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Events starting 8/30/2014
  Saturday, August 30, 2014
Labor Day Festival
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
You deserve a little R&R for all your hard work, so gather the family up, kick back and enjoy yourselves at our Labor Day Festival! Visitors who wish to only use the Day Use outside of the fort will require a $5 ParkPass. Fort and museum visitors need to pay for admission at the museum when they arrive. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Sunset Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 30, 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.
Lake Blackshear Pirate Festival
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 12 PM to 11 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
At 2 p.m., there will be a Pirate Boat Parade. Snake exhibits, variety show, and kids costume contests during the day along with treasure hunting & water slides. Lady Liberty will be casting off at 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. with a cash bar then a dinner cruise from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Finish the night with adult costume contest as well as movie on the lawn. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Aug 30, 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Labor-less Day
Daily until Monday, Sep 1, 2014 11 AM to 9 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
This day is all about play, not work. Come and relax at the park with a picnic or a swim. Challenge your family or friends to a mini-golf game, make some fun crafts, meet a live critter and take a stroll through the woods at night. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Hold on to your britches cause we have our Labor Day fishing rodeo on the way. Rodeo will start at 9am and end at 12pm. Prizes will the given out. Kids 12 and under are welcome to attend. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Blind as a Bat
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Despite having poor vision, bats have great hearing which they use to navigate throughout the night. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the Upland loop trail and enjoy the forest by using your other senses. Please bring comfortable shoes and a flashlight. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 30, 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 Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Aug 30, 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, Aug 30, 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 30, 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 to 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 30, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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, Aug 30, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 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, Aug 30, 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.
Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Daily until Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
See craft demonstrations such as woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, flintknapping, leatherworking, woodsman skills, pewter casting, and more. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Daily until Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
See craft demonstrations such as woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, flintknapping, leatherworking, woodsman skills, pewter casting, and more. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, August 31, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Catfish Rodeo
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM  
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Catch and keep up to 5 fish each from the park's stocked pond. Lessons will be offered throughout the day on how to cast and bait hooks. Please bring your own bait. Limited equipment is available to borrow. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Guided Canoe Trip
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This guided canoe trip will start in the campground. Visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as they learn about the wildlife around the lake. Pre-registration is required, space is limited, call the park office. $30 per canoe $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Little River Paddle Tour
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Have you ever enjoyed a leisurely paddle down the Little River? If not, then this is perfect for you to join our Rangers with a guided tour down 3 miles of Little River. We will start off with basics before we set off. Call Park office and reserve your boat. $10/person; $15/person includes rental. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 31, 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, Aug 31, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 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, September 1, 2014
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 11 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 1:30 PM to 3:30 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 
  Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Pickleball 101
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 1 PM
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 
  Friday, September 5, 2014
Black Rock Bat Blitz
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 7 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Curious about Georgia's bat communities? Spend an evening with Wildlife Biologist, Trina Morris, learning all about these mysterious creatures as well as the conservation and survey methods employed to promote their welfare. Meet at the park amphitheater. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Painted Buntings & Venomous Snake Safety
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 11am, 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. At 3pm, learn how to identify venomous snakes and how to be safe around them. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Kayaking on Lake Trahlyta
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join in on a ranger lead lake paddle on Lake Trahlyta. A ranger will go over kayaking basics. Enjoy the serenity of the lake at twilight. A ranger will go over the history of the lake as the night life becomes active. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 3 PM
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 Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am. http://www.piedmontcasa.org/ $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Lovebug Festival
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Explore the wonderful world of insects at the parks first annual Lovebug Festival. Activities will include edible bug programs, kids insect related crafts, arts and craft section, dragon fly hikes, beekeeping demonstrations and much more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
2nd Annual 3-D and Static Archery Tournament
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain State Park is holding its 2nd annual archery tournament featuring 3-D and static range competitions for ages 9 and up. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available. Early Registration $25-$35 Late Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 6, 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 Rivers Alive!
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Help clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen. Friends of Smithgall Woods join a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available while supplies last. Register in advance to get directions and details. 706-878-3087.
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, Sep 6, 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 Geology Hike
Saturday, Sep 6, 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 6, 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 to 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 6, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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 Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a paddle on Tallulah Lake under a full moon. Space is limited be sure to call and reserve your spot. Children must be 8 or older and no pets. Max number of people per a canoe 2 adults and one child. Children under 15 must have an adult in their canoe. $15 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
  Sunday, September 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Sep 7, 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 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Sep 7, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes inside 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. Register in advance. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, September 8, 2014
Harvent Moon Kayak Trip
Monday, Sep 8, 2014 8:45 PM to 10 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Come out to Georgia Veterans to celebrate the Harvest Moon with a Night Kayak Trip. Limited availability so please call ahead to hold your spot. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
  Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 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 
  Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 10, 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 
  Friday, September 12, 2014
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, Sep 12, 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 reservations and group rates) and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Wilderness Survival
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 3 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.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Sep 13, 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 
Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Saturdays 9 AM - 11 AM until Sep 20, 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.
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 6:45 PM to 8:15 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 
Get Outdoors Georgia Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 2 PM to 4 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, and grist mill -- also on view and other original farm buildings and houses. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Beginner Birding
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
From 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM we will discuss the different birds you might see in Georgia. From 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM we will take a walk to see what we can discover. Binoculars available. Pre-registration required by September 10. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 13, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 13, 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.
Animal Encounter: Reptiles
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Sep 13, 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
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, Sep 13, 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 to 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, Sep 13, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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 Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
This popular event includes appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
  Sunday, September 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Sep 14, 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 Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Sunday 9 AM - 11 AM until Sep 28, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Morning Bird Watch
Sunday, Sep 14, 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. This class offers easy instructions, classroom time and a hike in the woods. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Sep 14, 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. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Monday, September 15, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Monday, Sep 15, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 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 
  Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Pickleball 101
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
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.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 17, 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 
Trail Hike and Island History
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
At 10am, take a 2 mile trail hike on the Avian Loop with a park ranger. Then at 2pm learn about the history and inhabitants of the Georgia barrier islands $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Thursday, September 18, 2014
Leslie Local
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:30 AM to 2 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
The Leslie Local takes you from the heart of Downtown Cordele's railroad district through Georgia Veterans State Park and over beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a short ride through the Sumter County countryside, we deboard in the small town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, September 19, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Art in the Park
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snakes Alive
Friday, Sep 19, 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.
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Attend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Paddle Luncheon on the River
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 11:30 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Go on a midday meet with us as we paddle our way to Sharktooth Sandbar. Bring your own lunch for a picnic out on the sandbar. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Sunset Hike to Wall, Tower and West Overlook
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Enjoy a Sunset Hike to the ancient rock wall, stone fire tower and west overlook. We will start in top parking lot and go to the rock wall first moving on to the stone fire tower and ending at the overlook where we will be able to watch the sunset. Moderate rocky hike, closed toe shoes required. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk/Run
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance as they celebrate, honor, and remember gynecologic cancer survivors and patients, their families, caregivers and friends. Proceeds will support Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) community outreach programs. www.gaovariancancer.org For event fees, please visit: www.gaovariancancer.org $5 parking. 404-255-1337.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Saturdays 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.
Ophelia's Classic Car Challenge
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on hand all day vying for the championship in Hofwyl-Broadfield’s inaugural car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club. $4.50-$7.5 912-264-7333.
Tons of Fun 
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. 478-986-5172.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 11 PM until Sep 21, 2014 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
The Friends of Little Ocmulgee will once again be having the annual Spanish Moss Festival. This event will include live entertainment with a concert. Arts, Crafts, Foods and Fashions are some of the booths you can shop through. Family Fun will include a Dunking Booth, Train Ride and test your ability on a Mechanical Bull. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Butterfly Workshop
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
This class will focus on species of butterflies in the Atlanta area and Piedmont of Georgia. The workshop will begin with a classroom discussion about butterfly families and their habitats. After a short break, the class will be followed by a field trip into the Power of Flight Grasslands This program is recommended for children over 12. $30 - $50 $5 parking. 678-973-2437.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 20, 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, Sep 20, 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.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 20, 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 Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturday, Sep 20, 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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 20, 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 to 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 Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 20, 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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.
Pioneer Day
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s. $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Sep 21, 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 Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 11 PM  
  Handicapped Accessible 
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
The Friends of Little Ocmulgee will once again be having the annual Spanish Moss Festival. This event will include live entertainment with a concert. Arts, Crafts, Foods and Fashions are some of the booths you can shop through. Family Fun will include a Dunking Booth, Train Ride and test your ability on a Mechanical Bull. $5 parking. 229-868-7474.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
  Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Sep 23, 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, September 24, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Sep 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 
Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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 
  Friday, September 26, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 4 PM to 7 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. $25-$35 $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Women's Safety Awareness
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Ladies, join us for this Local Law enforcement officer led class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trail, or out and about down town. Great for women of all ages, so bring your mother, daughters, and friends! There will be special safety giveaways, but space is limited. Must register and pay in advance. Meet at Nature Center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Toads and Turtles
Friday, Sep 26, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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.
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Horse and Hiking Trails Clean-Up Day -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Do you love to hike? Do you love to horseback ride? Do you love Georgia State Parks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come on out and give back. Help maintain YOUR state park, by cleaning up our nature trails and equestrian staging area. We will trim any over growth, clean out high line areas, and beautify our wonderful state park. 706-456-2602.
Black Rock Lake Trail Clean Up
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Celebrate Your State Parks Day with free entry into the park and invest in Your State Park with a little sweat equity! Join us for an afternoon clean up of the Black Rock Lake Trail. Meet at the Black Rock Lake trailhead prepared to walk the trail performing light maintenance along the way. 706-746-2141.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mountain Bike Trail Building and Hiking Trail Maintenance Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Our Mountain Bike trails are underway. We will be adding to the beginner loop to extend down to the beginnings of our stacked intermediate loops. Hikers can help place directional signage at trail intersections. A guided hike and Mountain Bike ride will follow the work day. 770-254-7271.
Beginners basket weaving
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Learn the basics of basket weaving in this fun and unique class. Perfect for a first time project, Instructor Margie Hufstetler will teach students how to make a traditional napkin basket. Attendees can learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely theirs. Class size is limited, call to register. $30 - and includes all materials. 706-695-2598.
Get Outdoors Georgia Install Informational Plaques & Maintain Overlook Trail - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:45 AM to 1 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Come out to Cloudland Canyon State Park and join Girl Scouts and other Park Volunteers on September 27th in the installation of several informational plaques along the Overlook Trail & our new Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Trail. After that grab some loppers and help clear up overhanging brush along the Overlook trail, ensuring a 4 ft corridor. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Sep 27, 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 Preparing Interpretive Center Garden for Winter - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Volunteer with Cloudland Canyon State Park's Friend's Group as they plant flowers & winterize the nature garden located next the Park's Interpretive Center. 706-657-4050.
Nature Center Clean Up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Nature Center cleanup. Cleaning up around the outside of the nature center as well as cleaning inside and organizing along with special projects. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and be prepared to spend time outside – water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended! Call the Park Office for more information! 912-882-5256.
 

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