Nature/Wildlife Events

Many events have been postponed or rescheduled. Only current active events will remain on the calendar. Please contact the park for more information.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Ranger Talk: Evergreens
Friday, Jan 22, 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 pine, cedar, and spruce trees. Display table following talk. Limited seating; pre-registration required. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bears, Bobcats, and other FurBearers Bingo
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of furbearer bingo. Win prizes and learn fun facts about our furry friends in Georgia. Campfire lit, weather permitting. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tricksters of the Animal Kingdom
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 1 PM 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.
Recycling to Bird feeders
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 5 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to re-purpose drink bottles into bird feeders and self-watering vases. Bring insect repellent, sunblock, bottled water, and two empty plastic drink bottles. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Pre-register by noon, two days prior to the event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Pinecone Bird Feeder Craft
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Join the naturalist and make a pinecone bird feeder for your backyard. Learn about the native songbirds here in the park and discover interesting bird facts while you craft. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 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. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the Park Office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Sat. Event is held each week. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Mammals
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate local mammal pelts and skulls. Test your mammal IQ and see what you know about our furred neighbors. Outside Park Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Mercury on the Horizon
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 6 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us just before sunset for what should be the best view of Mercury then we will use a planisphere/star wheel to search for various stars, planets, and constellations. Bring binoculars, a flashlight, and a blanket or lawn chair Limited to 15 people; register at the Visitor Center by noon, January 22. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Are you afraid of snakes? Have you ever seen a live gopher tortoise? Come meet the reptiles at Magnolia Springs. Learn why snakes aren't really scary at all and why reptiles are such an important part of our natural world. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 12 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Iron Hill: Old Homestead Hike
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike to an old homestead! This hike is a 6-mile loop mostly off trail on moderate to strenuous terrain. Please allow approximately 4 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. $25 per guest. Space is limited to 6 guests. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
History and Nature Hike to the Ruins
Saturday, Jan 23, 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.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Magnolia Trail Hike
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a 3+ mile hike which includes a one mile paved, easy paced walk on our causeway to Savage Island, a 1.3 mile Magnolia Trail loop and 1 mile back to our Visitors Center. Along the way, you will see beautiful scenery along our magical marshes and wooded trail. Don't forget to wear good walking shoes and bring water. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Interpretive Talk: What's in the Pack
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 1:30 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Curious what to bring with you when you go for a hike? Want to know what goes into a day-hike first aid kit? Looking for book or field guide recommendations? Join our Naturalist as we unpack what’s in the pack and what you should bring with you on your next outing. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Pre-registration is required - 15 spots available. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Jan 24, 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, Jan 24, 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.
Iron Hill: Old Homestead Hike
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 1 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike to an old homestead! This hike is a 6-mile loop mostly off trail on moderate to strenuous terrain. Please allow approximately 4 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. $25 per guest. Space is limited to 6 guests. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Jan 24, 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.
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Monday, January 25, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Jan 25, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Sunrise Hike
Monday, Jan 25, 2021 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our Naturalist for a 3 mile early morning hike through our beautiful park and marshland. They walk will begin at our main office/museum building and continue down the causeway through exquisite panoramic views of the marsh, circle around the magnolia trail before returning to the office. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Natural Selection: Home School
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for a program on natural selection. We will be offering a guided nature hike, a game teaching the concept of natural selection, and an amphitheater talk on animals that live in our park and how they use adaptations to survive. The cost is $3 per person this includes parents, ages 3 and under are free. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Full Moons at the Park
Thursday, Jan 28, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Whether it's a tour of our museum, mounds or riverside nature trail, join us for an interesting tour with a ranger. Weather may affect tour length/location. Register by 3 p.m. the day before since group size is limited. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Bears, Bobcats, and other FurBearers Bingo
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of furbearer bingo. Win prizes and learn fun facts about our furry friends in Georgia. Campfire lit, weather permitting. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Recycling to Bird feeders
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 5 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to re-purpose drink bottles into bird feeders and self-watering vases. Bring insect repellent, sunblock, bottled water, and two empty plastic drink bottles. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Pre-register by noon, two days prior to the event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Daffodil Day at the Vann House
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 1 PM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Sponsored by the Chattooga Garden Club, we're seeking volunteers to help plant 300 daffodil bulbs on our site. Volunteers will receive a free tour of the historic home. Bring garden gloves, a trowel or post hole digger to help get all these lovely bulbs in the ground. Call to schedule your youth group or garden club. Weather permitting. 706-695-2598.
Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 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. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the Park Office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Sat. Event is held each week. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Mammals
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate local mammal pelts and skulls. Test your mammal IQ and see what you know about our furred neighbors. Outside Park Office $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Camp Oh No!: 7 Leave No Trace Principles
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Wrangle the kiddos and bring them to camp - camp Oh No! Help our friend Scout learn how to improve his camping experience while learning the 7 key principles of Leave No Trace. After the presentation, grab a picture with Georgia State Park’s mascot. Located at the Interpretive Center. Pre-registration is required: 15 spots available. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Morning Hike
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an informative hike through nature and uncover the unique wildlife in the area. We will be hiking the Brantley Trail. This will be a 1 mile moderate hike. Please bring hiking shoes and water. Call in advance to pre-register. Limited to 10 hikers. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 12 PM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Guided Hike
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the naturalist for a guided hike to learn fun facts about our natural resources! We’ll explore native plants and search for signs of wildlife. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Going Batty
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn all about bats, Georgia's one and only flying mammal, then build a bat house to take home. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register at the Visitor Center by noon January 29. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Full Moons at the Park
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 30, 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.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Jan 31, 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. This program requires pre-registration. Space is limited to 18 people and social distancing will be required. Program can be cancelled due to inclement weather. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Edible Plant Hike
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 11 AM to 12 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. Learn to identifying species that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Seven mile Hike at HLC
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 7 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey. Water, and a light lunch or snacks are suggested. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Jan 31, 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.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Homeschool In The Park: Trees
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Discover all about trees and why they are so special in this investigative lab. Cost $8 per person. Must pre-register. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, Feb 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.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Gopher Tortoise: A Keystone
Friday, Feb 5, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come hear our Naturalist tell us about the Gopher Tortoise, a keystone animal, and how you should be involved. Limit: 15 people, minimum of 4; register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 4. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 5, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Feb 5, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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History Hike
Friday, Feb 5, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
History Hike
Friday, Feb 5, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Make A Walking Stick with A Scout
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate National Scouting Day and make a bamboo walking stick with paracord grip. Pre-registration required. Meet at Group Shelter below the dam. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Good Fires Prevent Bad Fires
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 10:30 AM to 11 AM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join us during "Fire Prevention Week 2021" as we welcome Smokey Bear and his friends from the Georgia Forestry Commission as a GFC Ranger talks about and demonstrates some of the tools used to manage our forests through awareness and fire safety. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Build a Birdhouse
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Bring your own tools, bottled water, insect repellent, and sunblock; all other materials are supplied. Working outside on separate tables unless it rains. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon, February 5. (912)287-4900 $5 - $10 $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 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.
History Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
History Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 7, 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, Feb 7, 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.
History Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 10 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
History Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Pre-registration required. Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800's to learn about Red Top Mountain's iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Space is limited to 10 guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Feb 7, 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.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Feb 10, 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, February 11, 2021

Astronomy at the Park
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us as we make a planisphere/star wheel to observe planets, constellations, and stars. Ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit: 10 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon, January 13. (912)287-4900 $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, February 12, 2021

Homeschool At The Farm: Animals In Winter
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Learn how animals survive during the cold winter months in this tactile lab (furs, blubber, and ice, oh my!). Must pre-register. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). $8. 706-663-4858.
Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Outside Park Office. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and relax by a campfire. Space is limited to only 6 couples. Call to reserve spots at 770-389-7801. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Presidents' Day Picnic
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 12 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring your picnic fare and enjoy a revisit to Dowdell’s Knob one of FDR’s favorite sites to visit. Sweeping valley views and great company will complement our park staff as we chat about the parks human and natural history. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob Overlook. Social distancing observed. No restrooms at the site. Dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Morning Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an informative hike through nature and uncover the unique wildlife in the area. We will be hiking the Brantley Trail. This will be a 1 mile moderate hike. Please bring hiking shoes and water. Call in advance to pre-register. Limited to 10 hikers. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 14, 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.
Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and relax by a campfire. Space is limited to only 6 couples. Call to reserve spots at 770-389-7801. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Arbor Day Adventure Walk
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 4 PM to 5:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 1-mile evening woodland ramble to learn fascinating facts about trees and everything else along the trail. Bring a flashlight just in case. Preregistration required. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stories and S'mores
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp told by one of the region's leading authorities. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register and purchase S'mores kits at the Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Meet an Animal Ambassador
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Georgia's Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Free Tree Seedling Give-a-way! Test your tree IQ and take a seedling home. Park Office on Hwy 190. One free Oak seedling per family. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Outside Park Office. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Morning Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an informative hike through nature and uncover the unique wildlife in the area. We will be hiking the Brantley Trail. This will be a 1 mile moderate hike. Please bring hiking shoes and water. Call in advance to pre-register. Limited to 10 hikers. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 12 PM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Armadillos in the Park
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come hear our Animal Specialist teach us about that armor-plated invasive creature that tears up our lawns. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4; register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 19. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Stories and S'mores
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us around the campfire for s'mores along with stories of the Okefenokee Swamp told by one of the region's leading authorities. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Register and purchase S'mores kits at the Visitor Center by noon on day preceding event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Are you afraid of snakes? Have you ever seen a live gopher tortoise? Come meet the reptiles at Magnolia Springs. Learn why snakes aren't really scary at all and why reptiles are such an important part of our natural world. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Awesome Opossums
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 11 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Did you know that opossums rarely ever contract the rabies virus? Learn why and many other facts at our fun Awesome Opossum program! You must register to attend this program by calling the park office at (706) 541-0321. Meet at the nature center, next to the park office. The cost to attend the event is $2 per person, ages 3 and under are free. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 12 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Meet an Animal Ambassador
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Soaring at Sweetwater Birds of Prey Program
Saturday, Feb 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). This event is fun for all ages. $20 per person. Meet at the visitor's center. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 21, 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, Feb 21, 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.
Meet an Animal Ambassador
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Meet an Animal Ambassador at the Visitor Center at 1pm. Listen to a Ranger talk about native animals, and their importance to the ecosystem. Space is limited. Social distancing will be monitored. Park pass required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Full Moons at the Park
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Ranger Talk: Winter Birds
Friday, Feb 26, 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 our wintery musical friends. Display table following talk. Limited seating; preregistration required. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Citizen Science
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by and chat with the ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Outside Park Office. Preregister through the park office (706-663-4858) during regular office hours (8 AM - 5 PM). All programs are outdoors unless otherwise specified, so dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moons at the Park
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the full moons got their names then we will use binoculars to study the Full Moon. Limited to 15 people, ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Visitor Center by noon on day prior to event date. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Accessible DIRT Event 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 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.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Seven mile Hike at HLC
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 10 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 7 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey. Water, and a light lunch or snacks are suggested. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Feb 28, 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.
History and Nature Hike to the Ruins
Sunday, Feb 28, 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.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Mar 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.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared towards people 6 years and older. Space limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 6, 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.
DIY Nature Journal
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Come to the campground pavilion and create your own nature journal. Afterwards fill your new book as we go on a ½ mile hike down Victoria's Path. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 7, 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, Mar 7, 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, March 10, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Mar 10, 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, March 12, 2021

Astronomy with Fernbank
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Pre-registration required. Limited capacity. See Sweetwater Under the Stars with Fernbank Astronomer Mark Lancaster! This will be an introductory astronomy program looking at notable celestial events and points in the night sky. Meet at the reservoir/bait shop parking lot. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mistletoe 5K
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Come compete in Mistletoe's annual trail 5K! This course will go through multiple trails throughout the park. The cost is $20 per person. Register at https://www.active.com/appling-ga/running/races/mistletoe-5k-2021 $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 12 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 14, 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, Mar 14, 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.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 20, 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.
Birding with Georgia Audubon
Saturday, Mar 20, 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, March 21, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21, 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.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 21, 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.
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Friday, March 26, 2021

Citizen Science
Friday, Mar 26, 2021 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Naturalist to learn about birds native to Georgia and how to create a digital catalog for scientist to utilize via Citizen Science. Visitors will be guided along a natural area within Panola Mountain State Park to observe, learn, and catalog scientific data that better helps us and scientists understand our natural world. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Creature Feature
Friday, Mar 26, 2021 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Ranger introduces you to native animal species that live here in the Piedmont region of Georgia. Preregistration is required for this event, as it is limited to only 12 participants $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 10 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger on this 5 mile hike on a moderate to strenuous dirt trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and gentle cascading streams. Bring a camera to record your journey, water, and a light lunch or snacks. Recommended for active people over 10 years old. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Spring Into Easter
Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Celebrate Easter at the spring with activities that include an Easter craft, Easter games and bunny hop hike. Each participant will receive Easter treats and trinkets. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $10 per child $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 27, 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.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Mar 28, 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, Mar 28, 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.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Homeschool Days
Thursday, Apr 1, 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, April 3, 2021

Spring Into Easter
Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Celebrate Easter at the spring with activities that include an Easter craft, Easter games and bunny hop hike. Each participant will receive Easter treats and trinkets. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. Please call the park office to register. $10 per child $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Junior Ranger Spring Break Camp
Monday, Apr 5, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
April 5th-9th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Children ages 6-15 Get outdoors, learn, and have fun! Space is limited please call the park office at (706-245-6270) to sign up. $100 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Apr 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.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 10, 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.
Birding with Georgia Audubon
Saturday, Apr 10, 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.
Soaring at Sweetwater Birds of Prey Program
Saturday, Apr 10, 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). This event is fun for all ages. $20 per person. Meet at the visitor's center. $20 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Naturalist Hike at Vaughter's Farm
Sunday, Apr 11, 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.
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