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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, May 29, 2015 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 5 PM to 6:30 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
Friday, May 29, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Sunday, Jun 7, 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.
Eastside Night Hike
Friday, May 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Saturday, May 30, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Friday, Jun 26, 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.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 30, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 13, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 1 PM to 2 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 31, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Full Moon Photography at the Park-Moonlight and Water Landscape
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join our Park Manager David Jordan in taking non-commercial photographs of the lovely lake and forests of the park under the full moon. Flashlights and photographic equipment are required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Mid-Week Wind Down Paddle
Wednesday, Jun 3, 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.
"Almost-Full Moon" Night Paddle
Thursday, Jun 4, 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
National Trails Day Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Join park staff, Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, and other volunteers, as we work on cleaning up and maintaining Sweetwater's beautiful trails. Gloves, hand tools, and water recommended. 770-732-5871.
Native American Eastside Hike
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Monday, Jun 15, 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.
Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Tuesday, Jun 16, 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.
Stargazer Paddle
Friday, Jun 19, 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.
Sweetwater Creek Canoe Cleanup
Sunday, Jun 21, 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.
Snakes Alive
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Sunday, Jun 28, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Invite a Monarch Butterly to Lunch
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
The well-loved Monarch butterflies are the only ones to make a two-way migration. The migration of this important pollinator is "endangered". Our speaker, Trecia Neal, from Fernbank Science Center, will discuss the biology and ecology of the monarch, why it is endangered, and how you can help... $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
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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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 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 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.
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