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Sunday, August 2, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir. This program is intended for women 18 years and older who can swim and are new to SUP. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Kayak the Salt Marsh - Low Tide
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? You’ll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Space is limited, registration required. Call the Park Office to register. $25-$35 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Veterans Memorial Triathlon
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele, GA
The Georgia Veterans Triathlon is held at the Georgia Memorial State Park in Cordele, GA. This race is one of the best-kept secrets for those who want to race on a fast and very flat course. 400-Yard Swim*13.6 Mile Bike*5K Run Registration fee. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Ancient Woodland Weapons and Tools Demonstration
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Check out the ancient weapons and tools of the Kolomoki people used over 1,000 years ago! We will be discussing the history and uses while also demonstrating their effectiveness. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try some for themselves. This program will take place at the Amphitheater in the Day Use Area. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Dog Days of Summer -- Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, face painting, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Paddle on Allatoona Lake
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a ranger-led kayaking tour on the lake. This trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 5-15 who can swim AND are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All kayaks are two-seaters. Close-toed shoes required. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Aug 8, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater creek. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in the town of Savannah in August of 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See musket firings and more. $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful paddle on the beautiful George H. Sparks Reservoir as the sun sets and we refresh ourselves in preparation for the end of the work week. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this program. Open to anyone 18 or older who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 to Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 3 AM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us on the beach this year, for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. On this night, a Ranger will keep the beach open until the early hours of the morning, and participants can lay down on the sand and enjoy the show with some acoustic background music. Bring a blanket and snacks. Pre-registration is required. 5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Star Party 2015
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9 PM to 11:30 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga will present an informative program followed by observation of the night sky. Meet at the tennis courts. Please bring a lawn chair, blanket and insect repellent. Flashlights are optional, but if brought must have red cellophane over the lens to protect night vision. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Perseids Party
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join us for a night viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The shower is expected to peak this year at the same time as the August new moon, so the shooting starts should be bright and easy to see in the night sky! Come join us and see how many you can count! Bring your own chairs and nonalcoholic refreshments. Meet at the Disc Golf Course. $5 parking. 706-213-2045.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Perseids in the Park
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 to Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 10 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
It's going to be a new moon for this year's favorite meteor shower, Perseids. Chatt Bend has ample, open space and is far from light pollution for dark skies, perfect for stargazing. Bring chairs or blanket and your favorite snacks for the lawn. Must arrive before 10pm to enter park. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Interpretive Boat Cruise
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River with a park ranger. Learn about birds, dolphin, and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required. Please call the Park Office to register. $30 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
At 10am, and 2pm, Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills. From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this very site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 2 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
At 10am, and 2pm, Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills. From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this very site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4:25 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.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 to Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Paws on the Falls
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 5 PM to 6 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9:15 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Children under age 16 are invited to learn how to be responsible fishermen while enjoying time with family and friends at Indian Springs State Park. Anglers are asked to bring their own fishing poles & tackle if possible. Bait will be provided at the park. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
New Moon Hike
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
For our second Celestial Saturday program, we will be taking a hike through the White Oak Trail ending at the top of the Temple Mound for star-gazing. Meet at the Temple Mound parking lot. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Soldier's Life
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Paddle on Allatoona Lake
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a ranger-led kayaking tour on the lake. This trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 5-15 who can swim AND are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All kayaks are two-seaters. Close-toed shoes required. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Aug 15, 2015 until Sep 19, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Canoeing 101: Intro to Paddling
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Learn the basics of paddling and put your skills to the test. Open to adults and children 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Must be a swimmer. $10 includes canoe, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join Park Manager David Jordan in this up-close hour featuring live, non-venomous snakes. We will learn all about our local snakes, including the venomous ones, as well as the natural history of snakes and all about their behavior and senses. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia For Men by Men: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Aug 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for boys and men 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone 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. Meet at the park's Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Sumter Special
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, enjoying a breath-taking view of Lake Blackshear then enjoy visiting Historic Dowtown Americus as well as President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for this evening paddle on the Sparks Reservoir. We will watch the sun set and then search the sky for wonders like planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as night arrives. This program is for anyone over 17 who can swim. Binoculars recommended. Includes choice of canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. Meet at the Bait Shop. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 8:40 PM to 10:40 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.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 to Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 11:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Paddle on Allatoona Lake
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a ranger-led kayaking tour on the lake. This trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 5-15 who can swim AND are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All kayaks are two-seaters. Close-toed shoes required. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join instructors on the George H. Sparks Reservoir for an afternoon of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). This program is intended for anyone 16 and over who can swim and is interested in SUP, and will include an introduction to the sport as well as a recreational tour. Includes board, PFD, and paddle Meet at the Bait Shop. Limited to 10. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Dolphin Cruise
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a boat cruise of the Atlantic to watch dolphins with a park ranger. We will also see birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space pre-registration required. $40 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddling Tour
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for an evening of enchantment as we paddle the lake at night under the light of the moon. You will have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Limited to 12 people who can swim and are 18 yrs. or older. A flashlight is required. Call for reservations. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Kayak Our A-Maze-ing Marshes
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for this three-hour high tide paddle. Start off with a maze of marsh grass then open into scenic views. Look for wildlife and enjoy the unique and fun perspective of kayaking coastal waters. Limited space, reservations required. $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddling Tour
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Bark In The Park Dog Luau
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 5 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for music, dog dancing, slushies and fun. Best summer costume contest and best trick competition as we celebrate our canine companions. Prizes. $3 correct change entry fee per dog per event $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sumter Special
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park - SAM Shortline Platform - Cordele, GA
Departing from Georgia Veterans State Park, enjoying a breath-taking view of Lake Blackshear then enjoy visiting Historic Dowtown Americus as well as President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 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. please call to register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Evening Paddle on Allatoona Lake
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a ranger-led kayaking tour on the lake. This trip is for visitors 16 years or older who can swim or visitors ages 5-15 who can swim AND are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All kayaks are two-seaters. Close-toed shoes required. $25 per person (includes tandem kayak, life jacket, and basic instruction.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tons of Fun 
Fungus Frolic
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan. $15 if pre-paid, $20 after 8/21. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a beautiful two-hour paddle through a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak. There is a short hike to view the mill ruins and whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. and older) who can swim and those 12 yrs. to 17 yrs. who can swim with a parent. Kayak, PFD, and paddle included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Civil War History Event 
Get Outdoors Georgia Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Paws on the Falls
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Grab your leash and bring your dog out to walk with some new friends on the High Falls Trail. A special surprise for each dog that attends. $5 per a dog $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Get Outdoors Georgia Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Get Outdoors Georgia Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tons of Fun 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, September 4, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day Twilight Paddle
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy this relaxing paddle around scenic Lake Marbury. Learn about the history of the old fort, and enjoy the view under the setting sun. Space is limited, advance registration required. 15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 7 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Run like a fox in this 1 Mile & 5K run through our campground. Open to all ages. Prizes for youth only. Early Registration by August 28 receives T-shirt. Team registration & No T-shirt registration options. Must pay to sign up. Call or drop by Park Office. Registration 7:00 AM, race begins at 8:00 AM. $25 early registration w/t-shirt,$18 Group reservation w/ t-shirt (6 or more) $10 early, no T-shirt $15 early group (6 or more) $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day On The Lake
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 until Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Our family celebration including games, nature programs, and crafts. Educational boat tours throughout the day. $1 - $5 $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Labor Day Celebration
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for some old fashioned family fun. Civil War era games and prizes. $8.00 per adult $5.00 per child ages 6-17 $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dirty Spokes Trail Run
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 7 AM to 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The Mountain Bike Trail system is beautiful and offers something for every runner. Well groomed system of trails with gentle slopes and beautiful scenery will leave you breathless (if that doesn't, the 7.0/3.5 mile will). Register at http://www.dirtyspokes.net/hard-labor-creek-state-park/ $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars. Tours meet at beach area, space is limited, per-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 6:45 PM to 8 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Space is limited please register in advance. $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 until Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
See craft demonstrations such as woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, flintknapping, leatherworking, woodsman skills, pewter casting, and more. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars. Tours meet at beach area, space is limited, per-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 6:45 PM to 8 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Space is limited please register in advance. $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort. $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Space is limited please register in advance. $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, September 11, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's second annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia Dog Splash at Liberty Bell Pool
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Unleash the fun with Frisbees, balls and hula-hoop jumps out on the lawn, and music. Dogs must be up to date on all shots and can be off-leash inside the pool area. Dog swimsuit contest 3:30 PM. Only dogs allowed in the pool on this last day that it's open. No outside food or drink. Pool concessions open. Meet at Liberty Bell Pool, Hwy 354. $8 per dog. Humans free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 4:25 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 New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at Beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Sep 12, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
12th Annual Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us again for our 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival. There will be bluegrass and gospel music as well as art and craft booths with handmade items for sale. A food concession will be provided by Vogel Volunteers. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Movie Night Under the Oaks
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Come to Wormsloe for a very unique experience and as we show the movie The Last Song on a projector out under the oaks. Bring the family and a picnic. Sunset is at 7:35, movie trivia will commence at 7:45 and showtime starts at 8 p.m. $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Friday, September 18, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tons of Fun 
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. 229-276-0755.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Lovebug Festival
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Explore the wonderful world of insects at the parks second annual Lovebug Festival. Activities will include edible bug programs, kids insect related crafts, arts and craft section, dragon fly and butterfly hikes, insect demonstrations and much more. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia Twlight Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led 3 mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Tons of Fun 
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Fall was a busy time at old homesteads. Join us by the log cabin for old-timy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking and more. Also enjoy the park's trails, picnic areas, fishing and boating. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Americus Explorer Train Ride
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
SAM Shortline Downtown Cordele Depot - Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you can travel from Cordele through Ga. Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, tour Habitat for Humanity's Global Village (Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for group reservations and rates). Enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today 229-276-0755.
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Sep 19, 2015 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait 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.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
Harvest at the Homestead
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 11 AM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Fall was a busy time at old homesteads. Join us by the log cabin for old-timy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking and more. Also enjoy the park's trails, picnic areas, fishing and boating. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Get Outdoors Georgia Wild Cave Tours
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60 $5 parking. 800-979-3370.
Tons of Fun 
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