Upcoming Events


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Homeschool- Wintering Birds
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to learn about wintering birds in Georgia and learn basic bird ID along with a bird craft. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Home School Program- Christmas Traditions
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
There are many Christmas traditions that we do around the holidays. Learn where some of these traditions come from and how it relates to Christmas. Students will also make a Christmas traditional craft to take home. $10 for first child $5 for second child $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Homeschoolers! Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly home school program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month. Designed for children ages 6-12 to introduce them to a variety of nature-themed topics. Cost is $8/child. Call 770-389-7801 to register. Space is limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM – Dec 11, 2019 until Dec 18, 2019 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Homeschoolers will be offered an educational opportunity to learn about President Roosevelt, Warm Springs, The Great Depression, WWII and more, through a presentation in the Theater. Programs run approx. 1 hour. Class times are 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Pre Registration is required and select from subjects below. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Roving Naturalist
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Our Naturalist will be roving the park with interesting pieces of history and nature to share with the guests $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Full Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Homeschool Thursday: Stay Warm
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. How do animals stay warm?! Learn what animals do to stay warm in the winter. Build shelters, 'burrows', crafts, leaf nests, and more! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Call to register. Make sure to dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Enjoy watching the moon rise above the gorge from the suspension bridge and learn some interesting tidbits about the moon. This hike will go down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge where we will hang out as the moon comes into view. No pets allowed. Space is limited please call to make a reservation. The hike may be cancelled due to weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 13, 2019 until Dec 20, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Campfire Building 101
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come learn the basics of campfire building and enjoy s’mores with a ranger! $1 per s’more, meet at Campground #1 host site. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Candlelight Tours
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Tour the mansion by candlelight for a beautiful glimpse of a historic Moravian Christmas as celebrated by the first Spring Place missionaries in the early 1800s. Enjoy live music, natural scenery, and finish up with cookies and cider in a cabin exhibit. No reservation necessary, arrive by 8 p.m. for the full experience. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Candlelight Cabin Tour
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided candlelit tour through the Elijah Clark cabin. Step back into the past and discover the history of the Park and learn the remarkable Clark family. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Bring Your Own Board Game Night
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Bored? Grab a friend and join us for our board game night! Please bring a family friendly board game of your choice with simple instructions on how to play. Remember to take your game back home with you, or you may donate your unused games to be played next time. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Campfire & S'mores
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Enjoy yourself by a cozy, warm fire with great company and indulge in a free S'more! $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Youth (6-17): $7, Child (under 6): Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $35. 706-878-1077.
Christmas Movie Night
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a Christmas movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair, water and bug repellent. Bring blankets or wear warn clothing. Meet at picnic shelter across from campground. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Holiday Movie Under the Stars!
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out for a movie under the stars! We'll give clues throughout the week of what we're showing. Bring a blanket, chairs, bug spray, and your favorite movie snacks! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek into the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester (as seen in" Hunger Game"). A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs allowed. Meet in front of the the Visitor's Center. Pay in cash (exact change please). $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturdays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 14, 2019 until Dec 21, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 14, 2019 until Dec 28, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Wooden Ornament Craft
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to create your very own wooden ornament to take home and put on the tree! All supplies will be provided. Meet at visitor center porch. $4 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Hot Chocolate and Letters to Santa
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist for hot chocolate as we write our letters to Santa and decorate them just in time for the holidays. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Candlelight Tours
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Tour the mansion by candlelight for a beautiful glimpse of a historic Moravian Christmas as celebrated by the first Spring Place missionaries in the early 1800s. Enjoy live music, natural scenery, and finish up with cookies and cider in a cabin exhibit. No reservation necessary, arrive by 8 p.m. for the full experience. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Snowy Owl Craft
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come learn all about owls in Georgia and participate in a snowy owl pine cone craft. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Crooked River Christmas
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come to Group Shelter #2 to enjoy a craft, cookies and hot chocolate, tell Santa your wish list and take a hayride through the park. All ages are welcome to join in the holiday fun. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 20 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
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Snowman Pallet
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Paint and decorate your own pallet to celebrate the holidays and decorate your home! All paint, pallets, and decorations provided. Meet @ Picnic Shelter by Putt-Putt Course. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Archery
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for a fun afternoon of shooting compound bows! Beginners and experts alike welcome. No licence required. Suitable for all ages, although children under 6 may need adult assistance. Meet @ Pavilion by Archery Range. Please arrive on time so you are able to participate. $7 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Caroling Hayride through the Park
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 4 PM to 6 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for an afternoon filled with holiday cheer! Enjoy a hayride around the Park and sing classic songs, spreading cheer to everyone on the Park. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Reindeer Ride
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families play our famous winter bingo under the trees and stars. Prizes and campfire with marshmallow roast. Wear your ugliest Holiday Sweater. Sweater awards each program. Meet at covered shelter next to Trading Post. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress for the weather. Correct change at the door. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us as we eat breakfast with Santa, play games, and make ornaments. You’ll even get a chance to talk to Santa, and tell him what you want for Christmas. It is sure to be a jolly good time for the entire family! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Chat with a Chandler
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Our rangers will be making hand-dipped candles in the style of an 18th century chandler. Come take a look at this interesting process and have a chat about history. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Annual Winter Muster: 155th Anniversary
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
This annual tactical demonstration commemorates the siege of the fort, the last battle of General Sherman’s March to the Sea. Cannon and musket firings, skirmishes, and drills will take place throughout the day. Visitors should arrive no later than 4 pm for the Final Assault at 5 pm. TICKET SALES END AT 4:30 PM. $10 per person, Ages 2 & under free $10. 912-727-2339.
Yargo Trail Crew - Trail Work Day
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Yargo Trail Crew (YTC) for a day of improving the mountain bike trails. Bring water, work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear. No open-toed shoes. Meet at the Visitors Center. Volunteers must register through the YTC site link. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Roving Ranger
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Find the Roving Ranger table on your next visit to Fort Yargo! Each date and location will have different activities and teach guests about topics such as wildlife, fishing, the Old Fort, plant identification and more. Suitable for all ages. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fun at the Fort
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12 PM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Experience a picturesque and fascinating historic site within the state park, while learning about life in the late 1700's. Fun for the whole family; tours includes various interactive activities and educational opportunities. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6 PM to 9 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us as we usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast, and homemade refreshments. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and be available until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides will start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Hayrides $1 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Winter Festival
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Get into the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of festive activities - including a visit from Santa. He and Mrs. Claus will be at the park for photos. Got gingerbread skills? Enter your decorated gingerbread house in our contest. Tour the park on a hay ride or play a round of mini golf. Enjoy games, crafts, hot cocoa, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Youth (6-17): $7, Child (under 6): Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $35. 706-878-1077.
Christmas at High Falls
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6 PM to 9 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Have a jolly holiday with High Falls and Santa Claus. Walk through our enchanted trail and warm up with cocoa, crafts and more. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Sensory Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Explore the Overland Nature Trail and connect with nature through activities designed to engage all your senses! Meet at the Overland Nature Trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). This is a 3/4 mile moderate hike. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Tricksters of the Animal Kingdom
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Does the opossum really play dead? How do tasty caterpillars avoid becoming a snack? Come learn about some amazing animals and the unique traits and behaviors they use to survive! Meet at the program hut, behind the putt-putt course. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas Ornament Craft
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Participants will have the option to choose from several different styles of ornaments with varying levels of difficulty to try their hand at making themselves to take home and put on their tree. Examples include: paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflakes, wood round ornaments and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us at the Interpretive Center for this special craft where we'll decorate pinecones to transform them into tiny Christmas Trees. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Game Night
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join a Ranger at the picnic shelter across from the campground for some fun yard games including corn hole, ladder golf, yardzee, ring toss, yard jenga, giant checkers and more. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hay Rides and S'Mores
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Meet at the campground picnic shelter to join us on some fun hay rides through the park. Great family fun can also be had after the ride making s'mores around our campfire. Hayrides limited to 12 riders. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Springs
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring the family to join in the festivities of the season. We will be celebrating Christmas with an elf hike, Christmas crafts, hayrides, Christmas scavenger hunt, roasting marshmallows and more. $5 per child or $15 per family $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. Activities will include, sipping on hot coco, having your picture taken with Santa, decorating sugar cookies, a craft, hiking the Rock Outcrop trail, and games. Must register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holidays at the HEARTh
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Step back into an earlier time and experience holiday decorating and festivities of civilian life during the Civil War. See period decorating, participate in heritage games, and observe civilian life way demonstrations. Santa will be here. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.
Field Journal Journeys: Storytelling
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Come join us for storytelling at the Vaughan Log Cabin. We will be around the fireplace telling tales, playing games, and learning story skills. Recommended for 10 to adult. Inclement weather may cancel event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM – Dec 14, 2019 until Jan 4, 2020 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join the staff historian for a 90-minute guided tour of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Call 706-655-5870 to make your reservations $20. 706-655-5870.
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Park History Paddle
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Hear all about the history of our park and historical sites that are now under the waters of lake Seminole. We'll paddle approximately 1.5 miles round-trip, stopping along the way to discuss some colorful stories about the early days of the park and various submerged historical sites. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Birding By Boat Paddle
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and Egrets are some of the birds guests may see on this beginner-friendly kayak tour. We'll paddle approximately 2 miles, stopping along the way to see an active eagle's nest and observe wading birds in their natural habitat. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Coffee With a Ranger
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
9:00 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger: Start your morning right! Join one of our park rangers for coffee and conversation about what’s happening at Skidaway Island State Park. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Big Ferry Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Spend your Saturday afternoon with a ranger as you hike along the Big Ferry trail and learn the local ecology. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Second Saturday Guided Hike: Laurel Ridge Trail
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Enjoy a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail with the naturalist. The Laurel Ridge Trail is an approximately 1.6-mile moderate hike featuring ridgeline views, mountain coves, and high elevation species like chestnut oaks and blackjack oaks. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
So You Want to Be a Falconer?
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join master falconer and wildlife educator Buster Brown as he introduces you to his flock. This will be an hour-long presentation covering the steps on how to become a falconer, the necessary equipment and training needed for falconry, and how to acquire a falconry bird. There will be some falconry birds present. Come meet our feathered friends! $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Bring your four-legged companion and join a Park Ranger on a very scenic and historic hike. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and tour the inside of the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester mill, as seen in the film " Hunger Games:Mockingjay". Dog lovers without dogs are welcomed. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us down to the scenic highlights of the park where we will leisurely sketch and/or photograph the ruins of the New Manchester mill, the beauty of Sweetwater Creek, and the rapids. On part of this program we will be going inside the New Manchester ruins. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Holiday Pine Cone Ornaments
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Saturday, December 14 2:00PM-3:30PM Join us in the fun of making Christmas ornaments out of pine cones and other materials. This craft project is for all ages. Meet in the Visitor’s Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Cash only, exact change please. Meet and pay at the Visitor Center parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sunset Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us at sunset to hunt candy canes afterwards enjoy a holiday movie, smores, and hot chocolate. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Christmas at the Inn
Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM – Dec 14, 2019 
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Toccoa, GA
The Friends of Traveler’s Rest decorate the beautiful 200 year old Inn with homemade ornaments and greenery, just as it would be in the 1800’s . Visitors are served hot apple cider and Jarrett family teacakes, and enjoy lovely Holiday music while they tour. $1 - $5. 706-886-2256.
Caroling in the Park!
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 3 PM to 5 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
What's better than Christmas Parties? How about Caroling Hayrides, Homemade Ornaments, and pictures with Santa? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
15th Annual Vogel State Park Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 4 PM to 9 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for an evening of fellowship and celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. Hayrides, music, and activities lead up to the Christmas Program and Lighting of the Tree. There is NO fee for programs. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 12 or younger for the Sheriff's Dpt. See below for details, including schedule and musician lineup! $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. Holiday crafts at the museum throughout the day. Holiday festivities start at 1 pm. $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 15, 2019 until Dec 22, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Meet The Reptiles
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Colonial Christmas
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 2 PM to 5 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
The Stockings are hung and Saint Nick soon will be here handing out stockings for crafty boys & girls at Elijah Clark's festively decorated Colonial Homestead. Make Holiday Decorations and toys with Hannah & her helpers - Design Your Own Angel, Clothes-pin Reindeer, Marshmallow Roasting, Pictures with Santa and more. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Make and shoot your own Blow Darts
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Make and shoot your own blow darts! Join us at 2:00 pm to learn about blow darts and how they were used in the Southeast, then make and shoot your own. Pre-Registration is required for this program, call 770-387-3747 to reserve your spot. Please make sure you arrive on time so you are able to participate. Suitable for ages 6 and older. $4-$6 plus $2 program fee. 770-387-3747.
Reindeer Ride
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
March Forward Into the Past
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Explore the site with one of Fort King George's finest soldiers. 912-437-4770.
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March Forward Into the Past
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Explore the site with one of Fort King George's finest soldiers. 912-437-4770.
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From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. $9-$2.50 912-727-2339.
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Sunday Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Sundays 9:30 AM - 11 AM – Dec 15, 2019 until Jan 5, 2020 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join the staff historian for a 90-minute guided tour of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Call 706-655-5870 to make your reservations $20 per person. 706-655-5870.
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Skidaway Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out for an all day affair! Back by popular demand is the Skidaway Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the park office for a list of what you need to find. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Native American History Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 2 mile hike focusing on first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side including a visit to the "Indian cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ask the Naturalist
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Ask our Naturalist questions about the history or the site, surrounding features and wildlife. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
The Vann House is hosting a full season of homeschool days for the 2019-2020 school year. Starting in September, Homeschool Wednesdays will take place once a month and will cover many diverse topics about the people who have lived on the Vann Plantation and the daily activities they took part in. Pre-registration required. $5.50 706-695-2598.
Learn how to play Stickball
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Learn about Stickball and how it influenced modern sports and then try your hand at playing. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM – Dec 18, 2019 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Homeschoolers will be offered an educational opportunity to learn about President Roosevelt, Warm Springs, The Great Depression, WWII and more, through a presentation in the Theater. Programs run approx. 1 hour. Class times are 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Pre Registration is required and select from subjects below. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Nature Sketching
Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come draw or color some of the beautiful scenery in the park $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 20, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Warm up by the fire while roasting chestnuts, marshmallows, and exchanging stories. First come first served. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Skulls and Skins
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come learn about skull and animal hide identification and how Native Americans at Etowah utilized bones and fur. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Winter Festival
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 5 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy the lights throughout the campground and cabins on a festive wagon ride. Listen to holiday stories about the Winter Solstice, vote for your favorite gingerbread house, watch a winter movie, roast marshmallows, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come enjoy a campfire, S'mores, and good company. Meet at picnic shelter 5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Youth (6-17): $7, Child (under 6): Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $35. 706-878-1077.
Fact or Faked Animals
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 4:30 PM to 5 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Challenge your animal knowledge with this naturalist guided activity to explore common animal myths. Meet in the Spring Picnic Area. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Christmas Movie Night
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a Christmas movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair, water and bug repellent. Bring blankets or wear warn clothing. Meet at picnic shelter across from campground. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Homeschool Archery
3rd Friday of Month 2 PM - 4 PM from Dec 20, 2019 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Bring your homeschoolers (ages 6+) to our monthly homeschool archery class. Cost is $8/child. Meet at the Nature Center. All levels welcome. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Cosmic Archery
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Archery Instructor for this spectacular program! During our Cosmic Archery program you will get to fine tune your archery skills in the dark with the assistance of black lights, glow in the dark targets, and glow sticks. Cost is $25/person (ages 18+). Call 770-389-7801 to register. Space is limited. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Movie Under the Stars!
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come out for a movie under the stars! We'll give clues throughout the week of what we're showing. Bring a blanket, chairs, bug spray, and your favorite movie snacks! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturdays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 21, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Winter Solstice Sunset and Shopping at Black Rock Mountain State Park
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Enjoy the sunset on the Winter Solstice while enjoying Smores and hot chocolate. The gift shop will also be open with extended hours so that you can shop for those last minute unique gift items. Annual Park Passes and gift cards will also be available for purchase. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Dec 21, 2019 until Dec 28, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Holiday Craft - Pinecone Christmas Tree
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us at the Nature Center for this special craft where we'll decorate pinecones to transform them into tiny Christmas Trees. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site - Dahlonega, GA
It's almost time for Christmas, but this year Santa has a problem. Blitzen has eaten the nice list! Santa has backup list, but he keeps it hidden the Dahlonega Gold Museum. He needs your help to find the backup list in 20 minutes and save Christmas! $5. 706-864-2257.
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Pine Cone Reindeer Ornaments
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Make your very own natural Reindeer ornament! Festive, perfect for the Christmas Tree, and super cute! Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Archery
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for a fun afternoon of shooting compound bows! Beginners and experts alike welcome. No licence required. Suitable for all ages, although children under 6 may need adult assistance. Meet @ Pavilion by Archery Range. Please arrive on time so you are able to participate. $7 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Holiday Music
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us and relax by listening to wonderful music. Free with Park Pass. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Holiday Movie and Campfire
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 8 PM to 10 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Enjoy a holiday movie at the Park held at the shelter by the Archery Range. Feel free to bring blankets, and if you get a little chilly, warm up by the fire! Free Event, snacks available for $1. Free, Snacks for $1 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Holiday Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12:30 PM to 2 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us collect new youth or adult socks for local shelters and enjoy a stationary, archery-target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Pre-register and pay at park office or register and bring 3 pairs of new socks for a donation. Walk-ins must pay correct change on-site. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reindeer Ride
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Holiday Bingo And Winter Campfire
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Adults and families play our famous winter bingo under the trees and stars. Prizes and campfire with marshmallow roast. Wear your ugliest Holiday Sweater. Sweater awards each program. Meet at covered shelter next to Trading Post. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress for the weather. Correct change at the door. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Decorated Campsite Contest
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Show us your PG-13 rated, creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the winter holidays and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. You do not have to be present to win. Ribbons/Prizes placed at winning campsites for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Make A Homemade Ornament
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our rangers in a fun craft and make your loved one a homemade Christmas ornament! 912-437-4770.
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Make A Homemade Ornament
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our rangers in a fun craft and make your loved one a homemade Christmas ornament! 912-437-4770.
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Winter Festival
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy the lights throughout the campground and cabins on a festive wagon ride. Listen to holiday stories about the Winter Solstice, vote for your favorite gingerbread house, watch a winter movie, roast marshmallows, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Coffee With the Ranger
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a scoop of peach Dutch oven dump cake with a Hard Labor Creek ranger. Swap a few stories, answer some questions about the park history, and learn a few tricks for cooking outdoors. Samples while supplies last. Call the Visitor Center to register in advance, space is limited. Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
With the help of a ranger, enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Hard Labor's treasures. Bring a smart phone, a toy for trading, and water. Wear closed-toed shoes for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Please download the free Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile before coming to the park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you and compass that we provide, find CCC and learn about the historic buildings at the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, visits with Santa, and a trip down the Unicoi Turnpike by horse drawn wagon. Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Youth (6-17): $7, Child (under 6): Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $35. 706-878-1077.
Winter in the Woods Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
It's the first day of winter! Come on a guided hike and enjoy our park as it prepares for the cold! Meet at the Overland Nature Trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas Ornament Craft
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Participants will have the option to choose from several different styles of ornaments with varying levels of difficulty to try their hand at making themselves to take home and put on their tree. Examples include: paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflakes, wood round ornaments and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas Crafts
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us at the Interpretive Center for some Christmas crafts that are sure to help make your home more festive for the holidays. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Game Night
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join a Ranger at the picnic shelter across from the campground for some fun yard games including corn hole, ladder golf, yardzee, ring toss, yard jenga, giant checkers and more. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hay Rides and S'Mores
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Meet at the campground picnic shelter to join us on some fun hay rides through the park. Great family fun can also be had after the ride making s'mores around our campfire. Hayrides limited to 12 riders. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Ornament Painting and Cookie Decorating
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Create something fun and memorable this year to hang on your tree. Bring your creativity and imagination as we create unique ornaments that will be a keepsake for years. Not only will you be making a ornament but you will be decorating cookies too. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Christmas of the Past
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Step back in time where Christmas gifts were made by hand and Christmas tree decorations were made from mother nature's bounty. Be greeted by staff wearing authentic period outfits on the museum porch. Guests will help decorate the tree with natural ornaments, enjoy hot cocoa, a museum tour, hayrides and caroling. $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Intro to Tree Climbing
3rd Saturday of Month 1 PM - 2 PM from Dec 21, 2019 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
3rd Saturday of Month 3 PM - 4 PM from Dec 21, 2019 
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Overlook Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led hike to the lower Overlook. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Once we arrive at the Overlook, the Ranger will discuss the unique Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant. The trail is considered easy. Please meet in the Visitor information parking lot. Per Vehicle $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM – Dec 21, 2019 until Jan 4, 2020 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Join the staff historian for a 90-minute guided tour of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Call 706-655-5870 to make your reservations $20. 706-655-5870.
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Birding By Boat Paddle
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and Egrets are some of the birds guests may see on this beginner-friendly kayak tour. We'll paddle approximately 2 miles, stopping along the way to see an active eagle's nest and observe wading birds in their natural habitat. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Starlight Nature Serenade Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night time guided hike will travel 1 mile round-trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. Meet at the trail head parking lot across from cabin 1. Flashlight required. Open to ages 10 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Beginning Archery
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Advance registration by phone is required. Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to allow time to make your way to the archery range. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Christmas in the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Feeling festive? Join us at Smithgall Woods for a holiday get together in our primitive cabin. We will warm ourselves by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and hot cider. Make a Christmas ornament for your loved one or enjoy time with family. We ho-ho-hope to see you there! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Paddle Under the Stars
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Visit us in the Visitor’s Center/Museum anyime from 9AM to 5PM for for a scavenger hunt. This fun indoor hunt will lead you throughout the museum and gift shop to gather clues. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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1850's New Manchester Christmas Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a moderate, mile long festive hike as we learn about mid-1800s Christmas traditions in the area. We will be hiking down to the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek and will end our hike inside the impressive textile mill of New Manchester. No children under 6 or dogs please. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Green Building Tour and Workshop
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Our Visitor’s Center is one the most advanced Green Buildings anywhere. It has received the highest certification possible, LEED Platinum. There will be a short talk, then a 30 minute tour of the building. Afterwards we will design and then draw or construct our own green building. Reservations required. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Candle Dipping 101
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion to learn the basics of candle dipping! All supplies provided for $5 per person. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM – Dec 22, 2019 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field and office area which have been beautifully decorated with Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Meet The Reptiles
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Make and shoot your own Blow Darts
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Make and shoot your own blow darts! Join us at 2:00 pm to learn about blow darts and how they were used in the Southeast, then make and shoot your own. Pre-Registration is required for this program, call 770-387-3747 to reserve your spot. Please make sure you arrive on time so you are able to participate. Suitable for ages 6 and older. $4-$6 plus $2 program fee. 770-387-3747.
Reindeer Ride
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Saddle up with the wrangler elves at Roosevelt Stables, Celebrate the holiday season with a 1-hour, guided horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Must pre-register and pre-pay by calling Roosevelt Stables. Geared towards ages 6 and up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-628-7463.
Cooking a Soldier's Ration
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Meet one of Fort King George's Redcoat soldiers in his barracks as he prepares a meal from the meager rations supplied to him. If you ask nicely, he may even have a recipe or two to share with you. 912-437-4770.
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