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Events starting 5/27/2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Monday, May 27, 2013 12 PM to 3 PM
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.
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Twilight Paddle
Monday, May 27, 2013 7 PM to 9 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.
Memorial Day Family Challenge
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Compete with other families in fun mini games for great prizes including free mini golf and canoe rentals. Meet at Lakeside Program Area. $10 per family. $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.
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Memorial Day Mountain Hike
Monday, May 27, 2013 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Work up an appetite before your holiday cookout. Join a ranger for a 3 mile hike to the top of Panola Mountain. Enjoy views of Atlanta and Stone Mountain. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet in the Nature Center. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Memorial Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. 706-655-5870.
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Painted Buntings
Monday, May 27, 2013 11 AM
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.
Survive Buck Shoals Day Camp
Daily until Thursday, May 30, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
A 4-day camp for ages 12 and older. Learn and practice basic survival skills. Bob Finke, retired Master Sergeant from the Army Special Forces, will get campers started with basic lessons and then campers practice the skill sets taught. $90 or $100 if paid after May 17. 706-878-3087.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Monday, May 27, 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 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Monday, May 27, 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 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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Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Monday, May 27, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Memorial Day Blast
Monday, May 27, 2013 1 PM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Join in on a full moon paddle, relay races, live music, and much much more! See flyer for more details.  $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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War of Jenkins' Ear
Monday, May 27, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 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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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Invasive Species
Thursday, May 30, 2013 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Get all the details and learn how to spot invasive species in our area that are negatively impacting our native flora and fauna. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Morning Bird Walk
Friday, May 31, 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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Friday, May 31, 2013 6 PM to 8 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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Evening Paddle on Alexander's Lake
Friday, May 31, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
We will paddle Alexander's Lake in the evening to enjoy the sunset and hear as the night creatures begin to show off. Register and pay in advance to reserve a spot, this program is limited to 15 people. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike
Friday, May 31, 2013 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
1:00PM Big Ferry Trail Hike: Join a park ranger for a guided hike, showcasing some of the parks natural and historical features along the trail. Meet at Big Ferry Trailhead $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Toads and Turtles
Friday, May 31, 2013 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Do you know all the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Come and learn all the differences and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 31, 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 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, June 1, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 1, 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.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013
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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Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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Frogs of Georgia
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM until Jun 2, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn the calls of native frogs, learn how to make a toad abode habitat and hike to the pond to look for tadpoles. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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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.
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Artifact ID and Day of Discovery
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Archaeologists Dr. Adam King and associates will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also, a professional archaeologist will be present from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to identify and date artifacts brought in by the public, including points, blades and pottery. $3.50-$5.50 770-387-3747.
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National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 10 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Trek the woodlands with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides through a diverse mixed hardwood forest. Walk ends at the Liberty Bell Pool. There will be transportation to get hikers back to their cars. Meet at the Park Office parking lot on Hwy 190. Moderate 3.4 mile hike. Bring water. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Alligator Day
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Come support National Trails Day and see live alligators at the Kirbo Interpretive Center. Alligator experts and trappers will be on hand, sharing their knowledge. Lake Walter F. George is a beautiful location to view wildlife and birds. Pontoon Boat rides available throughout the day. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Siege Yargo TrailBlazer Race
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for this adventure race with teams of three people. Racers will paddle, run, mountain bike and face other challenges through this scenic park. Register on www.trailblazerar.com Race fee plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 7 PM to 9 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.
High Falls Historic Walk
Saturday, Jun 1, 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.
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Dendrology Tree Hike
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with our naturalist and learn about tree species native to Georgia's Piedmont region. We will learn approximately 25-30 species of trees and how to identify their leaves and bark patterns. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Register in advance and meet at the nature center. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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149th Commemoration of Battle of Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
This event commemorates the Battle of Pickett's Mill, which as been called a "criminal blunder." Watch as a company of the 8th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment recreates the activities of May 27, 1864. Enjoy musket and cannon demonstrations. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
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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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 1, 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.
Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Atlanta REI-National Trails Day Workday
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us in beautifying the trails of lovely Sweetwater Creek State Park as we cut limbs, dig in the dirt, and spread mulch. All ages and abilities are welcome. Registered participants will receive a wicking REI Volunteer t-shirt as well as a coupon. A small lunch will be provided after the project. Volunteers should bring water, work gloves, and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jun 1, 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 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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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 1, 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 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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Goin' on a Bug Hunt
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bring your own insect net and bug jar or borrow one of ours as we go on a bug hunt. Prizes will be given to the children who find the largest and strangest bugs here at the park. We will be starting our hunt at the Nature Hut. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Fox Trot
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Let a Ranger show you the park's baby foxes. We will meet at the Muscadine Trail Entrance near the Tennis Courts. This program involves a short trail walk so wear closed toed shoes. Bring binoculars or share the park's binoculars. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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Frogs of Georgia
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 12 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn the calls of native frogs, learn how to make a toad abode habitat and hike to the pond to look for tadpoles. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jun 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 12 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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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 2, 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 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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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Junior Ranger Camp
Daily until Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Children 6 yrs. to 12 yrs. are invited to join us for this three-day camp (9am-5pm, Tue, Wed, & Thur) as they work to earn their Junior Ranger badges. The days will be filled with Junior Ranger book activities, boating, learning about wilderness survival, nature-oriented arts and crafts, bird watching, nature and history hikes, and games. $80 includes Junior Ranger book and badge. 770-732-5871.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Reptiles and Amphibians
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Discover Georgia's diversity of reptiles and amphibians - 2nd highest in the US. Learn from calls, view some of the state's most secretive animals and get close to live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Friday, Jun 7, 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jun 7, 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 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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Critter Call
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Department of Natural Resources' Corporal Craig Fulghum will talk about some of Georgia's 80 native mammals. Craig will have plenty of fur pelts and skulls on hand to show us as we learn about habitat and identification. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 8, 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.
Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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National Get Outdoors Day Forest Ramble
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine or human friend and join us for an easy forest romp. New sights, sounds, and discoveries for all of us. Dogs must be on a 6' leash. Supported by PetSmart of Columbus. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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5k Trail Run to End Domestic Violence
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Part of the "Run & See Georgia" Grand Prix Series. Join us for the Inaugural Race To End Domestic Violence 5k Trail Run to benefit the Peace Place Battered Women's Shelter. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Bug Beauty Contest
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learn all about the world of insects and their important role in the environment. Join a ranger on a hike and insect hunt. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest, prettiest and most unusual bugs. Afterwards, all insect "contestants" will be released. Meet at the nature center. $2 to participate. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 7:15 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Girl Scout Wetlands Patch
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Participate in several activites that will help you earn your Wetlands patch (recommended for Girl Scout Juniors). Learn the importance of wetlands by observing wetlands functions and the plants and animals that rely on this environment. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Bug Beauty Contest
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 2 PM to 3 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn all about the world of insects and their role in the environment. Join a ranger on a hike and insect hunt. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest, prettiest and most unusual bugs. Afterwards, all insect "contestants" will be released. Meet at Lakeside Program area. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Frog Slog
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn how to identify different frogs by their calls and then search for them along the lake. Be prepared to get muddy investigating these wetland creatures. Bring flashlights, bug spray and shoes to get wet. Meet behind the pool house. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Star Talk
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a relaxing evening among the stars at our amphitheater by the lake. Bring your best star stories and enjoy some s'mores and good company. Donations welcome. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
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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Rosie The Riveter
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Actress and teacher Carol Cain will portray "Rosie the Riveter". Also, living history with James Fowler as President Roosevelt reading his D-Day prayer. $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
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Painted Buntings
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 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.
Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jun 8, 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 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, Jun 8, 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 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 8, 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 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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Eyes on Owls
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at the Nature Hut to learn about our night time friends, hear their calls, and make a pine-cone owl with the Naturalist. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Snakes Alive
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ever wonder what snakes do during the winter? Don Burdick, a local snake expert, will have his snake collection at the Beach Pavilion. So come and join us to learn about these fascinating critters and get answers to your snake questions. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Handicapped Accessible 
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
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Kids Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders. Adults must be accompanied with the children that will be fishing at the registration tent prior to fishing. A limited amount of fishing poles will be loaned out. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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The Burning of Darien: We know how... but why?
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 3 PM to 5 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
This is a FREE event that takes place just down the road from Fort King George at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church. This lecture is part of the Sesquecentennial observation of the Burning of Darien. 912-437-4770.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
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.
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Beat the Heat Nature Hike
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join us for a 1.5-mile hike to view nature at its finest in the morning. Meet at park office.; $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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High Falls Historic Walk
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 11 AM to 12:15 PM
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.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 9, 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 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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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Family Camp
Weekdays until Jun 14, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make your family vacation memorable by attending Unicoi Family Camp. Spend each day attending classes or workshops while enjoying time with your family. No age limits. 2013 applications will be available April 15. Register in Advance. $35 adult/$25 child. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Family Camp
Weekdays until Jun 14, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make your family vacation memorable by attending Unicoi Family Camp. Spend each day attending classes or workshops while enjoying time with your family. No age limits. 2013 applications will be available April 15. Register in Advance. $35 adult/$25 child. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 18 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Family Camp
Weekdays until Jun 14, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make your family vacation memorable by attending Unicoi Family Camp. Spend each day attending classes or workshops while enjoying time with your family. No age limits. 2013 applications will be available April 15. Register in Advance. $35 adult/$25 child. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Peanut Express
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel west to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. We will not stop at the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum on April 15th as the museum will be closed. Extra layover time will be allotted in Plains. 229-276-0755.
Family Camp
Weekdays until Jun 14, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make your family vacation memorable by attending Unicoi Family Camp. Spend each day attending classes or workshops while enjoying time with your family. No age limits. 2013 applications will be available April 15. Register in Advance. $35 adult/$25 child. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Jun 14, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jun 14, 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 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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Family Camp
Weekdays 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Make your family vacation memorable by attending Unicoi Family Camp. Spend each day attending classes or workshops while enjoying time with your family. No age limits. 2013 applications will be available April 15. Register in Advance. $35 adult/$25 child. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Senior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 8 AM to 12 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
This tournament will be held at Lake Liberty. Anglers 55 years and older can try to win prizes in several categories, as well as win a door prize. Register between 7:30 - 7:45 a.m. at the main office and enjoy some great fishing. Refreshments will be available. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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For Goodness Snakes
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013
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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Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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Rookery Trip
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 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.
Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a kayak paddle around Fort Yargo's beautiful lake this weekend. This program is open to adults and children 5 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak. Reservations required. $15/person, includes gear. Cash or check only. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 9:30 AM to 5:20 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Intro to Mountain Biking
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Basics of mountain biking, including basic maintenance of mountain bikes, and a ride on our beginners bike trails. Great way to get out on new bike trails at the park and meet other trail riders. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. Pre-Registration required, space limited. Program fee includes mountain bike pass $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 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.
Twilight Night Paddle
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Mountain Dulcimer
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Have fun learning to play this beautiful folk instrument, with free, hands-on instruction from members of the Garden City Strummers Dulcimer Club. If you already play, come on to get in on the jam session. Extra instruments are available. Bring a folding chair. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Frog Slog - National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn how to identify frogs. Investigate wetlands and streams in search of frogs, salamanders, and aquatic insects. Be prepared to get wet, muddy, and bring change of shoes/ clothes, water bottle, nets, seines and buckets. Meet at the Alexander Lake Bathroom. Please register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Iron Pour and More
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 2 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Celebrate this Father's Day by taking dad to an Iron Pour! Purchase a scratch block and immortalize your great day by making a piece of unique cast iron artwork. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 p.m.; supplies are limited. Pouring begins at 6 p.m. $3 per person (Geocaching 101) $8 for regular scratch block, $15 for large $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM until Jul 27, 2013 
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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Sandpiper Trail Hike
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the marsh on a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable Park Rangers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required. $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Sunset Boat Tour
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM until Sep 28, 2013 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out & the alligators’ eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited. $15 - $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jun 15, 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 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, Jun 15, 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 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 15, 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 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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Summer Sky Observations
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at Shelter 5, to observe the summer sky with members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. A brief presentation will be followed by outdoor observations with several telescopes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9 PM until Aug 31, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
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Music in the Park
Saturdays until Sep 28, 2013 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Come to the Lake Trahlyta Pavilion and enjoy a cool mountain evening listening to the Appalachian music of Nelson Thomas. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt and Photo Contest
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
The challenges will have different start times and their scavenger lists will be available in the Visitor’s Center at the following times: (9 am) The Naturalist’s Challenge, (10 am) The Trails Challenge, and (11am) Family Challenge. All of the hunts will run until 5 pm. Prizes awarded. Also, the park will announce the start of its first annual photo contest. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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Musical Father's Day Tribute with Justified
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate and enjoy the musical talents of local contemporary gospel group, Justified. Meet in the campground shelter next to the Trading Post; bench seating or bring camp chair. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Father's Day Hike
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Give your father the greatest gift of all; memories of a beautiful hike at Hard Labor Creek State Park! Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post before we head over the Brantley nature trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a Sunset over the water. All tours meet at Beach area. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 16, 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 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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Visiting Artist Series
Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM until Sep 1, 2013 
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Junior Ranger Camp
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 to Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 - 9 AM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Children 6 yrs. to 12 yrs. are invited to join us for this three-day camp (9am-5pm, Tue, Wed, & Thur) as they work to earn their Junior Ranger badges. The days will be filled with Junior Ranger book activities, boating, learning about wilderness survival, nature-oriented arts and crafts, bird watching, nature and history hikes, and games. $80 includes Junior Ranger book and badge. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 3 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, June 20, 2013

Sherman's March Lecture by Stephen Berry
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
This is a FREE event that takes place here at Fort King George. Historian Stephen Berry will discuss General Sherman's infamous March to the Sea! 912-437-4770.
Homeschool Thursday - Macro invertebrates
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 10 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
In this monthly series we will explore science, nature, and the Georgia's outdoors through fun and exciting activities. For June, we invite middle school homeschoolers to discover the macro invertebrates that live in the Towaliga River and the role they play in their environment. Come ready to get wet! Meet at Picnic Shelter #4. $5 per student or $10 for a family $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Midsummer's Eve Sunset at Blood Mountain
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 6:45 PM to 10:45 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join the Naturalist on a hike from Neel’s Gap to witness the Midsummer’s Eve sunset from the top of Blood Mountain and learn how different cultures celebrate this annual event. This will be a 4.4 mile strenuous hike, taken at a moderate pace, which will start and end at the Byron Herbert Reece parking lot off of Hwy 19/129. The hike should last 3-4 hours. Preregistration is required. $5.00 participation fee 706-745-2628.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Jun 21, 2013 8 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet below Lake Delanor dam in the campground at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Jun 23, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Art in the Park
Friday, Jun 21, 2013 1 AM 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
Friday, Jun 21, 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 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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Feedin' the Snakes
Friday, Jun 21, 2013 7 PM to 8 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ever wanted to watch a snake eat? Join a Ranger at the Nature Hut to learn about snakes, watch them eat, and if you’re brave pet Harvey our live corn-snake. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 22, 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.
Overlook Hike at Cloudland Canyon
Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 30, 2013 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike with our Naturalist along the Overlook Trail and enjoy the panoramic vistas that Cloudland Canyon is famous for, with plenty of photo opportunities. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-801-7275.
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Evening Paddle
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 7 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Relax and enjoy an evening on our largest lake, 25- acre Lake Franklin. Learn canoe/kayak safety and paddling techniques. Ages 10 and up. Children under 16 must have an adult with them. Requires ability to swim. Meet at Small Group Camp off Kings Gap Road. Pre-registration only. $30 per canoe or kayak ( two people).$15 single kayak; $8 per person bring your own boat $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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"Wagging Tails" Trail Hike
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bring your furry friends and join us for an enjoyable group hike along the lake at Fort Yargo! We'll hike for approximately 1.5 hours. Dogs must be leashed. Meet at the boat ramp in campground 2. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Full Moon Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a ranger on a peaceful twilight paddle around Marbury Lake at Fort Yargo. We'll watch for wading birds and other critters as the sun sets and the full moon rises. Open to adults and children 5 years and older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a kayak or canoe. Pre-registration required. CASH or CHECK ONLY. Meet at the beach boat dock area by 7:30 p.m. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Kiss My Grits!
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us as we grind grits at our water powered gristmill just as it was done in the late 1800s. Grits will be available for $4 per 2 lb. bag. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Beat the Heat Nature Hike
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 8 AM to 9:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join us for a 1.5-mile hike to view nature at its finest in the morning. Meet at park office.; $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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The Dam Walk
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
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Georgia Geo-Campers at High Falls State Park
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 7 PM to 10 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join fellow geocachers in a night filled with fun including Historic Hike, Wildlife Tracking activity for kids, and a bonfire complete with marshmallows. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Night Hike
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Whippoorwills, owls and bats, oh my! Explore the night by using all your senses while going on a hike through the woods led by a ranger. Bring a flashlight and hiking shoes. Easy, half-mile hike. $1 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Creative Camp Cooking
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 6:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Don’t eat dinner until you’ve stopped by for appetizers cooked up with lots of fun. We’ll fry hamburgers on a flat rock, bake biscuits in a cardboard oven, cook omelets in zip lock bags, roast potatoes in mud, and make desserts to die for. Kids ages 8-80 will love this program, which just may change the way you cook the next time you’re camping. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 8 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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Camping and Kayaking
Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Jun 23, 2013 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get outdoors and do something different this summer by spending a weekend camping and kayaking with two Park Rangers. Explore Red Top and Lake Allatoona by boat and relax at the campsite afterwards. Fee includes a campsite for two nights, a tandem sit-on-top kayak, paddle, life jacket, paddling instruction, and two days of guided paddling tours. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $175 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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