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Handicapped Accessible Saturday Evening Concert Series Helen (30 Miles)
Daily until Saturday, Nov 15, 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 are “pass-the-hat” donations for the musicians. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones Helen (30 Miles)
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
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 Adventure Thursdays Gainesville (40 Miles)
Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Jul 24, 2014 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunA new adventure every week. We will start out with a nature activity such as bird watching, fishing or a nature hike, have lunch in the park and then end with a craft that will reflect on the days activities. All this fun while earning your junior ranger patches!  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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.
Folk Life Traditions Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch demonstrations of everything from pioneer tools, candle dipping, butter churning, dulcimers and more. There will be activities for kids, gold panning, and local mountain music. All festivities will be located at Picnic Shelter 3 near the beach area parking. $5 parking. 706-878-4738.
Handicapped Accessible Snakes Alive Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 5 PM to 6 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. Meet at the visitor center upper parking lot.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind Dawsonville (54 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 1 PM
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.
Handicapped Accessible Reptiles Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Ranger Clint will introduce you to reptiles from all over the globe. You will see snakes, lizards and even a giant tarantula. This will be held at shelter 3 at the beach. Donations appreciated and go to the care of the animals in the show. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop.  Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible Summer Music Series Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
We will have two bands at the Beach Pavilion, Yonah Pickers and The Nearly Normal String Band. The concert is free, but the bands will pass the hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible For Goodness Snakes Dawsonville (54 Miles)
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 1 PM
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.
Georgia Master Naturalist Helen (30 Miles)
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
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.
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.
First Fridays Helen (30 Miles)
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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$5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour Helen (30 Miles)
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 2, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Ssslithery Snakes Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Join Don Burdick and his awesome snakes at the Nature Hut. Don will be discussing snake identification, habitat, habits, and more. This is a safe family friendly program. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $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.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Family Sand Castle Tournament Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10:30 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 for a little friendly competition. Judging begins at noon and prizes will be given for top three sand castles. $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.
Tallulah Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 1:30 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis is a strenuous hike with activities including hiking down 531 stairs, jumping from rock to rock on a river crossing, climbing over boulders and over and under logs...  $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk/Run Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 7 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance as they celebrate, honor, and remember gynecologic cancer survivors and patients, their families, caregivers and friends. Proceeds will support Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) community outreach programs. www.gaovariancancer.org  For event fees, please visit: www.gaovariancancer.org $5 parking. 404-255-1337.
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.
Trail Clean Up-Your State Parks Day Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the Fort Yargo staff in volunteering on our site working on the mountain bike and hiking trails, cleaning up the lakeshore, and working on erosion sites as we make the park better for our visitors. Bring your gloves, shovels, loppers, or any other tools you may have... 770-867-3489.
Your State Parks Day with "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features in North America and one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Over 300,000 visitors hike our trails each year. Spend "Your State Parks Day" working alongside "Friends" of Tallulah Gorge spreading mulch on our trails.  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 706-754-7981.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 12 PM to 7 PM
What welcomes the first weekend in fall more than an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. Join us for the first annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
"Your State Parks Day" Geo-Caching Event Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis official event listed on www.geocaching.com will be geared to beginning and advanced geocachers alike. Spend time learning topics such as how to use equipment, tips on seeking caches, geocaching etiquette, and details of Georgia Parks' series of caches...  Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park Event. 706-754-7981.
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.
Haunted Hills Hayride Royston (25 Miles)
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin our annual spooktacular haunted hayrides, which are fun for all ages. Come early because ticket sales close at 10 pm. We'll be showing a movie, have a bonfire and we will have refreshments for sale.  $5/person plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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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