Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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Smithgall Woods State Park
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. At this open house, visitors can understand the series better by chatting with artists and writers while they are "at work in the woods." $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23. $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from May 3, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Conservation Club
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Club programs will educate members on wise land management principles and current conservation issues. Activities/projects will promote an understanding of the varied North Georgia mountain ecosystems and how to protect them. Classroom and lots of hands-on work with conservation projects. The Club will meet throughout the semester on the first and third Saturdays each month. $80.00 if registered by December 1; $90.00 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Bartram's Palette and Pen
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. This 3-day series is $95 prior to 4/27/14, $100 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Wildflower Hunt at Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a stroll around Hardman Farm enjoying the arrival of spring. Learn about flowers and plants that grow on this historic farm. This walk does not include a tour of the home. Register by May 14. $5. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia Conservation Club
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Club programs will educate members on wise land management principles and current conservation issues. Activities/projects will promote an understanding of the varied North Georgia mountain ecosystems and how to protect them. Classroom and lots of hands-on work with conservation projects. The Club will meet throughout the semester on the first and third Saturdays each month. $80.00 if registered by December 1; $90.00 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 PM to 6 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Experience a rare opportunity to learn the secrets and history of this 143-year-old former governor’s farm from a park interpretive ranger. Tours take place at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.. Tours will last approximately 1 ½ hours. Register in Advance. Space is limited. $10. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, June 7, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Jun 7, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, June 9, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 9, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, June 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Monday, June 16, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, June 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, June 23, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Friday, June 27, 2014
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, June 30, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, July 5, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Jul 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, July 7, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
All about BUGS Camp
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Tuesday, July 8, 2014
All about BUGS Camp
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Wednesday, July 9, 2014
All about BUGS Camp
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Thursday, July 10, 2014
All about BUGS Camp
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Friday, July 11, 2014
All about BUGS Camp
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tons of Fun 
  Saturday, July 12, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Bartram's Palette and Pen
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. This 3-day series is $95 prior to 4/27/14, $100 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, July 14, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 14, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, July 19, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, July 21, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Monday, July 28, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1. $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 2, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, August 16, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Sep 6, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Bartram's Palette and Pen
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. This 3-day series is $95 prior to 4/27/14, $100 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Oct 4, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
Get Outdoors Georgia Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, November 1, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Nov 1, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Dec 6, 2014 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
  Handicapped Accessible 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course. $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
 

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