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Events starting 6/21/2014
  Monday, June 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 16 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.
Tons of Fun 
  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
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  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. 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
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
Listen to an amphibian concert and learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. Bring flashlight. $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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak 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.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight 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 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Watch a Talbot stationary steam engine in action. This is one of the few working Talbots remaining. See if you can make the whistle blow. All the original equipment -- sawmill, shingle mill, cotton gin, & grist mill -- also on view and other original farm buildings and houses. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 two-hour trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 6-15 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.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 medical tent, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era firearms during black powder demonstrations. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
  Sunday, June 29, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
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. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 medical tent, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era firearms during black powder demonstrations. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, June 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
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.
Tons of Fun 
Independence Day Celebration
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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, musket firing 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. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Independence Day Colonial Faire
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 11 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. Free admission sponsored by the City of Flemington, Friends of Fort Morris and Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 912-884-5999.
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.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ol' Time Independence Day at Jarrell Plantation
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 compete in sack race, three legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, steam engineers, quilters, and other skills of the past. $4.00-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Independence Day Fun & Games
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, football toss, watermelon football, relay races, egg carry, water slide, and other fun games. There will also be a water slide at our swimming beach. Bring the whole family for a ranger-led hike on Big Creek Nature Trail at 9:30 am. Free watermelon and hot dogs available for children. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Patriotic Bicycle, Golf Cart and Pet Parade
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 9:30 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Back by popular demand: decorate your bicycle or golf cart and dress-up your best friend for a parade through the campground. Participants of all ages are welcome. Ballot boxes will be placed at the comfort stations for a crowd favorite. Prizes to be awarded. Arrive early to register. Meet at the campground assembly shelter. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, July 5, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 other events. At 3 p.m. we will hold a paddle boat race. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Movie Night at A.H. Stephens
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8:45 PM to 11 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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 Disney movie 'National Treasure". Bring your lawn chair or blanket and some spare change for popcorn and drinks. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
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.
Water Wars
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get ready for a water battle! CAMPERS vs. STAFF. We will be driving around the campgrounds starting at 1pm. Meet us at the edge of your campsite with your "weapon" of choice (water balloons, hoses, or water guns), if you are willing to participate. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every three weeks 9 AM - 10 AM until Jul 27, 2014 
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.
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Saturday, Jul 5, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Saturday, Jul 5, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Jul 5, 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 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Fourth of July Fun
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 10 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Celebrate the holiday with patriotic crafts, a night hike and live animals. Join in our "anything with wheels" parade through the campground. $1-$3 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Jul 5, 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.
Toads and Turtles
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Do you know the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Come and learn all the differences and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 5, 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 an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 5, 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 5, 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 enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Jul 5, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Movie Night
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
We will be showing a movie in the field behind the office, so bring your blankets or chairs and get ready for some fun. We will have popcorn and refreshments for sale. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
  Sunday, July 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Sunday, Jul 6, 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. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Limited space, register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia July 4th Celebration on the Lake
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM  
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every three weeks 9 AM - 10 AM until Jul 27, 2014 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 6, 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 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, Jul 6, 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.
  Monday, July 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 7, 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.
  Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Sunset Canoe Paddle
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join the ranger for an evening canoe trip along Clarks Hill. A unique opportunity to see shorebirds and other wildlife. Preregistration is required. The program will meet at the campground boat ramp. Register in advance. $30 per canoe all equipment included $15 per boat:if you bring your own equipment $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Get Outdoors Georgia Archery Camp
Daily until Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 7-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the cart barn, static range, and 3-d range. REGISTER IN ADVANCE. $100 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, July 10, 2014
Peanut Express
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  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. 229-276-0755.
Painted Buntings
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
 

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