Smithgall Woods State Park


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wild Dyer Class
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In this program, you will learn how plants and minerals found in nature can be used to create fabrics of beautiful colors. Take part in an age-old tradition of dyeing clothes and go home with your own dyed tote bag. Register by Feb. 9th. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Volunteer Training Day
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Want to be a part of the inner workings of Smithgall Woods? The park can use a variety of skills and talents. The training provides information about the park, its history, volunteer activities, and a chance to meet other volunteers. Register by February 27th. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Backpacking 101
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 9 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Do you like hiking? Do you wonder what to bring on overnight trips? Join the Naturalist to learn the basics of backpacking. Learn how to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances on the trail, the proper way to encounter wild animals, and what to do if you get lost. This will be a presentation followed by a short hike on Laurel Ridge Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
In preparation for the spring fishing season, park staff will offer helpful hints and "how to" sessions on fly tying, stream reading, casting and more. Come at 9:30 am to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by the Park Naturalist. Fishing reservation information available. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
GPS Basics
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn to use a handheld GPS unit with the Naturalist. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. $25 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bee-ginner's Course
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 12 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Bee-ginner's Course Learn about basic bee-keeping and how to start a hive. Join Dr. Jennifer Leavey of Georgia Tech and our Naturalist in a 4-hour crash course on bees, their history, and cultivating hives. Have hands-on experience with the hive's here at our park. $35 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Eco-Kids: Pollinators
Saturday, May 18, 2019 9 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Eco-Kids: Pollinators Bring your kids for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall Woods State Park. Learn all there is to learn about the wonders of our world's pollinators. From birds to bees to bats, learning how to help these important creatures.There will be outdoor games, arts&crafts, and much more. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 3, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 10, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 17, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 24, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jul 1, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Sunflowers & Selfies
Friday, Jul 5, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sunflowers & Selfies
Saturday, Jul 6, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jul 8, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Friday, July 12, 2019

iNaturalist BioBlitz
9 AM - 2 PM from Jul 12, 2019 until Jul 13, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
iNaturalist BioBlitz A Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Participants will learn the basics of identification, how to use the iNaturalist app, and will receive a summary of the Bioblitz's data. On the second day, we will explore the park and log all the species we can. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunflowers & Selfies
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

iNaturalist BioBlitz
9 AM - 2 PM from Jul 13, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
iNaturalist BioBlitz A Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Participants will learn the basics of identification, how to use the iNaturalist app, and will receive a summary of the Bioblitz's data. On the second day, we will explore the park and log all the species we can. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunflowers & Selfies
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jul 15, 2019 until Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sunflowers & Selfies
Friday, Jul 19, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunflowers & Selfies
Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Spend the day enjoying the sun and the flowers at Smithgall Woods State Park. Take pictures and enter our photo contest to win a free t-shirt. Enjoy lemonade and other refreshments after riding to the sunflower field on the hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Georgia Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jul 22, 2019 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Georgia Master Naturalist In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Painting in the Park
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 1 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come to try your hand at painting nature for the day. At Smithgall Woods, we have thousands of happy little trees to paint. The course will be led by a local artist and basic supplies will be provided. $40 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ultraviolet Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 7 PM to 10 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Ever wonder what it's like to see in ultraviolet light? Experience our wooded trails via blacklight and learn all about night florescence with our Naturalist! $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Parks After Dark 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

White Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn the basics of creating a coiled pine needle basket in this 3-hour workshop. All materials are provided. The basket is yours to keep. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cabin Fever: Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
We invite you to join Smithgall Woods Friends Group for a fun afternoon of bluegrass and BBQ on Dukes Creek! There will be live music from multiple bluegrass acts, food vendors, arts and crafts, non profits, and much more! This is a family friendly event! $10. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Woman's Wilderness Day
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
What does it mean to be a woman? It means to be strong four ourselves and our loved ones. It means to act in grace and look for beauty. Come to celebrate women in a woman's only hike and a tea party. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

National Take a Hike Day
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 1 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Celebrate our country's wilderness and get outside for some exercise by hiking our most challenging trail at the park, Ashe Trail, with our Naturalist. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

"John Muir Inspired" Identification Hike
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 11 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
No cameras or search engines, only a pencil, and paper. This hike will be an educational program geared toward identifying native and non-native plant species. We will hike the ADA Trail and the surrounding areas. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Native American Cultures and Medicinal Plants
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This event will consist of a brief talk about Native American culture in Northeast Georgia and will be followed by a hike looking at medicinal plants used by these cultures. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Native American Cultures and Medicinal Plants
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
This event will consist of a brief talk about Native American culture in Northeast Georgia and will be followed by a hike looking at medicinal plants used by these cultures. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.