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Fungus Frolic Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan.  $15 if pre-paid, $20 after 8/21. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Monday, Oct 26, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water...  $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors" Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Helen (17 Miles)
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Sep 12, 2015 
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Join us again for our 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival. There will be bluegrass and gospel music as well as art and craft booths with handmade items for sale. A food concession will be provided by Vogel Volunteers. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Volunteer Blitz Thursdays Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 1 PM - 3 PM from Sep 17, 2015 
Help Tallulah Gorge State Park by volunteering to assist with park projects such as trail maintenance, painting, and litter pickup. Afterwards, you can attend a "Friends of Tallulah Gorge" meeting to learn about how you can help throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Sep 19, 2015 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaChildren and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Emory Jones Book Signing Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 3 PM from Sep 19, 2015 until Dec 19, 2015 
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This new historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr...  Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site and are not part of admission. 706-878-1077 ext. thursdaysaturday.
Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaChickadee vs sparrow. Jay vs cardinal. Would you like to be able to tell the difference? Then, bring your binoculars, Beginner's Birding is just for you! Come see an identification presentation, receive your own i.d. guide, & go birding with us, at Smithgall!  $10 if pre-paid by 09/19, $15 after. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day Mountain City (26 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a ranger-led volunteer activity. $5 parkpass required. 706-746-2141.
Pollinator Garden Project - Your State Parks Day with "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Join "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" for a volunteer work day. Projects will include creating a pollinator garden and sprucing up our rim trails. There will also be special lectures on creating your own pollinator gardens and monarch butterflies. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Your State Parks Day Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join park staff and volunteers in various service projects to help keep Vogel beautiful. Projects include maintenance of the Byron Herbert Reese and bike trail. Meet at the Byron Reese trail head at 9AM. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy the feel of an old-fashioned country fair set in the beautiful Nacoochee Valley surrounded by the colors of the season. Hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, local authors and historians, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. Family friendly.  $10 per vehicle. 706-878-1077.
10th Annual Fall Festival Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015
Enjoy the arrival of autumn at Vogel’s 10th Annual Fall Festival. There will be hay rides, a cake walk, concessions, square dancing and storytelling. Festivities begin at 12pm. Volunteers will assist with set-up and clean-up and the concessions. Fee for hay rides and $5 park pass fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Volunteer Days Mountain City (26 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome out and join us for fun and work! Projects may include clearing and maintaining trails, grounds cleaning and landscaping, painting, etc. Bring work gloves and a can do attitude! $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunHike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (16 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with members of the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association and musical performers, Women of Heart as they interpret the history of the native people in our area.  $5 for program plus $7 for tour of house. 706-878-1077.
Walk Off The Turkey Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTake a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Christmas at the Gorge Tallulah Falls (29 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camara you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (20 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 4:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us for the 12th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age, no toy guns or knives... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Fun with Falconry Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, founder of Ga Mountain Falconry. Located at Buck Shoals, a short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. Limit 15. Please call the Visitor's Center for registration and information.  $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals Helen (17 Miles)
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).  $40 pre-registered by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Volunteer Training Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaMake your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Register by February 27th. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Flies and Fly Water Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunIn preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Kathy Church, Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods...  $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
GPS Basics Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.  $30/adult if pre-registered by April 23rd, $35 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Master Naturalist Helen (17 Miles)
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, an eight week training in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion will be offered. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more info. Register by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
Handicapped Accessible GPS - Advanced Helen (17 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter...  $30/adult if pre-registered by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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