Don Carter State Park

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Intro to Kayaking
Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided. Bring water, sunscreen, water shoes, and quick drying pants. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required. $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Animals and Their Signs Hike
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 4 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger-lead short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds and the signs that they leave while living in the park. If we can, we will cast an animal foot print. Meet at the boat ramp parking. Call to pre-register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Kayaking
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided. Bring water, sunscreen, water shoes, and quick drying pants. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required. $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

First Time Fishing
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 6 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of fishing from the pier or the bank. Poles and bait provided. Open to anyone new to fishing. Fishing license required only for adults. Limited participation, pre-registration required.Meet a t the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes, sunscreen, and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon reflects off the water. Space is limited, so call to register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, quick drying pants, and water. $15 with personal kayak
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Orienteering: Be a Nature Navigator
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 4:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flat Creek Kayak Adventure
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us on this 2 – 3 hour excursion to one of the wildest parts of the lake. This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island, the northern-most island on Lake Lanier. Bring food and water for this trip; it takes a lot of energy. 3 single kayaks and 4 tandem kayaks available for rent if needed. Meet at the boat ramp. $20 with personal kayak/canoe. $30 with kayak rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Geocache - Summertime Prizes
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 5 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Don Carter’s treasures. Bring a GPS device or smart phone. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the trail-head parking. Call to pre-register. Limited registration. Download the Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Soak It In 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Animals and Their Signs Hike
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 4 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Ranger-lead short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds and the signs that they leave while living in the park. If we can, we will cast an animal foot print. Meet at the boat ramp parking. Call to pre-register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Kayaking
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided. Bring water, sunscreen, water shoes, and quick drying pants. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required. $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Soak It In 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Orienteering: Be a Nature Navigator
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 5 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Intro to Kayaking
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided. Bring water, sunscreen, water shoes, and quick drying pants. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required. $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Scorpion Night Hike
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 9 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Using UV lights we will look for phosphorescent scorpions in the dark. We will also listen for frogs and watch the stars. This is an easy / moderate hike (3/4 of a mile) better suited for kids 4 years and older. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Call to register in advance. Space is limited. Meet at the boat ramp parking. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

First Time Fishing
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 5 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Learn the basics of fishing from the pier or the bank. Poles and bait provided. Open to anyone new to fishing. Fishing license required only for adults. Limited participation, pre-registration required.Meet a t the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes, sunscreen, and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required. $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Family Hike
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 3:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join our bilingual naturalist for a hike along a wooded area of the park. Learn interesting facts about native plants and wildlife explained in both English and Spanish. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Call to register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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