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Events starting 4/13/2013
  Saturday, April 13, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Rutledge
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join this guided paddle on Lake Rutledge. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the role they played in creating this park. All levels of skill can join this easy paddle. Look for wildlife like Osprey, Red-Headed Woodpeckers and possibly an eagle on the trip. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia GeoCaching 101
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the modern day treasure hunt in this family fun event. Learn the basics of geocaching and find your first cache. Meet at the park office. $4 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Kelley Family Bluegrass Concert
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Some siblings fight, but the five Kelley kids prefer to make music together. This award-winning family from Appling not only entertains, but teaches classical violin, bluegrass/gospel fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and piano. Donations are appreciated. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Ms. Charlene's Painting Party
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Paint a 16 x 20 canvas, The Family Tree, to take home. Led by Charlene Montgomery, Appling artist. Adult and children are invited. No experience is necessary. All supplies will be provided. Register in advance. $35 plus $5 parking. 706-699-9194.
Get Outdoors Georgia Panola Unlimited
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wear your hiking boots, pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for a rigorous half-day, ranger-led hike through Panola's rugged conservation area. May involve some off trail hiking. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before hike departs. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Apr 13, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us at the log cabin for this living history event. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games. Experience the sights and sounds of a black powder demonstration as authentic style muzzle loading rifles and muskets are fired. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Civil War History Event 
Focus on Fitness Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 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 
College Day, Trail Hike, and Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
All day, college students with a student ID are invited to enjoy the perks of the park. At 11:00am, take a hike with a ranger to get introduced to Skidaway Island. Learn about birds, vegetation and wildlife. At 1:00pm learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Touch live examples! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Botanical Preparations for Spring
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Teas, vinegars and compresses will be made with some of the bountiful plants of the season. Students will participate in making medicinal preparations to take home. $30 or $35 if paid after March 30. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 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 
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" member John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. There will also be a visit inside the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga in the Park
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a Beginner to Intermediate yoga practice on the trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park. No experience or yoga mat necessary. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays until Apr 27, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Photography Class
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join professional photographer Rena Johnson in this informative class that will entail both a presentation and hands-on experience photographing wildlife. Park Ranger Jessica James will assist with wildflower identification. To pre-register go to: http://www.meetup.com/Rena-Johnson-Photography-Workshops/events/107158642/ $100.00 $5 parking. 706-878-4739.
  Sunday, April 14, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature's Recyclers
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Fungus, mold, creepy crawly things and vultures all get a bad rap but without them the world would be one gross place. Come learn more about Nature’s Recyclers and how they help you and go on a short hike to explore the seedier side of the natural world. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Roving Rover Dog Hike
Saturday & Sunday 3 PM - 4:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Bring your furry companion along on a hike! All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and be friendly to other people and pooches. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Pine Mountain Day Hike
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join avid hiker Gayle Edgar as she leads you along the Pine Mountain Trail (Big Poplar Loop) through spring wildflower displays and rich hardwoods. Time to be announced.Call to register and get details. 8.5 miles; moderate. $5 parking. 706-457-2712.
Earth Day Every Day Walk
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 1 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify wildflowers and animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot across from Cottage #5. Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 4:30 PM to 6 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 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Get Fit Walk and Reptiles and Amphibians
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9:00am put on your walking shoes and meet at the Sandpiper Trailhead for a 1.5 mile morning fitness walk. At 2:00pm discover Georgia's diversity of reptiles and amphibians, the second highest in the US. Learn calls, view the state's most secretive animals, and get close to live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, April 19, 2013
Weekend Programs
Daily until Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 2 PM to 10 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Programs on nature, history, kayaks and canoes, with astronomy at 9:00 PM Saturday night. $1 per program; kayaks and canoes $8 for 2 hour reantal $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day Celebration
Daily until Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 11 AM to 8 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
How are we to celebrate earth day if we don't know how to take care of it? Come enjoy a brisk hike along our fitness trail as our naturalist talks about leave no trace and taking care of our mother Earth. Later on that afternoon, kids will have a chance to catch one of Mother Earths animals in our Fishing Rodeo. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Friday, Apr 19, 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 hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, April 20, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 20, 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 Wild About Wildflowers
Saturday & Sunday until Apr 21, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate spring with a guided hike of the unique wildflowers found at Cloudland Canyon. Bring a camera and water. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we will caravan to the site. Limit 10 participants, so be there early. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Waterfall Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM until Apr 21, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Water is a powerfull thing. Come see the powerful role water played in the past at Cloudland Canyon State Park an how it continues to shape the natural landscape on a hike to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 20, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Treeriffic Trees
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get a close-up look at trees and through “tree adoption” and other hands-on activities. Specially designed for young nature lovers and their families this interactive program is part of PBS kids, “Explore the Outdoors” inspiring kids and their families to get outdoors and explore nature. Meet at Picnic Shelter 1 at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 1 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Walk the spring woodlands with Pine Mountain Trail Guides guides. Begin at the terminus of the Pine Mountain Trail and walk to Rocky Point Parking Lot. There will be transportation to get hikers back to their car. Meet at the WJSP TV tower on alt 85. 5 miles moderate; bring water; ages 10 & up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Kayak and Wildlife Watching Adventures
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
The stealthy kayak is a great vessel to sneak up on all sorts of wildlife. This ranger-led paddle will take participants around Yargo Lake for viewing birds, mammals, dragonflies and other wildlife. Ages 4 and older. Register in advance. Please arrive no later than 5:30pm. Meet at the Beach Boat Dock area. $15 includes equipment, plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Special Excursion - Carter Center
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 11:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Magician Mike Fuller will perform all types of magic on this Magical special excursion which is named Carter Center since Plains is the Center of President Carter's home town.  On this magically
Get Outdoors Georgia Nature Hike
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 12 PM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will lead visitors on the Lake Brantley Nature Trail. We'll see creeks, many different trees, man-made earthworks, and maybe even some of the park's wild animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone should wear shoes fit for walking outdoors. Meet at the Trading Post. $5. 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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Listen to whippoorwills and owls as the sun slowly sets and the moon begins to rise. Panola Mountain is one of the best places to see the wildlife of the night. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 8 AM to 10:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. Victor Williams will lead an easy, .75 mile hike on the Lakeside trail in search of Red Top's winged residents. Great for birders of any experience level. Click the event link to register and receive $2.00 off Stan Tekiela's "Birds of Georgia Field Guide" available in the gift shop. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geocaching 101
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join the Georgia Geocachers Association in celebration of Earth Day for a trail clean-up event. Learn how to geo-cache by shadowing experienced cachers through the park in our Cache In, Trash Out program. Ideal for beginning geo-cachers, or those interested in joining the program. Afterwards come back for a brown bag lunch and door prizes to raffle. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Earth Day @ Forsyth Park and Ogeechee Audobon Society
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Skidaway Island State Park will have an informational table at Forsyth Park for Earth Day. At 8:00am there will be a birding field trip led by local members of the Audubon Society. At 2:00pm in the Interpretive Center, learn about the different insects in this area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM until Sep 21, 2013 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 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 Off the Beaten Path: East Side Hike
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 11 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile excursion to the beautiful east side of the park where we will hike to seldom-visited sights. This hike will venture off-trail and is open for anyone 12 and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Pre-registration is required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Earth Day Celebrations
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 2 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook using the sun's heat? Join us at 2 pm to learn how to make your very own solar cooker. At 3:30 pm we will be discussing earth friendly activities such as composting, recycling, and more. At 4 pm we'll be doing an 'Owl Craft' using items found on the forest floor. Meet at the Beach Pavillion. $2 craft fee. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays until Apr 27, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wildflower Walk
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Take a guided tour with a wildflower enthusiast on a beautiful nature trail. The Appalachian forest floor will be showing its true colors with Jack-in-the-Pulpits, violets, wild azaleas and many other beautiful flowering plants. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, April 21, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild About Wildflowers
Saturday & Sunday 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate spring with a guided hike of the unique wildflowers found at Cloudland Canyon. Bring a camera and water. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we will caravan to the site. Limit 10 participants, so be there early. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Waterfall Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Water is a powerfull thing. Come see the powerful role water played in the past at Cloudland Canyon State Park an how it continues to shape the natural landscape on a hike to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Earth Day Every Day Walk
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 1 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify wildflowers and animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot across from Cottage #5. Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 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 Fit Walk, Nature Craft, and Ravenous Raptors
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9:00am put on your walking shoes, meet at the Sandpiper Trailhead for a 1.5 mile morning fitness walk. At 1:00pm make a pine cone bird feeder. At 3:00pm come and learn about the different raptors in our area. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, April 22, 2013
Earth Day 2013
Monday, Apr 22, 2013 9 AM to 6 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Stop by the Interpretive Center on Earth Day to participate in green activities, make crafts from recycled materials and enjoy the beauty of nature on various guided hikes. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
  Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sandpiper Trail Bird Walk, Painted Buntings, and Big Ferry Trail Hike
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 9:00am take a guided bird walk on the Sandpiper Trail through marsh and maritime forest. At 11:00am keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. At 2:00pm come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning about the early history of Skidaway. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, April 25, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Meet in the evening to paddle in the light of a Full Moon. Jump in a canoe or kayak and enjoy a pleasant paddle under the peaceful night sky. Register at the office any day between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM prior to the event. $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Kolomoki Mounds Public Meeting
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Media, community leaders and citizens are invited to a public meeting to discuss the future of Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park and its impact on the community. The manager will present the site’s strategic business and management plan, with the intention of increasing community awareness, support and involvement in its implementation. Public input is encouraged to ensure the site’s continued contributions to the community, including economic impacts and quality of life. 229-724-2150.
Giants of Skidaway and Wilderness Survival
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11:00am come learn about the amazing Giant Ground Sloth and others that roamed Skidaway during the Ice Age, more than 10,000 years ago. See and touch real fossils! At 3:00pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 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 
  Friday, April 26, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia March of Dimes-March For Babies Event
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo State Park is pleased to partner with the March of Dimes on the upcoming "March for Babies" event. http://www.marchforbabies.org $5 parking. (770) 977-3114.
Tons of Fun 
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Group Camp
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 10 PM until Apr 28, 2013 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Participate in fun outdoor activities with other group campers. Guided hikes, campfires, animal programs, as well as outdoor educational activities will be scheduled for the weekend. Park staff will help you set up tents. Participants should bring their own camping gear and meals. Register in advance. $70 per family plus camping fee. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Apr 26, 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.
Art in the Park
Friday, Apr 26, 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 Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 9:30 PM to 11:30 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 
  Saturday, April 27, 2013
For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 27, 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.
Flat Rocks Hike
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10 AM to 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our Park Ranger for a hike in the Flat Rocks. Learn about the ecotone's vegetation and wildlife. Stay for the day, and join us for the evening's Geo-Glow program! We will geocache, have a bonfire and s’mores, and learn about our park’s owls. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Geo-Glow - Geocaching and Camping Weekend
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
To launch our GeoCamper's weekend we invite everyone to join us as we place luminaries while we geocache. When we light the luminaries you will see a pattern, but for now, it is a surprise! As we wait for sundown our naturalist will engage visitors with an interpretive program about the Park’s owl population. We will light a bonfire, cook hotdogs and s’mores, and light our luminaries. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Saturday & Sunday until Apr 28, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Experience fun outdoor activities such as guided caving trips, rappelling, guided hikes, geocaching, disc golf, archery, wildflower tour, fishing, night hikes and concessions. Disc golf, caving, rappelling and concessions require an additional fee. Sponsored by Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Activities range from free to $20. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to winter grounds for hundreds of birds. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 27, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Treeriffic Trees
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get a close-up look at trees and through “tree adoption” and other hands-on activities. Specially designed for young nature lovers and their families this interactive program is part of PBS kids, “Explore the Outdoors” inspiring kids and their families to get outdoors and explore nature. Meet at Picnic Shelter 1 at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Weapons That Made America
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Visit with us at the site on this day, to view an extensive collection of both re-production, as well as original weapons ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. There will also be periodic firing demonstrations throughout the day. $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.
Full Moon Paddle - CANCELED
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
CANCELED -- Enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon, listen for night sounds, and enjoy the night sky. Register in advance; limited space available. Open to everyone 6 years and up; children under 10 must be in a tandem kayak or canoe with an adult. Fee includes boat, paddle, and life jacket. Cash or check only. Meet at the beach boat dock area. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-976-3489.
Special Excursion - Arts in the Park
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10:05 AM to 4:35 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
2013 Schedule and information to come . . . 1-877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia Butterfly Walk
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided tour near the Mountain Bike Trail and look for Tiger Swallowtails, Zebra Swallowtails, Falcate Orange-Tips and Cloudless Sulphurs. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. There will be "Super Moons", or full moons that are at their "perigee" or closest point in their orbit to earth, in August and September. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia Piedmont K9 Search and Rescue Demonstration
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Do you know what to do when you are lost in the woods? Learn from the Georgia Piedmont Search and Rescue team lost prevention and meet the amazing dogs they work with. Meet at Lakeside Program Area. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day Extravaganza
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come enjoy a day of fun that is all about the Earth. A variety of presenters will be set up around the park at picnic shelters and the open field near the park office. Programs include Archaeological Digs, Trees are the Answer, Wildlife ID and Fun Facts, Water Quaility, and Laser Shot Simulator. $5 parking. (478) 982-1660.
Get Outdoors Georgia Night Hike & Marshmallow Roast
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast around the campfire, followed by a walk through the dark, night woods. Can you walk quietly enough to discover a night creature before it sees you and gets away? Wear comfortable walking shoes for this exciting night hike. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Spring at the Homestead
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Apr 28, 2013 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring the whole family to this living history event and discover what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Staff and volunteers demonstrate cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, toys and games, candle-dipping, and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Group Camp
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 10 PM until Apr 28, 2013 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Participate in fun outdoor activities with other group campers. Guided hikes, campfires, animal programs, as well as outdoor educational activities will be scheduled for the weekend. Park staff will help you set up tents. Participants should bring their own camping gear and meals. Register in advance. $70 per family plus camping fee. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak River Clean Up
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the Skidaway Narrows. From 9:00am to 12:00pm we will have a limited number of canoes and kayaks provided. You can bring your own boat, borrow one of ours, or come as a walking volunteer. Lunch will be provided for registered volunteers. Register by April 26th. At 2:00pm we will have an Interpretive Center tour. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Factory Days
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Enjoy demonstrations on traditional ways of living in the 1850s. Help churn butter, dye a piece of cloth with black walnut hulls, and make a hand-dipped candle. Watch chair caning, soap making and open hearth cooking. Enjoy foot-stompin' music. History hikes to the mill ruins will be throughout the day. A candlelit hike is at 8 p.m. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 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 
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Yoga in the Park
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a Beginner to Intermediate yoga practice on the trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park. No experience or yoga mat necessary. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. (770) 732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 8 PM to 10 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
Saturdays  
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Enjoy beautiful spring blooms with a guided hike every Saturday in April. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
  Sunday, April 28, 2013
Get Outdoors Georgia Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Experience fun outdoor activities such as guided caving trips, rappelling, guided hikes, geocaching, disc golf, archery, wildflower tour, fishing, night hikes and concessions. Disc golf, caving, rappelling and concessions require an additional fee. Sponsored by Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Activities range from free to $20. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
Tons of Fun 
Earth Day Every Day Walk
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 1 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Search for sights and sounds of the Piedmont region as we trek through the spring woodlands to the old fish ponds. We will take along field guides and learn how to identify wildflowers and animal signs. Meet at Noname Parking Lot across from Cottage #5. Less than 1 mile; ages 6 & up; Easy. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 8 AM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Tons of Fun 
Spring at the Homestead
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring the whole family to this living history event and discover what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Staff and volunteers demonstrate cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, toys and games, candle-dipping, and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Group Camp
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 10 PM  
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Participate in fun outdoor activities with other group campers. Guided hikes, campfires, animal programs, as well as outdoor educational activities will be scheduled for the weekend. Park staff will help you set up tents. Participants should bring their own camping gear and meals. Register in advance. $70 per family plus camping fee. $5 parking. 229.896.3551.
Sunday Series: Sights and Sounds of the Great Depression through the FSA
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 1 PM to 1:20 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
President Roosevelt charged the Farm Security Administration to document the plight of the American people during the Great Depression through photographs and sound recordings. Join us in our Sundy series for a 13-minute documentary to learn more about the photographers and their iconic work. $6-$10. 706-655-5870.
Painted Buntings and Dinner Time
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 1:00pm keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. At 3:00pm watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chopping turtles and snakes licking their chops. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. 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. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 4:30 PM to 6 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 16 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Daily until Saturday, May 4, 2013 12 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $30.00 - $85.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
  Thursday, May 2, 2013
Island History
Thursday, May 2, 2013 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn the history, formation and inhabitants of the Georgia barrier islands. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Friday, May 3, 2013
Night Kayak Paddle
Friday, May 3, 2013 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon, listen for night sounds, and enjoy the night sky. Register in advance. Open to everyone 6 years and up; children under 10 must be in a tandem with an adult. Fee includes boat, paddle, and life jacket. Cash or check only. Meet at the beach boat dock. Dress appropriately for the weather! $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Special Excursion - Southern History
Friday, May 3, 2013 10 AM to 3:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
 Explore history with a late departure from Ga. Veterans State Park.  You will enjoy an hour layover in Archery at the Boyhood Farm of our 39th President, Jimmy Carter.  Hop back on the train for a 10 minute ride into Plains for a layover of an hour and 20 minutes.  You will arrive at Ga. Veterans park by 3:45 will the sun is high enough to enjoy the history at the indoor and outdoor museums there at Ga. Veterans. 1-877-427-2457.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, May 3, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Morning Bird Walk
Friday, May 3, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Wear your walking shoes and bring your binoculars for a guided walk in search for some of the common birds in the area. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Art in the Park
Friday, May 3, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 3, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, May 4, 2013
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.
Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
See Etowah Mounds as an archaeologist would. Learn how archaeology works. See artifacts from the site and discover what they tell us about ancient people. There are activities for the kids including archaeological dig boxes. A guided tour with a professional archaeologist will highlight the day, along with other group presentations. $4.00-$5.50 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bird Walk
Saturday, May 4, 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.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Trek along the Pine Mountain Trail to the highest point in the park, Dowdell's Knob. Discover flora and fauna in the mixed hardwood forest along the ridge. Geared towards ages 10 & up. 3.5 miles, moderate. Bring water. Meet at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 4, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 AM to 11:15 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join our naturalist on a short one mile walk and learn about the history of the once-prosperous town of High Falls. Hike also includes a rare chance to tour inside the old powerhouse which provides great photo opportunities of the Towaliga River. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Birding Basics
Saturday, May 4, 2013 4 PM to 5 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, May 4, 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 
Soldier's Life
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Roosevelt Day: Anniversary of the Little White House
Saturday, May 4, 2013 9 AM to 4:45 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, ALL ACTIVITIES FOR MAY 4TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. In May of 1932, a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the construction of FDR's Little White House. 80 years later, a series of guest speakers and special programs will be offered throughout the day to celebrate the anniversary sponsored by Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House $8-$12 allows visitors to join one or all of the special activites. 706-655-5870.
Roosevelt's Rail Travels
Saturday, May 4, 2013 9:15 AM to 10 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A presentation regarding FDR’s travel by train includes highlights from FDR's whistle stop campaigns, construction of the Presidential Pullman "Ferdinand Magellan" & funeral train from Warm Springs, GA to Hyde Park, NY. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Arts & Crafts Demonstration and Sale
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, ALL ACTIVITIES FOR MAY 4TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. The Bi-City Woodturners will show off their skills turning chunks of wood into bowls and pens on lathes. The Meriwether Artist Guild will be display some of their paintings will working with oils and pastels. Both groups will have arts and crafts for sale as part of Roosevelt Day. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Tons of Fun 
Housewarming - Celebrating the anniversary of the Little White House
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
In May of 1932 a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the completion of FDR’s Little White House. Friends of Roosevelt’s Little White House will offer cookies, cake and lemonade to historic site visitors at the memorial fountain. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
A New Deal for the American People
Saturday, May 4, 2013 1:15 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, ALL ACTIVITIES FOR MAY 4TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. A presentation regarding the development of various New Deal programs. Presented by Dr. David Cason, Professor of Education, LaGrange College. Part of Roosevelt Day Festivities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Eleanor’s Contributions
Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:15 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
A presentation focused on the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt - “First Lady of the World”. Presented by Dr. Joe Morrow, Vice-Chairman, Roosevelt Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee. Part of Roosevelt Days activities. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.
Special Excursion - May Day Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2013 9:45 AM to 3:35 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy either Farm Days at The Boyhood Farm in Archery or the May Day Festivities at St. Mark A.M.E. Church.  You will have to choose which you would like to do.  At the Farm in Archery, see blacksmith demonstrations, farming and lots more.  If you choose to ride out to the AME Church, you can have some lunch, hear choirs, view exhibitors making soap and other things.  Face painting and crafts.  Yes, there is the tradtion of platting of the May Pole at 1:15 and 1-877-427-2457.
Knot Tying
Saturday, May 4, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn the basics on some handy knots for everyday use. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11 AM to 12:30 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11 AM to 1 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. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
"Snakes Alive!" Awareness Program
Saturday, May 4, 2013 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join herpetologist Aly Lecznar for this fascinating hour with live snakes where we will learn about the natural history of snakes, understand their senses and behavior, identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and become familiar with native snakes. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, May 4, 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 hike to the "Indian Cave" and climb the East Ridge to view the Atlanta skyline. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 4, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
 

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