Nature/Wildlife Events


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 3 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for Toddler Tuesdays at our new time! Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! Events to take place at the Interpretative Center (old office) unless specified otherwise. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Ask the Naturalist
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside the front office to answer any questions you may have about the park and the wildlife found within it. Do you have a picture of some plant or animal you can't identify? Bring it, and we will try to identify it for you. Stop by, chat for a few minutes, and learn something new. We'll see you there! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

River Walk
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Walk the Etowah River with the Naturalist and learn about the history, and wildlife surrounding it. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Sensory Hike
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 5 PM to 6 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Explore the Overland Nature Trail to a new depth. We'll be connecting with nature more fully by engaging our senses! This all-ages hike will include several activities to slow down and observe your surroundings using sight, hearing, smell, and touch. Meet at the trailhead (in the Spring Picnic Area) and be ready to discover! $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a fun and easy craft break. We will be making pine cone bird feeders. Participants may take their finished bird feeders home to hang up and help the birds around their home make it through the last bit of winter. Materials will be supplied. All ages are welcome. Meet at picnic shelter #1. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Homeschool Fridays
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Home-school students of all ages are welcomed to come join park rangers on a educational nature/ history hike to and inside the historic five story New Manchester Manufacturing Mill and impressive rapids. This hike meets the GPS standards. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservation recommended. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Forest Writing and Sketching
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Join us for a short interpretive hike through our beautiful Piedmont forest where we will then sit to listen to a short lecture about writing and sketching. The remainder of the time will be spent quietly writing and sketching in a lovely, secluded spot in the forest. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $3 plus $5 parking. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

February Eye-Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4 PM – Feb 29, 2020 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
New month means a new scavenger hunt! Bring your camera and take a look around our park for the items on our scavenger hunt list. Take a picture with each item on our list and bring your completed list and pictures to the office to claim your prize. Remember, this is not a race, have fun! $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 8 AM - 4 PM – Feb 29, 2020 
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Bring your camera and take a look around Florence Marina for 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 Kirbo Interpretive Center by 4:00 to claim your prize. Stop by the Kirbo Interpretive Center to pick up your scavenger hunt checkoff list! $5 parking. 229-848-4244.
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An Extra Day in Nature
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Want to make the most of your Leap Day? Join a ranger on a guided nature journaling walk. $2. 912-437-4770.
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An Extra Day in Nature
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Want to make the most of your Leap Day? Join a ranger on a guided nature journaling walk. $2. 912-437-4770.
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Junior Ranger After Dark
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Take the night off and send the kids to camp! JRAD is a Saturday night full of adventures, from night hikes to campfire stories. Campers will create crafts, go on a night hike, and of course enjoy some s'mores. Campers will need closed toe shoes, a flashlight or head lamp, and a water bottle. Please have campers eat dinner before or pack food. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Heart 2 Heart
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 8 AM to 8 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for a full day of fun. General Coffee's local hospital CRMC and wellness247 are hosting their annual Heart 2 Heart event, and they're having it here at the park. Event includes races, walks, archery, crafts, and much more. $0 - $30 $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Backyard Birding
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the Park Naturalist at the office to learn how to attract birds to your backyard and make a fun craft to bring home for your birdie friends. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Early Bloomers! - Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist to scour the trail looking for early bloomers! We’ll be looking especially for trout lily, common blue violet, and bloodroot to kick off the wildflower season! Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Leap Day Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Take a leap and celebrate this special day that only comes around every four years with a guided hike along our Big Creek Nature Trail. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Winter Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Get your blood pumping as you hop like a toad, run like a deer, do the tortoise slo-mo walk and more in this fun ½ mile interactive hike along the beautiful Woodpecker Trail. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 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.
Trails Through History Workday
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and assist us with improvement projects our hiking trails here at the park. Snacks and water provided. Please bring gloves. Free admission for volunteers. 770-443-7850.
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 to Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 1 PM to 3 AM
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 Sweetgum Trail Loop .75 mile, moderate terrain. We will be starting at the Visitor Center. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Wildlife Program With ABAC
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Since ABAC hosts the reputation it does, we thought it would be a fantastic idea to have some of the students from the Wildlife and Forestry tracks to come and bring some of their own resources, animals, study skins, and skulls that differ from our own here at Reed Bingham. The goal is to bring some diversity to the park. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Edible Plant Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a guided hike through the coastal salt marsh and island hammocks as we identify some of the edible plants that grow wild in the area. Meet at the Sandpiper Trailhead. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Fungus Frolic
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 11 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join state certified mushroom forager and Wild Mushroom Food and Safety Instructor Brian Hale for a fungus presentation and brief hike. The program will begin with a power point presentation, and after we will hike a 1.6-mile loop trail in order to observe and identify wild mushrooms in the area. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Children's Nature Hike
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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 also. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Mushroom Madness
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a break, and take a look at the mushrooms that have sprung up in the rain. We will be hiking around our pond and down through Gar Lake to look for these "fun-guys". Meet at Relihan. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Home School Field Trip
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
If you home school your children we have a fun program planned! Home school students will get to explore our canyon overlook trail, see live animals, adventure into our nature center, and play a fun nature scavenger hunt. For ages 5-15 years old. Meet at the nature center, next to the park office. The cost is $5 per student. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Appalachian Trail Kick-Off (ATKO)
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 4 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Once again, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge invites you to this year’s Appalachian Trail Kick Off! Mark your calendars for March 6, 7, and 8 for the 20th anniversary of the ATKO. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Moonlight Hike
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us as we take a moonlight walk through our Gopher loop trail and get to experience all the wonders of the nocturnal world. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Stars Over Seminole Hike
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night hike will travel 1.5 miles round trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Appalachian Trail Kick-Off (ATKO)
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Once again, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge invites you to this year’s Appalachian Trail Kick Off! Mark your calendars for March 6, 7, and 8 for the 20th anniversary of the ATKO. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Nature and History Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Adventure into the woods: Learn about native animals and the rich history of the park. 3 mile hike, mild difficulty. Bring water and hiking-friendly shoes. Meet at Park Office. Please be on time so you can participate. Valid Park Pass Required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Eye Spy 20 Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the park office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and checklists available. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Cadette Girl Scout Night Owl Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 6 PM to 7 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Enjoy a fun learning experience for all Cadette Girl Scouts! Earn your Night Owl badge by taking a hike with our rangers while learning more about the wild and interesting animals that wander the park at night. You'll have the chance to see bats, raccoons, armadillos, deer, and much more! Embrace your wild side and get outdoors! $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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Go For A Gopher (Loop Hike)
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a walk with us and the tortoises out on our Gopher Loop trail. Enjoy a hike through our 'Sandhill Management' area and see what we are doing to help this vulnerable species. Meet at Gopher Loop trail head. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Pondapalooza
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for a hike around our farm pond and a short study on life in the water. Get down and dirty with some cool critter's that lurk in the water. Meet by the pond dock. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Forts from Founds Objects and Build a Campfire
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you. Use surrounding sticks, branches, hollowed logs, vines, etc. Then, learn helpful skills about how to build a campfire. Celebratory marshmallows will be roasted after the demonstrations. Meet at the Visitors Center. Preregistration required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist to seek out some of middle Georgia's wildflowers! We'll be looking specifically for trout lily and bloodroot on the Overland Nature Trail. Meet at the trailhead (in the Springs Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
ASL Signing Stroll
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come learn some basic signs for nature as we stroll along the Rock Outcrop Trail. This is a free program for all ages. Trail is .75 miles and is easy, but not stroller accessible. You do not need to register for this event, just show up. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Appalachian Trail Kick-Off (ATKO)
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Once again, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge invites you to this year’s Appalachian Trail Kick Off! Mark your calendars for March 6, 7, and 8 for the 20th anniversary of the ATKO. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
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Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Wildflower Wonder Walk
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come see what the warm weather has brought us in the form of flowers. Take a hike on our Gopher Loop trail and see what grows in our Sandhill Management area. Meet at Gopher Loop trail head. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Swamp Stomp (West River Trail)
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Hike our West River Swamp trail, and follow the river up stream and see what floats our way. Dog's are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. The hike will be about 2 miles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 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.
Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ask the Naturalist
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside the front office to answer any questions you may have about the park and the wildlife found within it. Do you have a picture of some plant or animal you can't identify? Bring it, and we will try to identify it for you. Stop by, chat for a few minutes, and learn something new. We'll see you there! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nature Sketching/Photography
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring your camera or sketchbook along as a naturalist guides you on a one-mile hike through the woods on the Big Ferry Trail. Beginners welcome – pros are welcome to share their knowledge with the group. Please feel free to bring your information/business cards along to pass off to your fellow artists. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Campfire Singalong
Friday, Mar 13, 2020 6 PM to 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Warm yourself by the fire with Good Music and Good Company. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Spring Walk-A-Bout
Friday, Mar 13, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet the ranger at Noname Parking lot just inside the campground from the Park Office for a 3/4-mile, natural surface trail, woodland adventure. Discover plants, animals and learn about the human history of the park. Not stroller accessible. Dogs welcome. Pay correct change at the hike start. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Scrap Treasure Hunt & Scrap Art Craft
Friday, Mar 13, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Lend us a helping hand, by going on a trash scavenger hunt around the park, and race against other competitors to see who can find stuff the fastest. Afterwards turn those items in a piece of art work like no other. Arrive early to get a ahead start, and maybe win a prize. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Bat Hike
Friday, Mar 13, 2020 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come take a walk as we watch the sky to see bats take there nightly flight for dinner. Involves a short hike around our 4-acre pond. Meet at Farm parking lot. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Wildflower Hike
Friday, Mar 13, 2020 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come explore the trail with us to view some of the most beautiful and favored parts of nature: wildflowers! We’ll be keeping an eye out for bloodroot, trilliums, and round-lobed hepatica. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Eye Spy 20 Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the park office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and checklists available. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Pond Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come join us for an easy .5-Mile hike around our 4-acre pond. See what life inhabitants around the water and get a chance to see our local turtles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Shamrock Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Find all 10 paper shamrocks (filled with fun facts about Georgia state animals, plants, and Irish folklore) on the trail and collect your gold coins (chocolates) at the visitors center (Trading Post). Meet at the nature trail head. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Call the park office to register, spaces are limited. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Forts from Founds Objects and Build a Campfire
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you. Use surrounding sticks, branches, hollowed logs, vines, etc. Then, learn helpful skills about how to build a campfire. Celebratory marshmallows will be roasted after the demonstrations. Meet at the Visitors Center. Preregistration required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Astronomy in the Park
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 8 PM to 9:30 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the Flint River Astronomy Club to get close and personal with the night sky. FRAC members will come and set up their telescopes. This event will take place in our pool parking lot. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 4 PM to 5 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come explore the trail with us to view some of the most beautiful and favored parts of nature: wildflowers! We’ll be keeping an eye out for bloodroot, trilliums, and round-lobed hepatica. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Barks in the Park Doggy Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring your favorite four-legged companion and join a Park Ranger for an easy hike in the beautiful Magnolia Springs State Park. Please remember that your companion must be leashed at all times. Good walking shoes are recommended and always remember your water. We will meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Nature Talk and Hike with the Naturalist
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join the Park Naturalist and learn about the different wildlife, trees, and plants located throughout the park. Then enjoy a guided hike along the trails. Hopefully you will be able to recognize something you just learned about. $2 donation $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Mistletoe 5K Dash
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Mistletoe is hosting their 2nd annual 5K. This is a trail race that will challenge even the best of runners! It's $20 per person to register for this event. To register you must go through our Facebook event page. We will be limiting the race to only 50 runners. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance. $10 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 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.
Second Saturday Guided Hike: Wetland Loop Trail
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods on the Wetland Loop Trail. This ½ mile hike will circle a beaver pond and provide opportunities to see fish, frogs, birds, and other wildlife. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Micro-Organisms at the Park
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join us at the Nature Center Amphitheater and take samples around you; plants, dirt, lake water; and examine them under a microscope! Meet @ Hornet's Nest/ Nature Center Amphitheater. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 12 PM to 1 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Swamp Stomp (East River Trail)
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Hike our East River Swamp trail, and follow the river up stream and see what floats our way. Dog's are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. The hike will be about 1.5 miles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Mar 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.
Snag the Swag
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Snag the swag in this picture scavenger hunt throughout the park. Sign up at the office to get the list of items to find and complete your hunt between 10 AM and 4 PM. Groups or individuals who finish the list will get to choose a prize from our Skidaway Island State Park prizes. All you need is a way to take pictures and to be ready to explore! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist and "Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park" president 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 the seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester mill. Meet in the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Late Winter/Early Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This 2-mile hike will be moderately strenuous and will pass through several beautiful wildflower habitats. Early favorites we will likely see are Hepatica, Bloodroot, Foam Flower, Fire Pink. Wild Geranium, Wild Iris, Sorrel, and Green and Gold. Generally we see 20 to 25 species on this early hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5876.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 3 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for Toddler Tuesdays at our new time! Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! Events to take place at the Interpretative Center (old office) unless specified otherwise. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Beginner Birding
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on an easy, one-mile hike on the Sandpiper Trail. This birding hike is beginner friendly, but seasoned birders are welcome to come share their knowledge with the group. Weather permitting, we may be able to identify a variety of springtime birds and marsh favorites such as the egrets and clapper rails. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Homeschool in the Park- All About Trees
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join us for a tree-mendous lesson on trees and some of their unique characteristics. There will be hands-on learning activities and plenty of fun. Ages 7 and up. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
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Ask the Naturalist
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside the front office to answer any questions you may have about the park and the wildlife found within it. Do you have a picture of some plant or animal you can't identify? Bring it, and we will try to identify it for you. Stop by, chat for a few minutes, and learn something new. We'll see you there! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Maritime Forest Hike
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on the Big Ferry Trail for a two mile hike and learn how plants and animals in the maritime forests have adapted to living in this unique coastal ecosystem. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Spring Walk-A-Bout
Friday, Mar 20, 2020 3 AM to 4:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet the ranger at Noname Parking lot just inside the campground from the Park Office for a 3/4-mile, natural surface trail, woodland adventure. Discover plants, animals and learn about the human history of the park. Not stroller accessible. Dogs welcome. Pay correct change at the hike start. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Wildflower Poker Walk
Friday, Mar 20, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Join us for a 1/2-mile, natural surface trail discovery. Stop at five wildlife and wildflower learning stations. . Cost per child ages 4 & up Pre-register. & Pre-pay. Cancelled if rain or low sign-up. Meet at NoName Parking Lot between park office and Group Shelter along campground entry road. $7 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Marsh Ecology Hike
Friday, Mar 20, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on a two-mile hike and learn about the unique ecosystem in the tidal marshes on the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trail. Meet your naturalist at the Sandpiper trail head. The trails are close to the water and can be muddy in some spots, so bring sturdy shoes and insect repellent. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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First Day of Spring Night Hike: Wetland Loop
Friday, Mar 20, 2020 8 PM to 9 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of the Wetland Loop Trail. This easy, ½ mile hike will circle a beaver-made wetland. Amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, use the wetland in order to spawn. Come on out for a chance to hear the symphony of sounds produced by the calling frogs! $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Birding at the Rookery
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
See the hundreds of birds that nest here each spring including wood storks, herons, egrets, anhinga, ibis, roseate spoonbills and more. Professional scopes set up on site and binoculars provided to allow an up close view of the islands, nesting behaviors, fledglings and the hungry alligators lurking beneath. Space Limited. Preregistration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Eye Spy 20 Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends on a leisurely stroll outside the park office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and checklists available. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Swamp Stomp (West River Trail)
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Hike our West River Swamp trail, and follow the river up stream and see what floats our way. Dog's are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. The hike will be about 2 miles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you and a compass that we provide, find and learn about the CCC historic buildings at the park. Program geared towards visitors 8 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 12 PM to 1 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come explore the trail with us to view some of the most beautiful and favored parts of nature: wildflowers! We’ll be keeping an eye out for bloodroot, trilliums, and round-lobed hepatica. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join a local Georgia Forestry Specialist on a hike along our Big Creek Nature Trail and learn how to identify native plants and trees. Make sure to bring water and wear bugspray. Space is limited, so call Park Office to register. Meet at park office day of. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Fireside Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come join our Ranger for a one-mile winter hike on the beautiful Beaver Trail learning about the season's flora and fauna. Then enjoy marshmallows and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire to warm up. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Trail Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
Join us for a Ranger-led hike. As you stroll along the banks of Antioch Lake, we will share this area's unique history, flora and fauna. Depending on the group we will hike between 2- 5 miles. Trail is moderate. $5 parking. 706-802-5087.
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Guided Marsh Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on a two-mile hike and learn about the unique ecosystem in the tidal marshes on the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trail. Meet your naturalist at the Sandpiper trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Plant Hike
Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Enjoy a marsh hike to the river along the Sandpiper Trail and Avian Loop and learn about the native and non-native flora of Georgia and our coast. The hike will be under two miles total. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Go For A Gopher (Loop Hike)
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Take a walk with us and the tortoises out on our Gopher Loop trail. Enjoy a hike through our 'Sandhill Management' area and see what we are doing to help this vulnerable species. Meet at Gopher Loop trail head. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Forage in the Forest
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Tired of searching the grocery store for dinner, come see what you can find out in the woods, and learn about native edible plants in your backyard. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Crafting Quills
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 4 PM to 5 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Just as the name says. We will be creating our very own quills, and see what it is like to write with one. With some luck we may make our own ink as well. Join us in the Relihan. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Hemlock Treatment: Training Session
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 1 PM to 5 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This 4-hour training session will be led by Donna Shearer, chairman of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks, for volunteers who want to become proficient in managing the health of hemlocks. We will discuss methods, equipment, and chemicals needed for systemic insecticide application. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Ask the Naturalist
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 9 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside the front office to answer any questions you may have about the park and the wildlife found within it. Do you have a picture of some plant or animal you can't identify? Bring it, and we will try to identify it for you. Stop by, chat for a few minutes, and learn something new. We'll see you there! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Accessible DIRT Event 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Campfire Singalong
Friday, Mar 27, 2020 6 PM to 8 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Warm yourself by the fire with Good Music and Good Company. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. Free Event. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Spring Walk-A-Bout
Friday, Mar 27, 2020 3 AM to 4:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet the ranger at Noname Parking lot just inside the campground from the Park Office for a 3/4-mile, natural surface trail, woodland adventure. Discover plants, animals and learn about the human history of the park. Not stroller accessible. Dogs welcome. Pay correct change at the hike start. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Owl Prowl Night Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2020 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for this special evening program! We will have a brief discussion on owls found here at Mistletoe then journey onto the Cliatt-Creek Nature Trail in hopes to spotting or hearing these majestic birds. Register for the hike on our Facebook Page. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Stars Over Seminole Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2020 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA
Experience the beauty and serenity of a hike under the stars and listen to a symphony of sound provided by Mother Nature. This night hike will travel 1.5 miles round trip, stopping at our boardwalk to stargaze. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.
Guided Marsh Hike
Friday, Mar 27, 2020 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on a two-mile hike and learn about the unique ecosystem in the tidal marshes on the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trail. Meet your naturalist at the Sandpiper trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Shelter Building
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Join our Ranger and learn how to make a basic shelter here at the Park! Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
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Eye Spy 20 Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 8 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Spring Walk-A-Bout
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Meet the ranger at Noname Parking lot just inside the campground from the Park Office for a 3/4-mile, natural surface trail, woodland adventure. Discover plants, animals and learn about the human history of the park. Not stroller accessible. Dogs welcome. Pay correct change at the hike start. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Wildflower Wonder Walk
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come see what the warm weather has brought us in the form of flowers. Take a hike on our Gopher Loop trail and see what grows in our Sandhill Management area. Meet at Gopher Loop trail head. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Winter Wonder Hike on the Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a mountain bike trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for people over 10 years old. Pre-registration required. Meet at the visitor center, as we will caravan to the starting point. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Scorpion Night Hike
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 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 provided UV flash lights. We will meet at the Visitor Center (Trading Post) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park to register by paying in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wildflower Hike
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
As the season moves on, we’re looking at a turnover in the wildflowers. The trout lilies and bloodroot are moving out, the wild geraniums and mayapples are on their way in! Keep up with us as we watch the parade of flowers. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
The Search For the Great Magnolia Tree
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join the naturalist on a nature hike to find Magnolia trees on the park. Along the way you will discover animals and plants that live on the park as we go on this search for the Great Magnolia. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Maritime Forest Hike
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on the Big Ferry Trail for a two mile hike and learn how plants and animals in the maritime forests have adapted to living in this unique coastal ecosystem. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Ask the Naturalist
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside the front office to answer any questions you may have about the park and the wildlife found within it. Do you have a picture of some plant or animal you can't identify? Bring it, and we will try to identify it for you. Stop by, chat for a few minutes, and learn something new. We'll see you there! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Hemlock Treatment: Insecticide Application
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 10 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come out and join volunteers from Save Georgia’s Hemlocks to help treat hemlock trees throughout the park with an insecticide application. Volunteers will meet outside the Visitor’s Center for an overview of the project, formation of teams, distribution of equipment and supplies, and mixing of chemicals. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fire Building
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Learn the basics of starting a campfire. Forage for kindling and start your fire with only matches. Meet @ Elijah Clark Cabin. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
DIRT Event 
Ravenous Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Have you ever wondered how a Snake swallows its food? Join us to witness and learn about native reptiles firsthand. Pet a live Snake. Meet @ Park Office. Free Event, Donations Appreciated. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 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. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Swamp Stomp (East River Trail)
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Hike our East River Swamp trail, and follow the river up stream and see what floats our way. Dog's are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. The hike will be about 1.5 miles. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
As the season moves on, we’re looking at a turnover in the wildflowers. The trout lilies and bloodroot are moving out, the wild geraniums and mayapples are on their way in! Keep up with us as we watch the parade of flowers. Meet at the Overland Nature Trail (in the Spring Picnic Area). $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 3 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for Toddler Tuesdays at our new time! Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! Events to take place at the Interpretative Center (old office) unless specified otherwise. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
DIRT Event 
Guided Marsh Hike
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist on a two-mile hike and learn about the unique ecosystem in the tidal marshes on the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trail. Meet your naturalist at the Sandpiper trail head. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this exciting and informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Sweep the 'Hooch
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
We will be partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Smithgall Woods State Park to do a river clean-up of the Chattahoochee. We invite you to keep our rivers clean and beautiful by picking up trash along our Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail. 706-878-1077.
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 9 AM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Stop by the park office between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up your self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose from 3 different hunts or complete them all. When finished, turn in the completed scavenger hunt sheet at the park office and win a prize. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:15 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.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

ASL Signing Stroll
Sunday, Apr 5, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Come learn some basic signs for nature as we stroll along the Rock Outcrop Trail. This is a free program for all ages. Trail is .75 miles and is easy, but not stroller accessible. You do not need to register for this event, just show up. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Apr 5, 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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Spring Break Junior Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Calling all Junior Rangers to spend a day of their Spring Break playing and learning with us at Ft. King George! Registration is required. $20 for early registration and $25 for late registration. $20 - $25. 912-437-4770.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020 8 PM to 10 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Enjoy our trails like never before on this guided full moon hike! We will be meeting at the park office. We will be hiking the 2.5 mile Cliatt-Creek Trail. Tickets must be purchased from our Facebook page to attend this event. Tickets are $2. Due to the time and nature of the event we have to reduce crowd size. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Birds of Prey
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come to our Birds of Prey program to learn about the owls, hawks, eagles and other magnificent birds that we have in our own backyard! There will also be an optional owl pellet dissection after the talk. We will be meeting at the amphitheater next to the park office. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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