Upcoming Events


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ranger Activity
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a tasty cold treat as you cool off and work towards earning your Magnolia Springs Junior Ranger Badge in this fun and educational half hour workshop inside the Nature Center. Held every Saturday during summer. $1 donation suggested. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Ice-cream S'mores
Saturday, Jul 27, 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, Jul 27, 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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Camper's SplashPad and Craft
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Campground and Cottage guests after-hours splashpad access. Come enjoy the splashpad with your family and fellow overnight guests. While the kids are playing have a chance to make a craft for adults. $0 - $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Make Your Own Glowing Slime
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 7:30 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Is it a liquid? A solid? It glows in the dark, and oozes in your hand - it's Glow in the Dark Slime! And you can make your very own to take home or play with during our Screen on the Green movie night. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
Game Night in the Campground
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Have fun playing games and learning about the park with Game Night in the Campground. Lawn games, Glo Sticks, and trivia make up this good-for-all-ages activity in the park. Held in the Picnic Shelter in the campground, a $1 donation is encouraged toward future game supplies. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Night Critters Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
From 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM We’ll be hiking the Cliatt Creek Trail to find what’s lurking in the night! $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Parks After Dark 
South River Kayak Paddle
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger on a guided kayak paddle down the South River. We will travel roughly 4 miles down the South River as we discuss the area's rich history and look for local wildlife. The kayak trip will take roughly 2.5 hours. All kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are included with the program fee. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
4th Saturday of Month 1 PM - 2 PM from Jul 27, 2019 until Nov 23, 2019 
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, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
4th Saturday of Month 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM from Jul 27, 2019 until Nov 23, 2019 
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, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Wizard Walk on Iron Hill Trail
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Calling all Harry Potter fans! The new Wizards Unite game app is out! Meet our Rangers at the Trading Post, for a trail walk along Sweetgum Trail to explore the Inns, Greenhouses, and Towers found at Red Top in the game! We love this game because it encourages people to get out, get moving, and get interacting in person! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Family Movie Nights at Red Top Mountain
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 8:45 PM to 10 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a snack, and meet on the green at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3. Bring your blankets or chairs. Enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. All movies rated G or PG. Movies start at dark (about 8:45 PM). $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Accessible Parks After Dark 
Trail Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led Hike along one of our lake side trails. As you Stroll along the banks of Lake Antioch, we will share the area's unique history, flora and fauna. Depending on the group we will hike between 2 -5 miles. Meet at the Visitors Information Center at 8:30 AM. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
Fishing Float
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 7 PM to 9 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.
Suwannee River Swamplands Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Explore the beginnings of the Suwannee River on this ranger guided hike at the Suwannee River Sill. Learn about the abundant wildlife found within the Okefenokee (the headwaters of the Suwannee) and the history of how people have used this land while taking in the unique scenery of this environment. Sign up in advance by calling park. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sunrise Lake Paddle
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 6 AM to 7:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led lake outing through the tunnel and out to the west side of the lake in the cool of the morning.The trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 10 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Includes canoe or kayak, PFD, and paddle. Reservations are required. Meet at the Bait Shop. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Jr. Ranger Day
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join a ranger for a one-day adventure full of learning and exploring. Open to children ages 6-12 years old. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Nature Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join our Naturalist for a hike on the Muscadine Trail. You'll be learning about the history of the park, some basic tree identification, and you might see a deer or three. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Jr Ranger Day
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Insects & Spiders see what creeps below. Join us for Jr. Ranger Day where we learn about what is on the floor of the forest. Preregistration required for crafts. $7 per Jr. Ranger $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Programming
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 10 AM to 1 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 
Beginner's Birding Hike
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your binoculars to the park office as we practicing bird skills 1 ½ miles on the perimeter trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Bird Magnet
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 3 PM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the campground pavilion to create a one of a kind bird magnet. All supplies included for $5. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Cuckoo Volleyball
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 6 PM to 7 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your game face to the campground volleyball court for a crazy twist on this classic game. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Owl Prowl
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 9 PM to 10 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come to the campground pavilion to learn more about the native owls of Georgia. Afterwards, you may join us on a short hike as we listen for owls. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Parks After Dark 
2-Day Junior Ranger Camp
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for a two-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. Open to children ages 6-12 years old. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited. Children will be working on Level I or II Junior Ranger badges. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Dive into the daily life of an 18th-19th century family. Volunteers will demonstrate a variety of skills such as blacksmithing, herbology, churning butter, quilting, weaving, blow guns, pottery and more. The historic Cherokee house and grounds will be open for tours. $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Water Games - FREE
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Escape the heat of the summer with some water fun! Water guns, sponges, kiddy pool, and hose provided. Feel free to bring your own water guns or balloons as well. Location: Elijah Clark House. Valid Park Pass Required. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Ice Cream Sunday
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth with an Ice Cream Sundae on Sunday! Location: Elijah Clark House. Valid Park Pass Required. $1/ cup of ice cream $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Birding at the Mounds
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Join us for an introduction to birding tour at this historic site. Etowah offers both open fields and wooded areas along the river. Bring your own binoculars and field guides. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Discover our Past: Explore Archaeology
Sundays 2 PM - 3 PM – Jul 28, 2019 
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Dig deep and find out about the people who came before us with this fun archaeology activity. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Bees and Butterflies Hike
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Short Hike to discover Georgia's many types of butterflies. Maybe we will see some of the more elusive species such as the Question Mark, or Monarch butterfly. Learn what you can do to protect these species and others whose populations are in serious decline. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Organic Gardening: Native American Gardening
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
This program series will focus on a different topic for each month, to help improve your gardening knowledge. This month we will focus on Native American technique known as the three sisters, and hill gardening. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Hike the Gahuti
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
The Gahuti Trail is the most challenging trail at Fort Mountain. Join a ranger and hike around 8.5 miles. Expect to see beautiful views, hike up and down the mountain, and pass a waterfall. We will stop to eat lunch and snacks. Please bring plenty of water and food, and wear appropriate hiking gear. Registration is required. Register 8am to 5pm $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Summer Send-Off
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Before the kids head back to school, bring them out to Jarrell Plantation for one more weekend of summer fun. During this combination outdoor/indoor program, kids can complete our Junior Ranger book and earn their ranger badge, go on a photo scavenger hunt to earn prizes, and cool off inside with fun games and activities in our Visitor Center. $4 - $6.50 478-986-5172.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Sundaes on Sunday
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 3:30 PM to 4:30 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.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Jul 28, 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.
Indoor Basic Archery
4th Sunday of Month 1 PM - 2 PM from Jul 28, 2019 until Nov 24, 2019 
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, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
4th Sunday of Month 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM from Jul 28, 2019 until Nov 24, 2019 
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, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Twilight Lake Paddle
Sunday, Jul 28, 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.
Explore The Nature Hut
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Visit our Nature Hut to learn about animals that are common to this area and some that you might not have seen before. Many taxidermy animals are on display and you can also meet our three live snakes!! $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
2-Day Junior Ranger Camp
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for a two-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. Open to children ages 6-12 years old. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited. Children will be working on Level I or II Junior Ranger badges. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Noche de cine en Fort Yargo
Monday, Jul 29, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
¿Estás buscando una noche familiar? Únase a nosotros para una noche de cine relajante presentada en español. Lleve una silla, una manta o tome asiento en un banco de picnic. Damos la bienvenida a los visitantes que comienzan a llegar a las 6:30 p.m., y la película comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Guided Tour
Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Take a guided tour with our Naturalist $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ask the Naturalist
Wednesday, Jul 31, 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.
Bluebirds and Butterflies
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 9:30 AM to 10:30 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.
Salamander Meander
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the ranger for an investigative stream lab to discover salamanders and other cold-stream inhabitants. We provide dip nets and catch pans. Wear tennis shoes you can get wet. All ages welcome. Pay correct change at the site. Park at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Meet right of playground. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
History and Mystery Hike and Tour
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Moderate 1.2 mile hike to the Civilian Conservation Corps fire watchtower, and go inside this piece of history. See the ancient stone wall, and discuss the theories behind who built the wall. Stop by the West Overlook, look out over the town of Chatsworth, and even see Lookout Mountain in the distance before heading back down the trail. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Home School Days at Fort Yargo Ages 5-12
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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 At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 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.
Camera Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 8 AM to 4 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Explore the park and complete our scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Bring your camera/list to the park office to show us what you found! Pick up a list at the office. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Fantastic Forest Festival
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Free event. To celebrate the end of our Fantastic Forest Series, we will have a festival great for the whole family! Make sure to dress up and bring your wands (no gore)! There will be trivia, Broom Skills tournament, wand design competition, cauldron slime making, and more! Inclement weather may cancelled this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Children's Nature Hike
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This hike for children (6 years and older) will focus on learning more about the beautiful Piedmont forest we live in, especially the animals and plants of this area. We will be hiking down to and inside the five story Civil War-era New Manchester mill alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Parents are welcome. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Butterfly Bonanza
Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 9 AM to 9:45 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Investigate eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies in our garden. Short walk and brief talk on basics of attracting important pollinators to your yard. Handouts. Meet at park office. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, Aug 1, 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, August 2, 2019

Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, Aug 2, 2019 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Salamander Meander
Friday, Aug 2, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the ranger for an investigative stream lab to discover salamanders and other cold-stream inhabitants. We provide dip nets and catch pans. Wear tennis shoes you can get wet. All ages welcome. Pay correct change at the site. Park at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Meet right of playground. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bat Bingo and Campfire
Friday, Aug 2, 2019 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original, fast-paced bingo game. Win prizes and learn about our fabulous flying mammals at the same time. Great fun for families or adults. Bring a roasting stick and enjoy toasting a marshmallow over a the fire. View bats flying over Lake Deleanor. Meet next to the boathouse in the campground. Correct change payable at the program. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Parks After Dark 
S'mores N' More - Stargazing
Friday, Aug 2, 2019 8:30 PM to 9:30 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 
Camping Curious
Friday, Aug 2, 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 
Perseids Meteor Shower Paddle
Friday, Aug 2, 2019 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the majesty of a meteor shower right from your kayak. We will paddle to a low-light spot that will offer optimal viewing conditions.Last year's event was spectacular, featuring a clear sky full of stars over the lake with colorful meteors blazing trails across the horizon. $15 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Parks After Dark 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Aug 3, 2019 until Aug 31, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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National Watermelon Day- Watermelon Eating Contest
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 1 PM to 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our first annual watermelon eating contest! Participants will have to eat a section of watermelon without using their hands, we will have different age classes for contestants. $2 per entry, meet at the visitor center porch. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park
Saturday, Aug 3, 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 
Backyard Birding 101
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Participants will learn how to make their backyards more inviting to resident and migratory birds including best feeder location and what to feed, plants to add to the yard to optimize birding habitats and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Terrific Turtles
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come out to the Nature Center to meet and learn about some of our terrific turtles while you make a “stained glass” turtle to put on your window at home. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Sunset Boat Cruise
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration required by 4:30 PM the day before cruise. $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Parks After Dark 
Sunrise Yoga on the Mountain
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy the mountaintop view during this beginner friendly yoga class with registered yoga teacher, Monique French. Bring a mat, or a thick towel, and wear comfortable clothing. Bring correct change. Stone amphitheater, right of park office. Restrooms do not open until 8:00 AM. For more info go check out https://www.facebook.com/Moniquefrenchyoga/ $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
National Watermelon Day Hike
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 9:45 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides. This 3.4 mile, moderate trail ventures along the East end of the park. End the hike with a slice of ice cold watermelon. Meet at WJSP Tower parking lot. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 10 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery Watermelon Shoot
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate National Watermelon Day by shooting a watermelon then eating some. Stationary target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction & equipment. Pay and pre-register at Park Office or pay correct change at the site. Park at boathouse on Lake Deleanor and walk down to range. You may want to bring a folding chair. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Roving Ranger Guided Hikes
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join in on a guided hike! During each hike guests will embark on a .5-1.5 mile hike and learn more about the plants, animals, and natural features at Fort Yargo State Park. Appropriate for all ages. Dogs are welcome, on a leash. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Roving Ranger
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 12 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Find the Roving Ranger table on your next visit to Fort Yargo! Each date and location will have different activities and teach guests about topics such as wildlife, fishing, the Old Fort, plant identification and more. Suitable for all ages. $5 parking pass required. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 9 PM to 11 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 
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 8:30 AM to 5 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Hikes, crafts, games and environmental programs are included in this day camp for children ages 5-15. Participants will work toward earning their new site specific Jr. Ranger badge. Please bring a lunch and water bottle. Space is limited, please register in advance. Activities change monthly. $30 per child. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Trail Walk
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
Walk the Hofwyl-Broadfield activity trail with a ranger. Learn about some little known aspects of the plantation while completing sections of the Junior Ranger book. $5 to $8. 912-264-7333.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Ranger Activity
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a tasty cold treat as you cool off and work towards earning your Magnolia Springs Junior Ranger Badge in this fun and educational half hour workshop inside the Nature Center. Held every Saturday during summer. $1 donation suggested. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Ice-cream S'mores
Saturday, Aug 3, 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, Aug 3, 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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Camper's SplashPad and Craft
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Campground and Cottage guests after-hours splashpad access. Come enjoy the splashpad with your family and fellow overnight guests. While the kids are playing have a chance to make a craft for adults. $0 - $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Ultraviolet Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Ever wonder what it's like to see in ultraviolet light? Come experience our wooded trails via blacklight and learn all about night florescence from our Park Naturalist. Meet at the entrance to Beaver Trail, next to the canoes at the lake. Sign up at the Visitor Center before 5pm. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 3, 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.
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Saturday, Aug 3, 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.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Aug 3, 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 
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 3, 2019 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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2-Day Junior Ranger Camp
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for a two-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. Open to children ages 6-12 years old. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited. Children will be working on Level I or II Junior Ranger badges. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

South River Kayak Paddle
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger on a guided kayak paddle down the South River. We will travel roughly 4 miles down the South River as we discuss the area's rich history and look for local wildlife. The kayak trip will take roughly 2.5 hours. All kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are included with the program fee. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
2-Day Junior Ranger Camp
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join a ranger for a two-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. Open to children ages 6-12 years old. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited. Children will be working on Level I or II Junior Ranger badges. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Wednesday, Aug 7, 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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Butterfly Bonanza
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 9 AM to 9:45 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Investigate eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies in our garden. Short walk and brief talk on basics of attracting important pollinators to your yard. Handouts. Meet at park office. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Salamander Meander
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join the ranger for an investigative stream lab to discover salamanders and other cold-stream inhabitants. We provide dip nets and catch pans. Wear tennis shoes you can get wet. All ages welcome. Pay correct change at the site. Park at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Meet right of playground. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bat Bingo and Campfire
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original, fast-paced bingo game. Win prizes and learn about our fabulous flying mammals at the same time. Great fun for families or adults. Bring a roasting stick and enjoy toasting a marshmallow over a the fire. View bats flying over Lake Deleanor. Meet next to the boathouse in the campground. Correct change payable at the program. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Parks After Dark 
Campfire Circle with Friends
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Come out to Campground Amphitheater and enjoy a night by the campfire with your family. We will share stories, participate in games and songs, and eat yummy s'mores. $1 per participant. Appropriate for all ages. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parks After Dark 
Twilight Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and 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. 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.
Parks After Dark 
Family Game Time Fun
Friday, Aug 9, 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 - Nifty Nocturnals
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join a park ranger at the lake amphitheater to learn all about animals that come alive at night, and then finish up with some yummy s'mores on the campfire. Nocturnal animals such as bats, beetles, owls and more will be shared by the Park Naturalist in this interactive program. Weather dependent event. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Parks After Dark 
Camping Curious
Friday, Aug 9, 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 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hike and Paddle
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 8 AM to 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail along with an hour long paddle down. You MUST preregister for this event by calling. Kayaks are available for rent if needed for $30. $12 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – Aug 10, 2019 until Aug 31, 2019 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to learn more about the turtles we have here at the visitor center. Get an up-close look at our turtles and watch during our feeding time! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Marvelous Mushroom Stroll
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 9 AM to 10:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join a ranger for a ½ mile trail walk to discover native fungi in our woodlands. Learn to ID common mushrooms and learn about their special adaptations. Pay correct change at the site. Meet at picnic shelter below dam in campground. Not stroller accessible. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery: S'more Shoot & Campfire
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate National S'more Day with us. Stationary target shooting for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Pre-register and pay at the park office or pay correct change at the program After the shoot join us for a marshmallow roast. We provide marshmallows and sticks. Guests can bring chocolate and graham crackers. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Casting a Wide Net
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Have you ever wanted to learn how to shrimp? We will learn the basics of cast netting from a sand bar across from our boat ramp on the Red Bird Creek, so we have plenty of room to practice. We will shuttle over a short distance by canoe. Must bring own cast net. $4 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Yargo Trail Crew - Trail Work Day
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 8:30 AM to 12 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.
Roving Ranger Guided Hikes
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join in on a guided hike! During each hike guests will embark on a .5-1.5 mile hike and learn more about the plants, animals, and natural features at Fort Yargo State Park. Appropriate for all ages. Dogs are welcome, on a leash. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Roving Ranger
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 12 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Find the Roving Ranger table on your next visit to Fort Yargo! Each date and location will have different activities and teach guests about topics such as wildlife, fishing, the Old Fort, plant identification and more. Suitable for all ages. $5 parking pass required. $1 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Fun at the Fort
Saturday, Aug 10, 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.
Perseid Shooting Star Party 2019
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 to Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 9 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us to view the best meteor shower of the year! From 9PM-1AM, come to the beach to enjoy concessions, acoustic music, and meteor viewing. Limited number of telescopes will be available to view the night sky or bring your own. $5 per person (cash only). Kids 5 and under free. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Parks After Dark 
Emory Jones Book Signing
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward. Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Youth (6-17): $7, Children under 6: Free. Plus tax. 706-878-1077.
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An Evening at the Mansion for Volunteers
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
We are gearing up for our fall season here at Hardman Farm and there is plenty to do! Join us for a volunteer open house and hear about all the great opportunities and benefits of becoming a volunteer at Hardman Farm. 706-878-1077.
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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman: Kayaking and Tree Identification
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join park staff for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman: Kayaking and Tree Identification. Receive basic instruction in kayaking and safe boating practices and enjoy a trip around the lake. Then take a hike to learn how to identify tree species based on bark texture, leaf shape, and other characteristics. Open to women age 12+. Childcare provided. $35 plus $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Ranger Activity
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Enjoy a tasty cold treat as you cool off and work towards earning your Magnolia Springs Junior Ranger Badge in this fun and educational half hour workshop inside the Nature Center. Held every Saturday during summer. $1 donation suggested. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Ice-cream S'mores
Saturday, Aug 10, 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, Aug 10, 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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Camper's SplashPad and Craft
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Campground and Cottage guests after-hours splashpad access. Come enjoy the splashpad with your family and fellow overnight guests. While the kids are playing have a chance to make a craft for adults. $0 - $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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