Events starting 7/18/2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Intermediate Archery
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Astronomy Night
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an evening of star gazing and slides. Visitors may bring their own telescopes, but some will be provided. The park offers excellent sky viewing without light pollution. $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
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Americus Explorer Train Ride
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 19, 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, Jul 19, 2014 3 PM
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. 706-913-7170.
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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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Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jul 19, 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.
RESCHEDULED - Movie Under the Stars
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8:45 PM to 11 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join us at our day-use area for a movie under the stars featuring the classic Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bring blankets to sit on and refreshments to enjoy during this family feature. Donations Accepted. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 19, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 19, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Animal Encounter: Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 1 PM to 2 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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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 19, 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, Jul 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Morning Bird Watch
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10:00 am learn the basics about local bird varieties as we gaze upon our feeding stations. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 19, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 19, 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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Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
The Carolina Ceili, a 3 piece Celtic band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 20, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 20, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Animal Skull Identification
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Have you ever come across an animal skull and wondered what it is you were seeing? Come learn how to identify some different skulls. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 20, 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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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 2 PM to 5 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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Snakes Alive
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peaceful Morning Paddle
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Monday morning at the park is a perfect time to get on the water and enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of nature. During this Ranger-guided kayaking tour we'll go in and out of a few coves enjoying the scenery and looking for wildlife. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 770-975-0055 to register. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 21, 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 22, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 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. 706-913-7170.
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Adventure Camp for Kids
Daily until Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy three days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, environmental education and one entire day dedicated to photography. Space is limited, reservations required. Kids age 10-13. $95 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thronateeska Limited
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Thronateeska Limited takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear into Sumter County. The lake was formed by the damming the Flint River, known to native Indians to the area as "Thronateeska". 229-276-0755.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Friday, Jul 25, 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 Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Friday, Jul 25, 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 Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 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.
Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Friday, Jul 25, 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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Pickleball 101
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Looking for a fun physical education activity? Come play pickleball – a combination of ping pong and tennis that is played with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball. Recommended for ages 10+ Wear tennis shoes and bring a bottle of water. Tennis courts located off Red Top Mountain Road near the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
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Wilderness Survival
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 3pm we will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Friday, Jul 25, 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Jul 26, 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.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for this three-hour high tide paddle. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $35 single; $45 tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Paddle Board Yoga
Saturdays 9 AM - 10:30 AM  
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  
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
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.
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Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Jul 26, 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Astronomy Night
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, Jul 26, 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, Jul 26, 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. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Jul 26, 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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Native American Heritage Hike-National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jul 26, 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, Jul 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 26, 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.
Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone 18 or over who can swim. Binoculars recommended. Includes choice of canoe or kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Summer Music Series
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
We will have two bands at the Beach Pavilion, Yonah Pickers and The Nearly Normal String Band. The concert is free, but the bands will pass the hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Folk Life Traditions
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Watch demonstrations of everything from pioneer tools, candle dipping, butter churning, dulcimers and more. There will be activities for kids, gold panning, and local mountain music. All festivities will be located at Picnic Shelter 3 near the beach area parking. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 1 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, Jul 27, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every three weeks 9 AM - 10 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Animal Skull Identification
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Have you ever come across an animal skull and wondered what it is you were seeing? Come learn how to identify some different skulls. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 27, 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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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 28, 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 29, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Jul 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. 706-913-7170.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Meet at the boat ramp for a fun filled evening learning about our night sky. Join experts from Charlie Elliot Astronomy Club who will share their knowledge of the stars and planets. Register in advance by calling the front office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Birding Basics
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Not only is birding a fun hobby, it's also a great way to get kids outdoors and excited about nature. During this program we'll cover how to use binoculars and then go on a short hike to find some of Red Top's winged residents. Binoculars are limited, register in advance. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Solar Astronomy
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ever wanted to look at the sun’s flare-ups and spots safely? Join the world’s largest Solar Astronomy outreach program with us. Also, if you want to take a picture of the Sun, bring your camera because a complete imaging setup will be available for you to take your own picture of the Sun. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 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.
Coastal Georgia Kayak Camp
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult; $549 per child (12 and under). 912-882-5256.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer Patch)
Friday, Aug 1, 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, August 2, 2014

Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Cool Pool Summer Splash Celebration
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Come splash with us! Food, fun activities like corn hole and volleyball, contests, and prizes for the whole family. Liberty Bell Pool Hwy 354. DJ poolside from 1-3PM. $2 - $5. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for a peaceful ranger-lead lake paddle. A ranger will go over canoeing basics and lead participants in a game. Enjoy the setting sun during free paddle. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. Please sign up early as space is limited. $10 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every four weeks 9 AM - 11 AM until Aug 3, 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.
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Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible 
Twilight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 2, 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, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 4 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 2, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 2, 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Coastal Georgia Kayak Camp
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 AM to 9:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult; $549 per child (12 and under). 912-882-5256.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 2, 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. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Toads, Turtles and Nature Craft
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians during toads and turtles at 11am. Make crafts from everyday items at 2pm. $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.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 AM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Aug 2, 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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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 2, 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 2, 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
Saturday, Aug 2, 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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Ssslithery Snakes
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join Don Burdick and his awesome snakes at the Nature Hut. Don will be discussing snake identification, habitat, habits, and more. This is a safe family friendly program. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible 
Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Every four weeks 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Coastal Georgia Kayak Camp
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 6 AM to 8:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult; $549 per child (12 and under). 912-882-5256.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 6 AM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 3, 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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Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 2 PM to 5 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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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Coastal Georgia Kayak Camp
Monday, Aug 4, 2014 6 AM to 8:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult; $549 per child (12 and under). 912-882-5256.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Monday, Aug 4, 2014 6 AM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Coastal Georgia Kayak Camp
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult; $549 per child (12 and under). 912-882-5256.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule. $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bird Watching and Skull Identification
Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Learn how to identify local birds (10am Bird Watch), and animal skulls (11:00am Skull Identification). $5 parking. 912-598-2301.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 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.
CANCELLED -- Full Moon Stargazers Party
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
This event has been cancelled. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible 
Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Pre-register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. Check-in will be from 5:00 PM until 5:30 PM. We will launch at 5:35 PM. $15 per person includes equipment, $8 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Geocaching 101
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn the basics of this fun and addicting game and then go in search of a cache. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Wilderness Survival
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will talk about how to prevent getting lost and show you simple items to take with you on a hike that could be lifesavers. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Walk to the Stars
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 9 PM to 11:30 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The evening will start with a sensory hike, where we will learn to use all of our senses to make the night come alive. Our hike will then end at Lake Buncombe, where you will see and learn about star constellations and get a great view of the Perseid meteor shower. We will be meeting in the parking lot at Shelter #3 (also known as the BBQ pit). $4.00 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Bark in the Park
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
We would like to celebrate the different breeds and offer you the opportunity to show off your best friend. There are dog costume contests, a speed-sit game, a mini obstacle course and more. There will be prizes for the contest winners. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Full Moon Paddles with S'mores
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Don't you love it when there is a combo of s'mores, a campfire, and a full moon paddle?! Come with us to enjoy the beauty of the night. Meet at Hornet's Nest Amphitheatre. Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Dowdell's Knob Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and loop the highest section of the park. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Parking Lot off Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wagon Ride and Campfire Cooking
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a narrated wagon ride through the park where a ranger will tell Fort Mountain history. After the wagon ride gather around the campfire and gain the knowledge and skill of how to make a tasty campfire treat at the Naturalist Area. Pick-up will be at Pavilion #1 and drop off at the Naturalist Area. Reservations recommended. $6 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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SuperMoon 5k & Fun Run
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 11 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
5K run and Fun Run at night under the SUPERMOON of 2014 (full moon and the closest moon to earth this year) What could be more beautiful than running under the Kolomoki sky with only the full moon to light your path (and a couple of hundred other runners with glow sticks)? $30 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on National Trails Day for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Pickleball 101 & Evening Kayaking
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
From 10-11 AM come learn how to play pickleball, a family-friendly game that combines ping pong, tennis, and badminton. Recommended for ages 8+. Meet at the Tennis Courts at the Visitor Center. Come with Ranger Marcus on a peaceful evening paddle on Lake Allatoona. Registration required. Click event for more info. $25 for Evening Kayaking. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 9, 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. Tickets range from 29.99 to 49.99 for adults. 229-276-0755.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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A Walk in the Woods Through the Eyes of a Native American
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to 1 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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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 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, Aug 9, 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Summer Music Series
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Bob Thomason, master dulcimer musician and storyteller, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. Bring the kids and enjoy an evening by the lake. Event is free, but Bob will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible 
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence did not make its way to Savannah until August? Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See cannon and musket firings and more. $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Handicapped Accessible 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Full Moon Boat Cruise
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Experience the beauty and wonders of the Crooked River at night. You will see sights and hear sounds of a world that is silent during the day, but comes alive under the light of the full moon. Limited space, pre-registration required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 7 AM to 8:30 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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Full Moon Paddle
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 13, 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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Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
This three-hour low tide paddle is through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. Limited space, registration required. $35-$45 $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 to Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 - 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Star Party
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 7:30 PM to 11 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Join us for a walk through the Summer Sky as Dr. Robert Young leads us in star gazing of stars and planets. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and binoculars if available. Presentation starts in visitor center, followed by outside star gazing with provided telescopes. Stay posted for weather related cancellation. $4. 706-624-1321.