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.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

All About Tides
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a short talk on the tides where we inform you about the forces that cause this phenomenon and why it is ecologically beneficial to our coast. 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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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
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. 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.
Dog Hike and Learn
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Bring out your furry friend to enjoy a stroll through our Sandpiper Trail. A park ranger will discuss how to keep your pet and the environment safe when exploring the great outdoors! Please pre-register by calling the park office, spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – Apr 15, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Apr 16, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool at the Farm: Earth Day
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Have some fun with our Earth Day games and activities, and learn a little something about this blue and green sphere we call home. Cost $8 per student. Must pre-register (706.663.4858). Held at offsite location, Painted Pony Farm. Dress for the weather. $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Gardening: All about Tomatoes
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 4 PM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Ever wanted to grow your own tomatoes? Tomatoes can be tricky, but in this program you will learn what you need to know to grow healthy prolific plants. There is nothing quite like homegrown, so say goodbye to those store-bought cardboard varieties. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-323-1748.
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Edible Plant Hike
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Some species are used for making tea or seasonings. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Limited to 10 hikers. Please pre-register by calling the park office at 912-727-2339. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Tricksters of the Animal Kingdom
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 1 AM to 2 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.
Marsh Discovery Hike
Friday, Apr 16, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a guided hike along the Sandpiper Trail and learn about the marsh and the creatures that call it home. Pre-register by calling the park office, spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Relihan Reptiles Feeding
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for a fun and educational presentation on the diets of reptiles and amphibians. $2 per person $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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History Hike at HLC
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 1 PM to 3 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 12 participants. Social distancing will be required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 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. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon one day prior to event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 5 PM to 6:30 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. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon one day prior to event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Watershed: Mistletoe 50th Anniversary
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join our ranger led talk on the importance of watersheds and specifically on the importance of the Clarks Hill Lake watershed. The cost is only $2 per person, call the office to register at (706) 541-0321. Space is limited. We will be meeting at the beach area. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Some species are used for making tea or seasonings. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Limited to 10 hikers. Please pre-register by calling the park office at 912-727-2339. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Reptile Talk: Meet our new snakes
Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 11 AM to 11:45 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Since moving into our new Visitor Center we have acquired new snake friends. Come sit in our Interpretive Center and meet our new adult snakes. Our naturalist will talk about the different snake species and where we received each snake. Social distancing is required. Pre-register by phone as spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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History and Nature Hike to the Ruins
Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-Registration required. Limited capacity. Learn about the natural history of the park and the history of the New Manchester Mill on a .5 mile hike, culminating in a tour of the mill ruins. This interpretive ranger led program is open to all ages. Call 770-732-5871 to register. $5 per person. Wear decent hiking shoes and bring water. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Apr 21, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 2 PM to 3 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. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
A Night Under the Stars
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us at the ballfield for a ranger-led astronomy program. Learn how to identify common celestial objects and constellations and possibly catch a bit of the Lyrids meteor shower (Disclaimer: the bright moon may inhibit meteor visibility). Borrow a pair of binoculars, bring your own telescope or just enjoy the night sky with your eyes. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Hike
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join our naturalist for an informative morning bird hike. This hike will begin on the Sandpiper Trail. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Please pre-register by calling the park office, spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day 2021 Volunteer Project
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us this Earth Day for a volunteer opportunity to improve the park. We plan to install bat houses which will promote a healthier ecosystem. Volunteers will receive a prize for their efforts. Space is limited, call the office at 706-541-0321 to register. There is no cost associated and all parking fees are waived. 706-541-0321.
Earth Day Bike Ride
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Skidaway Island State Park wants you to come celebrate Earth Day with a ranger-led bike ride. The guided bike ride will start at the Visitor Center, take you through the campgrounds and into the Big Ferry trail where it will end at the Observation Tower. All ages are welcome. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – Apr 22, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, April 23, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Apr 23, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Apr 23, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
River Walk
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 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.
Ranger Talk: Snakes
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us at the stone amphitheater for a 30 min ranger-led talk on these slithery reptiles. Learn a bit about snakes, how they survive, which ones are dangerous, some snake misconceptions, and get the opportunity to touch a live snake. Display table following talk. Limited seating; preregistration required. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Friends Nature Craft
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone bunny rabbit or other woodland critter out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Hike
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 1 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Earth Day with a hike to Cascade Falls (4 miles total)! See the diversity and beauty of our planet, including mixed pine forests, bottomland streams, rocky ridges, and majestic waterfalls. Preregistration required. Meeting place disclosed upon registration. Geared towards ages 8 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Evening Paddle
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join a ranger on a relaxing evening paddle enjoying nature and possibly seeing some wildlife. We provide life jackets, paddles, 2-person canoes, kayaks, paddleboats or johnboats. Boater check in 5:45PM at boathouse. Pre-register & pre-pay at park office (706.663.4858). Limited space for boaters. $28/paddleboat, $15/canoe/kayak/johnboat. $15-$28 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Crafts
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Through the power of crafts, we can turn ordinary trash into treasured keepsakes. We'll be making bracelets and coin banks. Call 912-437-4770 or click https://bit.ly/314qdne to reserve a spot. This program will cost standard admission + $1.00: Adults $7.50, Seniors $7.00, Youth 6-17 $4.50, Youth 5 & Under FREE $5.50-$8.50 912-437-4770.
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Earth Day Crafts
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Through the power of crafts, we can turn ordinary trash into treasured keepsakes. We'll be making bracelets and coin banks. Call 912-437-4770 or click https://bit.ly/314qdne to reserve a spot. This program will cost standard admission + $1.00: Adults $7.50, Seniors $7.00, Youth 6-17 $4.50, Youth 5 & Under FREE $5.50-$8.50 912-437-4770.
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Gardening: All about Tomatoes
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Ever wanted to grow your own tomatoes? Tomatoes can be tricky, but in this program you will learn what you need to know to grow healthy prolific plants. There is nothing quite like homegrown, so say goodbye to those store-bought cardboard varieties. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-323-1748.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Guided Hike
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Turtle Talk
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 11 AM to 11:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Learn about our local turtles and get an up-close look at the amazing design of the turtle shell in this program! This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 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. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon one day prior to event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 5 PM to 6:30 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. Limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon one day prior to event date. Social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Nature Talk and Hike with the Naturalist
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join park staff 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. Pre-registration is required and social distancing is required. Call the park office to register 478-982-1660. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Trail Work Volunteer Day
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and volunteer to help keep our trails great! Tasks will vary and assignments compatible with participant ability. Please bring gloves. Preregistration required. Parking fee waived for volunteer participation. 770-443-7850.
Reptile Talk: Meet our new snakes
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Since moving into our new Visitor Center we have acquired new snake friends. Come sit in our Interpretive Center and meet our new adult snakes. Our naturalist will talk about the different snake species and where we received each snake. Social distancing is required. Pre-register by phone as spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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I.D. That Tree
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
“What tree is that?” Come and find out. Our naturalist will point out a variety of trees along the trail. This hike 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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Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the shoals of Sweetwater. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Wilderness Survival - Rope Making
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Survival sometimes depends on knowledge and skills. Learn the skills you might need one day during our Wilderness Survival Series. This week we will learn about how to make rope from natural materials. Space is limited call to make a reservation for this program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Cannon Ball Crater Hike
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 2 PM to 3 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 wear appropriate shoes and clothing for traversing natural areas. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Ask the Naturalist
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Our naturalist will be on hand outside on the trails or in the interpretive center 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. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Monday, April 26, 2021

Garden Stepping Stones Craft
Monday, Apr 26, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We will create stepping stones for your house or garden. You can make it a colorful mosaic pattern by using marbles or use leaves to make prints in the stone. This craft uses quick setting cement, so it will need 24 hours to dry. All supplies will be provided. Please pre-register by calling the park office, spaces are limited to 10 participants. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – Apr 28, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 2 PM to 3 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. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Meet Watson- Gopher Tortoise
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 to Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and meet George L Smith's mascot, Watson and his new sidekick, Holmes. Learn about Gopher Tortoises and hear about Watson's travels to Georgia and how he is considered a "keystone Species". $4 Space is limited to 8 and preregistration is required by 4 PM the day before the program. $4 plus $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
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Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bird Bingo: Self-guided
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 8:45 AM to 2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Skidaway Island State Park is part of Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trails and exhibit many different species of birds. Stop by our Visitor Center to pick up a Bird Bingo card and see if you can get BINGO! $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
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. 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.
All About Tides
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join us for a short talk on the tides where we inform you about the forces that cause this phenomenon and why it is ecologically beneficial to our coast. 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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Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – Apr 29, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, April 30, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – Apr 30, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – Apr 30, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Arbor Day Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come join us at the Etowah Indian mounds for Arbor Day! Have fun taking selfies with trees and plants. Try to find all the items on our scavenger hunt list, and enjoy exploring our site. 770-387-3747.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Learn about all the animals that live on the Heritage Farm. Feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy some playtime with our baby goats. $5 per person. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Guided Hike
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
DIRT Event 
Plant Hike
Friday, Apr 30, 2021 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Enjoy a hike through marsh and maritime forest, as you learn about the native and non-native flora of Georgia and our coast. The hike will begin at the Sandpiper trailhead. 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.
DIRT Event 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from May 1, 2021 until Nov 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Our photo contest is sponsored by Friends of Crooked River State Park to promote awareness of the intrinsic values of our coastal treasures. All photos must be taken inside Crooked River State Park. Entries must be submitted as an attached digital file to FriendsofCrookedRiver@gmail.com by November 30. Top prize is $100. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 1, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Friends Nature Craft
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone bunny rabbit or other woodland critter out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Feed the Bees
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive by protecting our pollinators from pesticides and by providing the flowers they need.Come learn how to turn your backyard , farm, or community into a thriving pollinator habitat.Please call to make your reservation in advancee. Limited to 8 people $4 per person $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
DIRT Event 
Plant a Tree
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day by planting trees throughout the Park. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Limit: 25 participants. Social distancing required. Bring work gloves, shovels, sunblock, a hat, and bottled water. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 1, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 1, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 1, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 2, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, May 6, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly homeschool program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month at 9am and 2pm. Designed for children ages 6-12 to introduce them to a variety of nature-themed topics. Cost is $8/child. Call 770-389-7801 to register as advanced registration is required. Limited to 12 students. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – May 6, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, May 7, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 7, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 7, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, May 7, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bouncing Babies Bingo
Friday, May 7, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn about animal babies. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 8, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Friends Nature Craft
Saturday, May 8, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone bunny rabbit or other woodland critter out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Birds in Georgia
Saturday, May 8, 2021 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join a Park Ranger as we celebrate Mother's Day and learn about Georgia birds. Limited to 15 participants, minimum 3; register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, May 8, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Social distancing required. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 8, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Falconer Show
Saturday, May 8, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come watch a falconer show off his birds of prey! The program will feature a one hour talk on different types of raptors and will include several live birds! The program cost $5 per person. Tickets must be purchased in order to attend this event. Ages 3 and under are free and don't require a ticket. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Second Saturday Hike_Cottage Garden and Primitive Cabin
Saturday, May 8, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spring is in full bloom and the cottage garden at Smithgall is vibrant in all its glory! Join Smithgall volunteers for a lovely stroll to the cottage garden and primitive cabin for a blend of history and blooms. Participants will meet at the Visitor's Center and walk from there. *Registration is required* $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 9, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 9, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 12, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly homeschool program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month at 9am and 2pm. Designed for children ages 6-12 to introduce them to a variety of nature-themed topics. Cost is $8/child. Call 770-389-7801 to register as advanced registration is required. Limited to 12 students. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – May 13, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, May 14, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 14, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 14, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, May 14, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bouncing Babies Bingo
Friday, May 14, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn about animal babies. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 15, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Friends Nature Craft
Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone bunny rabbit or other woodland critter out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bee Observation
Saturday, May 15, 2021 1 PM to 2:30 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and see our Bee Observation hive. Watch the activity inside the hive and learn about the roles of the bees within the hive. Masks required inside the bee room. Bring a water bottle Limited to 8 people. Please call and reserve in advance. $4 plus $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
DIRT Event 
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, May 15, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp written by one of our local authors. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 15, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring Wildflower Walk With Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 15, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
*Pre-registration required* Limited capacity. Per Atlanta Botanical Garden policy, masks are required for this program. Join Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sweetwater Creek for a guided hike to view the Spring wildflowers. Our guide from ABG will show us the Spring ephemerals and tell us a little bit about each of the plants. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 16, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Fungus Frolic with Georgia Mushroom Club
Sunday, May 16, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-Registration Required. Limited Capacity. Join Georgia Mushroom Club for an afternoon learning about native fungi. We will see what fungi are found in the park and talk about their individual properties. Learn what fungi are edible, what is a deadly look-a-like, and what fungi glows in the dark. This will be about a mile hike. $7 per person. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
DIRT Event 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 19, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – May 20, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, May 21, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 21, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 21, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Ranger Talk: Endangered GA Species
Friday, May 21, 2021 5 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us at eh Stone Amphitheater for a 30 min ranger-led talk on the threatened and endangered species of Georgia. Learn how to identify some and what you can do to help. Display table following talk. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, May 21, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bouncing Babies Bingo
Friday, May 21, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn about animal babies. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Afternoon Kayak
Friday, May 21, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Social distancing required. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 22, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Turtles
Saturday, May 22, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about the turtles that call our Interpretive Center their home then choose a craft to make. Limited to 15 people, minimum 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. Social distancing required $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Geology Hike
Saturday, May 22, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a visit down to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the shoals of Sweetwater. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, May 23, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
*Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants. Join our Naturalist for a guided hike along the Meadow Loop at Vaughter's Farm. Learn about some of the area's rich history and about the native species that call this old farm meadow home. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 23, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Guided Hike- Sempervirens Trail
Wednesdays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 26, 2021 until Sep 1, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Sempervirens Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Bees- It is all in the Preparation
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 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 exit to learn how busy bees are. $4 plus $5 parking. 478-763-3429.
DIRT Event 
Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Feeding Day
Thursdays 1 PM - 1:45 PM – May 27, 2021 until Dec 30, 2021 
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Every Thursday come to our interpretive center to watch the snakes be fed. During the feeding, our ranger will answer any questions and give information about each snake. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, May 28, 2021

Roving Ranger
Fridays 9 AM - 12 PM – May 28, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, meet a ranger on the trails and the campground. A 'Roving Ranger' will walk the trails and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Feel free to join the ranger for a short guided hike and learn more about Crooked River State Park. $5 To Enter Park (Parking Fee) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Guided Hike - Palmetto Trail
Fridays 1 PM - 2 PM – May 28, 2021 until Sep 3, 2021 
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy an informative ranger-led hike on our Palmetto Trail. Participants should dress for the weather, wear bug spray and bring a water. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
‘Who’s the Predator?’ Game Night
Friday, May 28, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a game of Mafia with a nature twist! Try to determine who the predator is before you get eaten. Who knows, maybe the predator is you! No prior knowledge of game play needed. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bouncing Babies Bingo
Friday, May 28, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn about animal babies. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Easter Egg Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 29, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site Easter egg scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Completed scavenger hunts will be redeemed at the office for a baggie of Easter candy! $1 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Junior Ranger Weekend Camp
Saturday, May 29, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Spend a weekend with the park rangers and learn skills from Civil War soldier training to outdoor survival. Become an official Junior Ranger! For ages 7-11 years old. Registration begins May 1. Payment is due upon registration. 30. 912-727-2339.
Morning Kayak
Saturday, May 29, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for a morning kayak tour on the lake. Limit: 8 people; minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim. Ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 29, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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