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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 6 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.
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the full moon. This program is offered to all adults (18 years and older) who can swim. You have a choice of a tandem kayak or a canoe. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reservations are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 8, 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 Canoeing
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for an introduction to canoeing on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to canoeing. Reservations are necessary. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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 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.
Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 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.
Getting back to your senses: Nature Journaling
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us as we take you on a journey of your senses. As we hike along the creek we will draw and write about anything that catches our eye. This hike is designed to allow us to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds us. Bring paper and pencil. Meet at the Visitor’s Center...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Aug 7, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 9, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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 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.
Group Run Fitness Program
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger on a group run on the White Trail. Runs assisted by Douglas County Rogue Runners. Meet at the Visitor's Center parking lot. On 8/26/15, we will have a similar group run on the Red to White Trails. Walking is fine. Bring water and snacks... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Parents Morning Out Lake Paddle
Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Now that he kids are back in school, 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. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This early morning workout is a pilates, meditation, and yoga blend that is great for relaxation and increased flexibility of the joints. The park is a great setting featuring the sounds of nature and Native American flutes...  $10 plus $5 parking. 404-788-9185.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 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.
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 12 PM to 3 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 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.
Home School Friday: Geocaching 101
Friday, Aug 14, 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 2 PM to 4 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.
For Men by Men: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Aug 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 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.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 8 PM to 10 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. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Aug 21, 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.
Open Water Swim Clinic for Triathletes
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
USMS and USAT coach Mari Fridenmaker will teach swimmers and triathletes how to be comfortable swimming in open water.Athletes must have the ability to swim 100 meters. Topics include safety, sighting, breathing, and open water racing strategies. Life guard and kayak support on hand...  $95 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Sunday, Aug 23, 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.
Home School Friday: Guided Museum Tour and New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 10 AM to 11:45 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
We will begin the day with a guided tour of the museum, followed by a mile-long hike (easy to moderate) that will lead us to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 4 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.
State Parks Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us in walking and cleaning the lovely the trails of Sweetwater Creek State Park as well as picking up trash by canoe and kayak from the George H. Sparks reservoir. Six years and older. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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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