Upcoming Events

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 6, 2021

Archery
Saturday, Feb 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, Feb 6, 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
Saturday, Feb 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.
History Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 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.
Cupid's Archery
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the archery range for a beginners lesson in archery. Reservations must be made in advance please call the park office at (706)-245-6270 for availability $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Sunday, Feb 7, 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, Feb 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, Feb 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, Feb 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.
History Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Feb 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, February 11, 2021

Astronomy at the Park
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us as we make a planisphere/star wheel to observe planets, constellations, and stars. Ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit: 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon, January 13. (912)287-4900 $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, February 12, 2021

Homeschool At The Farm: Animals In Winter
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Learn how animals survive during the cold winter months in this tactile lab (furs, blubber, and ice, oh my!). Must pre-register. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). $8. 706-663-4858.
Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Feb 12, 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.
Movie Night
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 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. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Date Night on the Park
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for a new way to spend Valentines together? Then come on out to Mistletoe's Date Night on the Park! You will get the chance to learn new skills like primitive fire building, archery, and more! This event is 18+ only. Space is limited, call the park office at (706) 541-0321 to register. The cost to register is $20 per couple. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
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.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 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.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 13, 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.
Broken Hearts Archery
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Flying solo on Valentines Day? Join us for a special archery target shooting the day before where you can shoot hearts and get candy. For ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Preregistration required. Meet at archery course below dam. Park at boat dock. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 13, 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.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Feb 13, 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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Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we will build a campfire without matches. Couples, singles and families welcome. All equipment for archery provided, no experience necessary. BYOS (bring your own smore's) for the campfire. Call the park office to register in advance, limited to 10 participants. Cottage guests free. $10. Free of charge to cottage guests. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Geocaching 101
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join members of the Georgia Geocachers Association for an introduction to geocaching where you will learn the basics. Please have a geocaching app loaded onto your phone prior to the event because WiFi is not available in the area. This program is pre-registration only and limited to 15 people. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Gourd Rattles
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join Ben Kirkland in Group Shelter 2 as you make a gourd rattle to take home using primitive tools. Space limited to 15 participants, so register in advance by calling the park office. Social distancing required. $20 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Create Your Own Valentine
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Free your creative spirit. It's the thought that counts and your personal touch enriches the thought. Three opportunities: 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Limited to 10 people for each time period. Register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 12. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Movie Night
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 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. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Paddle with your Valentine
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring your sweetie, bring a friend or come solo and make new friends while enjoying nature and viewing wildlife on this 1-hour paddle around our 28-acre lake. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required and social distancing is mandatory. Program is weather permitting. $10/$25/$35 $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Feb 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.
Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and relax by a campfire. Space is limited to only 6 couples. Call to reserve spots at 770-389-7801. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Iron Pour: Valentine's Special
Saturday, Feb 13, 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 start on Feb. 6th. Please read the description on Eventbrite carefully before reserving a block. Non-reservation scratch blocks go on sale at 3 PM at the Visitor Center. Pour begins 6PM. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Sweet Heart String Art
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the campground pavilion to create the perfect gift just in time for Valentines day. Reservation must be made in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Presidents' Day Picnic
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 12 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your picnic fare and enjoy a revisit to Dowdell’s Knob one of FDR’s favorite sites to visit. Sweeping valley views and great company will complement our park staff as we chat about the parks human and natural history. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob Overlook. Social distancing observed. No restrooms at the site. Dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Morning Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an informative hike through nature and uncover the unique wildlife in the area. We will be hiking the Brantley Trail. This will be a 1 mile moderate hike. Please bring hiking shoes and water. Call in advance to pre-register. Limited to 10 hikers. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we will build a campfire without matches. Couples, singles and families welcome. All equipment for archery provided, no experience necessary. BYOS (bring your own smore's) for the campfire. Call the park office to register in advance, limited to 10 participants. Cottage guests free. $10. Free of charge to cottage guests. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 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.
Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and relax by a campfire. Space is limited to only 6 couples. Call to reserve spots at 770-389-7801. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Arbor Day Adventure Walk
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 4 PM to 5:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 1-mile evening woodland ramble to learn fascinating facts about trees and everything else along the trail. Bring a flashlight just in case. Preregistration required. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stories and S'mores
Friday, Feb 19, 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 told by one of the region's leading authorities. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register and purchase S'mores kits at the Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 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, Feb 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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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Friday, Feb 19, 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. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 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.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 20, 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.
Georgia's Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Free Tree Seedling Give-a-way! Test your tree IQ and take a seedling home. Park Office on Hwy 190. One free Oak seedling per family. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 20, 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.
Morning Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an informative hike through nature and uncover the unique wildlife in the area. We will be hiking the Brantley Trail. This will be a 1 mile moderate hike. Please bring hiking shoes and water. Call in advance to pre-register. Limited to 10 hikers. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 12 PM to 2 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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Armadillos in the Park
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come hear our Animal Specialist teach us about that armor-plated invasive creature that tears up our lawns. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4; register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 19. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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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 told by one of the region's leading authorities. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register and purchase S'mores kits at the Visitor Center 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 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. 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. $20 per person. Meet at the visitor's center. $20 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

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. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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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Friday, February 26, 2021

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.
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.
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 to15 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. $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

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.
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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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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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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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

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.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

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

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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Saturday, March 6, 2021

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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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.
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.
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.

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.

Friday, March 12, 2021

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

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.
St. Patrick's Day Craft
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 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.
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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Friday, March 19, 2021

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

Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Saturday, Mar 20, 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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CCC Exploration of Kolomoki Mounds
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join historian guest speaker John Croom at the Group Camp Dining Hall as he explains the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the work they did at Kolomoki during early development of the park. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Wood Pallet Easter Bunny
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring your imagination and your creativity as we turn wood pellets into adorable Easter bunnies for the house, your yard or campsite. These wood bunnies are sure to be a hit with young and old. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 20, 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.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Mar 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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Birding with Georgia Audubon
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Limited capacity. *Per Georgia Audubon Policy, masks required for this program.* Join Georgia Audubon for a general birding program at Sweetwater Creek State Park! We will be viewing migratory birds and year-round residents. Meet at the visitor's center. $5 per person. Call the visitor's center to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Spring Archery
Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come try your hand at this beginners archery lesson, and put your new found skills to the test. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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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Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Friday, March 26, 2021

Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 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, Mar 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, March 27, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Saturday, Mar 27, 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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Afternoon Paddle
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this ranger-guided tour. We will scan the sky and woods for wildlife. The ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Spring Into Easter
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Celebrate Easter at the spring with activities that include an Easter craft, Easter games and bunny hop hike. Each participant will receive Easter treats and trinkets. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $10 per child $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 27, 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.
Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 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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Bird Feeder
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Learn how to attract birds to your backyard and make a craft . Come to the nature center behind the park office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Moonlight Movies
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your chair to the park office to watch a movie under the stars! Call the park office to learn what we will be watching 706-245-6270. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Kayaking 101
Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Learn the basic movements of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Rutledge. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided and sanitized. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 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.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 28, 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 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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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Apr 1, 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.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

36th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Touch-a-Truck
Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 11 AM to 2 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Come meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy hunting over 2000 hidden Easter eggs. Explore and touch an assortment of emergency vehicles including a firetruck, police car, and ambulance. This event is in our Day Use area and is suitable for all ages. The egg hunt begins at 1:00PM sharp! $5 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Spring Into Easter
Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Celebrate Easter at the spring with activities that include an Easter craft, Easter games and bunny hop hike. Each participant will receive Easter treats and trinkets. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $10 per child $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Egg-citing Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Must Register in advance. Call 770-389-7801 to register. $3/child. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Junior Ranger Spring Break Camp
Monday, Apr 5, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
April 5th-9th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Children ages 6-15 Get outdoors, learn, and have fun! Space is limited please call the park office at (706-245-6270) to sign up. $100 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Apr 7, 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, April 9, 2021

Black Rock Mountain State Park Family Camp
8 AM - 9 PM from Apr 9, 2021 until Apr 11, 2021 
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Enjoy a weekend away with your family participating in activities such as Wilderness Survival, Fire building, Kayaking, and Hiking. Families can attend field trips to other state parks and to the well known Foxfire Museum. Finish the weekend out, with a scavenger hunt competing against other families. All ages welcome. Registration is Required. $45 per adult; $25 per child ages 3-17; under 3 free $5 parking. 706-746-2441.
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