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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Beginning Basket Weaving
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 12 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 students will learn how to make a napkin basket with basic weaving techniques. Attendees can learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely theirs. Materials are provided but space is limited so call to reserve a spot. $30. 706-695-2598.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet some of the park's scaly inhabitants. Discover natural history and how to ID local snakes, turtles, and lizards Meet at the CCC Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 each ages 4 & up. Pay at Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Woodland Spring Festival
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Craft vendors, plant vendors, food concessions, and more. Live music and craft demonstrations. Participate in creating a sculpture in the trees. Parade of faeries of all ages. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Fling
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with fun family activities, such as programs on native wildlife, nature hikes, hayrides and more. Kids will be able to make their own craft projects to take home. Vincent Gardens will be on site selling plants for butterfly gardens. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak/Canoe Tour of Lake Blackshear
Saturday 3 PM - 5 PM – Apr 25, 2015 
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Feel like getting out on the water and experiencing nature first hand and up close? Then there is no better way than a guided kayak & canoe tour of Lake Blackshear. You could see fish, turtles, birds, and even bald eagles on a good day. $8 per person $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Tons of Fun 
Astronomy Day - Night Time Paddle
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 8:30 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. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
You may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join our expert tracker and guide to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Hike is Strenuous, 6+ miles. Must register in advance. Ages 14 and up $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Road-Kill Run
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 7 AM to 10 AM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Stretch your legs and test your speed in the annual Buzzard Day “Road-Kill Run”. Registration for the 5K run will be at Beach Pavilion and start at 7 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. $20/ participant early registration. $25/participant late registration $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Gator Alley Paddle
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Just keep paddling, just keep paddling, just keep paddling up the Little River. This is a great trip for paddlers of all levels. We will go through the basics before setting off. Personal canoes/kayaks are welcome. Boats can be reserved at the visitor center. Personal canoes/kayaks are welcome. $10/person ( bringing own boat); $15/person (if renting boat) $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 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 229-276-0755.
Toads & Turtles
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
1:00 PM Toads and Turtles: Do you know all the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Come and learn all the differences and touch live examples. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Billy's Island Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Apr 25, 2015 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour to the historic Billy's Island. Once we get there we will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from a logging town from the early 1900s, Indian Mounds from 500 AD, and The Lee family cemetery from the late 1800s. we will discus the history of the Okefenokee Swamp and the people who tried to tame it. $20 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 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 with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 1 PM to 3 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Geologist Led Hike and Talk
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Learn about the geology of Tallulah Gorge from geologist and author Dr. Bill Witherspoon. Enjoy an easy walk to Overlook 1 and optionally continue to Hurricane Falls Bridge. At 11:30 at the visitor center, Witherspoon will give a slide show about Georgia’s geology. Visit http://georgiarocks.us/events to register. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 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.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 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 
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 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.
Tons of Fun 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 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.
Tons of Fun 
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 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 
Painted Buntings
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Keep your eyes open to see one of America's most beautiful birds right here on the park. Join a discussion to learn all about the painted bunting. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM – Apr 30, 2015 until May 28, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course! Taught by Search and Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. First class is free. Must register in advance. $10 per dog per class after free class on 4/23/15 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, May 1, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Stream Ecology
Friday, May 1, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come discover the diversity of life that is found in Georgia's streams. A park ranger will lead a short hike to a stream and explain the water cycle, including the different life stages of aquatic animals. All ages welcome. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Friday, May 1, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. Check-in will be from 7:15 - 8:00 PM on the night of the paddle. We will be on the water by 8:05 PM. $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 1, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 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. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Friday, May 1, 2015 until Saturday, May 2, 2015 5 PM to 5 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Daisies and Brownies.Registration Deadline is April 17. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Sapelo Birding Adventure
Friday, May 1, 2015 3 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join beginner and expert birders for this ferry ride and overnight in the historic Reynolds Mansion. During the day, look for gulls, terns and other birds that call this barrier island home. Sapelo is the only place in the Southeast to see the plain chachalaca, which was introduced in the 1920s. Click event for more details. $349 and up. 912-485-2299.
Thronateeska Limited
Friday, May 1, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 1, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults 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.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, May 2, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy late spring woodlands on this 5.0 mile, moderate hike with PMT Association guides. Meet at the WJSP Parking Lot off Hwy 190. Hike ends at Rocky Point Parking Lot.Geared towards ages 10 & up. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 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. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Frog Slog
Saturday, May 2, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn how to identify different frogs by their calls and then search for them along the lake. Be prepared to get muddy investigating these wetland creatures. Bring flashlights, bug spray and shoes to get wet. Meet behind the pool house. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia REI Run Series Atlanta: Panola Mountain 5K and 10K
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Whether you're looking to run your first 5K or hit a new personal best, this race will help you set your pace! For only $15 you will enjoy exhilarating scenery to match your race day adrenaline, receive awesome REI branded gear and get post-race refreshments. For those who want a bigger challenge, register for the 10K option. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 2, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 2, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 2, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us on 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.
Sapelo Birding Adventure
Saturday, May 2, 2015 5 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join beginner and expert birders for this ferry ride and overnight in the historic Reynolds Mansion. During the day, look for gulls, terns and other birds that call this barrier island home. Sapelo is the only place in the Southeast to see the plain chachalaca, which was introduced in the 1920s. Click event for more details. $349 and up. 912-485-2299.
May Day Festival Special
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:45 AM to 3:35 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Special Excursion to Plains, Archery and AME Church 877-427-2457.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – May 2, 2015 until May 30, 2015 
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. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 2, 2015 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 with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, May 2, 2015 7 PM to 9 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.
Tons of Fun 
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling
Sunday, May 3, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basics of paddling and put your skills to the test. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Must be a swimmer. $10 includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 3, 2015 1 PM to 3 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. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia "Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 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. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Night Hike
Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:45 PM to 9 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails... at night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 7:45 PM. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM – May 7, 2015 until May 28, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course! Taught by Search and Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. First class is free. Must register in advance. $10 per dog per class after free class on 4/23/15 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Thursday, May 7, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 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.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Geologist Talk
Friday, May 8, 2015 3:30 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of the popular guide, Roadside Geology of Georgia, will tell how Georgia’s gold became concentrated over a time span of half a billion years, then sparked America’ s first gold rush that contributed to the state’s unique character. A book signing will follow the talk. 706-864-2257.
Get Outdoors Georgia Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 5 PM from May 8, 2015 until May 10, 2015 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Juniors and up. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Friday, May 8, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 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 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults 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.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. we will have someone here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Discover how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia Frogging by Ear (and other night sounds) by Kayak
Saturday, May 9, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join Linda May, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and Frog expert, on this "frogging" by kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Marbury. Space is limited, per-registration required. x $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
National Train Day / Cordele-Crisp "Touch-A-Train"
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
A day full of fun and family-friendly activities at the Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Depot. Call for more information. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Hardman Farm - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Celebrate Get Outdoors month while enjoying a ramble through time on the grounds of the Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest State Historic Site. Explore emerging foliage, flowers, historic landscaping and stories of the families who planted them. Weather permitting. $5. 706-878-1077.
Get Outdoors Georgia Beginner Birding
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 11 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 9, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Girl Scout Adventure Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 PM - 5 PM from May 9, 2015 until May 10, 2015 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Activities will include boat tours, hiking and live animals. Scouts will camp in the ball field and participate in a variety of events. This is open to Girl Scout levels Juniors and up. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Wings To Soar Event
Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Wings to Soar will thrill the audience by combining music, video, and live birds of prey which will fly right over the audience giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "fly by." See a bald eagle, vulture, red-tail hawk, barred owl and peregrine falcon. Held at the park's eco-lodge in Fargo. www.soarsouth.org Advance tickets recommended. $10. 4 & under free. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Wings To Soar Event
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Wings to Soar will thrill the audience by combining music, video, and live birds of prey which will fly right over the audience giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "fly by." See a bald eagle, vulture, red-tail hawk, barred owl and peregrine falcon. Held at the park's eco-lodge in Fargo. www.soarsouth.org Advance tickets recommended. $10. 4 & under free. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 9, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. We will hold the Rodeo at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participates must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Tons of Fun 
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Mother's Day Picnic & Corn-Hole Tournament
Sunday, May 10, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Decorate a summer hat for mom and create a beautiful, real flower arrangement. Cheer for the mom/child team bean bag toss competition. All ages welcome. Prizes for winners. Bring your picnic and celebrate all mothers. Must pre-register and prepay. $8 ages 4 & up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Sunday, May 10, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take mom out on this sunset paddle on Lake Rutledge. Enjoy the setting sun, nature sounds, and interesting facts about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park on this Ranger-Guided tour. Register in advance, all tours leave from beach area. 15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 10, 2015 1 PM to 3 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. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 10, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 10, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 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 Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 16 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM – May 14, 2015 until May 28, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course! Taught by Search and Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. First class is free. Must register in advance. $10 per dog per class after free class on 4/23/15 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, May 15, 2015
Bat Blitz
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get an up-close chance to learn about bats and help researchers collect scientific data about these fantastic flying mammals. Sponsored by the Georgia Bat Working Group this workshop is part of a three night local study. Meet at the Picnic Shelter next to the pool. Must pre-register & pre-pay. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, May 15, 2015 3 PM to 5 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 New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30 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. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia National Kids to Parks Day New Moon Paddle
Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this guided night tour featuring a sky full of stars and constellations. National Kids to Parks Day is national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. What better way to spend the evening with family and friends on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia The 150th Anniversay of the Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 16, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
One Hundred and Fifty years ago, On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live re-enactment of his arrest, and his homecoming, that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers, demonstrators, and the Yonah Pickers dulcimer group will be perform $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Join us for a fun filled day of fishing, geocaching and a scavenger hunt. Beginner fishing lessons will be offered for first time anglers upon request. The scavenger hunt and geocaching will be self guided activities with introductory sessions throughout the day. Adults $5 $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Kayak the Salt Marsh - Low Tide
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? You’ll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Space is limited, registration required. Call the Park Office to register. $25-$35 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia National Kids to Parks Day: Paddling Trip
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us as we paddle up a beautiful section of Lake Lanier and see undeveloped parts of the park seen best from the water. We will be on the lookout for some wildlife which can often be spotted on this tranquil portion of the lake. The entire trip will be on flat water so this will be fun for the whole family. Space is limited. $10-$15 $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
National Kids To Park Day - Stream Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring a friend and celebrate an afternoon discovering inhabitants in and along a woodland stream. Dress to get a little wet. Meet in the campground below the Lake Delanor dam at Picnic Shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia Fort King George's National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
The name says it all, children across the country are encouraged to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure! Fort King George is making the day extra special by offering the ever popular Imagination Playground (IP). The IP consists of life-sized foam building blocks. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Bring your kids to Fort Mountain State Park and let them enjoy special activities which includes face painting, balloon sculpturing, water balloon toss and crafts. Cost is $5/child which includes all activities. Purchase your tickets at the front office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Tons of Fun 
National Kids to Parks Day Nature Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided tour of the Birdberry Nature Trail for "National Kids to Parks Day". This national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. Bring your family and enjoy a pleasant nature walk, and meet the trees, birds and other wildlife that call Ft. Yargo home. 5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia J.A.K.E.S. Day and Junior Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
These two events will both be running concurrently. J.A.K.E.S. day activities will begin at 10 am at the parks new archery range. Kids age 17 and under will have a chance to try their hand at archery, fly casting, shooting sports and more. The Junior Fishing Derby for kids ages 3-15 will be held at the parks farm pond and will run 10 am - 2pm. Event is free. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:30 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. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia National Kids to Parks Day New Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this guided night tour featuring a sky full of stars and constellations. National Kids to Parks Day is national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. What better way to spend the evening with family and friends on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Kids to Parks Day - Wildlife Tracking
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
We may not always see wildlife but it is all around us. Learn how to identify wildlife evidence and make a plaster case to take home with you. Meet at Pool house. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twisted Ankle 30K Trail Run & Kid Run
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The Twisted Ankle 30 K Trail Run is a hilly, sometimes technical run through Sloppy Floyd Park and along Taylor's Ridge, the majority of which is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Training for this run should be done on hilly trails. Kids run event is a short trail run for all ages. There is a registration fee to participate in Marathon. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, May 16, 2015 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, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, May 16, 2015 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.
Iron Pour and Bluegrass Show
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
See molten iron poured into molds that you can carve with your own design. Afterward, enjoy live bluegrass by Edgar Loudermilk & Jeff Autry. 2 pm: Scratch blocks go on sale behind the Park Office. 6 p.m. Iron Pour. 8 p.m. or when the Iron Pour is over: bluegrass at the log cabin. Small blocks $10. Large blocks $20. Supplies limited; limit 2 per person. Cash only. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy this bluegrass series held outdoors by the old Vaughn Cabin. You'll enjoy great music, Lake Allatoona scenery and a family-friendly atmosphere. Pack a picnic dinner and scout out one of the many picnic tables around the park. Held Saturdays May 16-July 25, 8 - 9:30 p.m. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia 3rd Annual Big Little River Paddle Event
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 AM to 1 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Ready, Set, Go! Join us for a race down our 3 mile section of the Little River in the Park. Contestants will launch from Red Roberts Landing and finish at Lake Reed Bingham. Awards will be given to the top finishers in various categories, and lunch will be provided after the Race. $20 per boat before May 1st $30 per boat after May 1st $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by competing in a number of yard games, such as water balloon toss and sack races. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM from May 16, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
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 Astronomy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – May 16, 2015 until May 30, 2015 
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. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 16, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civilian Conservation Corps Workday and Open House
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join in on a trail project starting at 9am with the Georgia Appalachian Trial Club that is similar to what would have been done by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Meet at the CCC museum to get started. After working meet back at the CCC museum to enjoy the Open House which starts at 11am. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 17, 2015 1 PM to 3 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. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 17, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:30 PM to 4 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 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 
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM – May 21, 2015 until May 28, 2015 
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course! Taught by Search and Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. First class is free. Must register in advance. $10 per dog per class after free class on 4/23/15 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, May 22, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Night Paddle
Friday, May 22, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of History on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area. 15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Memorial Day Mayhem
Friday, May 22, 2015 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Have a wild time with water balloon wars. Take a lantern light night walk (with homemade tin can lanterns.) Meet and learn about some live exotic and invasive animals. Nature crafts galore in the campground. The Nature Nook will be open for you to see and feed the live animals. $1-$4 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, May 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 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 Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 22, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults 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.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Saturday, May 23, 2015 until Monday, May 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Relax and spend Memorial Day weekend on the river. Boat rides and arts and crafts daily. $1-$5 $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Memorial Day
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for an old fashioned Memorial Day. We will have family activities and living history demonstrations throughout the day. Cannon firings and musket demonstrations hourly. $5-$8 plus $5 parking. 912-272-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Night Paddle
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of History on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area. 15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9 PM to 11 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Miniature Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Show your skills at this year’s miniature golf tournament! Compete against your friends and family as you celebrate the holiday. Wear something patriotic and you may find yourself on our park Facebook page. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
The farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. Learn about chores and skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and other farm activites. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Memorial Day Mayhem
Saturday, May 23, 2015 11 AM to 7 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Have a wild time with water balloon wars. Take a lantern light night walk (with homemade tin can lanterns.) Meet and learn about some live exotic and invasive animals. Nature crafts galore in the campground. The Nature Nook will be open for you to see and feed the live animals. $1-$4 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 23, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
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.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy this bluegrass series held outdoors by the old Vaughn Cabin. You'll enjoy great music, Lake Allatoona scenery and a family-friendly atmosphere. Pack a picnic dinner and scout out one of the many picnic tables around the park. Held Saturdays May 16-July 25, 8 - 9:30 p.m. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 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 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 23, 2015 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 with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 1 PM to 3 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Space is limited please register in advance. $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 23, 2015 until Monday, May 25, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Memorial Day Night Paddle
Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of History on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area. 15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paws on the Falls
Sunday, May 24, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Memorial Day Mayhem
Sunday, May 24, 2015 11 AM to 6 PM
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena, GA
Have a wild time with water balloon wars. Take a lantern light night walk (with homemade tin can lanterns.) Meet and learn about some live exotic and invasive animals. Nature crafts galore in the campground. The Nature Nook will be open for you to see and feed the live animals. $1-$4 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 3 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. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 24, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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 Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Space is limited please register in advance. $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tightrope Lessons
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Summer Woodlands Horse Trail Ride
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:45 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the naturalist and a wrangler to celebrate summer with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the woodlands. Learn about the natural history and get the “horse’s view” of Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks for after the ride. Must pre-register. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Get Outdoors Georgia A Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Start your summer with a BANG here at Fort King George! $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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