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.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Apr 30, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Apr 30, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Arbor Day Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come join us at the Etowah Indian mounds for Arbor Day! Have fun taking selfies with trees and plants. Try to find all the items on our scavenger hunt list, and enjoy exploring our site. 770-387-3747.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Guided Hike
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Sunset Kayak
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for an afternoon kayak tour as we bid farewell to the Full "Pink" Moon. Limited to 8 participants, minimum of 4, ages 12 and up; must be able to swim. Those 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent. Register at Visitor Center by noon, March 26 or April 30 depending on which date you would like to attend. $15; $10, your equipment $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Movie Night
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from May 1, 2021 until Nov 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Our photo contest is sponsored by Friends of Crooked River State Park to promote awareness of the intrinsic values of our coastal treasures. All photos must be taken inside Crooked River State Park. Entries must be submitted as an attached digital file to FriendsofCrookedRiver@gmail.com by November 30. Top prize is $100. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Artifact Identification Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Celebrating Georgia Archaeology Month, museum staff and volunteers from Peach State Archaeology will be available to help identify artifacts brought in by visitors. Pre-registration and social distancing required. Registration will be limited to 10 guests per hourly session. Limit 5 artifacts per guest. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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Soldier Saturday
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
A Living Historian portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation about fort history. There will be musket firings throughout the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Feed the Bees
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive by protecting our pollinators from pesticides and by providing the flowers they need.Come learn how to turn your backyard , farm, or community into a thriving pollinator habitat.Please call to make your reservation in advancee. Limited to 8 people $4 per person $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
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Plant a Tree
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day by planting trees throughout the Park. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Limit: 25 participants. Social distancing required. Bring work gloves, shovels, sunblock, a hat, and bottled water. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Archery at the Park
Saturday, May 1, 2021 3 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us during one of three sessions for a time of recreational archery. Limited to three people for each session. Pre-register at Visitors Center by noon on day preceding event date. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 1, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 1, 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.
Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 2, 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.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 5, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Afternoon Paddle
Thursday, May 6, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, May 6, 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, May 7, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 7, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 7, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Afternoon Paddle
Friday, May 7, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Movie Night
Friday, May 7, 2021 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Soldier Saturday
Saturday, May 8, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
A Living Historian portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation about fort history. There will be musket firings throughout the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Beginner Archery Class
Saturday, May 8, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Want to shoot an arrow in archery, but don’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn some archery skills. Soon you’ll be hitting the bullseye. Program geared to participants 9 years and above. Call to register by paying in advance. Space limited to 8 participants. Social distancing will be required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Afternoon Paddle
Saturday, May 8, 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:30 PM to 8 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 6 or older and with an adult. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you bring your kayak; $20 if you rent ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Birds in Georgia
Saturday, May 8, 2021 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join a Park Ranger as we celebrate Mother's Day and learn about Georgia birds. Limited to 15 participants, minimum 3; register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Mother's Day Crafts
Saturday, May 8, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us as we make gifts to show appreciation to our mothers. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Open to ages 5 and up. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, May 8, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Social distancing required. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 8, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come take a guided tour through the historical Camp Lawton civil war prison sites. Take a walk back in time and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Falconer Show
Saturday, May 8, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come watch a falconer show off his birds of prey! The program will feature a one hour talk on different types of raptors and will include several live birds! The program cost $5 per person. Tickets must be purchased in order to attend this event. Ages 3 and under are free and don't require a ticket. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Basic Archery
Saturday, May 8, 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, May 8, 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.
Artillery Drills and Training Day
Saturday, May 8, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
A cannon crew will practice, train, recruit, and fire during this event. Visitors are welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required as viewing will be limited at all times during the event. $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Kayaking 101
Sunday, May 9, 2021 4 PM to 5:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 12, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, May 12, 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, May 14, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 14, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 14, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Make Your Own Dog Biscuits
Friday, May 14, 2021 5 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Hear a former Animal Control Specialist provide insight on proper pet care then learn how to make your own dog biscuits. Limit: 15 people, minimum of 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Archaeology Day at the Vann House
Saturday, May 15, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Need a fun way to teach your kids about archaeology? Take part in Archaeology themed activities at the Vann House. Kids can discover "artifacts" in our dig-boxes, learn more about ancient pottery by creating pottery of their own, see actual Vann House historic artifacts, talk to archaeologists, see stone blades being knapped, and more. $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
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Bee Observation
Saturday, May 15, 2021 1 PM to 2:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and see our Bee Observation hive. Watch the activity inside the hive and learn about the roles of the bees within the hive. Masks required inside the bee room. Bring a water bottle Limited to 8 people. Please call and reserve in advance. $4 plus $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
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Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 15, 2021 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Archery at the Park
Saturday, May 15, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us during one of three sessions for a time of recreational archery. Limited to three people for each session. Pre-register at Visitors Center by noon on day preceding event date. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Artisan Crafts
Saturday, May 15, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn how to make some household items used by our ancestors. Limited to 15 participants; minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 15, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 15, 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.
Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 15, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 16, 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.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, May 16, 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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Fungus Frolic with Georgia Mushroom Club
Sunday, May 16, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-Registration Required. Limited Capacity. Join Georgia Mushroom Club for an afternoon learning about native fungi. We will see what fungi are found in the park and talk about their individual properties. Learn what fungi are edible, what is a deadly look-a-like, and what fungi glows in the dark. This will be about a mile hike. $7 per person. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 19, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Afternoon Paddle
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Afternoon Paddle
Thursday, May 20, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 21, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 21, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Afternoon Kayak
Friday, May 21, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Social distancing required. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Meet the Turtles
Saturday, May 22, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about the turtles that call our Interpretive Center their home then choose a craft to make. Limited to 15 people, minimum 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Turtle Hunt
Saturday, May 22, 2021 2 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist on one of three hikes to search for Gopher Tortoises and water turtles. Each hike limited to ten people, minimum of 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Turtles and S'mores
Saturday, May 22, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire to craft your own turtles and s'mores. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come take a guided tour through the historical Camp Lawton civil war prison sites. Take a walk back in time and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Basic Archery
Saturday, May 22, 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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Geology Hike
Saturday, May 22, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the shoals of Sweetwater. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Kayaking 101
Sunday, May 23, 2021 4 PM to 5:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 23, 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, May 23, 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, May 23, 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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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 26, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 28, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 28, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Afternoon Paddle
Friday, May 28, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Movie Night
Friday, May 28, 2021 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Hike & Picnic - Friday Summer Fun
Friday, May 28, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for Friday Summer Fun! Bring your own lunch or snacks to enjoy after a hike. Meet at the nature center. This program is fun for all ages! We are limiting the capacity for the program, to ensure your spot today call the office and register at (706) 541-0321. The cost is only $2 per person, ages 3 and under are free. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Junior Ranger Weekend Camp
Saturday, May 29, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Spend a weekend with the park rangers and learn skills from Civil War soldier training to outdoor survival. Become an official Junior Ranger! For ages 7-11 years old. Registration begins May 1. Payment is due upon registration. 30. 912-727-2339.
Afternoon Paddle
Saturday, May 29, 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Farm Animal Fun Day
Saturday, May 29, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Over the years, Hardman Farm has been home to several species of livestock. Come visit and learn about livestock that was kept here on the Farm as we continue our journey of "bringing the farm back to life" and keep the American agricultural experience alive. Grounds Admission $6. Children under 6: Free. Plus tax. 706-878-1077.
Fire and Shine Dinner
Saturday, May 29, 2021 5 PM to 8 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Immerse yourself in an evening full of Appalachian culture, local history, local food, music and more. Live moonshine and black powder demonstrations will engage you while you enjoy Southern fare in the shadow of Mt. Yonah. $65 + tax. 706-878-1077.
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Morning Kayak
Saturday, May 29, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a morning kayak tour on the lake. Limit: 8 people; minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim. Ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Movie Night
Saturday, May 29, 2021 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Memorial Day Luminary Event
Saturday, May 29, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
This event is to honor our fallen soldiers. Luminaries for loved ones can be purchased now through Memorial Day, names given at time of purchase will be written on purchaser’s luminary and day of all luminaries will be placed in our Camp Lawton field. At 7:30 PM we will have a lighting ceremony and leave luminaries lit throughout the weekend. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 29, 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.
157th Anniversary, Battle of Pickett's Mill
Saturday, May 29, 2021 9 AM to 5 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and join us for our annual event recognizing the anniversary of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. This year's event will be scaled down, and attendance limited in accordance with current public health and safety guidelines. There will be 5 stations offering scheduled presentations. Pre-registration is required. $1 - $ 6 $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Afternoon Paddle
Sunday, May 30, 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 12 participants and social distancing will be required. $15 if you use your boat or $20 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
9th Annual Memorial Day Beach Bash
Sunday, May 30, 2021 4 PM to 8 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Kick off your Summer with us on Lake Kolomoki and enjoy a wide variety of activities which include a water slide, sandcastle building contest, and a cornhole tournament! Friends of Kolomoki Mounds will be selling concessions for your convenience during the event. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 30, 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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from Jun 1, 2021 until Nov 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Our photo contest is sponsored by Friends of Crooked River State Park to promote awareness of the intrinsic values of our coastal treasures. All photos must be taken inside Crooked River State Park. Entries must be submitted as an attached digital file to FriendsofCrookedRiver@gmail.com by November 30. Top prize is $100. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 2, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Jun 4, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 4, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Movie Night
Friday, Jun 4, 2021 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Bingo - Friday Summer Fun
Friday, Jun 4, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Feeling lucky? Come play bingo with a park naturalist! You may even win a small prize! This program is fun for all ages! We are limiting the capacity for the program, to ensure your spot today call the office and register at (706) 541-0321. The cost is only $3 per person, ages 3 and under are free. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Falls to Farm Hike
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 7:30 AM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
This hike is an 11-mile, one-way hike that celebrates 150 years of shared history between Hardman Farm and Anna Ruby Falls! $40. 706-878-1077.
Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Enjoy a 2 mile out and back guided hike along the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. This hike will lead you through several layers of history in White County, as well as the natural history of the Chattahoochee River. $5. 706-878-1077.
Archery at the Park
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us during one of three sessions for a time of recreational archery. Limited to three people for each session. Pre-register at Visitors Center by noon on day preceding event date. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Social distancing required. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Celebrate National Trail Day this year by hiking one of the areas most scenic trails! We will be hiking the Cliatt-Creek Trail. This 2.5 miles long and features views of the creeks flowing through our park! The cost is $2 per person. Tickets are purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-trails-day-hike-tickets-144221800287 $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 5, 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.
Youth Catfish Tournament
Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 8 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Does your child enjoy the outdoors, fishing, spending time with their peers, and a chance to win great prizes? Then this Fishing Tournament is for you. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories Youngest angler. largest fish. Smallest fish and most fish caught. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Farm Camp
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
In this one-day camp, children ages 6-12 will enjoy an active day tending to the garden, harvesting crops and getting dirty with new friends. They will learn why home farming is important and the intricate systems that allow these crops to flourish. A “farm to table” snack will be provided from the harvested crops. Advanced registration required. $30 per child. 706-878-1077.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 9, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Jun 9, 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, June 11, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Jun 11, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 11, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Morning Kayak
Friday, Jun 11, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a morning kayak tour on the lake. Limit: 8 people; minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim. Ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Rock Dam Paddle and Hike
Friday, Jun 11, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This ranger led program will feature a paddle trip to the beautiful Rock Dam Trail, followed by a 3 mile hike and a paddle back! Pack your own lunch and enough to drink for this four hour long guided tour of Mistletoe's most popular trail and paddle destinations. Space is limited. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Junior Ranger Weekend Camp
Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Spend a weekend with the park rangers and learn skills from Civil War soldier training to outdoor survival. Become an official Junior Ranger! For ages 7-11 years old. Registration begins May 1. Payment is due upon registration. 30. 912-727-2339.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Jun 12, 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.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Jun 13, 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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 16, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hollywood at Hardman
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Enjoy an evening at the farm with your family. We will be showing the 1950’s movie I’d Climb the Highest Mountain that was filmed right here in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley! $6. 706-878-1077.
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Friday, June 18, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Jun 18, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 18, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Movie Night
Friday, Jun 18, 2021 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon one day prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Father's Day Craft - Friday Summer Fun
Friday, Jun 18, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Father's day is right around the corner; join us for a fun, nature-themed, father's day craft! This program is fun for all ages! We are limiting the capacity for the program, to ensure your spot today call the office and register at (706) 541-0321. The cost is only $3 per person, ages 3 and under are free. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 19, 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.
Senior Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 8 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Show off your skills, enjoy a day fishing and win amazing prizes! Participants must be 62+ Prizes will be awarded in the following categories oldest angler. largest fish. Smallest fish and most fish caught. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 23, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Jun 25, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 25, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Meet the Reptiles - Friday Summer Fun
Friday, Jun 25, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come meet some of our resident reptiles at Mistletoe State Park. Learn what make a reptile different from other animals, how to identify venomous snakes of Georgia, and visit our nature center! Meet at the Nature Center $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Junior Ranger Weekend Camp
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Spend a weekend with the park rangers and learn skills from Civil War soldier training to outdoor survival. Become an official Junior Ranger! For ages 7-11 years old. Registration begins May 1. Payment is due upon registration. 30. 912-727-2339.
Hardman Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 5 PM to 8:30 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Enjoy an evening in The Valley featuring live music, period dressed characters teaching about the history of the Farm, and a locally grown dinner and drinks. Dishes will be based on what would have been enjoyed in the summers of the early 1900's. All ingredients are Georgia Grown, mostly here in White County. $75. 706-878-1077.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 26, 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 10 AM to 1 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the shoals of Sweetwater. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jun 30, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

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

Friday, July 2, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Jul 2, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Jul 2, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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