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Stream Ecology Gainesville (40 Miles)
Friday, May 1, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome discover the diversity of life that is found in Georgia's streams. A park ranger will lead a short hike to a stream and explain the water cycle, including the different life stages of aquatic animals. All ages welcome.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, May 2, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Monday, Jun 1, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
Night Hike Gainesville (40 Miles)
Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:45 PM to 9 PM
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails... at night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 7:45 PM.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Geologist Talk Dahlonega (44 Miles)
Friday, May 8, 2015 3:30 PM
Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of the popular guide, Roadside Geology of Georgia, will tell how Georgia’s gold became concentrated over a time span of half a billion years, then sparked America’ s first gold rush that contributed to the state’s unique character. A book signing will follow the talk. 706-864-2257.
Junior Fishing Rodeo Royston (25 Miles)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 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.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate Get Outdoors month while enjoying a ramble through time on the grounds of the Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest State Historic Site. Explore emerging foliage, flowers, historic landscaping and stories of the families who planted them. Weather permitting.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Volunteer Work Day Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join the Friends of Don Carter State Park every second Saturday of the month to participate in a variety of volunteer projects. Meet at park's visitor center. 678-450-7726.
Frogging by Ear (and other night sounds) by Kayak Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin Linda May, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and Frog expert, on this "frogging" by kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Marbury...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM from May 16, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
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 (no corn) 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.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
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Children 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 rod. No registration required. $5 park pass per vehicle $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Civilian Conservation Corps Workday and Open House Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Join in on a trail project starting at 9am with the Georgia Appalachian Trial Club that is similar to what would have been done by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Meet at the CCC museum to get started... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Volunteer Days Mountain City (24 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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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.
National Kids to Parks Day: Paddling Trip Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us as we paddle up a beautiful section of Lake Lanier and see undeveloped parts of the park seen best from the water. We will be on the lookout for some wildlife which can often be spotted on this tranquil portion of the lake...  $10-$15 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
National Kids to Parks Day Nature Hike Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Join a park ranger on this guided tour of the Birdberry Nature Trail for "National Kids to Parks Day". This national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation...  5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Volunteer Blitz Thursdays Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 1 PM - 3 PM from May 21, 2015 until 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.
"Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" Meeting Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
3rd Thursday of Month 3:30 PM - 5 PM from May 21, 2015 until Dec 17, 2015 
Join "Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park" to learn about the many volunteer opportunities available at Tallulah Gorge State Park. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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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 Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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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.
Full Moon Paddle Tallulah Falls (12 Miles)
Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
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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 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Highland Walk Junior Golf Camp Royston (25 Miles)
Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM – Jun 1, 2015 until Jun 8, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWhether a player is swinging the club for the first time or looking to refine his or her skills, Junior Golf Camp is a fun way for kids to learn the lifelong game of golf. By the end of the week, players will have learned fundamental skills, etiquette, rules and sportsmanship.  1/2 Day Session $150; All Day Session $250. Discounted rate for additional siblings. $5 parking. 706-245-6770.
Junior Ranger Camp Winder (49 Miles)
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 3-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, archery, fishing, nature art, and more...  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
National Trails Day - James Edmonds Trail Hike Mountain City (24 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe trail is a 7.2 mile mountainous hike, passing trickling waterfalls and beautiful vistas. Bring proper shoes/boots, food, and water. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
National Trails Day - Volunteer Work Day Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin fellow volunteers in trail clean up and maintenance projects along the various nature trails along Lake Hartwell. Projects may include gathering trash and debris from the trails, removing low tree limbs, and general trail beautification. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
National Trails Day Event Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Vogel State Park will partner with the GA Appalachian Trail Club to offer a family friendly event that includes group hikes, presentations, and trail improvements. Meet at Shelter 2 at 9:00 AM to begin the day’s activities... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Handicapped Accessible National Trails Day Hike on Birdberry Trail Hike Winder (49 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin a park naturalist on this guided tour of the Birdberry Trail at Fort Yargo State Park. Walk through several types of habitats, and enjoy the birds, turtles, and other wildlife you can see on this 1/2-mile asphalt path. Space is limited, please call to register.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
National Trails Day: Nature Hike Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin our naturalist for a nature hike around the Huckleberry Point Loop. This easy 3/4 mile loop will take you into a beautiful wooded area while hugging the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Along the way we will point out some native plants and will be on the lookout for wildlife.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Kids 12 and younger come join us for the 12th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo. Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout and prizes will be given out to lucky ticket holders. An adult must accompany all children. Registration and Fishing start at 8am at Visitor Center parking lot... $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Kids Day at the Park Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate Get Outdoors Month with hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education that give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Trail Maintenance -- Clarkesville (10 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaVolunteers will help clean up and cut back overgrown vegetation on the hiking trails. 706-947-3194.
Get Outdoors Day Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring your family for a day of games on the beach, including volleyball, horseshoes, putt-putt and a sand castle building contest. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible July 4th Celebration Blairsville (53 Miles)
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 8 AM to 5 PM
Celebrate July 4th at one of the nation’s oldest state parks. We will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at 8am at the Visitors Center, followed by a day of games for the whole family...  $2 pedal boat race. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Lake Trail Clean-up Blairsville (53 Miles)
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Meet at the Visitor Center Parking lot for a Lake Trail Clean-up from 1-4pm. Volunteers will be trimming trees, picking up trash and general trail maintenance. $5 parking fee applies. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Labor Day Twilight Paddle Winder (49 Miles)
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy this relaxing paddle around scenic Lake Marbury. Learn about the history of the old fort, and enjoy the view under the setting sun. Space is limited, advance registration required.  15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Handicapped Accessible 12th Annual Mountain Music Festival Blairsville (53 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.
Your State Parks Day: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep Gainesville (40 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us in supporting Don Carter State Park and Lake Lanier by participating in Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep. This annual event is organized for the benefit of Lake Lanier and all that enjoy its beauty. In past years Shore Sweep has had over 1,000 volunteers! 678-450-7726.
Your State Parks Day Helen (30 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome out to help clean and trim the park with seasoned volunteers. Learn about the park and meet great people who love the outdoors. Also take a 2.6 mile hike along Dukes Creek to our cottages (and back) with commentary on the park history and all sorts of other park details. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day Mountain City (24 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.
Your State Parks Day at Tugaloo Lavonia (18 Miles)
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTugaloo State Park will be having family fun with to celebrate the end of summer. We will have canoe races in the cove by the park office. After the races we will also have a volunteer event to clean up the shoreline after a very busy summer season. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Fall Celebration at the Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the site, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press.  $10 per vehicle. 706-878-1077.
10th Annual Fall Festival Blairsville (53 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.
Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Falls (12 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 Unicoi Wine Festival Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 5 PM
The Unicoi Wine Festival will take place at Hardman Farm on Hwy 17 in Sautee Nacoochee, across from the Indian Mound. Come enjoy wine tastings, gourmet food, live music, and local art. Call the White County Chamber of Commerce for more information. 706-878-1077.
Handicapped Accessible Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm Sautee Nacoochee (30 Miles)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 10 AM to 12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (53 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.
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