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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for the ride. 706-557-3001.
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Valentine's Day Twilight Wagon Tour
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Come out and enjoy a twilight wagon ride with the ones you love on this special day. This family-friendly wagon ride will feature a guided tour of the night sky with a stop for s'mores at our boat ramp that overlooks scenic Lake Rutledge. Meet at the beach. Space is limited...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
A Night to Remember - Valentine's Evening Hayrides
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Celebrate Valentine's evening with your special someone on a nighttime hay ride. Enjoy a guided tour by a park ranger on the ride. Cozy up to a fire and have s'mores while enjoying the beautiful night sky over Lake Rutledge. This hayride is geared towards couples. Space is limited...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 10 AM
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural and historic treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and restoring habitats, or working in cultural areas that also need protection and care... 706-557-3001.
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Polar Bear Leap for Leap Year at Lake Rutledge
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Take a cold leap into Lake Rutledge on Leap Year Weekend. Take a running start at the entry gate to the beach, leap into the water, swim to the rope and come back. Fire rings and hot chocolate will be available to warm up by. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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CCC Camp Walking Tour - Hidden Gems of Hard Labor Creek
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger on a guided walk through our remaining Civilian Conservation Corps buildings. This area is not open to the public so take advantage of this rare chance to see such an amazing and historically significant "Hidden Gem...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the nighttime paddle...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Hat's Off to Our Equestrian Campers
Friday, May 6, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
For our equestrian campers. Celebrate "Derby" weekend by hanging your most decorated, bedazzled and race themed hat on the post by your campsite. Judges will choose the best hat and give out prizes accordingly. First place gets a free night of camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
National Kids to Parks Day "Blue Moon" Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger on this guided night tour featuring a sky full of stars and constellations. National Kids to Parks Day is national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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National Trails Day - Frogging (and Other Night Sounds) by Kayak
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, archery, keeping a nature journal and much more...  $75 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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"Get Outdoors Day" History and Stargazing Night Paddle
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join this guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after dark. Enjoy the cool night air, listen to night sounds, discover the history of the land and culture at Hard Labor Creek State Park. If the skies are clear, enjoy the learning some of the early summer constellations in the night sky...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 10 PM to 11:59 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join us for a lovely and celestial night on the beach. We are keeping the beach open Friday and Saturday nights, until 3:00 am, for a chance to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring light snacks, soft drinks, blankets, lounge chair, sit back and enjoy the show. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40 acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park... 706-557-3001.
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Spooky Wagon Ride
Friday, Oct 21, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Take a frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. Wagon will depart from beach parking lot, each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come, first serve...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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