Nature Hiking Events


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come learn about various plants in the area that can be used for medicinal, food, natural purposes with our guided edible plant hike. The hike will be about 1 mile and dogs are welcome but must be on a 6ft leash. Meet at the Relihan. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Sunset Lake Paddle
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a peaceful, ranger-led kayak outing as we paddle the lake watching for wading birds like Great Blue Herons and raptors like Bald Eagles and Ospreys while enjoying the setting sun. This program is open to adults who can swim and children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Reserve. $20 includes gear. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Jr. Ranger Day
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park and Lodge Jr. Rangers celebrate National Parks Day. Learn about the history of National Parks and conservation. We will cover the Happy Trails page in the Junior Ranger book, while taking a hike and learning fun facts along the way. Meet the naturalist and our reptiles, followed by a reptiles craft. $15 per Jr. Ranger $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
On August 28th, Participants will learn the basics of fishing at the lake from the bank. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment (rods and reels), or the park can loan tackle. Bait, hooks, floats will be supplied. $5.00 per participant, program geared to children 7-15 years old. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Stream Stroll
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a hike along the Overland Nature Trail to the stream where we will continue our hike IN the stream! Shoes must be worn in the creek. Meet at the trailhead. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tails on Trails Hike
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Bring Fido! We’ll be walking a portion of the multipurpose trail for a total of 3.5-mile moderate hike. All dogs must be on leash. Meet at the trailhead. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Evening Hike
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 7 PM to 8 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Let’s take to the trail to see what creatures begin stirring in the evening! Meet at the Overland Nature Trail. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Children's Nature Hike
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 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 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Morning Hike
Friday, Aug 30, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the Naturalist for a morning hike along a portion of the Multi-Use Trail. We’ll be on the lookout for animals while enjoying the plants. This is a 3.5-mile moderate hike. Meet at the trailhead. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tricksters of the Animal Kingdom
Friday, Aug 30, 2019 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Does the opossum really play dead? How do tasty caterpillars avoid becoming a snack? Come learn about some amazing animals and the unique traits and behaviors they use to survive! Meet at the pollinator garden across from the putt-putt course. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Sunset Lake Paddle
Friday, Aug 30, 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.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM – 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.
Accessible 
Hike the Gahuti
Saturday, Aug 31, 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.
Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Give us a helping hand as we feed animals, collect eggs and goof off with our farm animals. We will start by feeding sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys, a horse and mule. Learn about their different diets and tips on maintaining them. Meet at the center of Heritage Farm. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come learn about various plants in the area that can be used for medicinal, food, natural purposes with our guided edible plant hike. The hike will be about 1 mile and dogs are welcome but must be on a 6ft leash. Meet at the Relihan. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Birding Bingo
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 9 AM to 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join us in a birding challenge! We’ll give you a bingo card and explore the park to see who can find the birds to make Bingo first! Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Stream Stroll
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a hike along the Overland Nature Trail to the stream where we will continue our hike IN the stream! Shoes must be worn in the creek. Meet at the trailhead. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Ultraviolet Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 8 PM to 9:30 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.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 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.
Plant Hike
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Enjoy a marsh hike on the Sandpiper Trail to the river on the Avian loop and learn about the native and non-native flora of Georgia and our coast! Meet at Sandpiper Trail head. $5 Parking Pass per vehicle $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hard Labor Creek History Hike
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Trail Walk
Sunday, Sep 1, 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 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Hard Labor Creek History Hike
Monday, Sep 2, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bark in the Park
Monday, Sep 2, 2019 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore the flora and fauna surrounding Brantley trail on this ranger led hike. This is an easy to moderate hike along a 1.5 mile dirt trail. Wear appropriate attire for hiking, bring doggy bags, and water/snacks if desired. Meet at the visitors center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or 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. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or 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.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Low-Tide Paddle
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us on a three-hour kayak adventure through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. We'll spend an hour exploring a sand bar before paddling the tide back in to our dock. Space is limited to 8. Minimum of 4 for trip to make. $35 single; $45 tandem; $25 if you bring your own kayak. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find CCC historic buildings at the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Scorpion Night Hike
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. We will meet at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park office to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 7, 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.
Junior Ranger: Edible Medicinal and Plant Smash
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. 10 to adult. This month we are learning about plants and natural dyes. We will be walking around learning about plants and smashing plants to make awesome impressions. Who doesn’t love getting to smash things for art? Inclement weather may cancel event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Silver Streak - Hike with the Ranger
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Silver Streak in the Park are outdoor programs that seek to enhance a lively aging community. Explore the flora and fauna surrounding the Trading Post trail on this ranger led hike. This is an easy to moderate hike along a 1 mile dirt trail. Please bring water, comfortable shoes, and bugspray. Meet at the Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hike the Gahuti
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 10 AM to 4 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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Homeschool Thursday: Water
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. Want a fun learning experience about nature? Then come join us for crafts, nature walk, games, and more. This month we will be learning about the water cycle and water ecosystems. Recommended age is 5 and up. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Friday, Sep 13, 2019 7 PM to 9 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Hard Labor Creek History Hike
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Evening Intro to Birding Hike
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The end of the day is a perfect time to walk along the Brantley trail and observe the native and migratory birds of Georgia. As an introductory course, this ranger led hike aims to get participants into backyard and local birdwatching without stress or previous birding skills. All experience levels welcome. Meet at the trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bark in the Park
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Join us in a day for the dogs. From small to large dogs, we invite them all to the park to participate in bark ranger training, a guided hike, and more. $2 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Sep 15, 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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Distracted with Rangers
Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or call to register. Bring your camera or smart phone to take photos for iNaturalist. We are using iNaturalist to do a bioblitz project. Meet us at the Iron Hill trail head for this hike; who knows what will happen! Inclement weather may cancelled this event. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Scorpion Night Hike
Friday, Sep 20, 2019 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. We will meet at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park office to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Give us a helping hand as we feed animals, collect eggs and goof off with our farm animals. We will start by feeding sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys, a horse and mule. Learn about their different diets and tips on maintaining them. Meet at the center of Heritage Farm. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Morning Intro to Birding Hike
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Mid-morning is a great time to look for local and migratory birds at Hard Labor Creek. Follow along on this ranger led introductory birding hike through the cottage loop and the surrounding area. We will be focusing on listening to bird calls and observing behavior near our feeders. No previous experience required. meet at the Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Women, join us for a "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" (BOW) program. You'll enjoy an intro SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) program. You will also learn about butterflies and their host plants on a Ranger-led hike. The price for all activities is $30. There will also be a Jr. Ranger camp for ages 6 yrs. to 12 yrs. simultaneously. Please see separate listing. $30 plus $5 parking. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This camp is for children ages 6-12. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill alongside the whitewater rapids of Sweetwater Creek, pedal boats on the lake, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects. Registration is necessary. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Lunch is not provided. $25 includes Junior Ranger book and patch. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
On August 28th, Participants will learn the basics of fishing at the lake from the bank. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment (rods and reels), or the park can loan tackle. Bait, hooks, floats will be supplied. $5.00 per participant, program geared to children 7-15 years old. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Your State Parks Day: Distracted with Rangers
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. For this Your State Parks Day we will be combining clean up with another program! We will be cleaning part of the Homestead and Sweet Gum Trails and doing a bioblitz project while we clean up!. So bring your camera or smart phone to take photos for our iNaturalist bioblitz. Meet us at 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, Ga 30102. 770-975-0055.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or 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. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or 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.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fun With Fungi
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Fun with Fungi is an introduction to mushrooms found here in the Southeastern mountains, with special speaker Fred Bradley - Cherokee $5.50 - $7 706-624-1321.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Homeschool Thursday: Leaves Matter
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. This month we will be learning about leaves. We will learn how to use leaves to identify trees, why leaves change colors, and why leaves are important. We will have crafts, games, and hikes. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Make sure to dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Walking the Gopher Tortoise Road
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and walk our trail and we may meet our Gopher Tortoise's at George L Smith State Park. Learn the tale of ecological inter-dependency and how the fate of one species can affect the fate of many. Meet at the Park Office. Bring water, suntan lotion and good hiking shoes. No pets on this walk. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Overlook Hike
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led hike to the lower Overlook. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Once we arrive at the Overlook, the Ranger will discuss the unique Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant. The trail is considered easy. Please meet in the Visitor information parking lot. Per Vehicle $5 parking. 706-802-5087.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Distracted with Rangers
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or call to register. Bring your camera or smart phone to take photos for iNaturalist. We are using iNaturalist to do a bioblitz project. Meet us at the Iron Hill trail head for this hike; who knows what will happen! Inclement weather may cancelled this event. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fright at the Fort
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 6 PM to 10 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Join us for a night of thrills and chills. From 6-7 pm, children ages 3-10 can trick-or-treat at numerous spooky spots within the fort. Then, from 8-10 pm, beware of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins as the fort and nature trail transform into a spectacularly spooky, shudder-inducing experience. Bring along your friends and family if you dare! $7 - $12. 912-437-4770.
Children's Nature Walk
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 10 AM to 11:30 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Enjoy the fall colors with us and make a necklace of the different colors that you see! Walk the Squirrel trail and pick up nature's colors as we head to a shelter to put our necklace together. All ages are welcome! Sign up at the Park Office prior to the event. $2 per person $5 parking. 478-763-2759.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
On August 28th, Participants will learn the basics of fishing at the lake from the bank. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment (rods and reels), or the park can loan tackle. Bait, hooks, floats will be supplied. $5.00 per participant, program geared to children 7-15 years old. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fall Break Camp
Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 9 AM to 4 PM
Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, GA
Have fun, and learn new skills as we explore Watson Mill State Park in this 2 day fall break camp. Call the park office (706)-245-6270 to reserve your spot today! Park pass is required. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or 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.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 4:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Field Journal Journeys: Leaves Matter
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. We will learn how to use leaves to identify trees, why leaves change colors, and why leaves are important. We will walk to find leaves and trees. This program is recommended for 10 to adult. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Homeschool Thursday: Night
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. For this Homeschool Thursday, we will be talking about Nighttime things. There will be a black light Nox Walk, nocturnal animal pelts, moon activities, and stargazing. For ages 5 and up. This event is outside, so please dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

National Take a Hike Day
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate our country's wilderness and get outside for some exercise by hiking our most challenging trail at the park, Ash Creek Trail, with our Naturalist. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Distracted with Rangers
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from eventbrite or call to register. Bring your camera or smart phone to take photos for iNaturalist. We are using iNaturalist to do a bioblitz project. Meet us at the Iron Hill trail head for this hike; who knows what will happen! Inclement weather may cancelled this event. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Silent Signing Stroll
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Get tickets from Eventbrite or 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. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. Event is FREE. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
On August 28th, Participants will learn the basics of fishing at the lake from the bank. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment (rods and reels), or the park can loan tackle. Bait, hooks, floats will be supplied. $5.00 per participant, program geared to children 7-15 years old. Meet at Park Office/Trading Post. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 29, 2019

7 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 10 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Ditch the mall and join us for some fresh air and exercise this Black Friday! We will meet at the Area B Boat Ramp, and begin our hike promptly at 10 am. We will complete the 7 mile Yellow Loop Trail. Suitable for ages 12 and older. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
2 Mile Black Friday Hike
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 5 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Skip the madness and opt outside! We will meet at the Fishing Area for a guided 2 mile hike along the Orange and Yellow Trail. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Dogs welcome, on a leash. $5 parking pass required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Full Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Enjoy Fort Yargo after dark on a guided moonlit hike by the lake each full moon of this year. Early evening hours are great for spotting wildlife such as deer, rabbits, owls and others along the lake shore. Hike length and meeting location will vary month to month. Bring sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
Homeschool Thursday: Stay Warm
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Must call to register. How do animals stay warm?! Learn what animals do to stay warm in the winter. Build shelters, 'burrows', crafts, leaf nests, and more! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Call to register. Make sure to dress for the weather. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Event will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Overlook Hike
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 9 AM to 11 AM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger led hike to the lower Overlook. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Once we arrive at the Overlook, the Ranger will discuss the unique Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant. The trail is considered easy. Please meet in the Visitor information parking lot. Per Vehicle $5 parking. 706-802-5087.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

First Saturday Hike - The Dirt We Walk On
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join rangers for a special two-mile hike passing through tallgrass battlefields, free-flowing streams, and majestic woodland forests. Learn the park history while you hike and take in all the beauty nature has to offer. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Earth Day 2020 Volunteer Day - Dirty Jobs
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Here is your chance to make a difference in our park, our community, and our world. Come out and join us for various tasks such as flower bed enhancement, litter pick up, and erosion control projects. 770-443-7850.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

National Trails Day Hike - Dirt Paths Through History
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 9 AM to 11 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Walk through fields of history and forests of natural wonder on a guided tour by a ranger. Hike will be moderate, and distance is flexible per participant. $3 - $6. 770-443-7850.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp - Discovery Is Ranger Tradition (D.I.R.T.)
Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Parents, this is an opportunity to enroll your kids, ages 6 to 12, in our half-day Junior Ranger Program. Youth will learn about the history and nature here at Pickett’s Mill through very fun, and sometimes challenging activities where they can earn patches and badges. $25 - $75 $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
Junior Ranger Road Trip