Nature/Wildlife 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, October 23, 2020

Who's the Predator?
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 7 PM to 8 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. Limited attendance of 15. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Creature Feature: Eastern Kingsnake
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 4 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learn all about Fort Yargo residents in this Animal Ambassador talk. Participants will discover the day to day life of Knots, our Eastern Kingsnake in an up close encounter. Pre-registration is required. 15 spots available. Meeting location disclosed after signup. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Guided Hike
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 11 AM to 12 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 as spacing will be limited and social distancing will be enforced. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Plant Hike
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 10 AM to 11:15 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Enjoy a marsh hike to the river and learn about the native and non-native flora of Georgia and our coast. The hike will be under two miles total. Bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to 10 participants, and social distancing will be required. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sunrise Hike
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 7 AM to 8 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist for a moderate 1 mile hike along our Flat Rock trail as we watch the sunrise. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Registration is required, call our park office to reserve your spot. Meet at Trail Head 1. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Meadow Walk & Talk
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet a ranger at our new meadow, learn about pollinators, gopher tortoises, native plants and what we’re doing to restore this area back into a longleaf pine-wiregrass habitat with a meadow component. Program is weather permitting, social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6. Preregistration required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Jeopardy
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of fall-themed Jeopardy. test your knowledge of outdoor activities and fall-related subjects. Must pre-register and pre-pay or call the Park Office. Limited attendance of 15 people. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Evening Paddle
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 5 PM to 7 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Park Naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Location of meeting place disclosed upon registration. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Bees- It is all in the Preparation
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Ever wondered what preparation is needed to start your own bee hive. Come and ask questions to learn about bees beekeeping and equipment. Look at our observation hive to learn how busy bees are. Watch brood emerge and honey being made. Call 478-763-2759 to reserve your spot $3 $3 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Three Trails, One Day
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 9 AM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for guided hikes down all our trails: South Big Creek Trail, 9AM; North Big Creek Trail, 2PM; Lake Trail, 5PM. Each hike limited to ten people, minimum of 4. Pre-registration required by noon October 23. Call or stop by Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Campground Loop Hike
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
This trail is perfect for people that want to see views of the lake and wildlife. It is over a mile long and is a easy to moderate hike. Registration is required to attend the hike. To register call the park office at (706) 541-0321. A parking pass is needed to enter the park. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Cannon Ball Crater Hike
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 1 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Some of the largest weapons of the civil war were naval artillery pieces known as Dahlgren guns. This ranger led hike explores an area of the park where these weapons have left numerous craters. This is a bushwhackers hike off of our trail system. Please where appropriate shoes and clothing for traversing natural areas. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Evening Paddle
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 5 PM to 7 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join the Park Naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Location of meeting place disclosed upon registration. $15 - $20 $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Oct 26, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Homeschool- All About Owls
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join our naturalist to learn more about the different types of owls found in Georgia, followed by an owl pellet dissection to further learn about their eating habits. Registration is required, call our park office to reserve your spot. Meet at Visitors Center. $4 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Going Batty
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Dispel myths and discover fascinating facts about these amazing flying mammals with Dr. Mark Yates from LaGrange College. Location disclosed upon registration. Geared towards adults and children ages 8 & up. Must pre-register and pre-pay. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Who's the Predator?
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 7 PM to 8 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. Limited attendance of 15. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Creature Feature: Eastern Kingsnake
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 4 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learn all about Fort Yargo residents in this Animal Ambassador talk. Participants will discover the day to day life of Knots, our Eastern Kingsnake in an up close encounter. Pre-registration is required. 15 spots available. Meeting location disclosed after signup. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Meet the Turtles
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 4 PM to 5 PM
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 of 4; pre-register by noon November 27. Call or stop by the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Meet the Bees
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet the park honeybees and learn all about these hard-working pollinators from our local beekeepers, owners of Boyd's Bees N Honey. 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 parking. 912-882-5256.
Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration and pre-pay is required by phone or coming to the Park Office. Location disclosed upon registration. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tricksters of the Animal Kingdom
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 11 AM to 12 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! This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Going Batty
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn all about bats, Georgia's one and only flying mammal, then build a bat house to take home. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Pre-registration required by noon October 30. Call or stop by the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 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.
Hunter's Moon Halloween Hike: Wetland Loop Trail
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Wear your best costume and join us for a guided night hike of the Wetland Loop Trail. We will start at the Visitor’s Center and walk down Tsalaki Trail to the Wetland Loop Trailhead. We will then take a break at Bear Ridge, where we will have a small campfire set up. This hike will be approximately 3 miles total. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 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.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 2, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Homeschool In The Park: Birds
Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool, Discover the unique qualities of birds. Families will also go on a short field trip to see live Birds of Prey. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. Must pre-register. Location disclosed upon registration. PROGRAM WILL START AT 10:00 AM. NO LATE ARRIVALS. . $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Bird Bingo & Campfire
Friday, Nov 6, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Bring your own roasting stick, marshmallows and enjoy toasting it over a fire. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-393-2349.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 9, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Homeschool At the Farm: Leaves
Friday, Nov 13, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Discover all the intricacies of leaves, what they are and how they work, up close in an investigative lab at Painted Pony Farm. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Space is limited to 15 people. Event is held off site at the Painted Pony Farm located in Warm Springs, GA. $8. 706-663-4858.
Bird Bingo & Campfire
Friday, Nov 13, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Bring your own roasting stick, marshmallows and enjoy toasting it over a fire. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-393-2349.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

History Hike at HLC
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 10 AM to 12 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 participants 8 years old and above. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing will be required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Preregistration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Morning Kayak
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for a morning kayak tour on the lake. Bring sunscreen, insect repellant and bottled water. Limit: 8 people; minimum: 4; register by noon, November 13; call or stop by Visitor Center. $25 ($15, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Cliatt-Creek Hike
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Tag along with one of naturalist for a hike on our most popular trail! The Cliatt-Creek trail offers scenic views of the Cliatt-Creek and of the parks mini canyon. The trails difficulty is moderate and it is 2.5 miles total. The cost is $2 per person, children 5 and under are free. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Pine Cone Turkey Craft
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Join us for a fun craft using pine cones to create a turkey. Ages 5 and up. This program requires pre-registration and has a maximum of 8 participants. $3 per person $4-$6 plus $3 program fee. 770-387-3747.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack’s Branch area and seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester Mill. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Limit 9 hikers. Reservations required. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Ranger Talks: Nuts and Berries
Friday, Nov 20, 2020 6 PM to 6:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us at the Stone Amphitheater for a 30 min ranger-led talk on berries, nuts and other seeds. Display table following talk. Limited seating; pre-registration required. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Bingo & Campfire
Friday, Nov 20, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Bring your own roasting stick, marshmallows and enjoy toasting it over a fire. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-393-2349.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Recycling to Bird feeders
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to re-purpose drink bottles into bird feeders and self-watering vases. Bring insect repellent, sunblock, bottled water, and empty plastic drink bottle. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Pre-register by noon, November 20; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 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.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 23, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Bird Bingo & Campfire
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Bring your own roasting stick, marshmallows and enjoy toasting it over a fire. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-393-2349.
Meet the Reptiles
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Preregistration is required for this event, participants are limited. Are you afraid of snakes? Have you ever seen a live gopher tortuous? Come meet the reptiles of Magnolia Springs. You will learn that reptiles are an important part of our natural world and snakes are not scary creatures but are wild animals with unique adaptions. $3 per person $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
#OptOutside Stuffed Shuffle
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you want to work off some of that turkey weight while avoiding the malls on Black Friday? Join us as we opt outdoors on this guided mountain hike. This hike is moderately strenuous, but there is no better way to take in the last of the fall colors. Must call to register in advance, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 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, November 28, 2020

Meet the Bees
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet the park honeybees and learn all about these hard-working pollinators from our local beekeepers, owners of Boyd's Bees N Honey. 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 parking. 912-882-5256.
History Hike at HLC
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 10 AM to 12 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 participants 8 years old and above. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing will be required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Preregistration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
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 of 4; pre-register by noon November 27. Call or stop by the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 4 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4. Register by noon, November 27; call or stop by Visitor Center. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water. $25 ($15, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
What is the difference between a tool and a weapon? Come and join us at our amphitheater to find out. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 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.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 30, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 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.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 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, December 13, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderately strenuous three-mile hike identifying rock types and explaining how they formed. Explore the beautiful Jack’s Branch area and seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester Mill. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Limit 9 hikers. Reservations required. $7 Per individual $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 20, 2020 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, December 27, 2020

Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 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.

Friday, January 1, 2021

First Day Fitness Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2021 9 AM to 10:30 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come join us New Year's Day for a hike down our 3-mile nature trail behind the Mill House. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring your own water and snacks. Dog owners welcome, dogs must be kept on leash. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Suwannee River Swamplands: First Day Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2021 8 AM to 9 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
This hike requires pre-registration. We will start the beginning of the year at the beginning of the Suwannee River. As we hike we will discuss the origins of the river in the swamp and where all that water is headed. We will also talk about the history of the area from the purpose of the Suwannee River Sill to turpentiners in the woods. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Junior Ranger Spring Break Camp
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
April 6th-9th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Children ages 6-15 Get outdoors learn, and have fun during the 3 day spring break camp. Space is limited please call the park office at (706-245-6270) to sign up. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.