Upcoming Events

More events are listed on individual park web pages.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Creepy Crawlies of the Canyon
Sundays 2 AM - 3 PM – Apr 30, 2017 until May 7, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Spiders, milipedes, worms and beatles. Meet and touch some of these misunderstood creatures and learn what makes them important to any forest ecosystem in this interactive program at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-357-4050.
Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! 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. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Sitton's Gulch Hike
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! 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. Please visit www.G3adventures.com for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required). $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join the ranger for a fun-filled paddle trip where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. We will look for wading birds and raptors. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Wear quick drying pants, sun screen, and bring water. Call to pre-register. Bring your own kayak or rent one here. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia. We will explore Red Bird Creek Trail, which is 3.1 miles long. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Macro-invertebrate Madness
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come down to the Farm Pond to look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages. If you would like to help look for critters, please wear close toed water shoes or boots. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Lost Prevention and Fire Starting
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Getting lost in the wilderness is no laughing matter, are you prepared to tough it out until rescue teams find you? Bring the family to the amphitheater to learn the no-nonsense tools and steps necessary to avoid getting lost, and help make you comfortable while you wait it out. Then you’ll get to spark a fire for yourself. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Get Outdoors Georgia AmeriCorps 
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 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 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, May 5, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, May 5, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Telescope and Gazing Binoculars on hand, or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 5, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Kids to Parks Day at Chatt Bend
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Kids to Parks Day is packed full of fun and educational activities at the Visitors Center. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Be prepared for the outdoors; bring bug spray, closed toe shoes, etc. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Orienteering 101 or Knots So Fast
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – May 6, 2017 until Sep 16, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The orienteering program occurs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and introduces you to map and compass reading - never get lost in the woods again! The Tie the Knot program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and will teach you basic knots for use when camping. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – May 6, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Native Plants and Pollinators
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Find out how to attract pollinators to your home landscape by planting coastal native plants. Spring blooming natives will beautify your yard and support the natural ecosystem of insect pollinators. Come learn more about the connection and do your part to save the bees and butterflies. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Walking in Lady's Slippers
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to north Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique wildflower, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will go on a hike to try and spot Lady's Slippers in bloom. Meet at the visitor center. Bring water and bug spray. Call to register in advance. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Hidden Gem 
Bilingual Family Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 3:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join our bilingual naturalist for a hike along a wooded area of the park. Learn interesting facts about native plants and wildlife explained in both English and Spanish. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Call to register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible 
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Dr. Birkhead for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Flower Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your camera and wildflower guide for a walk through diverse habitats ending at the WJSP tower. There will be transportation to get hikers back to their cars. Bring lunch and water. Geared towards ages 10 and older; 5 moderate miles. Meet at Rocky Point Parking Lot on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house monthly, March through October. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. $5 parking. 404-413-6087.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Soak It In 
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, May 6, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333.
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Guided Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Jarrell Plantation offers self-guided tours every Thursday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and guided tours one Saturday morning of each month. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Star Stare
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Gaze into Laura Walker's dark skies and learn about the celestial beauty to be found there. Get a chance to use our high power telescope and see star dust and light you cannot see with the naked eye. Programs may also include crafts and scorpion hunts. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us 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, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Lawn Game Merriment
Saturday, May 6, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy an afternoon of lawn games with an AmeriCorps ranger on the lawn by the Vaughn Cabin. Have some unadulterated fun playing great games like bocce ball, corn hole, croquet, ladder ball, kubb, and giant jenga. Open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in and leave at your leisure. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Skidaway Island Creek Life
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out and hike along with one of our Park Rangers as we trek along the Sandpiper and Avian loop trails. Bring your eyes and ears as you will be learning about the vast creek system that runs through the island and the various living organisms that inhabit them. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is 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 with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Creepy Crawlies of the Canyon
Sundays 2 AM - 3 PM – May 7, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Spiders, milipedes, worms and beatles. Meet and touch some of these misunderstood creatures and learn what makes them important to any forest ecosystem in this interactive program at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-357-4050.
Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, May 7, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia. We will explore Red Bird Creek Trail, which is 3.1 miles long. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, May 7, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, May 7, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Introduction to Orienteering and Compasses
Sunday, May 7, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center for an introductory course to the sport of Orienteering on our permanent course. We'll be starting at the Visitor Center, then taking a short walk to the course. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Compasses will be provided for loan or can be purchased from the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 7, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Evening Canoe Paddle
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Explore the shoreline along Clarks Hill. We will watch the sun descend on the evening sky during this paddler's journey. Reservations are required. This program is weather dependent. If staff decides to cancel the program, there will be a rain date and/or refunds. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Full Moon Night Hike
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Explore the full moonlit night by using all of your senses while going on a Park Ranger led hike through the wooded trails of Magnolia Springs and Camp Lawton. Listen and look for Whippoorwills, owls, bats, and other creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. This is an easy 1 to 3 mile hike depending on you. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Full Moon Photography
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Bring your camera to capture photos of Georgia's longest covered bridge in moonlight. We'll also talk about the bridge's history. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Almost Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, May 11, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
This month, enjoy a naturalist-led paddle on the lake as the waxing gibbous reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, quick drying pants, and water. $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Moonlight Canoe Trip
Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:45 PM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us on a moonlit canoe paddle on Clark's Hill Lake. The moon will be big and bright. You will get to see the water in a whole different light. Equipment and certified instructors will be provided. Registration is a must by the day before the event. $10–$15 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Full Moon Flat Rock Hike
Friday, May 12, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
This is an easy 1 mile hike at sunset around the unique flat rock trail. The granite outcropping area has wide open area for viewing the moon rise. A telescope will be set for your use. Please pay with cash. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Friday, May 12, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the paddle. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Fishing
Friday, May 12, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool, this adventure includes a basic fish lab, fishing 101 on Lake Delanor, and a take-home craft. Bring your own pole and worms or reserve a pole ahead of time. We have some worms and limited loaner poles. Program will be cancelled if there is a threat of rain. Extra adults $5. Must pre-register and pre-pay. $5 student age 4 and up. Extra adults $5. Parents Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Stargazers Astronomy
Friday, May 12, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Gaze at the galaxy, watch for meteors, and observe planets and the moon. We will enjoy the beautiful skies and all the stars above. We will using both our unaided eyes and new Celestron telescope. Bring a lounge chair. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Telescope and Gazing Binoculars on hand, or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, May 12, 2017 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 12, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 13, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
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 and demonstrators. $5. 706-456-2602.
Handicapped Accessible 
Mountain Art & Craft Celebration
10 AM - 6 PM from May 13, 2017 until May 14, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This festival features more than 100 top-quality arts and crafts vendors showcasing pottery, painting, jewelry, wood carving, textile art, photography, rustic furniture and more. Food vendors will sell snacks and full meals. This event is a great chance to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Adult $5, Child (2-12) $3 $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Orienteering 101 or Knots So Fast
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – May 13, 2017 until Sep 16, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The orienteering program occurs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and introduces you to map and compass reading - never get lost in the woods again! The Tie the Knot program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and will teach you basic knots for use when camping. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – May 13, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Beach Combing Cruise
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise to a pristine beach in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, registration required by 8:00 PM the day before the cruise. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy a sunset outing in family looking for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. Arrive at 10 a.m. This event will be every Saturday starting March 18, 2017 until October 21, 2017. We have 3 time frames 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM $7 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Water Festival
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Discover the importance of clean water through a morning clean up on the Chattahoochee River, followed by games and exhibits. Lunch will be provided. Nearby Providence Canyon is also hosting a canyon-floor cleanup this day. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Dirty Spokes 3hr/6hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 13, 2017 8 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Dirty Spokes Productions, LLC is excited to present a 6 and 3 hour mountain bike team relay race. This event was designed for mountain bikers to have fun, be competitive and provide an endless supply of great memories. No matter the level (beginner to expert) it is there for you. www.dirtyspokes.com $30-150 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
J.A.K.E.S. Day
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Youth ages 17 and younger can enjoy a fun filled day with archery, shooting sports demos, hunting demonstrations, competitions and more. All kids 17 and under will be eligible to participate (some events may be inappropriate for younger children). $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from May 13, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
The Springs Fling and Sock Hop
Saturday, May 13, 2017 2 PM to 6 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Enjoy games, crafts, vendors and fun for the whole family. Stay for the sock hop and enjoy rootbeer floats and '50s music. Interested vendors may call the park to request an application. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Sock Hop
Saturday, May 13, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Dust off your poodle skirts and letter sweaters and join in the Sock Hop. Enjoy music, dancing, and refreshments at the Stone Pavilion. The Friends of Indian Springs State Park will be serving a diner dinner complete with Coke floats for a fee. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Mother's Day Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 13, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Celebrate mothers and the return of spring. This short hike will showcase some of the beautiful wildflowers in bloom in our wetland ecosystem. Meet at the office 30 minutes before the hike. Bring water and bug spray. Close-toed shoes are advised, but not required. We will meet at the Park Office and drive to trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Saturday, May 13, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's Lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they find a place to roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions. Sign up in advance. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 13, 2017 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is 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 with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 13, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 13, 2017 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is 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 with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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CCC Workday Demonstrations and Open House
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
The Friends of Vogel State Park will be demonstrating with hands on activities of work similar to what the CCC boys would have done in the 1930's. After working throughout the morning, enjoy an open house and refreshments at the CCC museum. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Batty about Bats
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1 PM to 9 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Georgia Bat Working Group will be hosting an afternoon of batty fun. There will be info booths, games for the kids, tattoos, displays of mounted bats, bat house kits for sale, crafts and 2 presentations featuring live fruit bats. In the evening, there will be a presentation about Georgia Bats followed by a mist netting and Anabat demonstration. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mountain Art & Craft Celebration
10 AM - 6 PM from May 14, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This festival features more than 100 top-quality arts and crafts vendors showcasing pottery, painting, jewelry, wood carving, textile art, photography, rustic furniture and more. Food vendors will sell snacks and full meals. This event is a great chance to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Adult $5, Child (2-12) $3 $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sitton's Gulch Hike
Sunday, May 14, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Rookery Trip
Sunday, May 14, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds, such as wood storks, herons, egrets, shorebirds, ibis, stilts, and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Sunday, May 14, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Mother's Day Hike
Sunday, May 14, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, May 14, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment needed to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. You'll learn a new skill and get in shape. Must be age 9+ to participate. Register in advance by calling Monday-Thursday. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Meet at the Park Office. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 14, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, May 19, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Telescope and Gazing Binoculars on hand, or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, May 19, 2017 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 19, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hooch Hike and Paddle
Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Get the best of both worlds at the Bend -- a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail to the bend boat launch where we’ll break for lunch. Then, a short instruction session to get you on your way; a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Boats are available to rent or bring your own. Register in advance, space is limited. Ages 10+ $12 per person plus $30 boat rental. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Orienteering 101 or Knots So Fast
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – May 20, 2017 until Sep 16, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The orienteering program occurs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and introduces you to map and compass reading - never get lost in the woods again! The Tie the Knot program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and will teach you basic knots for use when camping. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – May 20, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. Arrive at 10 a.m. This event will be every Saturday starting March 18, 2017 until October 21, 2017. We have 3 time frames 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM $7 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Winged Wonders: Birds of Prey
Saturday, May 20, 2017 2 PM to 2:45 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate National Kids to Park Day with naturalist, Dale Arrowood, and his flighted birds from Winged Ambassadors. Watch and learn about these fascinating raptors as they take to the air. Meet at the baseball field across from the pool, Hwy 354. Free. Bring a chair or blanket, grass seating. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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River Bank Clean Up - Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017 12 PM to 1 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
We invite children and families to join us as we pick up trash along the Ogeechee River in the park. Make a difference in the environment for Kids to Parks Day. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Kids To Parks Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11 AM to 6 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Starts at 11am with "Park Olympics", a series of games and relays. We will have face painting, tree identification for kids and adults, complete a Junior Ranger activity, archery, and group games. Free- $10 $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Georgia's First Dig - The Story of the Nacoochee Indian Mound
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
May is Archaeology Month. Hear about the first professional archaeological dig in Georgia with Archaeologist Max White, PhD. The Nacoochee Indian Mound was partially excavated in 1915. Questions about who built it and what was discovered will be addressed, as well as the significance of the dig. $5. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Nest Search - Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Laura S Walker State Park is planning to participate in a national level citizen science project. We will be hunting for bird nests, and throughout the year park staff will monitor and collect data to add to our knowledge of native birds. Join in for this exciting foray. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Summer Kick Off
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Activities include archery, bounce house, crafts, geocaching, hiking, black powder demonstrations, and much more. Shop the vendor's treasures, enjoy the splash pad, and play some games. Come out and join the Friends of Magnolia Springs State Park and Jenkins County 4-H Club for the 2nd Annual Summer Kick Off event. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Kids to Parks Day: Twilight Hike
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join one of our ranges on a hike through the woods. This hike will take place on National Kids to Parks Day. We will be emphasizing the importance of children and the outdoors throughout the hike. We will have free handouts for children and special tells while hiking through the miles of trails here at Mistletoe. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heels for herpetofauna? Or maybe you just think they're neat. Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society. $5. Kids 3 and under are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Makers' Festival of Red Top Mountain
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy the fun of making a telescope, silk-screening a Makers Festival T-shirt, creating felt art and jewelry or try your hand at making a musical instrument. Bring the children and play on the Travelling Imagination Playground. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Cummings Landing Marshes Sunset Hike And Paddle
Saturday, May 20, 2017 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Visit the beautiful, unspoiled marshes around Cummings Landing. We'll kayak/canoe 1.5 miles then go on a short hike to view the marshes from land. We'll finish off the event by taking in a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset while we paddle back to the park. Bring a camera! $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
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Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Saturday, May 20, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there, we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge.We will return as the sun begins to set over the swamp. Sign up in advance. $20-$25 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 20, 2017 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is 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 with adult. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Women's Wilderness Weekend
Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Ladies ages 16+ join us for a ranger led, overnight adventure packed with fun. Activities include archery, hiking, primitive backpack camping, campfire cooking, birding and paddling. Bring camping gear, water, snacks, good hiking shoes and binoculars if you have them. No pets allowed. Call to register. Click for schedule. $75 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Summer Concert Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Come to the amphitheater for Old time Americana, Gospel, and Folk Music. Step back to a time when front porch picking and traditional music echoed throughout the Foothills of the Appalachians, inspiring romance, laughter, and fond memories of a simpler time. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Kids in Parks Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Meet Andy the Snake and learn about his habitat Hike with Ranger Maranda Campfire and Smore's by the Fire Meet at the Unicoi Visitors Center $8 per person $8 per person $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, May 21, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join the ranger for a fun-filled paddle trip where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. We will look for wading birds and raptors. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Wear quick drying pants, sun screen, and bring water. Call to pre-register. Bring your own kayak or rent one here. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, May 21, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia. We will explore Red Bird Creek Trail, which is 3.1 miles long. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, May 21, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Identification
Sunday, May 21, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join an Americorps Ranger on this 2 to 4 mile hike and learn about the wide variety of trees that grow in the Georgia Piedmont region. Learn ID characteristics like leaves, bark, form, and habitat. We will cover all the basics from pines to oaks and plenty in between. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 21, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Women's Wilderness Weekend
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Ladies ages 16+ join us for a ranger led, overnight adventure packed with fun. Activities include archery, hiking, primitive backpack camping, campfire cooking, birding and paddling. Bring camping gear, water, snacks, good hiking shoes and binoculars if you have them. No pets allowed. Call to register. Click for schedule. $75 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunset Hike
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike to our highest point in the park to watch the sun set over Tallulah Gorge. Bring water for this moderate, 1 mile hike. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, May 26, 2017 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 26, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Duckie Race
Saturday, May 27, 2017 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Check in at the visitors center for directions to the stream. Winners will receive a prize. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Orienteering 101 or Knots So Fast
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – May 27, 2017 until Sep 16, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The orienteering program occurs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and introduces you to map and compass reading - never get lost in the woods again! The Tie the Knot program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and will teach you basic knots for use when camping. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – May 27, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem 
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, May 27, 2017 4 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged. Arrive at 10 a.m. This event will be every Saturday starting March 18, 2017 until October 21, 2017. We have 3 time frames 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM $7 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Memorial Day Celebration
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Families can play games and make kids' crafts. Also, take boat tours on Lake Walter F. George to look for alligators, osprey and herons. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Children ages 3–15 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) are invited to participate in the parks annual kids fishing derby. Prizes will be offered in various categories and age groups. Registration will be held the morning of the event. $1.00 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Marble Mine Waterfall Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The hills of James H. Floyd State Park use to house a marble mining operation in the 1960s and 1970s. Take part in a ranger-led hike to the old Marble Mine that houses a waterfall and four natural springs that feed the lakes found inside the park. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
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Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
What was it like to live and work on a farm? Jarrell Plantation comes to life with volunteers demonstrating old-fashioned skills and chores. Enjoy blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, sewing, and much more. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Pet Adopt-a-Thon
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Adopt a cat or dog, enjoy raffles and exhibits from local animal-associated businesses, bring your leashed pet to enjoy our nature trails and participate in a vaccine clinic. Please don't bring animals with a history of aggression. Livestock are not permitted on park grounds. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Zombie Archery
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
It seems that 3D zombie targets are hanging out on the archery range. Join a park ranger and help rid the park of these zombies. All equipment is provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitor Center or give us a call to save your spot. Limited to 21 participants. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Zombie Archery
Saturday, May 27, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
It seems that 3D zombie targets are hanging out on the archery range. Join a park ranger and help rid the park of these zombies. All equipment is provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitor Center or give us a call to save your spot. Limited to 21 participants. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Chocolate Plantation and Shell Ring Tour - Hidden Gems of Sapelo Island
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Join us on this exclusive day trip to the north end of Sapelo Island to tour the ruins of Chocolate Plantation and the mysterious Native American Shell Rings. Along the way we will stop for a picnic, so pack a lunch since there is nowhere to purchase one. The trip will conclude with a visit to a pristine beach. $40. 912-485-2299.
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Sunset Kayak Paddle
Saturday, May 27, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
If you've ever wanted a picture of a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset, this is your chance. This ranger guided sunset kayak tour will get you to the perfect spot to hopefully help you get that picture of a lifetime. Don't forget to bring water and a camera. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's Lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they find a place to roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions. Sign up in advance. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Come down to the riverside, at the base of the New Manchester ruins, to look up close and personal at some of the macroscopic creatures that are essential to life in and around Georgia's waterways. This event is open to all ages. If you would like to help look for critters, please wear close toed water shoes or boots. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, May 27, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Americorp rangers and learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must prepay to preregister. Registration required. Meet near Picnic Shelter 2. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led, very strenuous hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 10 or older. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM 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 at 10 a.m. will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beach Combing Cruise
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise to a pristine beach in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, registration required by 8:00 PM the day before the cruise. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Sunday, May 28, 2017 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the paddle. $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Snakes of North Georgia
Sunday, May 28, 2017 2 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us as our naturalist educates folks about Georgia's wonderful reptiles. We will have live non-venomous snakes. Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snake species of North Georgia. Meet at shelter 3 (beach area). $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, May 28, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join the ranger for a fun-filled paddle trip where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. We will look for wading birds and raptors. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Wear quick drying pants, sun screen, and bring water. Call to pre-register. Bring your own kayak or rent one here. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Memorial Day Celebration
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Families can play games and make kids' crafts. Also, take boat tours on Lake Walter F. George to look for alligators, osprey and herons. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Our class will help you develop fundamental skills such as balance, steering, and recovery techniques. After class, soak in High Falls Lake from the view of a paddleboard with a free one-hour paddleboard rental. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Please register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt and Hike
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Wear your patriotic colors and let's go looking for the hidden treasures. This will be an exciting 2 hour scavenger hunt around the park. You must take a photo of you with each of items. You can work as individuals or teams, but everyone must be pictured with the treasures. Maybe you can find Boston? $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Introduction to Orienteering and Compasses
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us at the Visitor Center for an introductory course to the sport of Orienteering on our permanent course. We'll be starting at the Visitor Center, then taking a short walk to the course. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Compasses will be provided for loan or can be purchased from the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Sunday, May 28, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there, we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge.We will return as the sun begins to set over the swamp. Sign up in advance. $20-$25 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 28, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and raptors and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Soak It In 
Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led, very strenuous hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 10 or older. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Soak It In 
War of Jenkins' Ear
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10 AM 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 at 10 a.m. will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sitton's Gulch Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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