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Art in the Park
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
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 an optional 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. with a parent...  $23 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 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 and children 6 years or older who 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.
Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
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 16 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.
Photography 101 (Class 1-Lighting)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek, as we learn about lighting. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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 16 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.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester where we will tour inside the mill. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 6 PM to 8 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.
"Rivers Alive" Cleanup
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state. The mission of Rivers alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We will be cleaning up around Sweetwater Creek and Sparks Reservoir... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Photography 101 (Class 2-Composition and Point of View)
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join Georgia State University professor Nancy Floyd, the artist-in-residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park, as we learn about Composition and Point of View. You don't need an expensive camera to take good pictures. A simple point-and-shoot will do. Bring your manual...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Fall Color Lake Paddle
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This peaceful, ranger-led paddle will allow you to explore the Sparks Reservoir and Beaver Creek in the magnificence of fall color. All who are over 16 and can swim are welcome, as are those 6 years and older who can swim and are accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations required.  $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 6 PM to 8 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 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. There will be a short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 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 with a short visit inside 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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