Upcoming 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.
Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Visit our blacksmith's shop to learn about their tools and techniques. Our park rangers will be demonstrating how iron is heated and formed. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Learn how to start a campfire without matches and enjoy an evening of swapping stories. BYOS: Bring Your Own Smore's (marshmallows, smore's, sticks). Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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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Movie Night
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $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.
Pinecone Animals
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Want a playmate for these cold winter days cooped up inside? Come create your very own pinecone companion with the assistance of the resident ranger! Preregistration required through Park Office (706-663-4858). Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Archery
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Archery target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Groups can contact us for a special time. Preregistration required. Meet at archery course next to group shelter. Park at boat dock $15 plus $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.
Winter Forest Ramble
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Discover the winter woods with the park naturalist. Look for animal signs and investigate winter plants. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Come visit the fort! Two soldiers will be available to answer questions and give musket firing demonstrations. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
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Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Come visit the fort! Two soldiers will be available to answer questions and give musket firing demonstrations. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
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Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. There will be musket firings thought the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Craft Corner: Handwarmers
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 12 PM to 12:45 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Cold hands? Need a last minute white-elephant gift? Looking for a fun project to get out of the house? Come make a hand warmer with us! These cozy, pocket sized packs are perfect for the winter months ahead. Pre-registration is required - 15 spots available. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Ask a Ranger
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Want to learn about Fort Yargo’s history? Hiking suggestions? Searching for scavenger hunts and other self-guided activities? Just want a trail map? Stop by the Visitors Center and ask our Naturalist. Prizes for completed scavenger hunts given out for the duration of the program. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Jan 23, 2021 until Jan 30, 2021 
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Stop by our museum to check out Indian Springs through the years! Starting with the Muskogee-Creeks and stretching through the resort eras to modern day, take in the whole story from inside the historic CCC-constructed building. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Archery at the Park
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us during one of three time slots for a time of recreational archery. Limited to three people for each time slot: 9am, 10am, 11am. Pre-register at Visitors Center by noon, January 22 $10 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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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.
Archery
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Visitors can sign up for a one hour session of archery. $10 per person! Must be 7 years or older to participate. Must wear closed toe shoes. The time ranges will be from 1-2 PM and then again from 2-3 PM. Space is limited, call the office at 706-541-0321 to register! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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.
Basic Archery
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Trail Work Volunteer Day
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and volunteer to help keep our trails great! Tasks will vary and assignments compatible with participant ability. Please bring gloves. Preregistration required. Parking fee waived for volunteer participation. 770-443-7850.
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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.
Icy Archery
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Break the ice and come try your hand at this beginners archery lesson. Then put your new found skills to the test. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Atl-Atl Dart Making Class
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Before the bow and arrow, there was the spear and atl-Atl. Come join the sites curator to learn the basics and make your own 3-4' wooden Atl-Atl Dart. A $15 program fee per person includes the lesson and materials available to make 1 dart, plus the chance to throw your dart at a target. $15 - $21. 770-387-3747.
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.
The History of Fort King George – Tricentennial Speaker Series Part 1
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Fort King George is turning 300! To celebrate, please join us each month in 2021 for our free speaker series. Each presentation will focus on a different aspect of our local history. Tune in this January to learn the story of Georgia's first fort from our site Interpretive Ranger, Allie Ellis. This presentation will be offered virtually. 912-437-4770.
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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.
Craft Corner: Peanut Butter Pine Cone Feeder
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Attract all sorts of local and migratory birds to your backyard or campsite with a delicious treat. All materials provided. Peanut-free Sunbutter available upon request. Pre-registration is required - 15 spots available. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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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.
Basic Archery
Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 and older. Class meets at the Alexander Lake Pavilion. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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.
Night Fort Tour
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger guided tour of the fort, as we recount history and tell stories of Georgia's last battle of the Civil War. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register in advance. 912-727-2339.
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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Movie Night
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $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.
Pinecone Animals
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Want a playmate for these cold winter days cooped up inside? Come create your very own pinecone companion with the assistance of the resident ranger! Preregistration required through Park Office (706-663-4858). Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $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.
Chat with a Chandler
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 11 AM to 3 PM
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien, GA
Our ranger will be making hand-dipped candles in the style of an 18th century chandler. Come take a look at this interesting process and have a chat about history. $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. There will be musket firings thought the day. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Ask a Ranger
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Want to learn about Fort Yargo’s history? Hiking suggestions? Searching for scavenger hunts and other self-guided activities? Just want a trail map? Stop by the Visitors Center and ask our Naturalist. Prizes for completed scavenger hunts given out for the duration of the program. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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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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Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Jan 30, 2021 
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Stop by our museum to check out Indian Springs through the years! Starting with the Muskogee-Creeks and stretching through the resort eras to modern day, take in the whole story from inside the historic CCC-constructed building. $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.
Battlefield Tour
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us for a special ranger-guided tour as we explore scenes of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. Tour begins at 11 am. Pre-registration required. $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
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Snowflake String Art
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 2 AM to 10 AM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion to create a wonderful wintry work of art! This craft is suitable for ages 8 and up. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Atl-Atl Dart Making Class
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Before the bow and arrow, there was the spear and atl-Atl. Come join the sites curator to learn the basics and make your own 3-4' wooden Atl-Atl Dart. A $15 program fee per person includes the lesson and materials available to make 1 dart, plus the chance to throw your dart at a target. $15 - $21. 770-387-3747.
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.
Ask a Ranger
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 11 AM to 1 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Want to learn about Fort Yargo’s history? Hiking suggestions? Searching for scavenger hunts and other self-guided activities? Just want a trail map? Stop by the Visitors Center and ask our Naturalist. Prizes for completed scavenger hunts given out for the duration of the program. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Craft Corner: Snow Globes
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Want a new holiday decoration? Looking for a fun project to get out of the house? Come make a mason jar snow globe with us! Create a Fort Yargo keepsake you can treasure for years to come. Pre-registration is required - 10 spots available. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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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.
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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.
Winter Hike With A Ranger
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 2 PM to 4 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us for a special ranger-guided hike as we explore historic homesteads along the trails. Hikes begins at 2 pm. Hike route is: EASY - MODERATE. 1.5 hr., 4 mi. Pre-registration required. $5 parking. 770-443-7850.
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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.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Arbor Day month with your very own painted tree pendant or ornament! 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 plus $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.
National Scouts Day Hike
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 12:30 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join a ranger on a 4-mile, moderate hike to Cascade Falls and Wolf Den. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring water, a snack, and potentially your brand new bamboo walking stick. Geared towards ages 8 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Intro to Archery and Orienteering
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Here is your chance to try a little archery and learn how to use a compass. All equipment provided and sanitized. Program geared towards visitors 10 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration required. Attendance limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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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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Make Your Own Dog Biscuits
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Hear a former Animal Control Specialist provide insight on proper pet care then learn how to make your own dog biscuits. Limit: 15 people, minimum of 4. Pre-register at Visitor Center by noon, February 5. (912)287-4900. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Camp Lawton Guided Tour
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Come take a guided tour through the historical Camp Lawton civil war prison sites. Take a walk back in time and learn about the fascinating events that transpired here. Pre-registration required, space is limited and social distancing is required. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Archery
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Visitors can sign up for a one hour session of archery. $10 per person! Must be 7 years or older to participate. Must wear closed toe shoes. The time ranges will be from 1-2 PM and then again from 2-3 PM. Space is limited, call the office at 706-541-0321 to register! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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.
Cupid's Archery
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the archery range for a beginners lesson in archery. Reservations must be made in advance please call the park office at (706)-245-6270 for availability $15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

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.
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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.
Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Learn how to start a campfire without matches and enjoy an evening of swapping stories. BYOS: Bring Your Own Smore's (marshmallows, smore's, sticks). Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Movie Night
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Date Night on the Park
Friday, Feb 12, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for a new way to spend Valentines together? Then come on out to Mistletoe's Date Night on the Park! You will get the chance to learn new skills like primitive fire building, archery, and more! This event is 18+ only. Space is limited, call the park office at (706) 541-0321 to register. The cost to register is $20 per couple. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
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.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Arbor Day month with your very own painted tree pendant or ornament! 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 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Broken Hearts Archery
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Flying solo on Valentines Day? Join us for a special archery target shooting the day before where you can shoot hearts and get candy. For ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Preregistration required. Meet at archery course below dam. Park at boat dock. $15 plus $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.
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Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we will build a campfire without matches. Couples, singles and families welcome. All equipment for archery provided, no experience necessary. BYOS (bring your own smore's) for the campfire. Call the park office to register in advance, limited to 10 participants. Cottage guests free. $10. Free of charge to cottage guests. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Geocaching 101
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 1 PM to 2 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join members of the Georgia Geocachers Association for an introduction to geocaching where you will learn the basics. Please have a geocaching app loaded onto your phone prior to the event because WiFi is not available in the area. This program is pre-registration only and limited to 15 people. Please call the park office to register. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Gourd Rattles
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 1 PM to 3 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join Ben Kirkland in Group Shelter 2 as you make a gourd rattle to take home using primitive tools. Space limited to 15 participants, so register in advance by calling the park office. Social distancing required. $20 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Create Your Own Valentine
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Free your creative spirit. It's the thought that counts and your personal touch enriches the thought. Three opportunities: 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Limited to 10 people for each time period. Register at the Visitor Center by noon, February 12. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Movie Night
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us for movies under the stars. Limited to15 people, minimum of 4. Bring bottled water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chair. Pre-registration required by noon two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Paddle with your Valentine
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Bring your sweetie, bring a friend or come solo and make new friends while enjoying nature and viewing wildlife on this 1-hour paddle around our 28-acre lake. Ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required and social distancing is mandatory. Program is weather permitting. $10/$25/$35 $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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.
Iron Pour: Valentine's Special
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 3 PM to 8 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Watch as rangers and volunteers melt iron and pour it into scratch blocks and molds. You can now reserve a scratch block with Eventbrite. Reservations start on Feb. 6th. Please read the description on Eventbrite carefully before reserving a block. Non-reservation scratch blocks go on sale at 3 PM at the Visitor Center. Pour begins 6PM. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Sweet Heart String Art
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Meet at the campground pavilion to create the perfect gift just in time for Valentines day. Reservation must be made in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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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.
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Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we will build a campfire without matches. Couples, singles and families welcome. All equipment for archery provided, no experience necessary. BYOS (bring your own smore's) for the campfire. Call the park office to register in advance, limited to 10 participants. Cottage guests free. $10. Free of charge to cottage guests. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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.
Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Celebrate Arbor Day month with your very own painted tree pendant or ornament! 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 plus $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.
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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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