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Events starting 9/6/2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

3rd Annual Archery Tournament
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Panola Mountain State Park is holding its 3rd Annual Archery Tournament, featuring 3-D and static range competitions. Ages 9 and up welcome; children and adults will compete separately for fantastic prizes. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available. Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike - National Trails Day!
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 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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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.
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.
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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.
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. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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 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, 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 a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, 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 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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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.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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.
"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 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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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 mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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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

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Marsh Walk with Dr. Charlie Belin
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 5 PM to 6 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Join Dr. Charlie Belin, one of the foremost experts of Marsh Ecology in the region, as he leads a hike into the marsh surrounding Wormsloe and provides a fascinating look into the plant and animal life that call Wormsloe home. Register in advance. Tour Begins at 5 PM. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Americus Explorer 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 group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today $5 parking. 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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Birding Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Saturday, Sep 13, 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.
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.
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.
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Presidential Flyer 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.
Twilight 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 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, Sep 13, 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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Beginner Birding
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
In celebration of migratory bird month, join a park ranger to learn about the birds. From 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, we will discuss the different birds you might see in Georgia. From 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, we will take a walk to see what we can discover. Binoculars available. This event is weather permitting. $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Animal Encounter: Reptiles
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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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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 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, 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 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, 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 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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Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
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.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $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.
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. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

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 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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 11 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. No pets please. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thronateeska Limited
Thursday, Sep 18, 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, September 19, 2014

Intermediate Archery
Friday, Sep 19, 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. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Sep 19, 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, September 20, 2014

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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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 display vying for the championship in Hofwyl-Broadfield’s 2nd annual 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. $5.00 - $8.00 912-264-7333.
Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 11 PM until Sep 21, 2014 
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.
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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.
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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.
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 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. 706-878-3087.
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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 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, 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 a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim and are w/adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, 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 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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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

Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 11 PM  
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.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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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Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 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. 800-979-3370.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
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Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Sep 24, 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.
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 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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Marsh Walk with Dr. Charlie Belin
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 5 PM to 6 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Join Dr. Charlie Belin, one of the foremost experts of Marsh Ecology in the region, as he leads a hike into the marsh surrounding Wormsloe and provides a fascinating look into the plant and animal life that call Wormsloe home. Register in advance. Tour Begins at 5 PM. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.

Friday, September 26, 2014

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. $35-$45 $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Women's Safety Awareness
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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.
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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.
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 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, September 27, 2014

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.
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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.
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.
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Beginners basket weaving
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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.
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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.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 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. 800-979-3370.
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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.
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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.
River Clean Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 5 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join our river cleanup with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. We will clean along the water way and remove trash from fishing areas. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. 912-882-5256.
Help Dress Up The Park at Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join volunteers at the park to help dress up the park entrance and visitor center with native plants and shrubs. Learn more about the newly organized Friends group and stay later for the bluegrass festival! 678-450-7226.
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Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 12 PM to 7 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's second annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Kid's Fish Fest - State Parks Day Program
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Come join us for our annual kid's fish fest. This is a time for the future generation to enjoy the outdoors. This year we have plenty to do. From a bounce house, to canoe races, snakes and turtles, and face painting there's fun for everyone. We will have hotdogs, snow cones, candy, and much more. 706-359-3458.
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Lake Franklin Adventure --Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover our hidden jewel, 25-acre Lake Franklin. Fish from the banks. Test your paddling skills on the water. Picnic under a shady oak. Make a fabulous fish craft project. No Fishing License Required. Bait and drinks will be available for purchase. Meet at Small Group Camp past Roosevelt Stables off Kings Gap Road. $5 ages 10 and older. $8 for kayak or canoe rental. 706-663-4858.
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Stable Volunteer Roundup – Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
It’s a cinch! Help the stable staff get ready for the fall riding season by clearing trails. Wear closed toe shoes and dress to get dirty. Bring picnic lunch/drinks and a water bottle. Meet at Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 12 and up. 706-628-7463.
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Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Columbus Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting on grassy field. Meet at the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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River Bank and Trail Clean-Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Come out and enjoy a day volunteering at one of Georgia's best kept secrets. River bank and nature trail clean up to help beautify your park. Bring your gloves and any hand tools you feel may help. Lunch provided. 229-838-4244.
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Fence and Garden Projects -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Help reconstruct the vine fence or work on the raised vegetable garden in the yard of the new Scottish house. Also, our nature trail is in need of trimming over-hanging limbs. Bring your work gloves and hat. 912-437-4770.
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Re-thatch an Indian Hut -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Visitors can help re-thatch the American Indian chickee hut. 912-437-4770.
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Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
By helping us maintain our park, you are saving your local natural resources that are irreplaceable. Volunteers will be working on the preservation of their state parks, and as a thank you to our volunteers, will be providing lunch for their hard work. No fees required for Historic Site Admission. 912-727-2339.
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Volunteer at the Fort Work Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Bring your blue tee shirt (from last year), work clothes, work gloves, sun block, bug spray and some enthusiasm to help the staff clean up the fort and grounds. Refreshments provided. 912-884-5999.
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Trail Clean Up & Pollinator Garden- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join in on a park clean-up day along the Stone Wall, Fire Tower and Overlook trail. Crews will pick up trash along the trail, cut and trim small trees along the stone wall and trail leading up to the Fire Tower. We will also be building a garden for pollinating insects as part of an effort to rebuild the native Monarch butterfly population. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Sep 27, 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.
Trail Clean Up-Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Fort Yargo staff in volunteering on our site working on the mountain bike and hiking trails, cleaning up the lakeshore, and working on erosion sites as we make the park better for our visitors. Bring gloves, shovels, loppers, or any other tools you may have. Meet at the Old Fort at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. We will also have t-shirts. 770-867-3489.
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Heritage Farm Fixer-Upper: Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
We need your help as we tidy up the grounds,buildings, and pondshore at the General Coffee State Park Heritage Farm. We will be repairing fences, working in the vegetable garden, cleaning up in the pastures, and organizing equipment. Bring work gloves and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Tools provided. Meet at farm parking area. 912-384-7082.
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George L. Smith Volunteer Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 1 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come out and pitch in as we observe Your State Parks Day by doing beautification work projects throughout the park. T-shirts, water bottles, and other give-away items will be offered throughout the morning. 478-763-2759.
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Bass 'n Trash Roundup
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
We will have volunteer opportunities for all who want to help keep our park beautiful. Also, we will have a Kids Fishing Rodeo at Gum Creek that will end at Noon. From there families can go to Cypress Grill to enjoy lunch specials & entertainment. 229-276-2371.
Prayers for Chloe Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Please come to Georgia Veterans Park for this wonderful event. Ms. Chloe Kendrick recently had surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. Proceeds will go to assist with her medical care. $100 per team for golf. $5 Cypress cover charge donation $5 parking. 229-276-2377.
Cottage Porch Swings - Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park - Reidsville, GA
Volunteers will assist Park Staff with putting up Outdoor Porch Swings at our 5 Cottages overlooking Brazell's Creek Golf Course. Work will consist of putting support timbers together, leveling timbers, filling holes with dirt and bag concrete and installing swings. 912-557-7744.
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Beach House Beautification
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park volunteers and help re-furbish the beach house, located at the public beach area. The interior of the beach house will be re-painted, and there will also be landscaping work to do trimming and pruning shrubs and small trees along the edge of the beach house. 706-557-3001.
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Power House Clean-Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Help us clean up around the old power house, remove weeds, and repair the fence. We will have some tools available but feel free to bring your own. 478-993-3053.
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Twilight Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 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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Work Day and Celebration - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
In recognition of Your State Parks Day volunteers are needed to help clean up the site entrance. There will also be a celebration of our sites expanded days of operation. 912-264-7333.
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Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo and Lake Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:15 AM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Each fish caught makes you a prize-winning angler! Participants ages 15 and younger are welcome with an adult. Please bring poles, tackle and chairs. Participants, parents, and volunteers will be picking up trash along the lake and around the park during and after the rodeo to help keep the park beautiful. 770-504-2277.
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Outdoor Adventure Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Enjoy a day on the water with the kids' fishing event and canoe instruction. On land, a live reptile show will be offered. Children can learn more about hunter’s safety at the archery range, BB gun range and the laser shooting system. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. Volunteers will have a chance to help with our future Wildilfe Garden. 706-857-0826.
Fall Farm & Garden Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Show your support for state parks and historic sites by joining volunteers caring for the vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and the historical farm buildings and furnishings at an authentic middle Georgia plantation. Work gloves are recommended. Extra herbs can be taken home to start a new garden. 478-986-5172.
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Kolomoki Festival Clean-up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Come out and volunteer in preparation for our 44th Annual Kolomoki Festival. Activities will include mowing,weed-eating,trimming limbs, picking up limbs, and cleaning restrooms. Meet at the mini-golf course in day use area. 229-724-2150.
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Lakeside Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a volunteer workday to remove the overgrowth of brush and vegetation around Laura Walker lake. This will create more access to the lake for fishing opportunities as well as beautify the park. 912-287-4900.
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Your "FRIENDS" State Parks Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 2 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
The Friends of Little Ocmulgee will be looking for some volunteers to make the park look great. This beautification project will include "vamping" up an old flower bed and turning it into a beautiful butterfly garden. Don't forget to bring a shovel or rake. All your hard work will be rewarded with refreshments. 229-868-7474.
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Meet the Animals and History Hike - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 11 AM to 8 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Get to know Little O. You can meet some of the parks educatonal animals and watch them being fed. You have questions, I've got answers, stop by the info booth and pick up a free prize. Did you know that Little Ocmulge is one of the oldest parks in Georgia? Find out how the park got started as a spa resort and more while on a history hike. $1. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
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Cache In; Trash Out (CITO) - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Support Magnolia Springs by joining geocachers in cleaning up the park. Bring your gloves and paintbrushes. Meet at the Park Office. 478-982-1660.
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Kids Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Kids, we’re stocking a special area with fish just so you can catch dinner for the family tonight. Friends of Mistletoe State Park will be on hand with a quick lunch for anglers and raffle prizes. Kids ages 15 and under. Fish from the bank only; bring your own pole and tackle; no fishing license required. $5. 706-541-0321.
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State Parks Day - Volunteer Trails Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Get out, get fit, and make a difference! Volunteers are needed to join the park staff in cleaning the trails at Mistletoe. We’ll pick up trash, trim the paths as needed, and removed fallen trees where we are able. This is a great service project for organizations, and a bonding time for parents and their teenagers. Please bring your own tools. 706-541-0321.
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Get Outdoors Trail Maintenance --
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA
Volunteers will help clean up and cut back overgrown vegetation on the hiking trails. 706-947-3194.
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Landscaping New Echota - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Join the Friends of New Echota members, other volunteers and staff as we work to improve New Echota with various landscaping and trails projects throughout the park. We'll began at 9:30 a.m. and work until 12:30 p.m.. A hot dog lunch will be provided by Friends of New Echota and tours of historic New Echota will be available throughout the day. 706-624-1321.
Grassland Restoration Planting -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers for the third year of native wildflower planting at a significant grassland restoration area on the park. If all the plants get planted, volunteers can try their hand at removing non-native Privet and Autumn Olive from the site. Meet at the Alexander's Lake Parking area to sign in. Please call to pre-register. 770-389-7801.
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Trail Maintenance - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Help with controlling erosion on the Site's Historic Red and Blue Trails. Breaks and Buffers will be used to direct water away from the walking trails. We will also be installing a POLLINATOR GARDEN to benefit butterflies. There will be something for the whole family to participate in. A chance to help further preserve this unique battlefield. Volunteers get in free. 770-443-7850.
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Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. (Parking fee waived on Sept. 27 - Your State Parks Day.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Trails and Trowels -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Are your hands still nice and clean? You can change that by getting dirty with landscaping and cutting down bushes at our Save Your State Parks Day. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided at noon. 229-896-3551.
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State Parks Day means Free Disc Golf Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
In honor of Your State Parks Day, Richard B. Russell State Park invites you to try a round of Disc Golf on us. 706-213-2045.
State Parks Day Nature Hike
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Meet in the beach parking at the trailhead to Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. Park Volunteer Biologist and Naturalist, Elizabeth Hill, will guide you on a 1-hour hike along Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. She will discuss the flora, fauna, ecology and history of Richard B. Russell State Park and Lake. 706-213-2045.
State Parks Day Nature Hike
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Meet in the beach parking at the trailhead to Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. Park Volunteer Biologist and Naturalist, Elizabeth Hill, will guide you on a 1-hour hike along Blackwell Bridge Nature Trail. She will discuss the flora, fauna, ecology and history of Richard B. Russell State Park and Lake. 706-213-2045.
Your State Parks Day - Bridge & Sidewalk Refurbishing
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Volunteers are being sought to help pressure wash the bridge and sidewalks on the drive into the Historic Site. We want to enlist your support to help with this project. Equipment will be provided. You may get wet, bring an extra set of clothes or shoes. Come for an hour or make a day of it. Volunteers will receive free admission/ $7-12. 706-655-5870.
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Special Excursion - "The Peanut Festival Special"
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
All aboard for a wonderful adventure with fun, food and lots of peanuts. Vendors with arts and crafts will fill the park as you step off the train. You can also ride to the Boyhood Farm for an additional fee. 229-276-0755.
Your State Parks Day - Campground Cleanup and Landscaping
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
We will continue clearing brush and debris from campsites to create more waterfront sites. We may also install horseshoe pits and landscape the miniature golf course. Please bring gloves, rakes, clippers, and other landscaping tools. 229-861-3137.
Invasive Species Removal - Your State Parks Day
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 to Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 - 9 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will be working to eliminate the Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species found in our park. Please register by Friday, Sept. 26th. 912-598-2300.
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Invasive Species Removal
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will be working to eliminate the Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species found in our park. Get outdoors and help to hack and squirt these trees that are putting pressure on our native plants. Please register by Friday, Sept. 26th. 912-598-2300.
Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Friends of Smithgall Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects and if new to the park, learn about volunteer projects that are available. 706-878-3087.
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Park Clean-up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come show your support of Stephen C. Foster State Park by participating in a park clean-up and beautification project. 912-637-5274.
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Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" volunteers as we clean up the Sparks reservoir and hiking trails. We will be cleaning the lake by canoe and kayak and also from the banks. You will also have an opportunity to clean the banks of lovely Sweetwater Creek. Bring gloves and pickup tools. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Sep 27, 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, Sep 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 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, Sep 27, 2014 7 PM to 9 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 over 17 who can swim. Binoculars recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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