Events starting 2/20/2021

Many events have been postponed or rescheduled. Only current active events will remain on the calendar. Please contact the park for more information.


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Are you afraid of snakes? Have you ever seen a live gopher tortoise? Come meet the reptiles at Magnolia Springs. Learn why snakes aren't really scary at all and why reptiles are such an important part of our natural world. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Awesome Opossums
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Did you know that opossums rarely ever contract the rabies virus? Learn why and many other facts at our fun Awesome Opossum program! You must register to attend this program by calling the park office at (706) 541-0321. Meet at the nature center, next to the park office. The cost to attend the event is $2 per person, ages 3 and under are free. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Archery
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 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 at 706-541-0321 to register! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 12 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
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, space is limited to 9 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Space is limited. Sign up at Redtopmountain.eventbrite.com. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Soaring at Sweetwater Birds of Prey Program
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Blue Ridge Raptors for an afternoon of birds of prey. You will be introduced to 7 native Georgia raptors and learn about the adaptations they use to survive and thrive (Live animals). This event is fun for all ages. $10 per person. Meet at the visitor's center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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DIY Dog Treats
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come to the campground pavilion and create some delicious dog treats for your furry friend. Reservation must be made in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Ranger-Led Nature Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Explore and experience new areas about General Coffee that you may have overlooked, all while getting some fresh air and some good exercise. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 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.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
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, space is limited to 9 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Space is limited. Sign up at Redtopmountain.eventbrite.com. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Feb 22, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Full Moons at the Park
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Homeschool: Symbiotic Relationships
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Did you know that alligators will allow birds to fly into their mouths and clean them? Learn why and other fun forms of symbiotic relationships at our monthly homeschool program. The cost is $5 per student and parent (excluding ages 3 and under). Space is limited, call the office at (706) 541-0321 to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Ranger Talk: Winter Birds
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us at the stone amphitheater for a 30 min ranger-led talk on our wintery musical friends. Display table following talk. Limited seating; preregistration required. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Learn how to start a campfire without matches and enjoy an evening of swapping stories. BYOS: Bring Your Own Smore's (marshmallows, smore's, sticks). Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Hike
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Movie Night
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Learn to Make a Bull Roarer Instrument
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Learn how to make this musical instrument and tool that has been used all around the world since the Paleolithic period. Pre-registration is required. $4-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Arbor Day month with your very own painted tree pendant or ornament! Preregistration required. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bridal Expo & Open House
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 12 PM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Tour our Lake Franklin Event Center as local vendors have tables set up to talk about their services. For details, call (706) 489-8948 or email at fdrweddings@gmail.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Outside Park Office. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
A Living Historian portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. There will be musket firings throughout the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Pondapalooza
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for a hike around our farm pond and a short study on life in the water. Get down and dirty with some cool critter's that lurk in the water. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Here is your chance to try a little archery and learn how to use a compass. All equipment provided and sanitized. Program geared towards visitors 10 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration required. Attendance limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Early Bloomers! - Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist to scour the trail looking for early bloomers! We’ll be looking especially for trout lily, common blue violet, and bloodroot to kick off the wildflower season! This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Feb 27, 2021 
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Stop by our museum to check out Indian Springs through the years! Starting with the Muskogee-Creeks and stretching through the resort eras to modern day, take in the whole story from inside the historic CCC-constructed building. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Birthday Party for Laura Walker
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
You are invited to a birthday party for the namesake of Laura S. Walker State Park. Limited to 25 people, minimum of 4; register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 26 $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Winter Wonderland
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come discover how to make a cool penguin craft, learn how to make play snow, and then play in the snow with your new penguin friend. Limited to 8 people, minimum of 4; register at the Visitors Center by noon, February 26. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Full Moons at the Park
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come take a guided tour through the historical Camp Lawton civil war prison sites. Take a walk back in time and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 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
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
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 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Iron Pour: Valentine's Special
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 3 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch as rangers and volunteers melt iron and pour it into scratch blocks and molds. You can now reserve a scratch block with Eventbrite. Reservations are SOLD OUT. Please read the description on Eventbrite carefully before reserving a block. Pour begins 6PM. When event reaches capacity, scratch blocks will no longer be sold. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Witch's Head Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
This is a strenuous hike with activities included hiking down steep embankments and jumping from rock to rock. The Witch's Head is a rock formation named in the 1800s. Distance 1.5 miles last about 2.5 hours. Participation is limited to the first 15 people to register. Children must be 10 or older. No pets. Bring a picnic lunch. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Polar Bear Bookmark
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion as we create the perfect book buddy and enjoy delicious hot chocolate. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles- Tricentennial Speakers Series Part 2
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Fort King George is turning 300! To celebrate, please join us each month in 2021 for our free speaker series. Each presentation will focus on a different aspect of our local history. This month's program will feature Dr. Patrick Holladay and Amy Lotson Roberts, authors of "Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles". 912-437-4770.
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Seven mile Hike at HLC
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 7 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey. Water, and a light lunch or snacks are suggested. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
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 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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History and Nature Hike to the Ruins
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-Registration required. Limited capacity. Learn about the natural history of the park and the history of the New Manchester Mill on a .5 mile hike, culminating in a tour of the mill ruins. This interpretive ranger led program is open to all ages. Call 770-732-5871 to register. $5 per person. Wear decent hiking shoes and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, March 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from Mar 1, 2021 until Nov 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Our photo contest is sponsored by Friends of Crooked River State Park to promote awareness of the intrinsic values of our coastal treasures. All photos must be taken inside Crooked River State Park. Entries must be submitted as an attached digital file to FriendsofCrookedRiver@gmail.com by November 30. Top prize is $100. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Homeschool In The Park: Be a Wildlife Forensic Detective
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Learn how to identify animal tracks and other signs, then use that knowledge to investigate an animal "crime scene" as a wildlife forensic detective. Location disclosed upon registration. Must pre-register. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly homeschool program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month at 9am and 2pm. 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 as advanced registration is required. Limited to 12 students. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Bird Bingo
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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History of Indian Springs
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come learn about the fascinating history of Indian Springs! From early use by the Creeks thru the resort eras and the CCC construction, learn about more than 200 years of Park history. We’ll also be taking a short hike around the park to view some of our historical structures. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Stories and S'mores
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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History Hike
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Deal Out The Fun Family-Friendly Bike Ride
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Friends of Crooked River mild bicycle ride event, with five sponsored stops throughout the Park. Experience our Nature Center, Bird Blind, Sempervirens Trail, Campground to the Storybook Trail. Riders will "receive" a playing card at each stop, and at the end of the ride, the best hand will get a $100 cash prize. Individual$ 25.00 Couples or Family up to 4 (parent/children under 17) $ 40.00 Additional Family (parent/children under 17) (No additional score card) $ 5.00 $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the Park Office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and check-lists available but limited. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
One Fish Two Fish
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9:30 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and fish with a ranger. Seussian craft & games included. Ages 4-15 do not need a fishing license. Adults may go online to www.gooutdoorsga.com to purchase license. Bring own gear and worm bait if you have it. We have limited loaner poles and cut hot dog bait. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Nature Craft
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own caterpillar and butterfly out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new, let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lucky Clover Archery
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 11 AM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Are you feeling lucky? Join us for a special archery target shooting where you can shoot clovers and get candy. For ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment or you may bring your own. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Pre-registration required. Meet at archery course below dam in the campground. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Oh The Places You'll Go Hike
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 1 PM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a hike to Cascade Falls (4 miles total). Moderate difficulty; geared towards ages 8 and up. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Any questions, please call the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
A Living Historian portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. There will be musket firings throughout the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Here is your chance to try a little archery and learn how to use a compass. All equipment provided and sanitized. Program geared towards visitors 10 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration required. Attendance limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Mar 6, 2021 until Mar 27, 2021 
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Stop by our museum to check out Indian Springs through the years! Starting with the Muskogee-Creeks and stretching through the resort eras to modern day, take in the whole story from inside the historic CCC-constructed building. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Pot of Gold Archery Games
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Can you catch the leprechaun with his pot 'o gold? Or spot the four leaf clover in the patch? Have fun playing Irish themed-games, test your archery skills, and your lucky clover in this green and gold filled archery event. Make sure to wear green! Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Meet the reptiles found in and around Mistletoe State Park! This program will feature a short talk, live animals, and a trip to our nature center. The cost is only $3 per person- Ages 3 and under are free. Space is limited, to register call the park office at (706) 541-0321. We will be meeting at the park office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Archery
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 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 at 706-541-0321 to register! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9 AM to 12 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.
Citizen Science
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Stratigraphy of Providence Canyon Hike
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Join R. Scott Harris, Planetary Geologist at Fernbank Science Center, along for a hike into the canyons. We will be discussing the effects of asteroid impacts on the ancient Georgia coast along with other interesting parts of the canyon. Pre-registration for this event is REQUIRED. Please call 229-838-4244 to register. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
History Hike
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
DIY Nature Journal
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come to the campground pavilion and create your own nature journal. Afterwards fill your new book as we go on a ½ mile hike down Victoria's Path. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 7, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 7, 2021 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.
History Hike
Sunday, Mar 7, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Monday, Mar 8, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Here is your chance to try a little archery and learn how to use a compass. All equipment provided and sanitized. Program geared towards visitors 10 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration required. Attendance limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly homeschool program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month at 9am and 2pm. 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 as advanced registration is required. Limited to 12 students. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Thursday, Mar 11, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Girl Scouts Day Hike
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 4 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike to Odie Overlook in commemoration of the first Girl Scout troop formation in 1912 over in Savannah, Georgia. Discover plants, animals and learn about the human history of the park and Georgia in your scout vests. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Bingo
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Movie Night
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Astronomy with Fernbank
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Limited capacity. See Sweetwater Under the Stars with Fernbank Astronomer Mark Lancaster! This will be an introductory astronomy program looking at notable celestial events and points in the night sky. Meet at the reservoir/bait shop parking lot. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the Park Office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and check-lists available but limited. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Nature Craft
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own caterpillar and butterfly out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new, let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Geocashing Coinapaloosa IV and Campapaloosa
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 11 AM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geochachers, novice and pro, meet up for a unique coin swap followed by a campout. Social distancing and other safety measures will be taken per CDC guidelines. Times, registration and cost on www.geocaching.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lucky Clover Archery
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 11 AM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Are you feeling lucky? Join us for a special archery target shooting where you can shoot clovers and get candy. For ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment or you may bring your own. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Pre-registration required. Meet at archery course below dam in the campground. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fanny Pack Hike
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
It's International Fanny Pack Day! Wear your best fanny pack full of snacks or other hiking essentials for this 4.3 mile ranger-led hike along Dowdell's Knob Loop. Pack a picnic dinner to eat at the Knob afterwards. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
A Living Historian portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. There will be musket firings throughout the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Equestrian Workday
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and help give back to the park; by volunteering to help maintain and improve the equestrian facilities. Volunteers should bring various tools. Please sign up in advance by calling the park office. Snacks, drinks, and other materials will be provided to those who register. Social distancing will be required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Afternoon Hike and Build a Fire
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore the flora and fauna surrounding Brantley trail on this ranger led hike. This is an easy to moderate hike along a 1 mile dirt trail. After the hike, learn how to build a fire without matches. Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. Call to pre-register in advance. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Mar 13, 2021 until Mar 27, 2021 
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Stop by our museum to check out Indian Springs through the years! Starting with the Muskogee-Creeks and stretching through the resort eras to modern day, take in the whole story from inside the historic CCC-constructed building. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Let's Build a Kite
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Celebrate "The Windy Month" by building a kite with a Park Ranger. Limited to 10 participants, minimum of 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon, March 12. Social distancing required. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come take a guided tour through the historical Camp Lawton civil war prison sites. Take a walk back in time and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
St. Patrick's Day Craft
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come learn why we celebrate this day and the significance of the shamrock while making a festive craft to help you honor St. Patrick and Irish culture. Preregistration and social distancing are required. Program is weather permitting. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Mistletoe 5K
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come compete in Mistletoe's annual trail 5K! This course will go through multiple trails throughout the park. The cost is $20 per person. Register at https://www.active.com/appling-ga/running/races/mistletoe-5k-2021 $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 12 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Citizen Science
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
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 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Shamrock Photo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your camera to the park office to join in on the park wide scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded! $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 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
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
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 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monday, March 15, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Monday, Mar 15, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Thursday, Mar 18, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Thursday, Mar 18, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Here is your chance to try a little archery and learn how to use a compass. All equipment provided and sanitized. Program geared towards visitors 10 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration required. Attendance limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Friday, March 19, 2021

Bird Bingo
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Thaw Kayak
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for an afternoon kayak tour as we say farewell to Winter and welcome Spring. Limited to 8 participants, minimum of 4, ages 12 and up; must be able to swim. Those 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent. Register at Visitor Center by noon, March 18. $25 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the Park Office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and check-lists available but limited. Preregistration required. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Nature Craft
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own caterpillar and butterfly out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new, let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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