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Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 22, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Monday, May 25, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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 22, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, May 29, 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 23, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, May 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.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 23, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015 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 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Monday, May 25, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
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.
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 24, 2015 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.
For Women By Women: Introduction to Kayaking
Monday, May 25, 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 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.
Handicapped Accessible Green Building Tour
Saturday, May 30, 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.
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.Volunteers will have an opportunity to attend a guided history hike after the volunteer project. 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
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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