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Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 26, 2014 until Apr 27, 2014 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun  www.goneriding.com $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind Dawsonville (54 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 1 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014 1 PM
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Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Spring Cleaning on the Farm Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Step back in time by volunteering at Hardman Farm located in Nacoochee, Georgia. Volunteers will help with mostly indoor tasks that will help spruce up the house for spring time. Cleaning will begin at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Register by April 23. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Snakes Alive Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible For Goodness Snakes Dawsonville (54 Miles)
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
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It's true - snakes help control rodent populations and are an important part of our ecosystem. Come learn about these misunderstood reptiles. Join us in the Lodge Lobby and you will be saying "Oh my goodness snakes". Make a day of it and have lunch in the Maple Restaurant after the show. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House Helen (30 Miles)
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm Helen (30 Miles)
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23.  $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
First Fridays Helen (30 Miles)
Friday, May 2, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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$5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Dirty Spokes 6hr/9hr Mountain Bike Race Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 AM to 6 PM
Tons of Fun  www.dirtyspokes.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Intro to Canoe Fun Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 18, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove.  $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
First-Visit Tour Helen (30 Miles)
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from May 3, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Junior Fishing Rodeo Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Tons of FunRegistration will begin at 8:30 am. We will hold the Rodeo at the back pond. It is for children ages 16 yrs. or younger. All participates must be registered or in line to register by 9:00 am to be eligible for prizes. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Handicapped Accessible CCC Program/Trail Project Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGATC Trail Project. 9:00-11:00 a.m. on lake trail. CCC Program begins at 11:00 a.m. 706-745-2628.
Tugaloo Bird Walk Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaClark Jones, president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, will lead a bird walk that is open to birders of all skill levels. We will be walking a park trail so bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy a 1.5 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 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Twilight Hike Dawsonville (54 Miles)
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Join Amicalola Naturalist's for a rare twilight hike to explore the beauty of our waterfall, the sounds of the mountain's nocturnal inhabitants and the history of Amicalola and some of the local moonshine lore.  $3 per person or $10 for family. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
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Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Wildflower Hunt at Hardman Farm Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Enjoy a stroll around Hardman Farm enjoying the arrival of spring. Learn about flowers and plants that grow on this historic farm. This walk does not include a tour of the home. Register by May 14.  $5. 706-878-3087.
Family Sand Castle Tournament Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLooking for something the whole family can do together? Grab your sand pails/shovels and join us at the park’s beach to build a family sand castle. Sand sculpting starts at 10am and judging begins at noon. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 PM to 6 PM
Experience a rare opportunity to learn the secrets and history of this 143-year-old former governor’s farm from a park interpretive ranger. Tours take place at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.. Tours will last approximately 1 ½ hours. Register in Advance. Space is limited.  $10. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Visiting Artist Series Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM from May 24, 2014 until May 25, 2014 
Each week a different artist or craftsperson will be demonstrating their art or craft and will have samples of their work for sale in the Lodge. The program lasts each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
NEGAS Doggie Pageant Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:30 PM
Dress up your pooch and join us for a “Doggie Pageant” to benefit the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter. Registration begins at 1:30pm. Prizes for the top three doggies and raffle drawing for all contestants. NEGAS will have select dogs from their shelter up for adoption.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Saturday Evening Concert Series Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8 PM
Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music from Appalachian Mountain, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through mid-November. These programs will be “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
THE GEORGIA HIGHLANDERS, a 4 piece Bluegrass Band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Siege on Fort Yargo Trail Challenge and Adventure Race Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTeams of two or three will travel on a mandatory course with a three-hour limit. Teams will face multiple challenges and obstacles as they travel through the course.The race will include trail challenge, mountain biking and a six-hour cutoff for the Adventure Race.  siegeyargo.trailblazerar.com $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Handicapped Accessible Square Dancing at the Beach Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the Currahee Squares at the park's Beach Pavilion. This square dancing troop will not only show off their square dancing talent, but will let you join in on the fun as they teach you some basic square dancing moves. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Atlanta Music Hall of Fame band, Brush Fire, will be at the Park's Beach Pavilion for a fun evening of excellent vocal harmonies and Bluegrass music. Event is free, but the band will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Georgia Master Naturalist Helen (30 Miles)
Monday, Jun 9, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1.  $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Kids Fishing Rodeo Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders. Adults must be accompanied with the children that will be fishing at the registration tent prior to fishing... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Kids Day at the Park Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of Fun 706-878-3087.
Basic Photography Workshop Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWant to take better pictures this summer? Join professional photographer Mark Harvell to learn tricks and tips for improving your photography. Mark will begin with inside instruction and then head outside so participates can practice what they have learned...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Sssslithery Reptiles Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 3 PM
Snake expert, Don Burdick, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Cane Creek Band, a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Celebrate the First Day of Summer- Canoe Races Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us to celebrate the first day of summer with canoe races. We will have multiple races for ages 12 and up. Racers will be divided into age groups and we will end with a family canoe race. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30 am to sign up for your race...  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Nelson Thomas, will be at the Park's Beach Pavilion playing flatpick & fingerpick style guitar, old time and bluegrass banjo, harmonica, washboard, and occasionally a little mandolin and/or fiddle. Event is free, but Nelson will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Independence Day at Vogel Blairsville (53 Miles)
Friday, Jul 4, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCome to one of our nation's oldest state parks as we celebrate our independence with a flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Lavonia (18 Miles)
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a host of family fun events. Decorate your bike and join in on the Bicycle Parade at 10am. Old Fashion Games begin at 11am. Family Putt-Putt Tournament starts at 3pm and prizes will be awarded to top 3 winners.  $10 per family for Putt-Putt Tournament $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Carolina Ceili, a 3 piece Celtic band, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. This event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones Helen (30 Miles)
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active, hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house and bluebird house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-14.  $100 or $95 if paid after July 7. 706-878-3087.
Junior Ranger Mini-Camp Toccoa
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Tons of FunEver wondered what kind of foods pioneer kids ate? What kind of games they played? Join us for this fun hands on camp and find out. Call Tugaloo State Park to pre-register.  $5. 706-356-4362.
Solar Astronomy Lavonia (18 Miles)
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEver wanted to look at the sun’s flare-ups and spots safely? Join the world’s largest Solar Astronomy outreach program with us. Also, if you want to take a picture of the Sun, bring your camera because a complete imaging setup will be available for you to take your own picture of the Sun. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Bob Thomason, master dulcimer musician and storyteller, will be at the park's Beach Pavilion. Bring the kids and enjoy an evening by the lake. Event is free, but Bob will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Gold Fever and Golden Memories Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCome as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am.  http://www.piedmontcasa.org/ $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Handicapped Accessible Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis popular event includes appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music. There will also be art and craft booths with handmade items for sale, and food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers/Friends of Georgia State Parks.  $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Pioneer Day Toccoa
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Pup and Cat 5k Walk/Run/Hike Winder (49 Miles)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Tons of FunBarrow County Humane society will be conducting a 5k fundraising walk/run/hike for participants with their dogs. $5 parking. 678-420-4383.
Dirty Spokes Trail Running Race Series Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit www.dirtyspokes.com to register.  Fee plus $5 parking. 404-310-3628.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Hoedown Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCelebrate autumn’s arrival with noon chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling.  A $3 fee will be charged per person, per hayride for 13 years and up. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 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...  $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas Tree Lighting Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, 3-bonfires, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Also, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age. No toy guns or knives. 706-745-2628.
Victorian Christmas Toccoa
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
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