Events starting 11/24/2019


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nature and History Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Adventure into the woods: Learn about native animals and the rich history of the park. 3 mile hike, mild difficulty. Bring water and hiking-friendly shoes. Meet at Park Office. Please be on time so you can participate. Valid Park Pass Required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Chat with a Chandler
Sunday, Nov 24, 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.
Magnolia Trail Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a 3+ mile hike which includes a one mile paved, easy paced walk on our causeway to Savage Island, a 1.3 mile Magnolia Trail loop and 1 mile back to our Visitors Center. Along the way, you will see beautiful scenery along our magical marshes and wooded trail. Don't forget to wear good walking shoes and bring water. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Bees and Butterflies Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a short hike to discover Georgia's many types of bees and butterflies. Maybe we will see some of the more elusive species such as the Question Mark, or Monarch butterfly. Learn what you can do to protect these species and others whose populations are in serious decline. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Basic Archery
4th Sunday of Month 1 PM - 2 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Basic Archery
4th Sunday of Month 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 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.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Swamp Smarts Trivia
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Bring your knowledge of the Okefenokee and the state of Georgia to this fun trivia challenge. Play as a group or an individual and test your swamp smarts. Topics will range from wildlife and nature to history and maybe a few surprise topics. Study up! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you on Billy's Lake for a beautiful Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy the wildlife and changing colors of the sky as the sun drops beneath the horizon. Listen for the sounds of frogs and barred owls echoing across the swamp and keep an eye out for alligators along the waters edge. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Make Your Own Gorget
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy designing and crafting your very own gorget! $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Fall Jr. Ranger Day Camp
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure and learning on this Fall break? This 3-day camp is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 6 - Oct 8 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Call the park office to register. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Learn helpful skills like building a minimalistic shelter and ways to build your campfire. Celebratory marshmallows will be roasted after the demonstrations. Meet at Picnic Shelter 5. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Gourd Decorating
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come enjoy the fall festivities at the park by painting and decorating your own gourd at the Nature Center. We provide all the supplies for this Family Friendly program. $5 per person $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Thanksgiving Archery
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Turkeys and Pumpkins have taken over the Park. Join the Park Ranger as we have fun learning how to shoot a bow and practice target shooting at these holiday treasures. All equipment provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitors center at least one hour before the program or call the office to pre-register. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM 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.
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Introduction to Birdwatching Hike
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike is designed for anyone 12 years or older who is interested in learning more about birds, the important habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. No pets please. Meet at the park's Visitor's Center. No fee but registration is required at 770-732-5871. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays 6 PM - 10 PM 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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Nature Sketching
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Find a nice spot, grab some paper and enjoy the beauty of Etowah Indian Mounds $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Turkey Bingo and Campfire
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family friendly bingo lakeside to win fun prizes and learn about these fabulous birds. Meet at the uncovered tables next to the Fishing Dock on Lake Deleanor. Bring a flashlight or lantern. We will have a campfire and marshmallows. RAIN PLAN NOV !5- MEET AT GROUP SHELTER BELOW THE DAM $3 correct change $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Opt Outside: Colonial Toys and Games
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Choose to spend your Black Friday outside with us playing with toys and games popular in the 1700s. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Visit our blacksmith's shop to learn about their tools and techniques. Our park rangers will be demonstrating how iron is heated and formed. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Night Fort Tour
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger guided tour of the fort and plantation house, as we recount history and tell stories of Georgia's last battle of the Civil War. 912-727-2339.
7 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Ditch the mall and join us for some fresh air and exercise this Black Friday! We will meet at the Area B Boat Ramp, and begin our hike promptly at 10 am. We will complete the 7 mile Yellow Loop Trail. Suitable for ages 12 and older. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
2 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Skip the madness and opt outside! We will meet at the Fishing Area for a guided 2 mile hike along the Orange and Yellow Trail. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Dogs welcome, on a leash. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Thanksgiving Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the changing leaves, and learn some of our native trees. Join the Naturalist on this Guided hike on a 2 mile moderate to strenuous trail. Discover how much fun learning our native trees can be. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post as we will caravan to the location. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Thanksgiving Paddle
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon tour of Lake Rutledge on a kayak/canoe. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek and paddling to the sounds of nature. Meet at the kayak rack (beach area). Bring water and sunscreen. Space is limited, preregister in advance. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Black Friday Opt Outside Obstacle Course
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come to the park office between 9 am and 4 pm and ask for the directions for the obstacle course. This is full of fun, easy activities to get you moving around the park to burn up all those turkey calories. Participants choose which activities to complete, so course can be adjusted to a range of skills and abilities. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Hay Rides and S'Mores
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 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.
Opt Outside Nature Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Don’t get stuck waiting lines for the last item to be sold out, and Opt Outside for Black Friday instead. Come enjoy a leisurely stroll in the woods and learn about the native flora and fauna from our park naturalist. The hike is an easy one mile loop and shows the beauty of fall along Magnolia Lake. Meet at the dock. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Hayrides
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Take an old fashion hayride through the park. $3 - $10 $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us this Black Friday for an awesome hike! We will meet at the park office, and from there continue on a 3 mile hike! Opt Outside is a national campaign we are participating in to get people outdoors rather than in shopping malls! $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Bark in the Park Dog Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 to Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturdays 6 PM - 10 PM 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 AM - 4:30 PM  
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! 770-254-7271.
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Create your own Hiking Stick
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Pick your own bamboo stick and paracord to wrap your stick and decorate it however you want! $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Snowy Owl Craft
Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Holiday Craft - Ornaments
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, 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. Examples include paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflakes, painted wood ornaments and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited to 8, minimum of 4 to make. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Nov 30, 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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Cabin Craft
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
You are invited to join us for Historic Native American Month at Elijah Clark's homestead. Participants will have fun while learning about Native Americans, and create wonderful crafts to take home! A different Historic Craft each Saturday for the whole month of November. $2 to $10 $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Roving Naturalist
Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Turkey Archery Shoot
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stationary, target archery, shooting competition fun. We provide all the equipment. Scored target winners receive prizes. Youth ages 8-12. Adults over 12. Fee per entry. Can enter more than once. Pay and pre-register at Park Office. Park at Fishing Dock in the campground and walk down to new archery field near parking area. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archaeology: Dig through History
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 to Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 - 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come dig through history at our mock archaeology dig site and explore what its like to be an archaeologist. Limited availability and duration due to social distancing requirements. Registration Required and is space limited. Please reserve your spot today. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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Archery Tournament
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Fall is here and that means it's time for an archery tournament! Test your skills with a bow and win awesome prizes. Prior intermediate archery session is recommended. Pre-registration is required by calling the park office before Friday, November 29th. $20 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Farm Animal Fun Days 2020
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Over the years, Hardman Farm has been home to several species of livestock. Come visit and learn about livestock that was kept here on the Farm as we continue our journey of "bringing the farm back to life" and keep the American agricultural experience alive. Grounds Admission $6. Children under 6: Free. Plus tax. 706-878-1077.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 30, 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.
Thanksgiving Archery
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Turkeys and Pumpkins have taken over the Park. Join the Park Ranger as we have fun learning how to shoot a bow and practice target shooting at these holiday treasures. All equipment provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitors center at least one hour before the program or call the office to pre-register. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Archery
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Visitors can sign up for a one hour session of archery. $10 per person! Must be 7 years or older to participate. Must wear closed toe shoes. The time ranges will be from 1-2 PM and then again from 2-3 PM. Space is limited, call the office to register! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Crafting with Claus
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
It is time to get crafty for Christmas. Decorate ornaments with Santa Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as he shares Christmas stories. $2. 706-213-2045.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM 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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Turkey Trot
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come work off your Thanksgiving turkey with a guided hike! This hike will begin at the Visitor’s Center and we will walk approximately 1.3 miles toward the Smithgall Cottages in order to access the Dukes Creeks Falls trailhead. Once at the trailhead, we will walk a 2-mile trail to Dukes Creek Falls. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us to sketch or photograph the New Manchester Mill and the magnificent rapids of Sweetwater creek (up to class IV).. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Off the Beaten Path" Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, two hour moderate hike to an interesting, seldom-visited area of the park. Eight years old minimum. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (boots preferred) are required. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Hayride !
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the park office and enjoy a relaxing ride around the park. Afterwards enjoy the free movie behind the park office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Fantastic Fall Movies !
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
We will be showing a movie in the field behind the office, so bring your blankets or chairs and get ready for some fun. We will have popcorn and refreshments for sale. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM 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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Christmas Trees and Popcorn Strings
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us for a fun afternoon of crafting fun! Decorate your home for the holidays by making your own beautiful Christmas Tree Ornament and Popcorn Garlands. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $1 for each craft $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 1:30 PM to 2:30 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, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
The Lower Bluff: A Snapshot of Georgia History
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our Rangers as we tour back through time and explore the deep history of the Lower Bluff. 912-437-4770.
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The Lower Bluff: A Snapshot of Georgia History
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join one of our Rangers as we tour back through time and explore the deep history of the Lower Bluff. 912-437-4770.
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From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
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. 912-727-2339.
Edible Plant Hike - (age 16 and over)
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
We'll be searching for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and identifying some that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Piedmont Forest Hike
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees and flowers and discuss the animals, reptiles, and birds along the way to a tour of the inside of the New Manchester mill alongside the magnificent rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM 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.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Dec 5, 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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Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Fridays 6 PM - 10 PM 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 Singalong
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Warm yourself by the fire with Good Music and Good Company. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Museum Tour
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Take a tour of our Museum with the Naturalist and learn about the artifacts. $4-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Movie Night at Fort Yargo
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Wear your coziest holiday pajamas and join us for this month’s Friday night movie. The title of this PG holiday movie is being kept a secret, but curious movie enthusiasts can take a guess at the feature’s title through the hints posted on Facebook or call the park office at 770-867-3489. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 6, 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 6, 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: $15, Seniors (62+): $12, Youth (6-17): $10, Children 5 and under: Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $40. 706-878-1077.
40th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
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Christmas Movie Night
Friday, Dec 6, 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 6, 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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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Saturdays 6 PM - 10 PM 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 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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Winter Craft
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 12 PM to 1 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Low-Tide Paddle
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us on a three-hour kayak adventure through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. We'll spend an hour exploring a sand bar before paddling the tide back in to our dock. Space is limited to 8. Minimum of 4 for trip to make. $35 single; $45 tandem; $25 if you bring your own kayak. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Holiday Craft - Ornaments
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, 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. Examples include paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflakes, painted wood ornaments and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited to 8, minimum of 4 to make. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Escape the Gold Museum: Santa's Missing List
Saturday, Dec 7, 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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Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Start the holiday season creating a Christmas Wreath. Join us as we provide the vine, ribbons, flowers and Christmas decorations to make a wreath that will brighten your home & holiday season. Meet @ Picnic Shelter by Putt-Putt Course. $15 per wreath $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Archery
Saturday, Dec 7, 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. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wanted to be a treasure hunter? With the help of a Ranger, use coordinates to locate a treasure box. The fun is in tracking down your treasure. Once you've found it, if there's something you would like to take home, be sure to leave an item in the box to take its place. Meet @ Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Campfire Singalong
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Warm yourself by the fire with Good Music and Good Company. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 7, 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.
Winter Trail Ramble
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association guides for a winter woodland excursion, 6.9 moderate to strenuous miles along Longleaf Loop Trail.. Meet at the Park Office large parking lot. Bring water and snacks, Dress for the weather. Geared towards ages 12 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reindeer Ride
Saturday, Dec 7, 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 7, 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.
Chat with a Chandler
Saturday, Dec 7, 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.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to candle making. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. $5. 912-884-5999.
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Winter in the Woods Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy a guided hike along the Yellow/Blue trail around the lake. Pause to listen for bird calls, look for signs of wildlife, and practice your winter tree ID. This is a moderate hike through the surrounding woods and along the lakeside. Please wear appropriate hiking attire (including comfortable hiking shoes) and bring water. Meet at Area B $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Winter Crafts
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Create your own Fort Yargo decorative ornament and design an ugly sweater. This craft involves Georgia red clay so please be prepared to get a little dirty. Meet at the Interpretative Center (old Visitors Center). $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Selfies with Santa
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA
The friends of Hamburg will host an evening with Santa at the Hamburg Mill. Cookies, hot chocolate and a craft will be included $3 plus $5 parking. 478-552-2393.
Coffee With the Ranger
Saturday, Dec 7, 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. Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
All along the Brantley Trail there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail brochure and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wagon Rides and Hot Cocoa
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 4 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join in on the holiday activities. We will have the trailer decorated with lights and ornaments while taking a wagon ride through the park. Warm up with hot coca before the ride. Rides start every 30 min from the Trading Post/Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Dec 7, 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: $15, Seniors (62+): $12, Youth (6-17): $10, Children 5 and under: Free, Family Rate (2 adults+children): $40. 706-878-1077.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 8:30 AM to 5 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Hikes, crafts, games and environmental programs are included in this day camp for children ages 5-15. Participants will work toward earning their new site specific Jr. Ranger badge. Please bring a lunch and water bottle. Space is limited, please register in advance. Activities change monthly. $30 per child. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
40th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 6 PM to 9 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
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Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 7, 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 at The Park
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 5 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. Also a special visit from Santa Clause from 7-8pm. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Snowman Archery
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Whether you have experience shooting a bow and arrow or not this archery program is fun for anyone over the age of 6. Participants will take their shot at snowmen and other festive characters in this fun archery program. This is sure to be fun for the whole family. Pre-registration preferred. Space is limited. $10 per person $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Make Your Own Stocking
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
This time of year would not be the same without stockings hanging here, there and everywhere. Come join us in the festivities. We are making our own Christmas stockings. Will will provide the materials and all decorations you want to add on to your stocking. $5 per person $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Christmas Cards for Soldiers
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 4 PM to 4:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Give thanks to our military soldiers who can't make it home for the holidays by making your own Christmas card. We provide the supplies and some creative ideas, you bring your well-wishes and holiday cheer. The cards will then be mailed for you to soldiers in need. free with park pass $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Hayrides and Caroling
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join in on the holiday activities. We will have the trailer decorated with lights, ornaments and holiday characters while taking a hayride through the park. Join us as we sing Jingle Bells, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and other songs of this joyous season. $3 per person or $10 for a family of 4 $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for yuletide celebrations in pioneer style! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, so be sure to bring your camera and cheer. We will have holiday crafts, pioneer toys and games, live music, and more! Access to the cabin requires a short walk on a paved trail. Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Volunteers are being sought to clean up/clear an existing trail. Equipment will be provided. Come prepared to be in the woods with long pants & boots to hike the trail. Come for an hour or make a day of it. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Guided Tour of Roosevelt's Little White House
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 11 AM 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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Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
FDR portrayer James Fowler will recite the "Day of Infamy" speech declaring that a state of war exists sending the United States into WWII. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. US Signal Corps Pearl Harbor exhibit. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
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History Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a guided hike along the 3-mile Big Ferry Trail and hear about some of the island's history from ancient giant ground sloths to moonshine stills. Meet at the Big Ferry trailhead. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bug spray. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Marsh Hike Along the Sandpiper
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a guided hike along the Sandpiper Trail and learn about the marsh and the creatures that call it home. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you on Billy's Lake for a beautiful Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy the wildlife and changing colors of the sky as the sun drops beneath the horizon. Listen for the sounds of frogs and barred owls echoing across the swamp and keep an eye out for alligators along the waters edge. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Capturing the Beauty of Sweetwater
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This mile long, moderate hike will take us to sketch or photograph the New Manchester Mill and the magnificent rapids of Sweetwater creek (up to class IV).. Please bring your sketchpad and camera. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Children's Nature Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Christmas at the Inn
Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM until 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.
Hayride !
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the Park Office and have a ranger lead park tour. Be sure to bring your jackets to stay warm. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Meteor Shower Campfire
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the campground fire ring as we roast marshmallows and watch the stars for meteors. Please dress for the weather. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas comes to Liberty Hall
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 11 AM to 4 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Enjoy a tour of the house, create a craft, and listen to the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of A.H. Stephens State Park. Each guest will also receive a free gift. $4 - $8.00 706-456-2602.
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Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
Sundays 6 PM - 10 PM 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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Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Dec 8, 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, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Reindeer Ride
Sunday, Dec 8, 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.
Magnolia Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Walk with our naturalist on our Magnolia Trail and observe salt marshes, Red Bird Creek, and a fresh water pond. The entire hike will be about 3 miles long. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6ft leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Civil War Candle Making
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our living historians for a demonstration on 19th century candle making. Try your hand at making your own candle. 912-727-2339.
Bug Hunt
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Calling all future entomologists and insect enthusiasts! Join a ranger on the Big Ferry trail for a bug hunt. The hike meets at the Big Ferry Trail head at noon. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Piedmont Forest Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join a park ranger for a hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest as we identify the trees and flowers and discuss the animals, reptiles, and birds along the way to a tour of the inside of the New Manchester mill alongside the magnificent rapids of Sweetwater Creek. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack's Branch area and the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Historic New Manchester Mill Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

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 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.
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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 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. Meet at the Visitors Center for a 2 mile hike. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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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 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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