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  Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, April 24, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – Apr 24, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, April 25, 2014
"Save the Water Wheel" Golf Tournament
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Registrations includes golf fee, cart, range balls, light snack, swag bag, parking, and dinner after the tournament. Check-in begins at 11 A.M., and the tournament begins at 12 P.M. Prizes go to the 1st and 2nd place spots, hole in one, putting contest, longest drive, closest to pin, ball drop, and various raffle prizes. $60 - $240 $5 parking. 678-789-8641.
Get Outdoors Georgia Forest Night Life Hike
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Bring your flashlight and walking shoes for this short mile hike to the falls under the moon. We will also discover how nocturnal creatures live in the dark woods. Meet at the Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Reptile Show, Roving Ranger, and Call of the Wild
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Reptile Show: Come and learn all the differences between reptiles and amphibians and touch live examples. 5:00PM Roving Ranger. 8:00PM Call of the Wild:Walk the trails at night to hear nocturnal animals call. See if you can tell the difference between frogs, bugs and birds. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 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. $35 Single/ $45 Tandem $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Reptile Review
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 26, 2014 until Apr 27, 2014 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Tons of Fun 
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoe Tour of High Falls Lake
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 6 PM to 8:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Explore a lake-to-creek paddle and experience the changes in wildlife, scenery and your paddling style as we paddle to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Tour will start at Park office. Space is limited. Reservations required. $15 includes boat rental, PDF, and paddle $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
How are we to celebrate earth day if we don't know how to take care of it? Come enjoy a brisk hike along our fitness trail as our naturalist talks about leave no trace and taking care of our mother Earth. Later on that afternoon, kids will have a chance to catch one of Mother Earths animals in our Fishing Rodeo. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:45 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, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
Big Ferry Guided Hike, Roving Ranger, and Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
2:00PM Big Ferry Guided Hike: Come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. 5:00PM Roving Ranger 8:00PM Campfire and S’mores: Enjoy an evening under the stars and meeting new people around a campfire. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Apr 26, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike with elevation changes will visit several beautiful areas to admire our early spring woodland wildflowers. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Rookery Trip
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 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. Nesting birds include wood storks, herons, egrets, pelicans, shorebirds, ibis, avocets, stilts and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 27, 2014 
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Fort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. At this open house, visitors can understand the series better by chatting with artists and writers while they are "at work in the woods." $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23. $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Apr 29, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tour
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Tons of Fun 
Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will talk about lost prevention and show you simple items to take with you on a hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
  Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2014 until Saturday, May 3, 2014 12 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $30.00 - $85.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 1, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 3, 2014 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intro to Canoe Fun
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove. $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Pine Mountain Trail Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 2:30 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. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music & Dancing on the Mountain
Saturday, May 3, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your family and friends for a spring outing on the mountain. Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl and oldies with our popular local musicians. Bring a chair or cushion. Cement seating. Meet at the rock amphitheater next to the park office. Resident overnight park guests $3 per person ages 4 & up; $5 all other guests 4 & up. Pay at the office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dirty Spokes 6hr/9hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 AM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
These 6-hour and 9-hour races take competitors along our mountain bike trail and allow visitors to see the action first-hand. www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tons of Fun 
Archery Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 4:50 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Archaeology At Camp Lawton
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Talk with Georgia Southern University's archaeology team about recent findings at Camp Lawton, a Confederate Prison Camp for Union POWs. Learn about the camp's history and daily lives of the prisoners, and see some of the equipment being used to uncover artifacts. Photos of the artifacts will be available for viewing. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Civil War History Event 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans will lead visitors into the canyons and back in time to discover the geological history of the canyons. The floors of the canyons are often wet and muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and your camera. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Happy Birthday to Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturday, May 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
In May of 1932, a housewarming party was thrown to celebrate the construction of FDR's Little White House. We will celebrate the 82nd birthday of the Little White House with a special guided tour of the presidents home led by historian Brian Roslund, President of Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House. By reservation only. $20. 706-655-5870.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from May 3, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – May 3, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 3, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $18 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. 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.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 4, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 4, 2014 12 PM to 1:30 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 4, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 until Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
An exciting new 24-hour birding event. Travel by ferry to Sapelo Island along Georgia’s scenic coast, enjoy birding the beaches, marshes, fields and forests of this limited access barrier island with expert birders and, overnight at the historic Reynolds Mansion. Registration is limited. Meals included. Starting at $299/person for double occupancy; ferry fee ($15) is not included in registration. $5 parking. 912-485-2299.
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – May 6, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sapelo Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3 PM to 8:30 PM
Sapelo Island Reserve and Reynolds Mansion - Darien, GA
The adventure will be filled with opportunities for birding around the barrier island with expert ornithologists. Habitats will include open fields, maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. On May 8, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on the island. Costs vary based on selected accommodations. 912-485-2299.
  Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Sapelo Birding Adventure
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sapelo Island Reserve and Reynolds Mansion - Darien, GA
The adventure will be filled with opportunities for birding around the barrier island with expert ornithologists. Habitats will include open fields, maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. On May 8, an optional kayak trip is available to participants interested in spending more time on the island. Costs vary based on selected accommodations. 912-485-2299.
  Thursday, May 8, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 8, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
  Friday, May 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moon Hike
Friday, May 9, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Learn about nocturnal creatures and sensory awareness at night. Bring flashlight, hiking boots, water and your sense of adventure. Meet at the overland trailhead parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, May 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Americus Adventure Train Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:50 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and sample peanut-butter treats in Plains. Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Cordele. 229-276-0755.
  Saturday, May 10, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 10, 2014 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 reenactment of this event. We will also be reenacting his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. 706-456-2602.
Civil War History Event 
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, May 10, 2014 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mother's Day Hike with Mother Nature
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother's Day! We will hike Sitton's Gulch to the bottom of Hemlock Falls while identifying plants, birds, and trees along the way. This is a 4-mile hike on moderate terrain. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Activities will include competitions, games, 3D archery shooting, fishing simulator, County Sheriff K9 demonstrations, and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day. This event is sponsored by C. MO’S KIDS. They will have a drink and BBQ sale. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 10, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia JAKES Day, Junior Fishing Derby & Spring Fling
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
In the morning, introduce your kids to archery, target shooting, fishing and more through our JAKES Day. Bring your own bait and fishing pole. Also, this is the rain date for our Spring Fling with hayrides, bird hikes, kids crafts, gopher tortoise program and a seed swap. Free fishing event. Spring Fling is $2/person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
National Train Day / Cordele-Crisp "Touch-A-Train"
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM
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 Introduction to Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Pre-registration Required, space is limited. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9 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.
Mother's Day Birdhouse
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for something special to do with mom on Mother's Day? Why not spend the day a Mistletoe? You can enjoy natures beauty and join us in creating birdhouses out of gourds. You and your mother can decorate them and take them home. $5 per gourd $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 3 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. Victor Williams will lead an easy, .75 mile hike on the Lakeside trail in search of Red Top's winged residents. Great for birders of any experience level. Click the event link to register and receive $2.00 off Stan Tekiela's "Birds of Georgia Field Guide" available in the gift shop. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Iron Pour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 9 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed. Yard games will be set up during the day and the Friends will be selling food and drinks. Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Bike Rodeo
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
A bike rodeo is a fun, educational event for children to practice bike skills and learn how to safely navigate roads and traffic. Kids will tackle different stations, each with a different game or challenge. Co-sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – May 10, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $18 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 10, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tugaloo Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Clark Jones, president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, will lead a bird walk that is open to birders of all skill levels. We will be walking a park trail so bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Junior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:30 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 11, 2014
For Goodness Snakes
Sunday, May 11, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Get Outdoors Georgia Mother's Day Hike with Mother Nature
Sunday, May 11, 2014 2 PM to 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother's Day! We will hike Sitton's Gulch to the bottom of Hemlock Falls while identifying plants, birds, and trees along the way. This is a 4-mile hike on moderate terrain. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intro to Canoe Fun
Sunday, May 11, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove. $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Snakes Alive
Sunday, May 11, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 11, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 11, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 11, 2014 12 PM to 1:30 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – May 13, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, May 15, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 15, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, May 16, 2014
Twilight Hike
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore. $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Art in the Park
Friday, May 16, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins as we welcome spring. Reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 16, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Artifact ID and Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. Dr. Lloyud Schroder will be here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Staff from the Waring Lab will be here after noon to show you how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, May 17, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a snake. Talk to a turtle. Discover fascinating facts about our local scaly residents. Cement seats. You may want to bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twisted Ankle Marathon
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
The Twisted Ankle Marathon and Half Marathon 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. There is a registration fee to participate in Marathon. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 17, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, May 17, 2014 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Bring your kids to the park and enjoy pickleball, bean bag toss, Viking Chess, and ladder golf! Not sure how to play those games? Don't worry, we'll teach you! Click the link to RSVP. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Little River Paddle Tour
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Have you ever enjoyed a leisurely paddle down the Little River? If not, then this is perfect for you to join our Rangers with a guided tour down 3 miles of Little River. We will start off with basics before we set off. $10/person; $15/person includes rental. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Reed Bingham Cruise
Saturday, May 17, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
All Aboard, for the Little River and Lake Reed Bingham Cruise. This cruise will take you all around the lake and river as our naturalist talks about the blackwaters of South Georgia and everything around it. $8/adult; $5/child $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Wildflower Hunt at Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a stroll around Hardman Farm enjoying the arrival of spring. Learn about flowers and plants that grow on this historic farm. This walk does not include a tour of the home. Register by May 14. $5. 706-878-3087.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 PM to 6 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Experience a rare opportunity to learn the secrets and history of this 143-year-old former governor’s farm from a park interpretive ranger. Tours take place at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.. Tours will last approximately 1 ½ hours. Register in Advance. Space is limited. $10. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – May 17, 2014 until May 31, 2014 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 17, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 17, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is an optional short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $18 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, May 17, 2014 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 short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 17, 2014 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 and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. $15 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Family Sand Castle Tournament
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Looking for something the whole family can do together? Grab your sand pails/shovels and join us at the park’s beach to build a family sand castle. Sand sculpting starts at 10am and judging begins at noon. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
  Sunday, May 18, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Intro to Canoe Fun
Sunday, May 18, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove. $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 18, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, May 18, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 18, 2014 12 PM to 1:30 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. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, May 18, 2014 4 PM to 5:30 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. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – May 20, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, May 22, 2014
Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM – May 22, 2014 until Jun 26, 2014 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba® is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, May 23, 2014
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Friday, May 23, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Astronomy Wagon Ride
Friday, May 23, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Friday, May 23, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Bluegrass Concert Series
Friday, May 23, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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