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Upcoming Events
Art in the Park
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins as we welcome spring. Reservations required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Hike
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Big Ferry Guided Hike, Roving Ranger, and Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM
2:00PM Big Ferry Guided Hike: Come for a 2 to 3 mile hike through a Maritime Forest, learning early history of Skidaway. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail Head. 5:00PM Roving Ranger 8:00PM Campfire and S’mores: Enjoy an evening under the stars and meeting new people around a campfire. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sapelo Island Birding Adventure
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 until Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
An exciting new 24-hour birding event. Travel by ferry to Sapelo Island along Georgia’s scenic coast, enjoy birding the beaches, marshes, fields and forests of this limited access barrier island with expert birders and, overnight at the historic Reynolds Mansion. Registration is limited...  Starting at $299/person for double occupancy; ferry fee ($15) is not included in registration. $5 parking. 912-485-2299.
Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible CCC Program/Trail Project
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.
The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 10, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaOn May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live reenactment of this event. We will also be reenacting his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. 706-456-2602.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 7 PM
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed. Yard games will be set up during the day and the Friends will be selling food and drinks.  Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Wildflower Hunt at Hardman Farm
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.
Artifact ID and Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. Dr. Lloyud Schroder will be here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Staff from the Waring Lab will be here after noon to show you how archaeologist learn things from artifacts...  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
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.
War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 24, 2014 until Monday, May 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a tour to the tabby ruins and then to Colonial Life for military drills, musket and cannon firings, and a reenactment.  $10 adults $9 seniors/military. 912-353-3023.
Historic Wagon Rides
Saturday, May 24, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin this guided wagon ride and learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the role they played in making Hard Labor Creek State Park. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Ask the Naturalist" - Wilderness Survival Tips
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Visit with the Naturalist at the museum. Learn about the basics of surviving in the woods. Also, take a tour if the museum and sample the natural spring water. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Handicapped Accessible Rosie The Riveter
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 11 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunDuring World War II, the women of the United States responded to government encouragement to fill factory jobs left vacant by men serving overseas. Join actress and teacher Carol Cain as she portrays these women collectively know as "Rosie the Riveter"...  $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 until Friday, Jun 27, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 until Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 until Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCampers will learn about the natural environment, develop new skills, and grow new friendships. Park staff will guide them through all the activities camp has to offer. Activities are based around three categories: Natural Environment, Pioneer Living, and Outdoor Skills...  $80.00 per week $60.00 w/ Friends Membership 706-359-3458.
Heritage Farm Camp
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 until Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis camp focuses on learning what life was like for children on a south Georgia farm in the late 1800s. Participants will do the same activities that kids their age did, such as animal care, candle making, soap making, gardening and open hearth cooking. Ages 9-14.  $45 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunLearn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWatch 1800s crafts demonstations at the home of Cherokee Indian plantation owner James Vann. Demonstrators show the art of blacksmithing, soap making, weaving, spinning, quilting, doll making, chair and basket weaving, pottery, and much more.  $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Junior Ranger Mini-Camp
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.
Gold Fever and Golden Memories
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaBy helping us maintain our park, you are saving your local natural resources that are irreplaceable. Volunteers will be working on the preservation of their state parks, and as a thank you to our volunteers, will be providing lunch for their hard work.  No fees required for Historic Site Admission. 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventWatch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. 770-975-0055.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Civil War History EventExperience the Fort at night as you are guided into the past by Candle light! Visitors need to pay historic site admission rates at the museum when they arrive. Guided walks through the fort will be held every half hour.  $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tons of FunHave you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Civil War Living History Event at High Falls
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
Civil War History EventThis day long event will include educational presentations on U.S. Gen. Kilpatrick's troops, cooking demonstration, firing demonstration, and camp life of the soldiers.  Free but donations accepted $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Handicapped Accessible Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGreenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation...  $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible 150th Winter Muster
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventCome join us on the actual date -- 150 years since General Sherman ordered his troops to take Ft. McAllister. Watch as we reenact this significant moment in our country’s history. Help us make this 150th Winter Muster the greatest one yet...  $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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