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Events starting 6/14/2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 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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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 14, 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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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 14, 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.
Get Outdoors Day with our Fitness Trail and Toads & Turtles
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11:00AM Kids! Come out and leap like a grasshopper and run like a deer. We will be going on a short fitness hike. Be sure to bring plenty of water and your tennis shoes. 2:00PM Toads and Turtles: Do you know all the differences between reptiles and amphibians? $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 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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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Basic Photography Workshop
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Want to take better pictures this summer? Join professional photographer Mark Harvell to learn tricks and tips for improving your photography. Mark will begin with inside instruction and then head outside so participates can practice what they have learned. Participates must be 16 or older and pre-register by May 31st by calling the park. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sssslithery Reptiles
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Snake expert, Don Burdick, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible 
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Cane Creek Band, a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Kids Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 AM
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 15, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 15, 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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jun 15, 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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Introduction to Archery
Sunday, Jun 15, 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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Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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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"Ask the Naturalist" - Wilderness Survival Tips
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
In honor of The National Get Outdoors Month. Visit with the Naturalist at the museum. Learn about the basics of surviving in the woods. Also, take a tour if the museum and sample the natural spring water. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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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Monday, June 16, 2014

Roosevelt Stables Summer Horse Camp
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards ages 7 to 13, this active hands-on adventure includes horse care fundamentals, instructional time and mountain top trail rides along Pine Mountain Ridge. Advanced riders: June 2-6 and 16-20. Beginning riders June 9-13. Register in advance. call for cost $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jun 17, 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, June 18, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jun 18, 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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Big Ferry Trail Guided Hike
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 1 PM
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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 11 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. No pets please. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Helping Hands for Wildlife - Gopher Tortoise Series
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM until Jun 26, 2014 
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This is a free four-week series about our state reptile, the gopher tortoise, and how you can help protect this keystone species. Learn about the gopher tortoise habitat and why fire is essential to its survival. Find out what a keystone species is and why they are important to an ecosystem. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Archery for Beginners
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Friday, Jun 20, 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 Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet at the Large Group Camp -10 minutes fr/campground for an half-mile walk. Listen to an amphibian concert. Look for eggs, tadpoles, and adults. Learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. No lakeside restroom. Bring flashlight. Pay at office and bring receipt or pay onsite correct change. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 2 PM to 4 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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Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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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Animal Encounter: Reptiles
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
How do snakes smell? From what is a turtle’s shell made? Come find the answers to these and many other questions as you get up close and personal with several of Georgia’s native snakes and turtles. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Toads & Turtles and Roving Ranger
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Toads and Turtles: Do you know all the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Come and learn all the differences and touch live examples. 4:00 PM Roving Ranger: Walking through the campground, a Ranger will be available to answer your questions and will be bringing along a critter-of-the-day. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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 21, 2014

Senior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM to 11 AM
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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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 21, 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.
Hike to the Flat Rocks
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Take a hike with the naturalist along Flat Rocks Trail and discover the unique habitat of the flat rock uplands. See how a fire-dependent habitat without fire changes. And learn how a planned prescribed fire will be used to help better the struggling community. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jun 21, 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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Remarkable Reptiles
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jul 12, 2014 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Meet a snake, talk to a turtle and discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. If you're feeling lucky, you might get to see the snake feeding! Meet at Hornet's Nest Amphitheatre. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 9 PM to 10 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Columbus Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting on grassy field. Meet at the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Summer Time Hike
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy an early morning hike by going for a moderate, 2.5-mile excursion along the lake. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 9 AM - 10:30 AM until Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 11 AM - 12:30 PM until Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Jun 21, 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, Jun 21, 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, Jun 21, 2014 7:30 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.
The Southeastern Snake Encounter
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn about Georgia native reptiles presented by Southeastern Reptile Rescue. Donations appreciated $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jun 21, 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, Jun 21, 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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New Hope / Pickett's Mill Local Family History Day 1840 - 1870
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Artifact experts will help identify relics used during the Civil War. Bring any family histories, photos or other important local history to learn more about the area. This will be held in the Visitor Center Exhibit Area. $2.75 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Geology Day
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 21, 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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Native American Heritage Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jun 21, 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, Jun 21, 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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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Celebrate the First Day of Summer- Canoe Races
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us to celebrate the first day of summer with canoe races. We will have multiple races for ages 12 and up. Racers will be divided into age groups and we will end with a family canoe race. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30 am to sign up for your race. All equipment is provided. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 22, 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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jun 22, 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jun 22, 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, Jun 22, 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.
Handicapped Accessible 
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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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Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Jun 22, 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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jun 24, 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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Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jun 25, 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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Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 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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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Peanut Express
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 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.
Helping Hands for Wildlife - Gopher Tortoise Series
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
This is a free four-week series about our state reptile, the gopher tortoise, and how you can help protect this keystone species. Learn about the gopher tortoise habitat and why fire is essential to its survival. Find out what a keystone species is and why they are important to an ecosystem. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Night Life in the Forest
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
The night life in the forest is so different than what’s out during the day. While enjoying the campfire, learn about some of our nighttime predators, and then roast some marshmallows. $1 per person $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wilderness Survival: Basic Survival Skills
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn basic survival skills while on this 3 mile hike on the West Rim Trail. You will learn techniques on food management, fire making, water purification, personal hygiene and more. We will provide a box lunch and water, but please bring a day pack to carry on the hike. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Friday, Jun 27, 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.
Dinner, Music and CCC Legacy Night on the Mountain
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
This fundraising event features speakers Ren & Helen Davis, authors of "Our Mark On This Land," music by jazz musician, Grover Sims, and a savory, southern chicken dinner. Held at CCC stone amphitheater next to park office. Reservations required. Contact the Park Office. $25 per person-$150 sponsor table (seats 6) Reservations required $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet at the Large Group Camp -10 minutes fr/campground for an half-mile walk. Listen to an amphibian concert. Look for eggs, tadpoles, and adults. Learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. No lakeside restroom. Bring flashlight. Pay at office and bring receipt or pay onsite correct change. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Jun 27, 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.
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jun 28, 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.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jun 28, 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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Macro Photography Class
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Don’t miss this opportunity to get some great images while learning about the hidden world around us. Class will begin with a discussion of the equipment and techniques used for great close-ups and conclude with field practice photographing the flowers and plant life of the park. Adults. Limited space, pre-registration required. $35.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jul 12, 2014 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Meet a snake, talk to a turtle and discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. If you're feeling lucky, you might get to see the snake feeding! Meet at Hornet's Nest Amphitheatre. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 9 AM - 10:30 AM until Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 11 AM - 12:30 PM until Jul 26, 2014 
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Have you ever wanted to try a paddle board? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? Well you can do both! Every Saturday from May 31st until July 26th you can enjoy paddle board yoga on the water here at George L. Smith State Park. Limited space. Pre-registration and payment is required. 5 spots per class. 2 Classes each Saturday morning. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Saturday 9 AM - 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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Twilight Night Paddle
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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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Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Complex’, a signal used to communicate between Jarrell’s manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
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Creative Camp Cooking
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 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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Evening Paddle on Allatoona Lake
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a ranger-led kayaking tour on the lake. This trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 5-15 who can swim AND are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All kayaks are two-seaters. Close-toed shoes required. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 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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Morning Bird Watch, Painted Buntings, and Call of the Wild
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
10:00AM Morning Bird Watch: Learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. 2:00PM Painted Buntings: Keep your eyes open to see one of America’s most beautiful birds right here on the park. 8:30PM Call of the Wild:Walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for rare tours at 9:00 a.m. , 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. The tour will be guided by a Park Interpretive Ranger telling the secrets and history of this 143-year old governors farm. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Jun 28, 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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A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join naturalist Jeremy Reeme on this walk through the woods as we look at plants and trees and other resources the Native Americans would have used. We will learn about edibles, medicinals, cordage, pottery, shelter, clothing, and firemaking. Closed-toe shoes required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations necessary at 770-732-5871. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jun 28, 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.
New Manchester Days
Saturday & Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM until Jun 29, 2014 
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This two-day living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the Civil War. Visit an authentic Civil War-era encampment and, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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, Jun 28, 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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Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous hike with activities including hiking down 531 stairs, jumping from rock to rock on a river crossing, climbing over boulders and over and under logs. The hike will go to Bridal Veil Falls where we will hang out for an hour and head out sliding rock trail a very steep quarter mile trail. Limited space call to make a reservation. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Nelson Thomas, will be at the Park's Beach Pavilion playing flatpick & fingerpick style guitar, old time and bluegrass banjo, harmonica, washboard, and occasionally a little mandolin and/or fiddle. Event is free, but Nelson will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 29, 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, Jun 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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Rookery Trip
Sunday, Jun 29, 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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
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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Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Jun 29, 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.
New Manchester Days
Saturday & Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM  
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This two-day living history event will bring to life the New Manchester Community that prospered up to the Civil War. Visit an authentic Civil War-era encampment and, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 1, 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, July 2, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 2, 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, July 3, 2014

Labor Day at Fort Mountain
Daily until Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 8 AM to 5 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Get to know your neighbors and make s’mores on Friday Night. Then enjoy guided hikes, wagon rides and more throughout the weekend. $1-$10 (depending on event) $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Friday, July 4, 2014

July Fourth Bike Parade
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come to celebrate our independence with bicycle parade and many fun contests such as the best patriotic costume, patriotic bicycle, speech, watermelon seed spitting and more! $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
July 4th Celebration on the Lake
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM until Jul 6, 2014 
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with games, a watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours on Lake Walter F. George. Make reservations early for campsites and cabins. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Cannons Across the Marsh
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the Garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served. $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.
Independence Day Celebration
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us as we celebrate our country’s birthday and our right to be free. Watch Civil War drilling, rifle and cannon firings! Also join in sack races, egg toss, wheel barrow races and other old-timey games. Fresh watermelon will be available too. You can even join in a Civil War-era baseball game! $5 - $8. 912-727-2339.
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Independence Day Colonial Faire
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Celebrate the 4th with colonial games, contests of skill, colonial music, musket firings, cannon firings and activities. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Sponsored by the City of Flemington, Friends of Fort Morris and Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 912-884-5999.
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July 4th Concert
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 5 PM to 9 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Heart to Heart, a musical group known for their country and gospel sound, will be playing live at our amphitheater on July 4th only. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Fireworks on the Flint
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Come out to Georgia Veterans State Park for a celebration of American independence. Water slide rides will be here all day long. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Patriotic Boat Parade
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Come see the local lake residents decorate their boats for the annual High Falls Lake Independence Day boat parade hosted by the High Falls/Towaliga Watershed Alliance and Harbour Shores Homeowners Association. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Fun for the Fourth
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join fellow campers for a fun night, making s'mores playing games and sing-along. Great for all ages. Don't forget to bring your roasting sticks and chairs. Meet at the program hut. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Ol' Time Independence Day
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and have some ol' time fun with outdoor games, races, and ol' time skill demonstrations. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
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Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Children can participate in 3-legged races, sack races, sailboat races, cornhole, relay races, egg carry, and other fun games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Patriotic Bicycle, Golf Cart and Pet Parade
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9:30 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Decorate your bicycle or golf cart and dress-up your best friend for a parade through the campground. Participants of all ages are welcome. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
4th of July Celebration
Daily until Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 11 AM to 8 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Red, White, and Blue; the colors of America, and they all can be found here during the 4th of July. The red of watermelon all over your kids face, the white from the white sands from making your own alligator and blue from the water splashing you during the games. What better way than to spend 4th of July? $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Jul 4, 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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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 4, 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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Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us for a host of family fun events. Decorate your bike and join in on the Bicycle Parade at 10am. Old Fashion Games begin at 11am. Family Putt-Putt Tournament starts at 3pm and prizes will be awarded to top 3 winners. $10 per family for Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Independence Day at Vogel
Friday, Jul 4, 2014
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Come to one of our nation's oldest state parks as we celebrate our independence with a flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Events will begin with our 10 a.m. bicycle parade. Old-time games will start in the field behind the office, at 11 a.m. include sack races, three-legged races, relays, egg and water balloon tosses, and a paddle boat race. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Movie Night on Lake Liberty
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8:45 PM to 11 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Take some time and relax with the family by enjoying a movie together. The Friends of A.H. Stephens State Park will be showing the Dr. Seuss movie "The Lorax". Bring some spare change for popcorn, sno-cones, and drinks. We meet at Lake Liberty located in front of the park office. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 5, 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.
Hike to the Flat Rocks
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Take a hike with the naturalist along Flat Rocks Trail and discover the unique habitat of the flat rock uplands. See how a fire-dependent habitat without fire changes. And learn how a planned prescribed fire will be used to help better the struggling community. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Birds of Prey
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Winged Ambassadors and Master Falconer Dale Arrowood will give you the rare and exhilarating opportunity of coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals. $5.00 per person, or Program free with camping receipt. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 5, 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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Remarkable Reptiles
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jul 12, 2014 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Meet a snake, talk to a turtle and discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. If you're feeling lucky, you might get to see the snake feeding! Meet at Hornet's Nest Amphitheatre. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
 

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