday, December 22, 2012
Winter Wildlife Discovery & Crafts
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 10 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get up close and personal with live animals and interactive displays. Make a natural, take home decoration to celebrate the season. Meet inside the Group Shelter building below the Lake Delanor dam in the campground. Craft charge $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM until Dec 29, 2012 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Hayride with Santa & Stories around the Campfire
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 5:30 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa as he rides through the campground. Rides are 15-20 minutes long. Afterwards enjoy a campfire with marshmallows, hot chocolate and stories read by the Harris County Library staff. Bring a roasting stick and a folding chair if you do not like benches. For hayrides, meet next to the Trading Post. Fee $2.00 per person ages 4 & up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Hound Hike to the Falls
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 1:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your four legged friends to the park to enjoy a short 0.5 mile guided hike to see the falls. All dogs must be on a leash. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM until Dec 23, 2012 
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 4:30 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 
Toads and Turtles and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am meet our ribbeting and shelled friends as we discuss their characteristics. At 2:00pm join the naturalist on a hike among towering live oaks as you meander to the salt marsh and the observation tower. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Stroll
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 10 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest along the way. Enjoy the richness of the woods with evergreen Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Christmas Fern. This is a 1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level. Burn some calories and get some stress relieving fresh air with fellow nature lovers. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 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, December 23, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM until Dec 30, 2012 
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 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM until Dec 30, 2012 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Christmas Lakeside Light Show
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 7 PM - 9 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the 2nd weekend in December, 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 Christmas. If you would rather walk, park at the office and walk across the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bird Watch and Coastal Reptiles
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. At 2:00pm learn all about lizards, turtles and snakes. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, December 28, 2012
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Dec 28, 2012 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
What has nature hidden outside for us to find? Dress warmly. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Walking in a Coastal Wonderland
Friday, Dec 28, 2012 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger led hike. We will be looking for different signs of winter and learning about the Coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Cold Moon Ramble
Friday, Dec 28, 2012
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses on a 1-mile night trail easy walk lit by the full moon, stars and lights from the valley below. Meet at the Amphitheater next to Park Office. Ages 7 & up.Bring a flashlight & water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Craft and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2012
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am join us to make rain sticks. At 2:00pm join the naturalist on a hike among towering live oaks as you meander to the salt marsh and the observation tower. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Friday, Dec 28, 2012 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside 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. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, December 29, 2012
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 1 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 Bicycle Rally
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Park Office for a tour of the park. Learn about the area and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your own bike or rent one form the park office. Bike Helmets are required for children under the age of 16. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM - 2 PM  
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 6 PM to 8 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 Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sandpiper Trail Nature Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join the naturalist as you hike through salt marsh and maritime forest discussing the local area's interesting history and wildlife. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 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, December 30, 2012
Winter Walk
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM  
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 11:30 AM - 1:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 2 PM to 3:30 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 
  Monday, December 31, 2012
Trains, Boats & Plains Ride
Monday, Dec 31, 2012
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
This excursion has been cancelled. 1-877-427-2457.
  Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia New Year's Day Hike at Amicalola Falls
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Start 2013 off with a brisk walk full of winter views to the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Meet at the West Ridge Falls Access Trailhead, 0.6 of a mile roundtrip. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Join our outfitter guides for a short but challenging hike to Hemlock and Cherokee Falls to learn about the unique geology and history of the park. All participants staying in the campground will receive a 25% discount off their stay. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Crooked River's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at F. D. Roosevelt
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring the family and explore the woodlands along the Overlook Loop Trail with guides from Pine Mountain Trail Association. This 3.4-mile moderate trail will begin at the Country Store on Highway 190 and Highway 27. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come celebrate the first day of 2013 at with a short hike guided by our naturalist. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Black Bear Plunge
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
See how brave you are as we race and plunge into Fort Mountain's cold mountain lake. Start a great New Year's tradition with us. Register in advanced. $20-$25 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Summer Time Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy an early morning hike by going for a moderate, 2.5-mile excursion along the lake. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at General Coffee
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike around the Heritage Farm Pond, and get a good start on your New Year's fitness resolution. Hike will be an easy 0.5 mile loop. We will discuss the history of the park and the Heritage Farm. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike on Lake Brantley Trail
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take this guided hike on the Lake Brantley Horse Trail and exercise off those holiday pounds. Bring a camera to record the scenery of Lake Brantley, rolling woodlands, and cascading creeks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the walk. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
This staff-led 3.5-mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old powerhouse, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and a snack. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kolomoki Mounds First Day Night Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Celebrate the new year with a special night hike on White Oak Trail. The hike will be 1.5 miles, and conclude with a climb to the top of the Temple Mound with a rare program led by Ranger Jonathan. S'mores and hot drinks will be provided. Meet at Group Shelter 2. Warm Clothes, flashlights, and excitement for 2014 are recommended! $3 per person $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike with a Ranger
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Hike with a Ranger on Big Creek Nature Trail to start the New Year off right by getting fit. Hike starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes by 11:00 a.m.. Meet at the park office by 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Earlybird First Day Hike at Mistletoe
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come start the new year off the the right foot. This ranger led hike will allow guests to discover nature's winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center to begin this hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Mountain's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Make a fresh start on the New Year. Join a park ranger on a journey by writing out, then burning, last year's burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain picturing all the great things you will accomplish in 2014. Finish around a campfire sharing hot chocolate and plans for the New Year. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Reed Bingham
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Start off the New Year in a healthy way by taking a ranger-led hike. Please wear appropriate walking shoes and bug spray, and bring water. Reservations required. The nature nook will be open from 10:30-11 before the hike. $1 for nature nook. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia New Year's Camp
Daily until Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Kids ages 6-14 can ring in the new year with fun holiday traditions, indoor and outdoor games, “leaf sledding,” and more. $35 if registered prior to December 15; $40 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods near Helen. Hike a moderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottages, where hot cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made this park possible. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike on Billy's Island
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Take a guided boat tour to Billy's Island. See turtles and gators out basking on the logs. Keep your fingers crossed for a river otter sighting. Once we arrive, we will tour the island. You'll see how the Hebbard Cypress Company once had their boom town laid out. You'll also be able to see the Lee Family Cemetery. $5 Refuge Parking. $15-20. 912-637-5274.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek's First Day Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour, moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which includes a trip to the "Indian Cave." $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Tallulah
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
What a great way to start the New Year – Go for a Hike! Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 yrs. or older. Bring water and snacks. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia "First Day" Along with a Little Luck Hike
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Welcome the New Year with a 2 1/2-mile moderate hike around Unicoi Lake. Finish the trail at our campfire ring where hikers can add a little luck to their year by enjoying a small meal of black eyed peas, greens, and pork cooked in Dutch ovens over an open fire. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia First Day Hike at Vogel
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join members of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for a healthy hike on New Year's Day. We'll explore the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail which has a beautiful overlook with Lake Trahlyta in view. Vogel Volunteers will provide lunch afterward. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, January 3, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Friday, January 4, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginner Birding
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
We will begin by discussing the different birds you might see in Georgia then take a walk to see what we can discover on the park. Binoculars available. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Art in the Park
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is 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 
  Saturday, January 5, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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 Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 5, 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. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sun Over Panola Mountain
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wondered what the sun looks like up close? Take a look at the Earth's closest star. Using special telescopes that are safe for your eyes, you will be able to see the sun's surface and the fusion of hydrogen on the sun. Join us for some super solar system fun. We will meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This 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 Wormsloe's New Year's Resolution Run
Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe is partnering with Savannah's NonStop Fitness for the first-ever 10K trail run through the historic site. Runners will pass through three centuries of history while enjoying some of the best natural scenery on the Georgia coast. Register at www.active.com or call 912-349-4902. $35 through Active.com. 912-349-4902.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, January 6, 2013
Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, January 7, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Discovery Camp - PreK - 8th grade
Daily until Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Discover the outdoors and make new friends during this two-day camp. Enjoy hands-on learning about native animals, outdoor survival and safety skills, wild games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and more. Grades PreK- 8th. Remember to send your students with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and proper outdoor clothing. Pre-registration required. $30. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
  Thursday, January 10, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, January 12, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia History Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Hike with re-enactor Adam Young, who will be fully outfitted in period uniform.  Adam will bring the storied history of the coast to life as your walk along the trail!  Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Behind the Scene Tour: A.P. Stewart's Line
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
This tour takes visitors to seldom seen areas of the park, including an area occupied by Maj. Gen A.P. Stewart’s Division from May 29 to June 5, 1864. $2.75 - $4 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join the Interpretative Ranger to hike along our upland loop nature trail which is also our fitness trail. Stop along markers to do jumping jacks and other fitness related activities. Please wear appropriate work out clothes, jogging shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Jack Frost Jump
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 10:30 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join this benefit for Elbert Memorial Hospital by jumping in the icy-cold lake. Register at www.emhcare.net. $50 minimum donation. $5 parking. 706-498-2958.
Tons of Fun 
Send-off Party & Hike for Trans-USA Walker
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join this inspirational send-off for Jack Fussell who is running across America, from Skidaway Island State Park to California. He's raising support for Alzheimer's Association. Help send Jack on his journey with a short hike, live music and food. Learn how he lost 100 pounds by hiking at Amicalola Falls. AJC article: www.bit.ly/U5Zxas $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Beginning Bee Keeping
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 9:30 AM to 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn about basic bee-keeping and how to start a hive. Professional honey producer Berry Wright will discuss assembling equipment and installation of bees. A trip to the apiary will be included, weather permitting. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This 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, Jan 12, 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 down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, January 13, 2013
Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Thursday, January 17, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, January 18, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginners Birding (Part 2)
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger to learn more about the winter birds. From 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM we will discuss the different birds you might see in Georgia. From 11:00 AM – Noon we will take a walk to see what we can discover. Feel free to join the fun even if you didn’t participate in Part 1. Binoculars available. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 18, 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. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Friday, Jan 18, 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 call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Friday, Jan 18, 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 call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Art in the Park
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Wagging Trails" Evening Dog Hike
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your dog and join us for a most enjoyable evening dog hike. We will cover approximately two miles including walking alongside the whitewater rapids and visiting the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill. Dogs must be leashed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 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, January 19, 2013
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Nighttime Sky Watch
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Local astronomers are back for an evening up-close tour of the night sky. Constellations visible might include Orion, Taurus, Lepus, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini and Leo will be rising in the east. Weather permitting. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. Meet at the Fishing Dock in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bark In The Park: Dog Parade & Walk
Saturdays 1 PM until Jan 26, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend (festive attire encouraged) and join us for an easy forest romp. New sounds, sights, and discoveries for all of us! Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. You do not have to have a pet to walk with us. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring Water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Winter Wonder Hike on Lake Rutledge Horse Trail
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 4 mile hike on the Lake Rutledge Horse Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
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 
Dulcimer Jam
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join musicians from around the state as they play dulcimers, fiddles, banjoes, basses, and harmonicas. You can sit back and enjoy the music or join in with an instrument of your own. $5 parking. 706-541-2146.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Panola Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Find out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. Explore the conservation area, as we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Survival Skill Series at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The first part of the series is Basic Land Navigation, including an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, bearing/azimuth, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and more. Register in advance. $20 - $95. Call for details. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Sunset Canoe Trip on Billy's Lake
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Take advantage of a guided paddle trip after the Refuge off-water time. Enjoy evening in the Okefenokee while watching sunset over Billy’s Lake. Get back just in time before darkness settles in. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp. - owls hooting, and frogs calling. Weather permitting. Reservations required. $5 refuge parking fee required plus $10-$20. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This 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, Jan 19, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Sunday, January 20, 2013
Winter Walk
Sundays until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woodlands and all its inhabitants as we trek through hardwood bottoms along part of Mountain Creek Trail. Meet next to the Trading Post. Less than 1 mile. Ages 6 & up. Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Holiday Bird Tree
Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM until Jan 27, 2013 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and test your Bird IQ. Learn about our winter feathered friends and make an edible ornament for your birds. Meet at the Park Office. Craft charge of $2 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
  Thursday, January 24, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Growing Up Wild
Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Bring your child age 3-7 to experience “Growing Up Wild," an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature, plus invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, January 25, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Solar Astronomy
Friday, Jan 25, 2013 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
View and explore our closest star, the sun, with The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. Learn what the interior and surface of stars are like and what powers them. Look through specialized solar viewing scopes to see sun spots, calcium K images and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
 

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