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  Saturday, September 27, 2014
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight 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 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 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:15 AM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join us for a fun-filled morning where even little fish bring on big smiles and each fish caught makes you a prize-winning angler! Participants ages 15 and younger are welcomed with an adult. Please bring poles, tackle and chairs. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about fishing while supporting our Georgia State Parks. 770-504-2277.
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 kid's 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. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Fishing Rodeo - Your State Parks Day
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 prizes. Kids ages 15 and under. Fish from the bank only; bring your own pole and tackle; no fishing license required. Free ParkPass Day sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-541-0321.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Your State Parks Day, 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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Rocking Chairs & Picnic Tables -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Help us improve the area behind the Park Office by working in the wildlife garden, assembling rocking chairs for the patio and putting together picnic tables. 770-975-0055.
Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Bridge & Sidewalk Refurbishing - Your State Parks Day
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. 706-655-5870.
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 a parade, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Invasive Species Removal - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia 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 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 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. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mulch at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Tallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features in North America and one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Over 300,000 visitors hike our trails each year. Spend "Your State Parks Day" working alongside "Friends" of Tallulah Gorge spreading mulch on our trails. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-754-7981.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Your State Parks Day" Geo-Caching Event
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This official event listed on www.geocaching.com will be geared to beginning and advanced geocachers alike. Spend time learning topics such as how to use equipment, tips on seeking caches, geocaching etiquette, and details of Georgia Parks' series of caches. Participants can search for two new caches to be hidden on the day of the event. Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park Event. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Pancakes on the Veranda -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
Join us for pancakes on the veranda to celebrate Your State Parks Day. Each plate includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, coffee and orange juice. $7 per plate. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Canoe Races
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Ages 12 and up are invited to join us for canoe races in the cove right behind the park's Visitor Center. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and prizes will be given to the winner of each race. Races are age specific and we will finish off with a Family Race. 706-356-4362.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Shore Clean Up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Help keep Lake Hartwell clean and participate in our annual shore cleanup. Check in at the park's Visitors Center to pick up clean-up equipment and to get an assignment. 706-356-4362.
Outdoor Adventure Day -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Activities geared for kids and adults of all ages, including camping, hiking, trout fishing, fly tying and casting, airgun shooting, archery and skeet shooting. Live native Georgia wildlife shows will be featured. 706-878-4738.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Spruce up the Signs at Victoria Bryant
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join the staff and volunteers at Victoria Bryant State Park for a day of putting up new signs in the park with lunch provided afterwords. Take the opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved with Friends of Victoria Bryant State Park. 706-245-6270.
Lake Trail Clean-Up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join in on an park clean-up day along the Lake Trail. Crews will clean the trail by picking up trash and trimming trees. Please register by calling the park office. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Get Outdoors Georgia Your State Parks Day - Tabby Ruins and Jones Narrows Clean Up
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Join Wormsloe Historic Site in cleaning up the Jones Narrows for Your State Parks Day. Dress comfortably. Work gloves will be provided. Walking volunteers are also welcome. Please register by Sept. 26th. Sponsored by the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. 912-353-3023.
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Sep 28, 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 28, 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.
Harvest at the Homestead
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 28, 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.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Sep 28, 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 For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls and women 16 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.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, October 2, 2014
Peanut Express
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Take a tourist train ride through southern Georgia.  Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel West to Plains for some delightful peanut treats. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, October 3, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Birds of Prey
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Winged Ambassadors and Master Falconer Dale Arrowood will give you the rare and exhilarating opportunity of coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals. $5.00 per person, or Program free with camping receipt. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Tons of Fun 
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Molly Hugger Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the Pine Mountain Trail Association for a trek along the ridge ending at Molly Hugger Hill Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 10 & up. PMT will help with transportation back to car. Meet at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot along Hwy 190; 5.0 moderate miles; bring water & snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music & Dancing on the Mountain
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your family and friends for a spring outing on the mountain. Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the park office. Resident overnight park guests $3 per person ages 4 & up; $5 all other guests 4 & up. Pay at the office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 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.
Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Pre-registration Required, space is limited. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States. Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park. Pre-registration is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. 770-975-0055.
Civil War History Event 
 

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