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Friday, April 18, 2014

Flashlight Egg Hunt - Family Hunt
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Bring your family, friends, flashlights and baskets to Crooked River's Egg Hunt in the Dark. Limited participation, early wristband purchase available. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Canoeing with the Stars
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Bring your family and friends for a guided canoe trip beneath the moonlit sky as we paddle our way down to Shark Tooth Sandbar. Feel free to bring food, outdoor games and more, but remember to leave no trace of our stay by the end of the night. Reservations required. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 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.
Painted Buntings
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
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, then hang out at our Birding Station. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A.H. Stephens Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting for you. Children bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Rookery Trip
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet some of the park's scaly inhabitants. Discover natural history and how to ID local snakes, turtles, and lizards Meet at the CCC Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 each ages 4 & up. Pay at Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Bark In The Park
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend and join us for an easy Earth Day 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. Everyone is welcome! Supported by the Columbus area Petsmart. Meet next to the Trading Post; Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Festival By The Lake
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Want to spend a day by the lake? Enjoy our festival with craft vendors, food vendors, games and live entertainment. Boat rides will be departing on the hour. Easter egg hunt at 1 pm. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for an Easter egg hunt at Fort Yargo at the Turtle Creek Trail. The trail begins at the tennis court area. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Spring Fling
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with fun family activities. Kids will be able to make their own nature craft projects to take home. The Friends of General Coffee State Park will be hosting the Spring Arts and Craft Festival as part of this event. Contact Ginny Carver at friendsofgcsp@gmail.com for more information/request a vendor application. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Georgia Veterans Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Come join us for one of the biggest Easter egg hunts around. Over 3,000 eggs will be available for children to find, each with a treat inside. More Easter activities will be taking place throughout the day. Call for more information. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
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Springtime Hike on the Bike Trails
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike on the blue mountain bike trail. Welcome the spring season by enjoying beautiful waterfall vistas and wildflowers. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old and adults in good walking shape. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
3rd Annual Glow-N-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Egg hunts are no long for the day. Join us for our third annual Glow-n-Dark egg hunt. Over 4,000 glowing eggs will fill the day use area. Join in before the hunt for carnival-style games and s'mores. Space is limited and will fill before the event. Call for reservations. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Easter Egg Night Hunt at Kolomoki
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join us for EGG-citing fun at our Easter Egg Night Hunt held at Group Camp Hicita. There will be 3 age groups and prizes awarded to those who find the golden eggs. Kids, bring your own baskets and flashlights. $1 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Hunt for Easter Eggs and Easter Treasure on the park. Meet some live cute baby animals. Paint an Easter suncatcher, scratch off a colorful egg, color an Easter magnet and make a small birdhouse. Finish the day with a night hike. $2-$10 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Baskets, Bunnies and Eggs
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Happy Easter! Ages 3 - 10 can create their own Easter baskets and go on a kid-friendly egg scavenger hunt through the woods. Afterward, visit with rabbits from the 4-H Bunny Club. $2 basket program $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Photographers and Artists Morning Out
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Photographers and artists will have access to restricted areas of the park to draw, paint or photograph scenic Panola Mountain. A park ranger with an art background will be on hand as a guide, with tips, painting supplies and knowledge of the flora and fauna of the granite mountain. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 AM, leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring Butterfly Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join a park ranger when many flowers are in bloom and butterflies like hairstreaks and zebra swallowtails abound. Meet at the Park Nature Center. Hike is a rugged 2-mile loop. Bring a digital camera. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Easter At The Park
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Celebrate Easter in the great outdoors. At 3pm there will be a Easter egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs. Once all the eggs are found, there will be a Live animal show about local egg laying reptiles. After the animal show, there will be a chance for you to make your very own Easter craft. varies plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Easter Blast
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts to celebrate spring. The Big Easter egg hunt will start promptly at 1 p.m. $3 per child. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Based on the American Heart Assoc. first aid model. Taught by a retired NPS ranger/paramedic. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Suwannee River Visitor Center's Eggstraordinary Easter
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
The afternoon will be full of games, live animal programs and, of course, an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m., but come early to make a milk jug into an Easter basket. Has been moved to Suwannee River Eco Lodge. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 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 18 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.
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 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.
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"Park Nights, City Lights" Night Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 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 12 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Registration required. No dogs please. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Kids 12 and younger can bring Easter Egg baskets and join us at the beach for hunting treats. Sponsored by Poplar Springs Baptist Church. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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2nd Annual Easter Fun Fest and Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join us for our annual Easter Fun Fest Event located at "the bottoms" field. Festivities starting at 10am kids will get to enjoy crafts, Hayrides, egg hunt, and other wonderful surprises! At 11:00am the Egg Hunt will begin, Children will be divided up by age group Sponsored by Friends of Unicoi. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Wildflower Walk (Earth Day Event)
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
This guided wildflower walk through the Appalachian forest will highlight Jack-in-the pulpits, trilliums, wild azaleas and many other flowering plants. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Guided Hike
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided Spring hike on the granite rock outcrops on Flat Rock Trail. The molten domes of magma that cooled to form our outcrops were generated from the heat and friction at the edges to colliding continental plates about 500 million years ago. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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5th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 12:30 PM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. $9 - $14. 706-655-5870.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 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 18 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.
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All About Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger for an educational program to learn all about reptiles and amphibians. There will even be an opportunity to touch several snakes and a turtle. Reservations are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day River Paddle at High Tide
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Celebrate Earth Day with a paddle on Crooked River. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $25-$35 per person. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Space: What Do We Really See?
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7:30 PM to 10 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Planets, satellites, falling stars, meteoroids! Join us for this eye-opening presentation by the Statesboro Astronomy Club as they interpret the night sky. Location: north boat ramp. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
"Save the Water Wheel" Golf Tournament
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Registrations includes golf fee, cart, range balls, light snack, swag bag, parking, and dinner after the tournament. Check-in begins at 11 A.M., and the tournament begins at 12 P.M. Prizes go to the 1st and 2nd place spots, hole in one, putting contest, longest drive, closest to pin, ball drop, and various raffle prizes. $60 - $240 $5 parking. 678-789-8641.
Full Moon Hike
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
How do nocturnal animals navigate in the woods after the sun goes down? Join the park naturalist in this exciting night hike and find out how. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Intermediate Archery
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Reptile Show, Roving Ranger, and Call of the Wild
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Reptile Show: Come and learn all the differences between reptiles and amphibians and touch live examples. 5:00PM Roving Ranger. 8:00PM Call of the Wild:Walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. See if you can tell the difference between frogs, bugs and birds. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet some of the park's scaly inhabitants. Discover natural history and how to ID local snakes, turtles, and lizards Meet at the CCC Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 each ages 4 & up. Pay at Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM until Apr 27, 2014 
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.
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Canoe Tour of High Falls Lake
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 6 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore a lake-to-creek paddle and experience the changes in wildlife, scenery and your paddling style as we paddle to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Tour will start at Park office. Space is limited. Reservations required. $15 includes boat rental, PDF, and paddle $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 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.
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Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today $5 parking. 229-276-0755.
Big Ferry Guided Hike, Roving Ranger, and Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Big Ferry Guided Hike: Come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. 5:00PM Roving Ranger 8:00PM Campfire and S’mores: Enjoy an evening under the stars and meeting new people around a campfire. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 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.
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Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 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 18 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.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
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.
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Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Rookery Trip
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Animal Skull Identification
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Have you ever come across an animal skull and wondered what it is you were seeing? Come learn how to identify some different skulls. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. At this open house, visitors can understand the series better by chatting with artists and writers while they are "at work in the woods." $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23. $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 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 18 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.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a 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. 800-979-3370.
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Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Daily until Saturday, May 3, 2014 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. $25.00 - $90.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, May 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
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 Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Daily until Sunday, May 4, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Daisies and Brownies.Registration Deadline is April 17. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Painted Buntings
Friday, May 2, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
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. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Painted Buntings
Friday, May 2, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
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. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, May 2, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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.
Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for this three-hour high tide paddle. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $35 single; $45 tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy late spring woodlands on this 5.0 mile, moderate hike with PMT Association guides. Meet at the WJSP Parking Lot off Hwy 190. Hike ends at Rocky Point Parking Lot.Geared towards ages 10 & up. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music & Dancing On the Mountain- National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our Randy & Darlene Dameron, our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Dirty Spokes 6hr/9hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 AM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
These 6-hour and 9-hour races take competitors along our mountain bike trail and allow visitors to see the action first-hand. www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
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Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 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.
Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
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.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Geology Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans will lead visitors into the canyons and back in time to discover the geological history of the canyons. The floors of the canyons are often wet and muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and your camera. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Daily until Sunday, May 4, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Daisies and Brownies.Registration Deadline is April 17. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Happy Birthday to Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturday, May 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
In May of 1932, a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the construction of FDR's Little White House. We will celebrate the 82nd birthday of the Little White House with a special guided tour of the presidents home led by historian Brian Roslund, President of Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House. By reservation only. $20. 706-655-5870.
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First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Saturday, May 3, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 a 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. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Art in the Park
Saturday, May 3, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is 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 are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay (exact change, $5, cash only) at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 4, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Daily until Sunday, May 4, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Daisies and Brownies.Registration Deadline is April 17. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 4, 2014 12 PM to 1:30 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 18 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.
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Native American Heritage Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Sunday, May 4, 2014 3 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 4, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 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.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Daily until Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
An exciting new 24-hour birding event. Travel by ferry to Sapelo Island along Georgia’s scenic coast, enjoy birding the beaches, marshes, fields and forests of this limited access barrier island with expert birders and, overnight at the historic Reynolds Mansion. Registration is limited. Meals included. Starting at $299/person for double occupancy; ferry fee ($15) is not included in registration. $5 parking. 912-485-2299.
CANCELED -- Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3 PM to 8:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
CANCELED. This adventure features birding with expert ornithologists around a barrier island. Habitats include open fields, maritime forests, marshes and beaches. On October 9, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on Sapelo Island. $299 - $599 depending on Reynold's Mansion accommodations. 912-485-2299.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CANCELED -- Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
CANCELED. This adventure features birding with expert ornithologists around a barrier island. Habitats include open fields, maritime forests, marshes and beaches. On October 9, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on Sapelo Island. $299 - $599 depending on Reynold's Mansion accommodations. 912-485-2299.
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Toads and Turtles
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Do you know the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Come and learn all the differences and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Watermelon Express Train Ride
Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Moon Hike
Friday, May 9, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Learn about nocturnal creatures and sensory awareness at night. Bring flashlight, hiking boots, water and your sense of adventure. Meet at the overland trailhead parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Intermediate Archery
Friday, May 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Americus Explorer Train Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today $5 parking. 229-276-0755.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live re-enactment of his arrest and his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers and demonstrators. $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 10, 2014 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.
Mother's Day Hike with Mother Nature
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother's Day! We will hike Sitton's Gulch to the bottom of Hemlock Falls while identifying plants, birds, and trees along the way. This is a 4-mile hike on moderate terrain. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Activities will include competitions, games, 3D archery shooting, fishing simulator, County Sheriff K9 demonstrations, and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day. This event is sponsored by C. MO’S KIDS. They will have a drink and BBQ sale. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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J.A.K.E.S. Day and Junior Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
These two events will both be running concurrently. J.A.K.E.S. day activities will begin at 10 am at the parks new archery range. Kids age 17 and under will have a chance to try their hand at archery, fly casting, shooting sports and more. The Junior Fishing Derby for kids ages 3-15 will be held at the parks farm pond and will run 10 am - 2pm. Event is free. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy an easy guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks or canoes. We'll look for alligators, herons and egrets. Register in advance. Meet at Visitor's Center. Subject to change due to weather. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
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National Train Day / Cordele-Crisp "Touch-A-Train"
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
A day full of fun and family-friendly activities at the Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Depot. Call 877-GA-RAILS for more information. 229-276-0755.
Introduction to Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Astronomy Day - Night Time Paddle
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Pre-registration Required, space is limited. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
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Mother's Day Birdhouse
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for something special to do with mom on Mother's Day? Why not spend the day a Mistletoe? You can enjoy natures beauty and join us in creating birdhouses out of gourds. You and your mother can decorate them and take them home. $5 per gourd $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 3 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on National Trails Day for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 AM to 10 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.
Iron Pour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 9 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 PM behind the Park Office. Limit 5 per person. Supplies are limited. Pour begins at 6 PM. Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Bike Rodeo
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
A bike rodeo is a fun, educational event for children to practice bike skills and learn how to safely navigate roads and traffic. Kids will tackle different stations, each with a different game or challenge. Co-sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 10, 2014 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 ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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