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, November 27, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 27, 2020 until Nov 29, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 2 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.
Bird Bingo & Campfire
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Bring your own roasting stick, marshmallows and enjoy toasting it over a fire. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 3 PM to 3:30 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.
Sunset Bat Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 5 PM to 5:45 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our rangers for a short 1/2 mile walk along our beautiful marshes and witness nature at its finest! Watch our flying friends take flight over the setting sun and learn about the world of bats. Hundreds of bats leave their houses every evening to hunt for insects. Guests will meet our rangers at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Night Fort Tour
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 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.
Black Friday Opt Out Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us for a 7 miles along the yellow trail lake loop. This unpaved trail is moderate with limited elevation changes. Please wear appropriate hiking attire based on the weather. Hiking boots or running shoes are suggested. Bring water, snacks, and a sack lunch. There will be breaks for talks, water, and a 30 minute stop for lunch. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Thanksgiving Paddle
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon paddle tour at Lake Rutledge. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek and paddling to the sounds of nature. Bring water and sunscreen. Social distancing required. Space limited to 10 participants, pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Tails on Trails Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Bring your 4-legged best friends for a hike! All dogs must be on leash and friendly. This program requires preregistration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register . $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
The Boys Who Built the Park - CCC Program
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come learn about the men who built the beautiful structures we enjoy at the park today. We'll take a short walk around the front of the park to look at the CCC's handiwork. This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-507-2277.
Turkey Trot Opt-out
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Forget about "Black Friday", let's celebrate "Green Friday". Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a guide to our obstacle course and work off those "Turkey Day calories" while enjoying the great outdoors. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Movie Night
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 7:30 PM to 10 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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Meet the Reptiles
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Preregistration is required for this event, participants are limited. Are you afraid of snakes? Have you ever seen a live gopher tortuous? Come meet the reptiles of Magnolia Springs. You will learn that reptiles are an important part of our natural world and snakes are not scary creatures but are wild animals with unique adaptions. $3 per person $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Opt Outside
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Opt outside this black Friday and come visit your local State Park! We will be hosting an animal show followed by a short guided hike. We will have mounts, furs, skulls, and live animals on display at our animal show! Afterwards we will go on a short guided hike through the beautiful woods of Mistletoe State Park. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
#OptOutside Stuffed Shuffle
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Do you want to work off some of that turkey weight while avoiding the malls on Black Friday? Join us as we opt outdoors on this guided mountain hike. This hike is moderately strenuous, but there is no better way to take in the last of the fall colors. Must call to register in advance, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Guided Mountain Hike
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wormsloe Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Wormsloe Historic Site - Savannah, GA
Come out on Black Friday for our Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt! At your own pace, come tackle the 3-mile Battery Trail. Check in at the Visitor Center for a trail map and info about the Turkey Trot Coins you’ll be looking for along the way. Return to the museum after completing the hike and redeem your coins for a prize (while supplies last). $2 - $10. 912-353-3023.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 28, 2020 until Nov 29, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Meet the Bees - Cancelled
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Meet the park honeybees and learn all about these hard-working pollinators from our local beekeepers, owners of Boyd's Bees N Honey. Program is weather permitting and social distancing is mandatory. Space is limited to 6 and preregistration is required by 8 PM on the Friday before program. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Campfire Bingo
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 5 PM to 6 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Join us in the campground at the Interpretive Campfire by the information kiosk for some bingo and prizes next to a warn and toasty fire. For an added treat, bring your own marshmallows and roasting sticks. Program is weather permitting, social distancing is mandatory. Space limited to 8. Preregistration required by 12 PM day of program. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Puppet Show
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Enjoy a short puppet show featuring Native American stories. Puppet show is free. This program requires pre-registration, please call 770-387-3747 $2-$6 entry fee. 770-387-3747.
Gobble Archery Shoot
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Archery target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction, equipment or you may bring your own. Beginners welcome. Limited attendance of 12 per time slot. Time slots are 9 AM and 11 AM. Groups can contact us for a special time. Preregistration required. Meet at archery course next to the Group Shelter in the campground. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Eye Spy Scanvenger Hunt
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 9 AM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Start anytime. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt. Pick up checklist/rules at the Park Office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Turkey Nature Craft
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Make your own leaf turkey (ranger-guided) or let your imagination soar as you create a one of a kind park souvenir from the natural materials of fall. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Outdoorsy Trivia
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 7 PM to 8 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of outdoor Trivia. Test your knowledge of outdoor activities and camping-related subjects. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Edible Plant hike
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 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 used for making tea, seasonings, and identifying species that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 3 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. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. Registration Required. $9. 912-727-2339.
Ask a Ranger
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 12 PM to 2 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Find our Naturalist at the Visitor Center on your next visit! Ask questions, learn about the park’s history, pick up a trail map, or grab a camera scavenger hunt. Bring your completed scavenger hunt by 2:00pm and win a fun prize. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Bee Observation
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come and see our Bee Observation hive. Watch the activity inside the hive and learn about the roles of the bees within the hive. Masks required inside the bee room. Bring a water bottle $3 Be sure to sign up prior to the program and limited to 8 people. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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History Hike at HLC
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active participants 8 years old and above. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing will be required. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 3 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. Preregistration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Sunset Paddle
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy the changing colors on the lake during this ranger-guided tour. We will scan the sky and woods for wildlife. The ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. This program requires pre-registration, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants and social distancing will be required. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Gobble Wobble
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
If you can't believe you ate the WHOLE thing, come walk it off with the Naturalist on a 3-mile hike. This event requires preregistration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. Space limited. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
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Indian Springs Museum
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
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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Meet the Turtles
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come learn about the turtles that call our Interpretive Center their home then choose a craft to make. Limited to 15 people, minimum of 4; pre-register by noon on October 27 or for November 27 respectively. Call or stop by the Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Afternoon Kayak
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 4 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join our Naturalist for an afternoon tour of the lake. Limit: 8 people, minimum: 4. Register by noon, November 27; call or stop by Visitor Center. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water. $25 ($15, your equipment) $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Pioneer & Native American Living
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Pre-registration is required for this program and space is limited. Immerse yourself in Native American and Pioneer lifestyles in tthis hands-on program at the park. This includes three or four activities such as candle making, corn husk dolls, Native American games, crafts, and more. $7-$10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. 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 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. 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 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Fall Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Nov 28, 2020 until Dec 12, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join us and enjoy the weather on our Fall Hikes. We will answer questions about the park, animals, and the flora and fauna we have here. Pre-registration will be required on our signup sheet, and guests may pay at the front desk. The cut-off will be 25 participants (including park staff). Location: Hikes will start on the Little River Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Nov 28, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Nov 28, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Crafting with Claus
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 6 PM to 8 PM
Richard B. Russell State Park - Elberton, GA
It is time to get crafty for Christmas. Decorate ornaments with Santa Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as he shares Christmas stories. Pre-registration required. $2. 706-213-2045.
Holiday Trivia
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Brush up on your holiday trivia. Meet at the campground pavilion for the chance to win some awesome prizes. This is a great game for the whole family. Social distancing is required for all programs. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Fall Movies
Saturdays 6 PM - 7:30 PM – Nov 28, 2020 
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Bring your chair to the park office to watch a movie under the stars! Call the park office to learn what we will be watching 706-245-6270. Social distancing is required for all programs. This event is dog friendly. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 29, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Primitive Tools and Weapons Program
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Santa and Friends Magical Campground
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Come drive thru the Lake Kolomoki campground to see Santa and his friends Frosty and the Grinch. All visitors will remain in their car but you can wave to Santa and drop off your letter. Campsites will be decorated with Christmas lights. Frosty and the Grinch will pass out treats along the way. This event is free to the public. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. 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 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Basic Archery
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Per CDC safety recommendations, this program has been moved outdoors. 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 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monday, November 30, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Monday, Nov 30, 2020 9:30 AM to 10 AM
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.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Homeschool In The Park: Animal Homes
Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 10 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geared towards families who homeschool. Discover different structures that animals call home. Must pre-register. Location disclosed upon registration. $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Traditions Tour - Available Dec. 3-22, 2020
Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Take a tour of the plantation decorated for the holidays with authentic décor inspired by traditions of the late 19th and early 20th Century and learn how families from this period celebrated the season. Tours are offered by reservation only 10am-4pm Thurs.-Sun. and are included with regular day admission: $4-$6.50. 478-986-5172. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Candle-making
Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 5 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the pioneers lighted their homes with hand-made candles. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Pre-registration required two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Animal Adaptations: Home School Program
Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Join us for a home school program focused on animal adaptations! We will learn about how these special attributes allow animals to survive in the wild. We will have a amphitheater talk, games, and a hike. Call the office to register for this event at (706) 541-0321. Space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Homeschool Days
Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Homeschoolers! Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly home school program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month. 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. Space is limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friday, December 4, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 4, 2020 until Dec 6, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Jolly Jeopardy
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of winter jeopardy. Test your knowledge of the holidays and winter-related subjects. Campfire lit, weather permitting; guests are welcome to bring their own marshmallows and roasting sticks. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 2 PM to 2:30 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, Dec 4, 2020 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. Food and equipment (marshmallows, smore's, sticks) won't be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Fridays 4 PM - 7 PM – Dec 4, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free. 706-878-1077.
History Hike
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come learn about the fascinating history of Indian Springs! From the early use by the Creeks thru the resort eras and the CCC construction, learn about 200 years of park history. This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Movie Night
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 7:30 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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Couples Christmas Challenge
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 5 PM to 7 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Looking for a Christmas themed date night? Then we have the perfect program for you! In our Christmas Couples Challenge you will compete alongside your significant other against other couples in several fun Christmas themed party games. This date night is only $15 per couple. Call the office at (706) 541-0321 to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 6, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Primitive Tools and Weapons Day
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.
Sunrise Walk with a Ranger
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 7 AM to 8:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with a ranger and walk 1/2 mile in (1 mile total) to Buzzard's Roost. Watch the sunrise (7:27 AM) and learn more about the park. Coffee provided at the end. Stone Amphitheater next to the Park Office. Must pre-register. 7:00 AM check-in. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Toy and Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Archery target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. Bring in a quality toy, package socks, t-shirts, etc. and get $5 off your shoot. All items donated are for the benefit of the Columbus Fort Benning Shrine Club for the homeless and Children Hospital and are not considered tax deductable. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 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.
Elf Nature Craft
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We all know that elves help Santa make all the toys he delivers, but who makes presents for the elves? Create a handmade present for your elf on the shelf from the natural materials of December; maybe your elf will show it off to Santa on one of their visits! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House Competition
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Build a whimsically creative home using outdoor-sturdy, unique, natural materials. Recycled and repurposed wood, glass, ceramic and metal accents are ok. House size less than 18" high with no larger than 18" x 14" base. Prizes for youth and adult categories. Room of Fairy furniture should fit 2-inch wood fairies. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Soldier Saturday
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 1 PM to 3 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. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.
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Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 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. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 3 PM to 5 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. Preregistration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Fridays 4 PM - 7 PM – Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free. 706-878-1077.
40th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 10 AM to 4 PM
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - Brunswick, GA
40th Annual Christmas Tour This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Walk down the old carriage road and enjoy a special Christmas tour of an antebellum plantation house. 912-264-7333.
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Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 26, 2020 
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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Christmas at Indian Springs
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 5 PM to 8 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join the Friends of Indian Springs for this drive-thru event celebrating the holiday season. Guests will remain in their vehicles to enjoy the decorations and interact with our elf volunteers. Santa will be here, but he will be very busy making his list and checking it twice. Bring your letter for Santa and our elves will make sure he gets it! 770-504-2277.
Christmas Crafts
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to make Christmas crafts that are sure to help make your home more festive for the holidays. Some can be used as gifts. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon on Friday prior to day of event. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Georgia Becoming An Outdoors-Woman Event
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 8 AM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Pre-registration is required for this program-space is limited. We will begin with a hike that focuses on the sights and sounds of birds. You will become a true survivor learning the skills of archery, knot tying and building campfires without a match. Lunch will be over a campfire and we will end the day with kayaking and fishing. $60 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Fall Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 12, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join us and enjoy the weather on our Fall Hikes. We will answer questions about the park, animals, and the flora and fauna we have here. Pre-registration will be required on our signup sheet, and guests may pay at the front desk. The cut-off will be 25 participants (including park staff). Location: Hikes will start on the Little River Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Dec 5, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
The Honor Tree: A Photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 9 AM to 5 PM
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Guests are invited to adorn our three trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation's armed forces. These Honor Trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call the office to sign up. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Santa's Broadcast
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 8 PM to 8:30 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Santa will be broadcasting live via ham radio at the campground pavilion. Bring your top 3 gift wishes to tell Santa. Social distancing is required for all programs. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 6, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Afternoon Hike and Build a Fire
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore the flora and fauna surrounding Brantley trail on this ranger led hike. This is an easy to moderate hike along a 2 mile dirt trail. After the hike, learn how to build a fire without matches. Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. Call to pre-register in advance. Space limited to 8 participants. Social distancing required. 3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Homeschool Days
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Homeschoolers! Join our Interpretive Ranger for our monthly home school program on the first Thursday and second Wednesday of each month. 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. Space is limited. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Christmas Ornament Craft
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020 7 PM to 9 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Choose from several different styles of ornaments with varying levels of difficulty: paper snowflakes, pipe cleaner candy canes, grapevine and burlap wreaths, and more. Limited to 8 people, minimum of 4; registration required two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center, 912-287-4900 $10 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, December 11, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 11, 2020 until Dec 13, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Candlelight Tours - Postponed
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Candlelight Tours will return in December 2021! Happy Holidays. 706-695-2598.
Holiday Cards at the Park
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 4 PM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate by creating cards for the local homeless shelters using paint, leaves, and pinecones! Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Jolly Jeopardy
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of winter jeopardy. Test your knowledge of the holidays and winter-related subjects. Campfire lit, weather permitting; guests are welcome to bring their own marshmallows and roasting sticks. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 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. Food and equipment (marshmallows, smore's, sticks) won't be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Fridays 4 PM - 7 PM – Dec 11, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free. 706-878-1077.
The Boys Who Built the Park - CCC Program
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 1 PM to 2 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Come learn about the men who built the beautiful structures we enjoy at the park today. We'll take a short walk around the front of the park to look at the CCC's handiwork. This program requires pre-registration. Please call the park office at 770-504-2277 to register. $5 parking. 770-507-2277.
Movie Night
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 7:30 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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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 12, 2020 until Dec 13, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Kayaking with Santa
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Join Santa on a short paddle on Black Rock Mountain Lake. Then enjoy Hot Chocolate and Smores. Pre-Registration required. Participants can sign up for a 1:00 pm paddle or a 2:30 paddle. Ages 6 to adults. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Candlelight Tours - Postponed
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 5 PM to 9 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Candlelight Tours will return in December 2021! Happy Holidays. 706-695-2598.
Crooked River Christmas - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 2 PM to 5 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Come to Group Shelter #2 for some Christmas fun and to tell Santa your wish list. All ages are welcome to join. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Primitive Tools and Weapons Day
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.
Toy and Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Archery target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. Bring in a quality toy, package socks, t-shirts, etc. and get $5 off your shoot. All items donated are for the benefit of the Columbus Fort Benning Shrine Club for the homeless and Children Hospital and are not considered tax deductable. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 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.
Turkey Archery Shootout
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Stationary, target archery, shooting competition fun. We provide all the equipment. Scored target winners receive prizes. Can enter more than once. Pay and pre-register at Park Office. Park at Fishing Dock in the campground and walk down to new archery field near parking area. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Elf Nature Craft
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We all know that elves help Santa make all the toys he delivers, but who makes presents for the elves? Create a handmade present for your elf on the shelf from the natural materials of December; maybe your elf will show it off to Santa on one of their visits! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Santa Paddle and Campfire
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa's flotilla on Lake Deleanor. We provide life jackets, paddles, 2-person canoes, kayaks, paddleboats or row boats. Boater check-in 1:45 PM. After padding roast a marshmallow and participate in ranger-led activities around the campfire. Guests must supply own marshmallows. $3-$12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Annual Winter Muster: 156th Anniversary-*CANCELLED*
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 10 AM to 5 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
*This event has been Cancelled*. This annual tactical demonstration commemorates the siege of the fort, the last battle of General Sherman’s March to the Sea. Cannon and musket firings, skirmishes, and drills will take place throughout the day. Visitors should arrive no later than 4 pm for the Final Assault. TICKET SALES END AT 4:30 PM. $12. 912-727-2339.
Edible Plant hike
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Some species used for making tea, seasonings, and identifying species that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 5 PM to 9 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join us for a holly jolly night of Christmas themed festivities ranging from Festive lights and even a visit from Ol' Saint Nick himself. ---Read addition details for more information--- $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Winter Wonder Hike at HLC
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 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. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 3 PM to 5 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. Preregistration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Fridays 4 PM - 7 PM – Dec 12, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free. 706-878-1077.
Indian Springs Museum
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – Dec 12, 2020 until Dec 26, 2020 
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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Christmas Crafts
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 10 AM to 11 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how to make Christmas crafts that are sure to help make your home more festive for the holidays. Some can be used as gifts. Limit: 8 people, minimum 4. Register at Visitor Center by noon on Friday prior to day of event. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Christmas at the Springs
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Pre-registration is required for this program and space is limited. Bring the family to join in the festivities of the season. We will make Christmas crafts, have a snowball fight with Christmas charaters using stress balls, watch a Christmas movie and participate in a Christmas scavenger hunt. $5 per child adults free unless participating in activities $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
DIY Wreath Making
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Add some holiday cheer to your house this year with a homemade wreath! We will be teaching the basics and supply the items necessary to build your own holiday wreath. The price is $25 per wreath. We encourage you to bring your own decorations to add that personal touch! This event will be held inside the beach house. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Kids Christmas Crafts & Games
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 2 PM to 4 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Bring your child to Mistletoe for the weekend! We will be making Christmas ornaments and playing Christmas themed games inside our beach house! The program is $5 per child. You must call the office at (706) 541-0321 to register. We will be meeting inside the Beach House. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
What's Under the Tree?
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Pre- registration required. Holidays on an 1853 home front were just as special as they are today. Come out and see the decorations and maybe make some for yourself. 770-443-7850.
Fall Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11:30 AM – Dec 12, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join us and enjoy the weather on our Fall Hikes. We will answer questions about the park, animals, and the flora and fauna we have here. Pre-registration will be required on our signup sheet, and guests may pay at the front desk. The cut-off will be 25 participants (including park staff). Location: Hikes will start on the Little River Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Dec 12, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
Paddle with a Ranger
Saturdays 3 PM - 4:15 PM – Dec 12, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA
Join two rangers on a paddle excursion. Social Distancing will be monitored. Location: Colquitt Boat Ramp $15 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.
So You Want to Be a Falconer?
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 11 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join master falconer and wildlife educator Buster Brown as he introduces you to his flock. This will be an hour-long presentation covering the steps on how to become a falconer, the necessary equipment and training needed for falconry, and how to acquire a falconry bird. There will be some falconry birds present. Come meet our feathered friends! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Santa's Broadcast
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 8 PM to 8:30 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Santa will be broadcasting live via ham radio at the campground pavilion. Bring your top 3 gift wishes to tell Santa. Social distancing is required for all programs. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.
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17th Annual Vogel State Park Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 4 PM to 7 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Join us for an evening of fellowship and celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. Hayrides, music, and activities lead up to the Christmas Program and Lighting of the Tree. There is NO fee for programs. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 12 or younger for the Sheriff's Dpt. See below for details, including schedule and musician lineup! $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 13, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 2 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. Registration Required. $9. 912-727-2339.
Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Backcountry Geology Hike
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 1 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Geologist 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 seldom-visited quarry of the New Manchester Mill. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Limit 9 hikers. Reservations required. $7 Per individual $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Guided Tour of Etowah Mounds
Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 1 PM to 2 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.
Candle-making
Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 5 PM to 6 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Learn how the pioneers lighted their homes with hand-made candles. Limited to 10 people, minimum of 4. Pre-registration required two days prior to event; call or stop by Visitor Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Friday, December 18, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 18, 2020 until Dec 20, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Ranger Talk: Winter Adaptations
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 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 winter adaptations employed by animals. Display table following talk. Limited seating; preregistration required. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Jolly Jeopardy
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a family-friendly game of winter jeopardy. Test your knowledge of the holidays and winter-related subjects. Campfire lit, weather permitting; guests are welcome to bring their own marshmallows and roasting sticks. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 2 PM to 2:30 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.
Night Fort Tour
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 6 PM to 7 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.
Winter Campfire Stories
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 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. Food and equipment (marshmallows, smore's, sticks) won't be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Pre-registration required as space will be limited to less than 12 participants. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
Fridays 4 PM - 7 PM – Dec 18, 2020 until Dec 19, 2020 
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free. 706-878-1077.
Movie Night
Friday, Dec 18, 2020 7:30 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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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens
6 PM - 10 PM from Dec 19, 2020 until Dec 20, 2020 
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27, 2020 and ending December 25, 2020; come out and tour our 10 acre event field. Displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will refreshments and a movie playing as well as Christmas lights. Please call 706-456-2602 for any questions. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.
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Primitive Tools and Weapons Day
Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.
Toy and Sock Shoot
Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Archery target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. Bring in a quality toy, package socks, t-shirts, etc. and get $5 off your shoot. All items donated are for the benefit of the Columbus Fort Benning Shrine Club for the homeless and Children Hospital and are not considered tax deductable. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 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.
Elf Nature Craft
Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 11 AM to 12:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
We all know that elves help Santa make all the toys he delivers, but who makes presents for the elves? Create a handmade present for your elf on the shelf from the natural materials of December; maybe your elf will show it off to Santa on one of their visits! Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Last Days of Fall Hike
Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Enjoy the last days of fall with a hike to the falls! Geared towards ages 8 and up ! 4 mile moderate trail difficulty. Bring water and a snack. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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