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.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Palette of the Park Mosaic
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 1 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come to the Nature Center to help with the installation of our new mural! We will be taping paint-swatches to the wall to create a mosaic of the River Trail. The Interpretive Ranger was created a palette of paint-swatches that are matched to colors you will find on the park. Join us to contribute, create, and be inspired by nature. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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September STEM Day 4
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 4 PM to 5 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
STEM is four days of crazy experiments and crafts that relate nature and STEM principles. Day 4 is Leaf Lab! Learn how different plants use their leaves and what kind of cool shapes they can have! Space is limited. (Recommended for children ages 7 and up). Please call the Visitor Center to pre-register! $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Prescribed Fire Field Trip
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 10 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Why do prescribed burns take place in GA State Parks? How do they benefit the habitats around you? Take a 3-mile hike through the unique grassland area of Panola Mountain State Park dubbed the 'Power of Flight' with our Natural Resource Manager. He will answer these questions and teach along the way while showing the fruits of resource management. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Toddler Tuesday
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join Richard B. Russell State Park every Tuesday for educational programs on cultural history and natural resources in and around the park. There will be a new theme each week, so check the official Facebook page for the updated theme each week. Ages 6 and under. Meet at the beach parking lot ten minutes before the event. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-881-4669.
Toddler Tuesday
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
Join Richard B. Russell State Park every Tuesday for educational programs on cultural history and natural resources in and around the park. There will be a new theme each week, so check the official Facebook page for the updated theme each week. Ages 6 and under. Meet at the beach parking lot ten minutes before the event. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-881-4669.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Sep 29, 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.
Bug Hotel
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
There will be no vacancies in this craft once it’s been set in your yard. Bug hotels are a great way to attract good bugs for your yard or garden. We’ll reuse gallon jugs and use natural materials to create this 5-star hotel. Location: Picnic Shelter 1. Preregister by calling the park office. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Home School Thursday
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us for Home School Lessons at Crooked River's Nature Center. Classes are led by the Interpretive Ranger and cover topics that coincide with Georgia's Standards of Excellence. Pre-Registration is required. Email the Interpretive Ranger for more information! william.park@dnr.ga.gov $3 per Student per Class $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Palette of the Park Mosaic
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 1 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come to the Nature Center to help with the installation of our new mural! We will be taping paint-swatches to the wall to create a mosaic of the River Trail. The Interpretive Ranger was created a palette of paint-swatches that are matched to colors you will find on the park. Join us to contribute, create, and be inspired by nature. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Homeschool Days: Awesome Opossums!
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Bring homeschoolers over 5 to enjoy an in-depth glance at the lives of Opossums living in both Rural and urban areas of the South East! Did you know that it is rare for Opossums to carry rabies? Learn what it means to be a marsupial, how Opossums can benefit humans, and what makes these creatures so special. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Friday, October 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from Oct 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.
Afternoon Kayak
Friday, Oct 1, 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. Pre-register at Visitor Center. Tour will be cancelled in event of inclement weather. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Stories and S'mores
Friday, Oct 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM – Oct 2, 2021 
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Nature Craft
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone owl 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! Held at boathouse by fishing dock. Cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bones Station
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by our tables with skulls, bones and skeletal info. Test your skull IQ. Walkups welcome anytime. Meet at boathouse next to Lake Deleanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration recommended. Meet outside park office. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Children ages 6-12 will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work towards earning a Magnolia Springs Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include nature hikes, viewing alligators and other fun critters, fishing, building shelters and more. Call or visit the park to register. Space is limited and registration is required. $20 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
October Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 9 AM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Explore the park looking for clues our staff left out! Find the last clue to find the prize! $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
Nature Scavenger Hunt Hike
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at Shelter 4 for a Ranger Led nature scavenger hunt hike! All Jr Rangers welcome $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Falling Leaves Hike
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
With the changing of seasons, leaves everywhere are starting to fall. This 1-2mile guided hike will walk through beautiful understory of trees full of different colors. Learn about some native trees and get to look closer at nature as it changes. Please call the Visitor Center to pre-register. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Pups in the Park
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Hiking with your dog is a fun time for everyone. Join our ranger-led hike on the Lime Sink and Beaver trails as we enjoy time with our pups and learn about how to keep them safe on trails (6ft. max. leashes required). Call to register in advance, and be sure to ask about Georgia State Parks Tails on Trails Club. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Oct 7, 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.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Oct 8, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the park office to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Jr Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Oct 8, 2021 9 AM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come enjoy your fall break with a Jr Ranger Day camp! Ages 6-12. Please call the office to register. 35 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration recommended. Meet outside park office. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
51st Annual Kolomoki Festival
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
The park's biggest event of the year includes performances by the Bo Henry Band, an antique tractor parade, a fly-boarding performance, crafts and food vendors. Learn about primitive skills such as flint knapping, hide tanning, ax throwing, archery, pottery and more while visiting one of the most significant Woodland Indian sites in the Southeast. Some fees. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Bustling Bats
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 12 PM to 1 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come discover the wonders of this incredible animal with a fun craft and interpretive talk. We'll learn about the ecological importance of this curious flying mammal, as well as things you can do to keep them safe. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Fantastic Reptiles and Where to Find Them
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Walk with a ranger along Spring Mill Branch and learn about reptiles in Georgia and where to find them. We will look at alligators, tortoises, and you'll even get the chance to touch a live snake. Hike is weather permitting; please bring water and wear bug spray. Some binoculars provided. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Sunset Paddle
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us on a guided paddle around the beautiful lake at Magnolia Springs State Park! We have canoes, single kayaks, and tandem kayaks all avaliable for this tour! We will provide all equipment needed. Participants are required to be 7 years or older. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $15 per person. . $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
New Echota's going Batty!
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun, GA
Join us for all sorts of batty fun and activities! Guest speaker Rachel Pack will join us to discuss bats, their habitats, and what we can do to protect them. She is also bringing a live bat for guests to see. $5-$7. 706-624-1321.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 9, 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, October 10, 2021

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics Including flora and fauna. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $4 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Pups in the Park
Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Hiking with your dog is a fun time for everyone. Join our ranger-led hike on the Lime Sink and Beaver trails as we enjoy time with our pups and learn about how to keep them safe on trails (6ft. max. leashes required). Call to register in advance, and be sure to ask about Georgia State Parks Tails on Trails Club. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Oct 13, 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.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Oct 15, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the park office to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Jr Ranger Day Camp
Friday, Oct 15, 2021 9 AM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come enjoy your fall break with a Jr Ranger day camp! Ages 6-12. Please call the park office to register. 35 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Nature Craft
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone owl 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! Held at boathouse by fishing dock. Cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bones Station
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by our tables with skulls, bones and skeletal info. Test your skull IQ. Walkups welcome anytime. Meet at boathouse next to Lake Deleanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration recommended. Meet outside park office. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Forestry Management Ranger on one of two hikes along Big Creek Nature Trail (9am and 2pm) and learn how to identify native plants and trees. Each hike limited to 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon one day prior to event date. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Oct 16, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Sunset Paddle
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us on a guided paddle around the beautiful lake at Magnolia Springs State Park! We have canoes, single kayaks, and tandem kayaks all avaliable for this tour! We will provide all equipment needed. Participants are required to be 7 years or older. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $15 per person. . $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Soaring at Sweetwater Birds of Prey Program
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Blue Ridge Raptors for an afternoon of birds of prey. You will be introduced to 7 native Georgia raptors and learn about the adaptations they use to survive and thrive. Live animals and fun for all ages. $10 per person. Meet at picnic shelter number 5. If there is bad weather, meet in the visitor's center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Fall Movie
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet in the office parking lot for a fall movie under the stars! Bring your chair, blankets, and snacks! $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Oct 19, 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 first Tuesday 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 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Full Moon Hike with a Ranger
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with a ranger as you hike to Buzzard’s Roost (1 mile total). Watch the sunset, the full moon rise and learn more about the State Park in Georgia. Meet at stone amphitheater by park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Stories and S'mores
Friday, Oct 22, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us for this live animal presentation on the reptiles of Georgia. Meet three of our native species! Learn about what makes these creatures incredible and what to do when you come across one. We will be located at Shelter 4. Call or stop by the visitor center to register. $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Join us for this live animal presentation on the reptiles of Georgia. Meet three of our native species! Learn about what makes these creatures incredible and what to do when you come across one. We will be located at Shelter 4. Call or stop by the visitor center to register. $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Gather around the campfire for silly stories and s'mores! Meet at the open field located past the RV campground. Please bring your own outdoor chairs. Stop by or call the visitor center to register. $2 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pinecone Nature Craft
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone owl 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! Held at boathouse by fishing dock. Cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bones Station
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by our tables with skulls, bones and skeletal info. Test your skull IQ. Walkups welcome anytime. Meet at boathouse next to Lake Deleanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration recommended. Meet outside park office. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about the turtles that call our Interpretive Center their home then choose a craft to make. Limited to 15 people, minimum 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Oct 23, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Trail Volunteer Work Day #5
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Please come out to assist the staff in maintaining our historic trails. Water and snacks provided. Please bring gloves. Pre-registration required. No admission charge for volunteers. 770-443-7850.
Birding with Georgia Audubon
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Limited capacity. *Per Georgia Audubon Policy, masks required for this program.* Join Georgia Audubon for a general birding program at Sweetwater Creek State Park! We will be viewing migratory birds and year-round residents. Meet at the visitor's center. $5 per person. Call the visitor's center to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Morning Hike
Sunday, Oct 24, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our park naturalist on a short, scenic hike to learn about different topics Including flora and fauna. Guests should meet at the Visitors Center. $4 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Oct 26, 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 first Tuesday 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 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Oct 27, 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.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Campfire & S'mores
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Gather around the campfire for silly stories and s'mores! Meet at the open field located past the RV campground. Please bring your own outdoor chairs. Stop by or call the visitor center to register. $2 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Zombie Survival: Navigation
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn how to avoid the zombie horde and navigate to your safe zone using a map and compass. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration recommended. Meet outside park office. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Monster Hike
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 4 PM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us on a 0.8 mile hike along Delano Trail Loop while spotting all sorts of ghastly ghouls and other mysterious monsters. Meet at Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Going Batty
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn some curious facts about bats, Georgia's one and only flying mammal, then build a bat house to take home. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register at the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Oct 30, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Pinecone Nature Craft
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own pinecone owl 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! Held at boathouse by fishing dock. Cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bones Station
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by our tables with skulls, bones and skeletal info. Test your skull IQ. Walkups welcome anytime. Meet at boathouse next to Lake Deleanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cascade Falls Hike
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 2 PM to 6 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us on a ranger-led Halloween hike to Cascade Falls (4 miles total). Meet at Roadside Park/TV tower parking lot off Alt. 27. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water. Cancelled in the event of storms. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Monday, November 1, 2021

2021 Crooked River Amateur Photo Contest
1st Monday of Month 7 AM - 10 PM from 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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Nov 2, 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 first Tuesday 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 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Nov 4, 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.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 6, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Astronomy Night
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon once again welcomes the Coca-Cola Space Science Center from Columbus, GA as they host the last astronomy night of the year. Please join us as we learn about the night sky and view the stars, planets, and constellations. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
2nd Annual Kolomoki Native American History
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join us as we celebrate Native American History at Kolomoki with live primitive skills and early weapons demonstrations. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 13, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Nov 17, 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.
Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Nov 17, 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.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soaring at Sweetwater Birds of Prey Program
Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Blue Ridge Raptors for an afternoon of birds of prey. You will be introduced to 7 native Georgia raptors and learn about the adaptations they use to survive and thrive. Live animals and fun for all ages. $10 per person. Meet at picnic shelter number 5. If there is bad weather, meet in the visitor's center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about the turtles that call our Interpretive Center their home then choose a craft to make. Limited to 15 people, minimum 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 4 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4; ages 12 and up; must be able to swim; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Pre-register at Visitor Center. Tour will be cancelled in event of inclement weather. $15 ($10, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Nov 27, 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. Meet at the amphitheater by the campground. Please pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Dec 2, 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.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Trail Work Volunteer Day #6
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Our focus on this trail workday will be the White Trail along the Union Army line. Water and snacks provided. Please bring gloves. No admission charge for volunteers. 770-443-7850.
Birding with Georgia Audubon
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 8 AM to 10 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Limited capacity. *Per Georgia Audubon Policy, masks required for this program.* Join Georgia Audubon for a general birding program at Sweetwater Creek State Park! We will be viewing migratory birds and year-round residents. Meet at the visitor's center. $5 per person. Call the visitor's center to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Dec 7, 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 first Tuesday 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 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Dec 8, 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.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. 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. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Geminids Meteor Shower
Monday, Dec 13, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Meet at the picnic shelter by the campground. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, flashlight, and a blanket. Pre-register at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 18, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Checklists must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Dec 29, 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.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

First Day Hike
Saturday, Jan 1, 2022 9 AM to 5 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Three hikes, three different trails. Join our Naturalist as we hike South Big Creek Trail at 9am, Lake Trail at 12pm, and North Big Creek Trail at 4pm. Each hike limited to 10 people, pre-register at Visitors Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Bee-yond the Honeycomb
Saturday, Apr 23, 2022 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Do your part in saving the bees by creating your very own bee habitat – a safe place for bees to hang out and refresh. Join us Saturday at 2pm as we uncover the secrets of this incredible animal. Space is limited; call office to register. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Springtime at Spring Place
Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 10 AM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Celebrate springtime with garden related activities at the Vann House. Join guest hosts from Fiddleheads Garden Center, The Chattooga Garden Club, Murray UGA Extension Office, and the Friends of the Vann House to participate in activities about native plants, medicinal herbs, still-life flower painting, beekeeping, pollinators, birding, and more. $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Magnificent Magnolia Tree
Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 10 AM to 11 AM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
The magnolia tree is popular throughout the Southeast, but it is especially loved at Magnolia Springs State Park. Join us as we learn about the beautiful plant that this park was named after. Be sure to bring a blanket to sit on on the grass. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.