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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 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.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 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.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 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.
Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Monday, Sep 7, 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.
Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for an introduction to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for men and women 18 years and older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Getting back to your senses: Nature Journaling
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 25, 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.
Native Inspired Stretch and Flex Workout
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, Sep 12, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, Sep 12, 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.
Stargazer Paddle
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 8 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
This field trip is designed for anyone 10 years or older who is 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.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Sep 19, 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.
Snakes Alive
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 3 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.
Junior Ranger Camp Level II (Fox Badge)
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 1 PM to 6 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.
Sweetwater Creek Cleanup -- Your 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. Please bring clothes that are okay to get dirty, water, and gloves... 770-732-5871.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Saturday, Sep 26, 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.
Introduction to Canoeing
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 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.
Blood Moon/Harvest Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse Lake Paddle
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a spectacular night paddle on the Sparks Reservoir under the rare Blood Moon/ Harvest Moon as we witness a total lunar eclipse. This program is for adults (18 years and older) who can swim. Includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle...  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing of the Blood Moon/Harvest Moon
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" volunteers on the banks and docks of the Sparks Reservoir as we witness the total lunar eclipse of the rare Blood Moon/Harvest Moon. Some telescopes and binoculars will be available but please bring your own if you wish... $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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