Upcoming Events

More events are listed on individual park web pages.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toddler Time and Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
10 a.m. - Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature-based theme. 2 p.m. - Explore the museum with our park staff as you search for the hidden treasures of the island's natural history. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens
10 AM - 4 PM from Feb 24, 2017 until Feb 25, 2017 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
AmeriCorps 
Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
AmeriCorps 
Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Stargazer Hike
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This moderate two-mile night hike will take us to a remote area where we will search the night sky for wonders like planets, constellations and shooting stars (weather permitting). Binoculars recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a flashlight required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Ages 8 and older. No dogs please. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens
10 AM - 4 PM from Feb 25, 2017 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
AmeriCorps 
Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
AmeriCorps 
Happy Tails Dog Hike
Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Feb 25, 2017 
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Bring your four-legged companion and join a ranger on this short and easy 1.1 mile hike around the Lake Trail. Join this new dog walking club, and hike all 7 "Tails on Trails" trails to earn special rewards. Dog must be leashed at all times. Meet at the picnic shelter closest to the beach. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Twilight Paddle on Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Join a guided paddle as the sun sets over Lake Blackshear. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Soak It In 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 7 AM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
The Canyon Crash is a great "first time" trail run for the novice runner or road runner; however, it will challenge the season trail runner at the 1/2 marathon and 50k distance. Register at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=41347 $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA
Travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, GA. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, the Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop retail stores on Main Street & sample peanut butter treats. Boarding: 9:10am / Departure: 9:30am (Total trip: 5 hours, 35 minutes) $25.99 - $55.99 229-276-0755.
Knot Tying and Campfire Cooking
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
11 AM Knot Tying: Learn to tie useful knots with one of our rangers. 1 PM Campfire Cooking: Learn to cook delicious campfire meals to keep your camping cuisine fresh and easy. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Macro-invertebrate Investigation
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 1 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia AmeriCorps 
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we may see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 25 to 30 species on a hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Archery Class
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow with our skilled instructors. We will meet at the Visitor center. You must show up at the beginning and take the safety course or you will not be able to participate. Register in advance. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Clicks in the Night - A Batty Experience
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Help fight mosquitoes year-round and complete a project with the family by installing a home-made Bat House for your yard. Come just to learn about bats or pre-register to build your own bat box. Materials are limited, so call to reserve your spot. Admission $4.50 - $7.50 Bat Box Workshop $10 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Clicks in the Night - A Batty Experience
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Help fight mosquitoes year-round and complete a project with the family by installing a home-made Bat House for your yard. Come just to learn about bats or pre-register to build your own bat box. Materials are limited, so call to reserve your spot. Admission $4.50 - $7.50 Bat Box Workshop $10 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible AmeriCorps 
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1 PM to 4 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Get Outdoors Georgia 
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 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 you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must call the Park Office to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps 
Big Ferry Trail Hike
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Meander through the maritime forest on a 2-3 mile guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Meets at trail head of the Big Ferry Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Art in the Park
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring any means of arts and crafts (paints and canvas or pencils and notepads) on a ranger-led tour to the astonishing ruins and rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views. Reservations required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, March 3, 2017

For the Love of the View - Guided Hike
Friday 1 PM - 2:30 PM – Mar 3, 2017 
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
The West Overlook provides one of, if not the the best long range views in Georgia. There is a sweeping view of the Cohutta Wilderness, plains, and farmland below. Join a ranger for a guided hike along the Stone Tower Combo Trail and witness this stunning view for yourself. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Candle Light Tour
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM from Mar 3, 2017 until Mar 5, 2017 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Enjoy a night hike, cannon firing and musket firing. The Battle of Pickett's Mill had been for raging for over six hours. As the clock neared midnight, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Register at https://friendsofgastateparks.org/node/743 $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Candle Light Tour
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Enjoy a night hike, cannon firing and musket firing. The Battle of Pickett's Mill had been for raging for over six hours. As the clock neared midnight, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Register at https://friendsofgastateparks.org/node/743 $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Orienteering 101 or Tie the Knot
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Mar 4, 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.
Waterfall Workout
Saturdays 4 PM - 6 PM – Mar 4, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Get your Saturday afternoon workout on and discover the park's wild waterfalls during this ranger-led hike. Learn about park hydrology and other natural features of the park while completing this strenuous hike. This two-mile out and back hike involves 1200 total stair steps and 750 feet of elevation gain. Drinking water required. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Soak It In 
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Mar 4, 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 
Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here such as waterfowl, alligators, birds, fish, turtles and more. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Soak It In 
How'd They Do That?: Making Paper
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Obtaining paper has not always been as simple as making a trip to the store. In the first segment of the "How'd They Do That?" series, experience firsthand how paper was made in times past. Program fee includes workshop and site admission for the day. $5. 478-986-5172.
Handicapped Accessible 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 1 PM to 4 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Mar 4, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Candle Light Tour
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM from Mar 4, 2017 until Mar 5, 2017 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Enjoy a night hike, cannon firing and musket firing. The Battle of Pickett's Mill had been for raging for over six hours. As the clock neared midnight, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Register at https://friendsofgastateparks.org/node/743 $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Candle Light Tour
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Enjoy a night hike, cannon firing and musket firing. The Battle of Pickett's Mill had been for raging for over six hours. As the clock neared midnight, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Register at https://friendsofgastateparks.org/node/743 $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Candle Light Tour
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM from Mar 4, 2017 until Mar 5, 2017 
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Enjoy a night hike, cannon firing and musket firing. The Battle of Pickett's Mill had been for raging for over six hours. As the clock neared midnight, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Register at https://friendsofgastateparks.org/node/743 $3 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA
Travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, GA. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, the Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop retail stores on Main Street & sample peanut butter treats. Boarding: 9:10am / Departure: 9:30am (Total trip: 5 hours, 35 minutes) $25.99 - $55.99 229-276-0755.
Hemlock Treatment for Wooly Adelgids
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
We are gearing up to treat our Hemlock trees to protect them against the invasive insect the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. This will be a two day treatment of the trees with an insecticide application. We aim to treat 1,800 trees in the park. There will be a period of instruction prior to treatment. Use this knowledge to treat your own hemlock trees. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we may see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 25 to 30 species on a hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend and join the naturalist for a 1-mile guided, woodland walk. Human friends are accepted also. Learn about local habitats and inhabitants. Meet in front of the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Fit Hike
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 12 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join a ranger on this moderate 4.5 mile, approximately 2 hour hike. A great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and exercise at the same time. Wear hike appropriate clothing, and a bring a water bottle. Meet at the Cool Springs Overlook. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Mar 5, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Get Outdoors Georgia 
Lawn Game Merriment
Sunday, Mar 5, 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, and disc golf. Open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in and leave at your leisure. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia AmeriCorps 
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hikes
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 4 PM to 6 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we may see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 25 to 30 species on a hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Night Hike
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia 
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Mar 10, 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 satellite property, Vaughter's Farm, on the Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at Vaughter's Farm Trailhead. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 12 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. No pets please. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Orienteering 101 or Tie the Knot
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Mar 11, 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.
Waterfall Workout
Saturdays 4 PM - 6 PM – Mar 11, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Get your Saturday afternoon workout on and discover the park's wild waterfalls during this ranger-led hike. Learn about park hydrology and other natural features of the park while completing this strenuous hike. This two-mile out and back hike involves 1200 total stair steps and 750 feet of elevation gain. Drinking water required. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Soak It In 
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Mar 11, 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.
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Spring Clean Elijah Clark State Park
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Friends and Family of Elijah Clark State Park if you like volunteering this is a good time to help out with some clean up to get ready for another fun camping season in the 2017 year. Clean up time will start at 9:00 AM hope to see you there! 11:00 AM bring your crafty ideas cause we will be making kites and trying to get them to fly. Cost $3.00 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Etowah Heritage Day
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come learn how cultures of the past still permeate our modern lives. The day will consist of a genealogy lecture and genealogy workshop for beginners, a lecture on Creek and Cherokee culture by Dr. Max White, and we will have a program hosted by the Tellus Science Museum. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays like cooking and blacksmithing from local historians Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Beekeeping Basics
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Get the buzz on these important pollinators from our local Master Beekeeper Bob Jones. He will review bee basics, beekeeping fundamentals and provide resources. Meet at Stone Picnic Shelter #1 next to pool. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scottish Heritage Days: A Colonial Reenactment
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Celebrate the first settlers of Darien with living history demonstrations that portray colonial -- particularly Scottish -- culture. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. On Sunday, join a Kirkin of the Tartans, which is a Scottish blessing ceremony. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here such as waterfowl, alligators, birds, fish, turtles and more. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
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Observatory Open House
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 7:15 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.
Emory Jones Book Signing
2nd Saturday of Month 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM from Mar 11, 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 
Guided Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Mar 11, 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.
Grown Ups Campout
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Want a weekend getaway but can't seem to be able to get away? Well good thing we have the perfect night designed just for you. Set up your tent and let the fun begin. Our activities include a survival skills class, a guided night hike, a full moon paddle, and a campfire cooking class. $100. 912-287-4900.
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Zombie Archery
Saturday, Mar 11, 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. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 6 PM to 8 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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Bike Sapelo
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island - Darien, GA
Day visitors may enjoy biking Sapelo Island with our naturalist. We'll meet you at the ferry with a bike (bring your own helmet; required for 15 and under) and lead you on Sapelo's prettiest roads. Visit the Gator Pond, Lighthouse and Nanny Goat beach. This will be a leisurely ride on flat roads with minimum traffic. Click for ferry information. $25. 912-485-2299.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 4:25 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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. Boarding: 9:40am / Departure: 10:00am (Total trip: 6 hours, 25 minutes) $25.99 - $55.99 229-276-0755.
Hemlock Treatment for Wooly Adelgids
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
We are gearing up to treat our Hemlock trees to protect them against the invasive insect the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. This will be a two day treatment of the trees with an insecticide application. We aim to treat 1,800 trees in the park. There will be a period of instruction prior to treatment. Use this knowledge to treat your own hemlock trees. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 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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Native American Heritage Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a 2 hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger led guide to learning the art of fly fishing. We will practice casting techniques and learn about the gear and tackle that will help in your journey for catching fish on a fly rod. Bring your own rod, reel, and tackle. Meet at the Visitor Center. Max capacity 6. Reservations required. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sitton's Gulch Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 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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American Frontier Days
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays like cooking and blacksmithing from local historians Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your canine friend and join the naturalist for a 1-mile guided, woodland walk. Human friends are accepted also. Learn about local habitats and inhabitants. Meet in front of the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scottish Heritage Days: A Colonial Reenactment
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Celebrate the first settlers of Darien with living history demonstrations that portray colonial -- particularly Scottish -- culture. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. On Sunday, join a Kirkin of the Tartans, which is a Scottish blessing ceremony. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Grown Ups Campout
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 8 AM to 10 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Want a weekend getaway but can't seem to be able to get away? Well good thing we have the perfect night designed just for you. Set up your tent and let the fun begin. Our activities include a survival skills class, a guided night hike, a full moon paddle, and a campfire cooking class. $100. 912-287-4900.
Soak It In 
Full Moon Night Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 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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Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, Mar 12, 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Ruins to Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wildflower Hike
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and class IV rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Mar 17, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 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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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tri-State Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Want to see North Carolina and Tennessee without having to drive there? You can do that at BRM while taking a 2.2 mile nature hike through the wild-flower filled forest of the Tennessee Rock Trail. Stop to rest at the overlook while you enjoy mountain views stretching across North Carolina and into the distance as far as Clingman’s Dome, TN. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Geocaching the Bend
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Go "treasure hunting" with the official Chatt Bend geocaching map and a GPS device to hunt caches. This time we're starting from the Visitors Center and heading east on the Wild Turkey Trail. Bring your own GPS device or share ours. For beginners to experts. All ages. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Orienteering 101 or Tie the Knot
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Mar 18, 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.
Waterfall Workout
Saturdays 4 PM - 6 PM – Mar 18, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Get your Saturday afternoon workout on and discover the park's wild waterfalls during this ranger-led hike. Learn about park hydrology and other natural features of the park while completing this strenuous hike. This two-mile out and back hike involves 1200 total stair steps and 750 feet of elevation gain. Drinking water required. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Soak It In 
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Mar 18, 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 
Archery for Beginners
Saturday, Mar 18, 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Spring Into Green Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Canoe around the park waters edge to see what's Green Scavenger Hunt. You will have 2 hours to find as many hidden treasures that you can. Starting point will be at the bath house down by the canoes. Your list will be given to you at that time. You can work alone or in teams of 2. You must be able to take pictures with your phone or other device. $ 10 - $15 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Pine Mountain Trail Green Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Trek along the Pine Mountain Trail and view rich woodlands with guides from PMT Association. 3.5 moderate miles of hiking end at Rocky Point Parking Lot. Guides will help transport you back to your car. Bring water. Geared towards ages 8 and older. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob Trailhead. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with our local historian, Nancy Simko, as she portrays Mrs. Roosevelt and reflects on the Civilian Conservation Corps. Enjoy a drink and finger foods. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Held at the indoor Group Shelter in the campground. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Insectival
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 11 AM to 3 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us at Florence Marina as we celebrate our planets most abundant animals: insects! Come discover how many different species are found in your own back yard. Learn why every bug is an insect, but not every insect is a bug. You can even try a yummy cricket taco! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Shamrock Fun Day
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 12 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Fort Mountain. Learn about the history of gold in North Georgia, pan for gold, hike the Gold Mine Trail, see if you can get lucky and complete the scavenger hunt, try your luck with the games, have your face painted, and get creative with a craft. $1-$5. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Guided Kayak/Canoe Tours of Lake Blackshear
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour around Lake Blackshear in kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. See wildlife and vegetation that thrives here such as waterfowl, alligators, birds, fish, turtles and more. Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to reserve your boat. $8 plus $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 7:15 PM to 8:15 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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Remarkable Georgia Women
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Prepare to be astonished as you hear about 15 women born before 1900 who made outstanding achievements in Georgia. Sara Hines Martin, author of "Remarkable Georgia Women", wears a historic dress and displays photos of the women as she speaks. Ms. Martin will have her book available for sale. $5. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible 
Stargazing at the Mounds
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
We’ll have star-charts, red-lensed flashlights and moon binoculars ready for star viewing from on top of the mounds. Meet at Groups Shelter 2 parking lot and we’ll walk you to the mound. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes and closed toed shoes. Children welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
AmeriCorps 
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call (770)389-7801 to register in advance. $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible 
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Mar 18, 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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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA
Travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, GA. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, the Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop retail stores on Main Street & sample peanut butter treats. Boarding: 9:10am / Departure: 9:30am (Total trip: 5 hours, 35 minutes) $25.99 - $55.99 229-276-0755.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle as the sun sets over the Okefenokee Swamp. Watch as the last light of day fades into the dark night, leaving only the twinkling light of stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for alligator eyes glowing from your flashlight, take in a full moon or perhaps the milky way and enjoy a relaxing paddle in the swamp. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This Ranger led class covers basic and some advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skill such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 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.
Soak It In 
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Soakin' It Up -- Water at Wormsloe
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Learn just how important water is as a resources at Wormsloe, both historically and today. Guest speakers will talk about oysters, colonial gardening and marsh ecology at this colonial estate. $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dressed to the K9s Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Bring your dog dressed in their best outfit and join a ranger on an easy 1.1 mile hike around the Lake Trail. Join our new dog walking club and hike all 7 "Tails on Trails" to earn special rewards. Dog must be leashed at all times. Meet at the picnic shelter closest to the beach. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Stargazing at the Mounds
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
We’ll have star-charts, red-lensed flashlights and moon binoculars ready for star viewing from on top of the mounds. Meet at Groups Shelter 2 parking lot and we’ll walk you to the mound. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes and closed toed shoes. Children welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Mar 19, 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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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Mar 19, 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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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, as see in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wildflower Hike
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Take a walk through Sitton's Gulch to observe the abundance of blooming wildflowers in our limestone rich soil. Using a checklist and identification books, we will identify and record many of the species in bloom. We will hike 1 mile on a flat trail by the river. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Evening Canoe Paddle
Tuesday, Mar 21, 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, March 22, 2017

Home-school Junior Ranger Camp
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center $25(Lunch not included) $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Star Trek Weekend
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 9 AM to 6 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with other Trekkies. Watch marathons of Original Series, Enterprise, Next Generation and Deep Space Nine on park cable, plus movie marathons at Forward 10 (our group shelter). We'll have a costume contest, a Captain Archer archery contest, mini-golf and more. Click for details. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Home School Thursday at High Falls
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
In this monthly series, we will explore science, nature and Georgia's outdoors through fun activities. This program is appropriate for elementary grades. Please call the park office to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Ancient Art
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
In prehistoric times, Skidaway Island was home to the Yamasee and Guale peoples. We see them today in their shell middens and pottery. Learn about the materials they used to create the art that archaeologist find today, by doing it yourself! Expect an activity with ochre based paint and crafting with clay. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Night Hike
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Star Trek Weekend
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 9 AM to 6 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with other Trekkies. Watch marathons of Original Series, Enterprise, Next Generation and Deep Space Nine on park cable, plus movie marathons at Forward 10 (our group shelter). We'll have a costume contest, a Captain Archer archery contest, mini-golf and more. Click for details. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Froggie Fling
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
You know it’s getting warmer when you start hearing all the different ribbits and croaks fill the air, so what better way to kick off spring than by going on a frog hunt? Florence Marina invites the public to join us as we learn about the diverse frog populations along the Chattahoochee River. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
We'll be finding out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - All the while roasting chestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Mar 24, 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.
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Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 10 AM to 4:25 PM
SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park - 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. Boarding: 9:40am / Departure: 10:00am (Total trip: 6 hours, 25 minutes) $25.99 - $55.99 229-276-0755.
Dusk Hike, Sounds, Sights, and Smells of the Night
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us at the Interpretive Center parking lot for a short hike to explore the darkness. We’ll be using black-light flashlights to explore the trail for glowing bugs and plants, and using our senses to explore what our eyes might miss. Wear closed toed shoes, no pets, and bring flashlights with a red lens if possible. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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