Events starting 4/28/2019


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Solar System Road Trip
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Scale down the Solar System and take a stroll from planet to planet with a ranger. Learn about our neighbor planets and gain a sense of just how large the Solar System actually is! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Ranger-led Lake Paddle
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Jail Break at the Gorge
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Drop by and walk through the historic Old Jail House at the park and view historic photos to get a glimpse of what life was like during the Victorian Era. No registration necessary. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Sorting Science
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Did you know science doesn’t always involve math and chemicals? Some scientists specialize in sorting creatures into categories. Become a sorting scientist and create your own way of grouping animals in this hands-on program! Ideal for young learners. Meet at Possum Hollow at 3pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Great Migrations
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Have you ever heard of a migration? Millions of animals travel thousands of miles each year. Why do they do it? Our ranger explains it all with a picture book. Meet at Possum Hollow at 4pm. This activity ends before dinner. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Roving Naturalist
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Our Naturalist will be roving the park with interesting pieces of history and nature to share with the guests $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Learn and practice American Sign Language with a Ranger! We will meet at the Iron Hill Trail for a leisurely walk as we use ASL signs for the things we discover. This is a leisurely 1.5 mile walk. Event is free. Parking pass is required for every vehicle. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM until May 29, 2019 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Homeschoolers will be offered an educational opportunity to learn about President Roosevelt, Warm Springs, The Great Depression, WWII and more, through a presentation in the Theater. Programs run approx. 1 hour. Class times are 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Pre Registration is required and select from subjects below. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

7th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
11 AM - 9 PM until May 4, 2019 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $42.00 - $93.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
Parks After Dark 
Roving Naturalist
Thursday, May 2, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Our Naturalist will be roving the park with interesting pieces of history and nature to share with the guests $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, May 2, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Homeschoolers! Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly home school program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month. Designed for children ages 6-12 to introduce them to a variety of nature-themed topics. Cost is $8/child. Call 770-389-7801 to register. Space is limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, May 3, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
7th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
11 AM - 9 PM until May 4, 2019 
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $42.00 - $93.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
Parks After Dark 
Ask the Naturalist
Friday, May 3, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Ask the Naturalist about the location, history, or wildlife at Etowah $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Sunset Boat Tour
Friday, May 3, 2019 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
End your week on the beautiful 80 acre Lake Kolomoki. Prop your feet us as we set sail into the sunset. Time slots run every 30 minutes starting at 6 pm. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Camp Cooking Techniques
Friday, May 3, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to convert a #10 food can into a camp stove. $5 person $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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S'mores N' More - Stargazing
Friday, May 3, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join a park ranger at the lake amphitheater for a yummy s'mores campfire and then, once it's dark enough, we'll do an astronomy tour. Look through our telescope as you learn all about constellations, and maybe see the moon craters or deep space objects like far away galaxies and nebulas. Weather dependent event. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Twilight Lake Paddle
Friday, May 3, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle the lake watching for wading birds like Great Blue Herons and raptors like Bald Eagles and Ospreys while enjoying the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reserve. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Water Cycle Scramble
Friday, May 3, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
You’ve probably heard of the water cycle, but you might not know that it isn't really a circle. Make a one-of-a-kind journey bracelet in this hands-on game—bring tennis shoes! Ball Field, 4pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
What's Wild
Friday, May 3, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
In this game, young children compare the lives of a wild and tame animal, then sort them into categories. Perfect for kids grades 2 and under. Meet at the Picnic Tables across from Group Shelter 1 at 2pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4:30 PM until May 25, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Eye-Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8 PM to 10 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Star Parties are conducted by the Barnard Astronomical Society and sponsored by the Friends of Cloudland Canyon. Come see the wonders of the night sky through our telescopes. If there is a possibility of rain, please call 941-544-3420 after 6 pm the day of the event. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Parks After Dark 
Birding at the Rookery
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
See the hundreds of birds that nest here each spring including wood storks, herons, egrets, anhinga, ibis, roseate spoonbills and more. Professional scopes set up on site and binoculars provided to allow an up close view of the islands, nesting behaviors, fledglings and the hungry alligators lurking beneath. Space Limited. Preregistration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
High Tide Paddle
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us on this intermediate to advanced three hour guided kayak tour along crooked river waterways while viewing wildlife and open scenic views. Experienced Paddlers only. $25 BYOK; $35 single; $45 tandem $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms: Facts and Fiction
Saturday, May 4, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Special guest Arleen Bessette will be teaching us how to identify common edibles found in the area, how to discern their poisonous lookalikes, and various cooking techniques in this must see program. Space is limited. Preregistration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Saturday, May 4, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
7th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
11 AM - 9 PM  
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Little Roy and Lizzy return to Elijah Clark with some of the country's best Bluegrass performers. Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy the food and craft vendors. $42.00 - $93.00 $5 parking. 706-864-7203.
Parks After Dark 
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day at Etowah Mounds
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrate Archaeology Month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day to help you understand how archaeology works and why it's important.. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes and ribbon awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bluebirds and Butterflies
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Help us monitor our bluebird nest boxes and check on our butterfly garden. There is a short walk to five bluebird boxes and our demonstration pollinator garden. We will talk briefly on what it takes to attract both bluebirds and butterflies to your yard. Handouts provided. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 2:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
May the fourth be with you! Wear your favorite Star Wars attire while we hike through mountain laurel blossoms and more. Bring your camera and wildflower guide for the ramble to Cascade Falls. This is a moderate 4.2 mile in and out hike. Begin at the WJSP tower near Warm Springs. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery Shoot
Saturday, May 4, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
This stationary target shooting adventure is for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction, equipment and unique shooting opportunities. Pay and pre-register at Park Office or bring correct change to the site. Park at the Fishing Dock next to Lake Deleanor and walk down to the range. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Intro to Paddling
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Intro to Paddling is a great opportunity for paddling beginners to get more comfortable in a kayak or canoe on tidal waters. Join our guides for a fun and safe time in Black Island Creek. Registration is required. $30-35. 912-437-4770.
Cane Pole Fishing
Saturday, May 4, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
See what you can catch in the lake. Poles and bait provided. Children under 16 do not need a license. Please Register at the Visitor Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Yargo Trail Crew - Trail Work Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Yargo Trail Crew (YTC) for a day of improving the mountain bike trails. Bring water, work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear. No open-toed shoes. Meet at the Visitors Center. Volunteers must register through the YTC site link. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
National Wildfire Preparedness Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Celebrate National Wildfire Preparedness Day at the new Fort Yargo visitors center with the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Winder Fire department. Learn more about how to keep your home and property safe from wildfires and visit with Smokey the Bear! $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Celebrate National Archery Day Tournament
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
Come join us for our Archery Tournament for all ages and skill levels! Prizes for winners and runner ups. Bring your own bow or rent one for $15 for the day. T-Shirts for all entries who pre-register before April 20th. Entree Fee is $20 which includes all fees excluding parking which is $5. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Glow Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:45 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
Purchase glow in the dark necklaces in the Visitor's Center! Join us for a journey through the dark forest in an array of colorful light! Our hay wagon will pick you up at the Campground Activities Shelter at 8:45pm and then at the Visitor's Center at 9:00pm then off on our hike! $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Bird Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 11 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us in celebration of our feathered friends and learn all about Georgia's native and migratory birds. Create pine cone bird feeders, paper plate masks, and try your hand at creating a nest of your very own! Programs run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm followed by an Intro to Birding Hike at 2:30 pm. Meet at Picnic Shelter 4. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Glow Mini Golf Latin Night
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Show off your salsa moves for this glow in the dark, Cinco de Mayo themed mini golf night. Groove through the course to Latin music. The park will provide glow-in-the-dark accessories. Call to register in advance. Pay with cash only the night of the event. $3 cash only $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Fishing Technologies
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Learn how the Native Americans used different fishing techniques to catch food and other uses at the site. Meet at the interpretive hut outside the visitor center. This program is great for all ages. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Camping Preparedness Overnight Class Pioneer Campground
Sunday, May 5, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 4 PM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Attention: Pre-Registration is required Staff and volunteer partners Georgia Family Outdoors will host an overnight camping trip to our pioneer campground. Participants will be limited to 25 people, ages 8 and up and must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must have their own tent and sleeping bag. $10 per person $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Parks After Dark 
Special Spring Kayaking Trip
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
For the first time ever we will be guiding a kayak trip on the Magnolia Springs itself. Get a chance to see the crystal clear waters from a unique vantage point as you float along, and even peek inside the mouth of the spring. Very limited space so pre-registration is required. $25 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Foraging for edible plants has been around as long as people have walked the earth. Come learn about wild edible plants from our Park Naturalist on this easy 1-mile hike along the beautiful Beaver Trail. Wear good walking shoes and bring plenty of water. Weather dependent event. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Tortoise Tails
Saturday, May 4, 2019 3 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come meet Mercedes and Koopa Troopa our adorable animal ambassadors for Magnolia Springs State Park. Gopher Tortoises play an important role in our native ecosystem and are Georgia's official state reptile. You're welcome to bring leafy greens or fruit to donate and watch them eat it while you learn all about what makes Gopher Tortoises so special. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, May 4, 2019 5 PM to 6 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 as you cool off in the museum and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here, and maybe get a chance to see a confederate guard fire his rifle-musket. Museum entry fees are included. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
May the 4th be with you Archery
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Participants will get the chance to shoot at Star-Wars themed targets and learn the skills of archery! We will be meeting at the office for this event. Must be 7 years or older to participate. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
We will be hiking one of Mistletoe’s popular trails! This guided hike is free but a $5 park pass is required. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
New Echota Trades Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Enjoy the sounds, taste and smells of yesteryear. Tours of historic buildings will be available and demonstrations of life skills common at the time of the Trail of Tears will be demonstrated. Park rangers, a visiting Cherokee artist and Friends of New Echota volunteers will bring the early 19th century Cherokee Nation capital alive again. $5.5-$7 706-624-1321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 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.
Naturalist Walk
Saturday, May 4, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA
Join a ranger on a guided naturalist hike into the canyon and learn about the history of the canyon, the plants and animals seen on the canyon floor, and the various geologic formations that make Providence Canyon such a special place. Reservations are not required to attend this program. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:30 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Take this opportunity to kayak as the sunsets. A ranger will be your guide as you explore how the river and lake change as day light fades. Call or visit the park office to sign-up before 5:00 PM on the day of each tour. $20 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Parks After Dark 
Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Volunteers are being sought to clean up/clear an existing trail. Equipment will be provided. Come prepared to be in the woods with long pants & boots to hike the trail. Come for an hour or make a day of it. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM until Dec 7, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. Take in the history of the park from the comfort of our heated van. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
Native American History Hike
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a two hour strenuous 2 mile hike focusing on first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side including a visit to the "Indian cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetwater Creek by Kayak
Saturday, May 4, 2019 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This is a beautiful paddle on a peaceful stretch of Sweetwater Creek in a tandem kayak.There is a short hike to tour the inside of the New Manchester mill ruins and see the whitewater rapids. This outing is for adults (18 yrs. +) who can swim and those 12 to 17 yrs. who can swim and come with a parent. Kayak and gear included. Register in advance. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
River of Words
Saturday, May 4, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Calling all young writers. Does nature inspire you? Join our naturalist to learn to write a haiku poem about your favorite parts of nature. Submit it for a chance to win a prize! Meet at Wolf Creek Covered Bridge at 1pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Oh, Deer!
Saturday, May 4, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Get your energy out in this fun game. Take on the role of a deer in its habitat to learn why habitats—and even predators—are crucial for nature to be healthy. Ball Field, 2pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Pondering Pollution
Saturday, May 4, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
If a river is polluted, whose fault is it? How can we clean it up? Meet at the Picnic Tables across from Group Shelter 1 at 4pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Night Hike of Lake Trahlyta
Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Discover how the park changes after dark on this ranger-led hike of Lake Trahlyta. Please no flip-flops (they’re too slippery). Bring a flashlight. Meet outside the Visitor Center at 8:15pm. Special new moon hike! $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Parks After Dark 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Ladies Afternoon Tea
Sunday, May 5, 2019 3 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for an afternoon tea social and discussion on the historical roles of women. Please purchase tickets in advance, space is limited. $20. 912-727-2339.
Solar System Road Trip
Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Scale down the Solar System and take a stroll from planet to planet with a ranger. Learn about our neighbor planets and gain a sense of just how large the Solar System actually is! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, May 5, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle the lake watching for wading birds like Great Blue Herons and raptors like Bald Eagles and Ospreys while enjoying the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reserve. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Storytime in the Forest
Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for storytime. This week, we will read the children’s book Wolf Pups Join the Pack by the American Museum of Natural History. Meet at the Lake Pavilion at 1pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Animal Charades
Sunday, May 5, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
What noises do animals make? How do they move? Take your best guess and unleash your inner actor in this fun game of charades! Ball Field, 1pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Monday, May 6, 2019

Canoeing with the Stars
Monday, May 6, 2019 9 PM to 10 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Bring your family and friends for a guided canoe trip beneath the moonlit sky as we paddle our way down to Shark Tooth Sandbar. Feel free to bring food, but remember to leave no trace of our stay by the end of the night. Reservations required. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lake, Creek, and Waterfall 4-mile Hike
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join a ranger on this 4 mile, moderate hike filled with beautiful water views. We will pass by the lake, walk through Goldmine Creek, and past the waterfall. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet, and bring plenty of water and snacks. This is not an easy hike. Please be prepared for creek crossings, hills, rocky and uneven ground. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Toddler Ranger
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Looking for a morning activity for you and your toddler? Join us for our monthly Toddler Ranger Programs! Activities will vary month to month. Some programs may require an activity fee and will be posted with the activity information for that month. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Home School Days at Fort Yargo Ages 5-12
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Home School students ages 5-12 are invited to Fort Yargo for an hour of scientific fun! We will cover different topics each session that include but are not limited to: plant biology, wildlife sciences, stream ecology, fishing, and more. $3 per student. Meeting locations will vary. Registration is required. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Home School Days at Fort Yargo Ages 9-12
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Home School students ages 9-12 are invited to Fort Yargo for an hour of scientific fun! We will cover different topics each session that include but are not limited to: plant biology, wildlife sciences, stream ecology, fishing, and campfire cooking. $3 per student. Meeting locations will vary. Registration required $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Paws 4 Life Adoption Event
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Visit beautiful Black Rock Mountain State Park and pick up a new pet in the process. Adoption fees will apply. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
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Homeschool- All about Bees
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for homeschool to learn all about bees along with a bee craft to take home! Meet at Day Use Shelter #1. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Homeschoolers! Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly home school program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month. Designed for children ages 6-12 to introduce them to a variety of nature-themed topics. Cost is $8/child. Call 770-389-7801 to register. Space is limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Homeschool Wednesday: Wilderness Survival
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Students will be taught wilderness survival skills! They will start their own fires, build shelters, and learn how to orienteer using a compass. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Younger ages may need adult assistance. Call to register. Inclement weather may cancel event. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Home School Wednesday
Wednesdays 10 AM - 3 PM until May 29, 2019 
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Homeschoolers will be offered an educational opportunity to learn about President Roosevelt, Warm Springs, The Great Depression, WWII and more, through a presentation in the Theater. Programs run approx. 1 hour. Class times are 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Pre Registration is required and select from subjects below. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ask the Naturalist
Thursday, May 9, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Ask our Naturalist questions about the history or the site, surrounding features and wildlife. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Thursday, May 9, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Come learn about local plants, and how they have traditionally been used for food or medicine! This Ranger-led walk will be along the gently-hilled Iron Hill Trail. 1.7 mile loop, moderate terrain. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. Call 770-975-0055 to sign up! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, May 10, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Homeschool In The Park: Flowers
Friday, May 10, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who home school. Investigate flowers and pollination in an indoor and outdoor lab. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park on your own afterwards. Meet at the Group Shelter below the dam in the campground Dress for the out of doors. $7 ages 4 and up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sunset Bat Hike
Friday, May 10, 2019 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our rangers for a short 1/2 mile walk along our beautiful marshes and winding creeks and witness nature at its finest! Watch our flying friends take flight over the setting sun and learn about the world of bats. Hundreds of bats leave their houses every evening to hunt for insects. Guests will meet our rangers at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Parks After Dark 
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt - National Trails Day
Friday, May 10, 2019 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using provided UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. We will meet at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Call to register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Family Game Time Fun
Friday, May 10, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Park Naturalist at the picnic shelter across from the campground for fun and games. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
S'mores N' More - Campfire Tales
Friday, May 10, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join a park ranger at the lake amphitheater for a yummy s'mores campfire and then, once it's dark we’ll take turns telling spooky or funny campfire stories. It’s a great way to meet fellow campers and enjoy the serene Magnolia Lake. Weather dependent event. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Camping Curious
Friday, May 10, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. This event is open to campground guests only. The Camping Curious series will feature new excitement each week! Come join our Ranger for a new surprise experience! Inclement weather may cancel this event. Event maybe cancelled if minimum attendance isn't reached. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Parks After Dark 
Sunset Snapshot Paddle
Friday, May 10, 2019 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
If you've ever wanted a picture of a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset, this is your chance. This Park Naturalist guided sunset kayak tour will get you to the perfect spot to hopefully help you get that picture of a lifetime. Don't forget to bring water and a camera. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, May 10, 2019 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Accessible Parks After Dark 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live re-enactment of his arrest and his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers and demonstrators. $5. 706-456-2602.
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Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4:30 PM until May 25, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Eye-Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Geocaching Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Come learn the basics of geocaching and get some tips on geocaching in the park. Free to all guest, meet on visitor center porch! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Spring Craft
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to make home made bird feeders just in time for spring! $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Habitat for Bats
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take the morning to learn more about Georgia bats and their habitats with Habitat for Bats. Guests will enjoy an educational program about bats and build their very own bat box to take home. Sign up as a group or build solo. Remember the 12th is Mother’s Day, so if you’re still in need of a gift or activity this is sure to be a hit. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Habitat for Bats
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Take the morning to learn more about Georgia bats and their habitats with Habitat for Bats. Guests will enjoy an educational program about bats and build their very own bat box to take home. Sign up as a group or build solo. Remember the 12th is Mother’s Day, so if you’re still in need of a gift or activity this is sure to be a hit. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 11, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes and ribbon awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sunhat Craft
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Choose a wide-brimmed, straw sunhat and decorate it for the summer. We provide the hat, decoration possibilities and tools. You supply the creativity. Gift it to Mom or make one for yourself. Meet at the Park Office front porch. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery Shoot
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
This stationary target shooting adventure is for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction, equipment and unique shooting opportunities. Pay and pre-register at Park Office or bring correct change to the site. Park at the Fishing Dock next to Lake Deleanor and walk down to the range. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Junior Ranger end of the year Celebration
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Get geared up for summer by joining us for our Junior Ranger end of the year Celebration. We will have water games and other fun summer activities for the children to enjoy. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Fun at the Fort
Saturday, May 11, 2019 12 PM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Experience a picturesque and fascinating historic site within the state park, while learning about life in the late 1700's. Fun for the whole family; tours includes various interactive activities and educational opportunities. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Cups for Mom Campground Crafts
Saturday, May 11, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
Held at the Campground Activity Shelter. Donations are welcome! $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Campfire & Games
Saturday, May 11, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
Join us at 6:00pm next to the campground activity shelter for fun and games around the campfire. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Morning Yoga
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Begin your day with the subtle sounds of Lake Brantley as we move through this hour long yoga class. Water and yoga mats encouraged. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. No experience required! We will meet at Picnic Shelter 2. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Spring Crafts
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Celebrate spring with a series of festive crafts – leaf and animal track rubbings, tissue paper flowers, and paper plate masks. Take home your creations same day. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Afternoon Paddle at Hard Labor
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore the calm waters of Lake Rutledge while bird-watching and looking for wildlife. Learn a little history of Hard Labor Creek cruising the lake with a ranger. Meet at the beach area. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and water shoes.. Register in advance. $10 if you use your craft, $15 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a sunset outing with your family looking for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the beach area, bring water, water-shoes, and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Register by paying in advance. $10 if you bring your kayak; $15 if you rent ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Home School At Hard Labor
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:15 PM to 10:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
On July 31st, participants will learn how to paint from life using natural objects. Participants will learn how to achieve different effects and textures using different techniques. $5.00 per participant, program geared to children 10 and up. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:15 PM to 11:15 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory (HLCO) will have an open house monthly, March through October. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. $5 parking. 404-275-3974.
Parks After Dark 
Annual Spring Concert @ Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with Johnny and Jeanette Williams of "Grass Tank Music" from Danville, Virginia. Tickets available online at hardmanfarmtickets.org $27 adults/ $19 17 and under. 706-878-1077.
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Mother's Day Crafts
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist at the Interpretive Center as we make gifts to show appreciation to our mothers. We will have at least three crafts to choose from and all materials are provided. Please register at Park office. Open to ages 5 and up. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Ice-cream S'mores
Saturday, May 11, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come make your own sweet ice-cream s’mores – cold ice-cream sandwiched between two cookies of your choice, and then get a chance to explore the new Nature Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Wonders of Wildlife at Magnolia Springs
Saturday, May 11, 2019 4 PM to 4:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Learn all about native wildlife and their adaptations from our Park Naturalist. Meet live animals, touch real furs, skulls, talons and more in this interactive educational presentation that gets you up close and personal to the wonderful world of wildlife. Meet at the Nature Center by the spring. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Screen on the Green
Saturday, May 11, 2019 8 PM to 10 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Watch a family friendly movie outside and enjoy the beautiful grounds beside the museum. Bring your favorite blanket or lounge chair, kick back and enjoy. Cokes, popcorn and other items will be on sale by Friends of Magnolia Springs State Park. Movie will begin at sunset so arrive early to get your favorite spot. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
Mothers Day Craft
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Participants will get the chance to make a once in a lifetime present for their mother that they will be sure to cherish for the rest of their lives! Meet at the Nature Center for this program. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Introduction To Archery
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow and a recurve bow. We will be shooting at large target blocks on a secure range. This is a great way to get outdoors, learn something new! Good for ages 8 and up (depending on strength level). $5.50 - $7 706-624-1321.
Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heels for herpetofauna? Or maybe you just think they're neat. Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. $5. Kids 3 and under are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
CANCELLED: Maker's Festival
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
DUE TO WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Come join us for the Fourth Annual Maker’s Festival at Red Top Mountain State Park! The Maker's Festival is a family friendly place to come and interact with makers and see them make things and buy their products. Makers of all types will be here and will be offering hands on experience at making. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Overlook Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led hike to the lower Overlook. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Once we arrive at the Overlook, the Ranger will discuss the unique Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant. The trail is considered easy. Please meet in the Visitor information parking lot. Per Vehicle $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Birding By Boat Paddle
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and Egrets are some of the birds guests may see on this beginner-friendly kayak tour. We'll paddle approximately 2 miles, stopping along the way to see an active eagle's nest and observe wading birds in their natural habitat. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Fishing Float
Saturday, May 11, 2019 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Paddle with the Park Naturalist and see if you can reel in a keeper. We'll travel approximately 3 miles round-trip, stopping at various fishing hot spots along the way. Bring a friend and try out one of our new fishing canoes, which are rigged with fully cushioned seats, plenty of cup and rod holders, and extra storage compartments. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Sunset Snapshot Paddle
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
If you've ever wanted a picture of a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset, this is your chance. This Park Naturalist guided sunset kayak tour will get you to the perfect spot to hopefully help you get that picture of a lifetime. Don't forget to bring water and a camera. $10 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Marsh Hike Road Trip
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Walk along a guided hike with a park ranger as they describe the different habitats and wildlife found around the Sandpiper Trail and Avian Loop. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 11 AM - 12 PM until Nov 9, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Second Saturday Guided Hikes Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods with the Park Naturalist. Please register prior to arriving. Each month we will hike a different trail at Smithgall Woods State Park. Please bring appropriate clothing, shoes, and water. All ages welcome. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Twilight Lake Paddle
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle the lake watching for wading birds like Great Blue Herons and raptors like Bald Eagles and Ospreys while enjoying the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reserve. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Jr. Ranger Day
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Join the Unicoi State Park Staff for Jr. Ranger Day. The day will be filled with fun while learning about our North Georgia Trees, flowers and pollinators. $10 per Jr. Ranger $5 parking. 706-878-2201.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Programming
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Engage your Junior Ranger in all the North Georgia outdoors has to offer at Unicoi. Either a one day program or join us for Junior Ranger Day Camp. The little Ranger in your house will have a great time and learn about the North Georgia outdoors. $10-$100 per Junior Ranger $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Family Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2019 10 AM to 11 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your family to the campground pavilion to go on a 1 mile guided hike as we explore nature together. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Mothers Day Craft
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Create a beautiful work of art for Mom at the campground pavilion. All supplies provided for $5. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Campfire!
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion to roast s’mores, play games, and tell stories. A $1 for donation for future campfires is appreciated. $1 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
CCC History Day and Open House
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
The Friends of Vogel State Park will be demonstrating with hands on activities of work similar to what the CCC boys would have done in the 1930's. After working throughout the morning, enjoy an open house and refreshments at the CCC museum. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day Cruise
Sunday, May 12, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Celebrate Mom with a leisurely boat ride along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Flowers for Mom
Sunday, May 12, 2019 8 AM
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort - Cordele, GA
Meet at the Activities Shelter at the Campground at 8:00am and puck up a flower for your mom! Happy Mother's Day! $5 parking. 229-276-2371.
Sundaes on Sunday
Sunday, May 12, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Cool off by making your own ice-cream sundae and explore the new Nature Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Mother's Day Paddling Trip
Sunday, May 12, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Celebrate Mother’s Day by going on a relaxing kayak/canoe trip around the serene Magnolia Lake. Be guided by our Park Rangers and learn about wildlife and the history of the park. $5 - $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 12, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 12, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike
Sunday, May 12, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. The mill, seen in the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film and others, is situated alongside alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total). $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Storytime in the Forest
Sunday, May 12, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for storytime. This week, we will read the children’s book Wolf Pups Join the Pack by the American Museum of Natural History. Meet at the Lake Pavilion at 1pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Citizen Scientists Water Testing
Sunday, May 12, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Water is essential to all life. Join us as we test Wolf Creek for dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity and see how clean our water really is. Wolf Creek Covered Bridge, 2pm. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Monday, May 13, 2019

War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey D-Day to Yalta 1943-1945 book signing
Monday, May 13, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Award-winning biographer, academic, and broadcaster Dr. Nigel Hamilton author of "War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945" will hold a presentation and book signing in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Museum. Presentation times: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wild Readers
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Harris County Library & park rangers for a woodland walk-a-bout, book discussion and brown-bag, picnic lunch. For details on books to read and meeting locations call the library or visit their website http://www.thrl.org/events/. Registered participants meet at picnic shelter #2 below the dam in the campground. $5 parking. 706-628-4685.
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