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Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $20 includes boat, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Monday, Aug 3, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This day camp is for Jr. Rangers ages 6-12 years old who have already attained their deer badge and are wishing to advance to the fox badge...  $25 includes Junior Ranger book and fox patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a three hour, 3.5 mile strenuous hike as we explore the eastside of the park focusing on American Indian history. We will visit the "Indian Cave" rock overhang used by Native Americans for many years. This hike will be led by a local historian or park ranger...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff for an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and a tour of the lovely Sparks Reservoir. This program is for anyone 12 years or older who can swim and are new to SUP. Limited to 8 participants. Paddleboard, PFD, and SUP paddle included.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Early Morning Lake Paddle
Monday, Jul 6, 2015 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful early morning paddle on the Sparks Reservoir (canoe or kayak) as we watch for birds and paddle past the new Yurt Village and campground. Open to anyone 18 or over who can swim and children 6 or over who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes boat, PFD, and paddle.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger on a group run on the White Trail in the cool of the early morning. Meet at the Visitor's Center parking lot. On 7/15/15, we will have a similar group run on the Yellow Trail. Walking is fine. Bring water and snacks... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geocaching 101
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Learn all about geocaching in this introductory course. Classroom instruction as well as out in the field as we will all find the official Sweetwater Creek State Park geocache. You will need a GPS or a smartphone that has geocaching app capabilities. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.  $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects...  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
The Park's Visitor Center/Museum is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings anywhere. It has received the highest LEED certification (Platinum) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn about sustainability, green buildings and what makes this one so special.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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