Tales of Scales Events

Nature/Wildlife Events


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Snakes of Georgia
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Find out about the many species of snakes in Georgia and which ones you might be most likely to encounter during your visit to the park. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Bear Creek Hike
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 1 PM to 3 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This short but strenuous guided hike will go from the Interpretive Center down to the ford at Bear Creek (approximately 3 miles roundtrip). $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Orienteering at Red Top
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 2 PM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us as we learn basic compass and navigation skills, then put them to the test. Take compass readings and plot your course to navigate your way through the Georgia Orienteering Club course here at Red Top. We will meet at the Tennis Courts by the Trading Post. Course maps are available for purchase at the Trading Post and Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Sunset on Iron Hill
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 5 PM to 6 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for a sunset hike on the iconic Iron Hill Trail. We will see beautiful views of the lake as the sun sets over the park. Meet at the Iron Hill Parking Lot, then hike a 1.5 mile section of Iron Hill. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 10 AM to 12 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Holey Ground: Caves and Karst of the Cumberland Plateau
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
­Cloudland Canyon is Georgia's only state park that lies within the Cumberland Plateau, and the only one that contains caves. This 1 hour presentation in the interpretive center explains why this region is riddled with holes and will introduce you to the fragile environment of caves and some of the fascinating creatures found in them. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Make a Snake
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 to Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
After learning about scaley friends, let your imagination run wild as you create your own slithery snake friend. Register in advance since space is limited. $2 per snake. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Winter Bingo Hike at Red Top
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us for the Winter Edition of Red Top Mountain Bingo. Hike around in search of your items and compete to be the first to get BINGO! First place will get a prize! Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Let's Go Geocache!
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
A Geocache is a hidden treasure that you've been given the map to. Did you know there are many Geocaches hidden throughout Red Top Mountain? Join us as we scour the woods in search of a few. We will meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center and hike a 1 mile section of Sweetgum Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Leapin' Lizards
Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Uncover the lives of lizards, skinks, and other unusual reptiles of Georgia. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Bats
Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
We love bats here at Cloudland Canyon State Park! This program will tell you why as we dispel the myths and misconceptions about this misunderstood mammal! $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Birding Basics
Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a relaxing morning as we go on a birding adventure. This class will teach you the basics of birding as we hikeand explore around Crooked River $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Take Flight Event 

Friday, March 1, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Snakes of Georgia
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Find out about the many species of snakes in Georgia and which ones you might be most likely to encounter during your visit to the park. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Turtles of Georgia
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn about the different turtles of Georgia, and which one has been designated the "State Reptile"! $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
West Rim Hike
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Join us for a moderately strenuous, 3 mile trek. This hike offers scenic views from the many rocky outcrops along the trail. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Squid Dissection
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Embrace your inner curiosity as we dissect and learn about the ins and outs of one of the oceans' most common animals: The Squid! $10.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Herp, Herp, Hooray
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Assist our Interpretive ranger with caring for and learning about the reptiles and amphibians that call our nature center home. $2.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Sunset Bike Tour
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride with a ranger as we explore our park, and end our adventure with a beautiful sunset $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Cozy by the Campfire
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 6 PM to 7 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Settle in for the night with some fun, games, and stories around a campfire with a ranger. Each week holds something new! $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bird Bingo
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required to ensure enough bingo sheets. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Sunset Hike
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 5:45 PM to 7 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Come experience one of the best sunset locations in the state on a guided hike with a ranger. Bring comfortable hiking shoes and a flashlight. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Let's Go Geocache!
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
A Geocache is a hidden treasure that contains trinkets and a log book. You locate them using the map function with the “Geocaching” app, log your find and take/leave a prize. Bring the kids and some trinkets if you want to find some with us!! We will meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center and hike a 1 mile section of Sweetgum Trail. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Intro to Using a Compass
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Did you know that a compass contains a needle that aligns with magnetic north, and includes a bezel wherein a specific bearing can be dialed in, and that can be used to get you where you want go?? Well that's great! Now if you want to know how to put it to practical use, navigate your way to the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Beginner's Guide to Fire Building
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 4 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Improvising a fire without the use of matches or a lighter is a great skill to have for any camping/outdoor enthusiast!! We'll try a few methods, as well as discuss and demo some of the less-than-conventional ones. Come warm up and hone this life-skill with us. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Snake Safety Stroll
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 3 PM to 4 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Exploring the Okefenokee can be a fun and enjoyable experience, however many fear the possibility of encountering potentially venomous species of snakes. Join us on our Trembling Earth Nature Trail and boardwalk, to learn some helpful tips for hiking in areas that have venomous and non-venomous species of snakes such as snake ID and other tips. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tales of Scales Event 

Saturday, March 2, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
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Animals of Amicalola Falls
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
World Wildlife Day Celebration
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA
Bring the whole family to learn about the wildlife you might see around our park. First, listen to a story about how to spot the signs that an animal has been in the area and how to identify which animal, then take the time to ask questions, feel real animal pelts, and do some fun crafts. Register in advance over the phone. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Leapin' Lizards
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Uncover the lives of lizards, skinks, and other unusual reptiles of Georgia. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Fishing FUNdamentals
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Learn how to tie a hook and catch a fish with a ranger! $5.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Herp, Herp, Hooray
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Assist our Interpretive ranger with caring for and learning about the reptiles and amphibians that call our nature center home. $2.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Make a Snake
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
After learning about scaley friends, let your imagination run wild as you create your own slithery snake friend. Register in advance since space is limited. $2 per snake. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 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 4PM. Names of completed sheets will be entered into a drawing. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends and help check our bluebird boxes on a leisurely stroll outside the park office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and checklists available but limited. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Nature Craft
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own caterpillar and butterfly out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Meet at boathouse by Lake Deleanor. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Geocaching Coinapaloosa VII
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 11 AM to 3 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Geochachers, novice and pro, meet up for a unique geotracking event. Coinswap followed by social campout event. Social distancing and other safety measures will be taken per CDC guidelines. Times, registration, and costs info online at www.geocaching.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
CANCELLED- Oh The Places You’ll Go Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1 PM to 5 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
HIKE CANCELLED- Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a hike to Cascade Falls (~4 miles total). Moderate difficulty; geared towards ages 8 and up. Meet at Cascade Falls trailhead, TV tower parking lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Backpacking 101
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
An in-depth introduction to backpacking with a ranger. Addressing safety, planning, gear, and more. Begins at picnic shelter #1. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
South Georgia Seed Swap
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
It’s time to start planning for Spring planting! The first step is deciding what to grow, so we decided to make that a little easier on folks. We’re proud to announce the first South Georgia Seed Swap to be hosted by General Coffee State Park! Rain or shine join us March 2, 2024 for this wonderful event. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Bluebird Workshop
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 3 PM to 4 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Bring this lovely icon of happiness into your own yard. Discover the basics of bluebird feeding and housing then put together a cedar, Audubon bluebird house to take home. Handouts and suet samples are included. Pre-registration required by visiting or calling the Park Office. Limited space. Meet at the enclosed Group Shelter. $30 includes house;$10 without house $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Take Flight Event 
Bird by Bird - Introduction to Birding
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 9 AM to 11 AM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Let’s take it bird by bird! Learn how to identify different bird species in this beginner’s program with tips that will help you start your bird watching journey. We will take a short hike and use shape, color pattern, behavior, and habitat to identify a variety of birds and learn how to use binoculars effectively in finding birds in the wild. $4.50-$7 (children 5 and under free) 478-986-5172.
Take Flight Event 
Owl Craft
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
This is a fun craft for all ages! Join us at the Interpretive Center and create awesome owls from pinecones! Let your imagination go and decorate them to your liking. Pre-register at the Visitor Center prior to the event. We hope to see you there!! $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Bee Hotel
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 11:30 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us at the campground picnic shelter to create your own unique tin can and bamboo bee hotel. Registration is required in advance at the Visitor Center or call 478-982-1660. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Event Take Flight Event 
Salamander Meander
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn all about amphibians and macroinvertebrates during a 1.25 mi. hike on the Watershed Trail. We will be spending some time at Panola Creek looking for these amazing creatures, so be prepared to get muddy and wet. Ages 5+. Pre-registration is required. Call the Park Office to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sunset Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take time out of your hectic schedule to join us for a relaxing sunset mountain hike of Panola Mountain. There's nothing quite like watching the sun set from the top of Panola. Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10+. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Reptile Rendezvous
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 2 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us Saturday for some reptile education. Come say Hi and meet our Box Turtles, Mr. T and Scooter, and our Kingsnake and Rat Snake, King Henry and Gandalf the Grey! We will also do some fun reptile related arts and crafts! Rendezvous at the Conference Room inside the Visitors Center anytime between 2 and 5. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Tales of Scales Event 
Spring Hatchlings Picture Craft
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Warming weather and lengthening daylight prompts many bird species to nest and lay eggs. Join us as we make crafts depicting spring hatchlings in the nest. Materials will be provided. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Persistent Trillium Hike
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 1 PM to 3 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Venture with us up the South Rim Stairs to view the endemic Persistent Trillium flowers in bloom! These flowers are native to Tallulah Gorge only, witness their rare and subtle beauty with your own eyes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Paws and Provisions: Black Bear Awareness
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 3 PM to 3:45 PM
Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA
Learn about them, learn what to do (and not do) if you happen to encounter one, learn how to avoid encountering a bear at all. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.
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Sunday, March 3, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
What's Blooming in Sitton Gulch
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The wildflowers in Sitton Gulch are in bloom! Come see what's up along the Sitton Gulch Trail. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive down the mountain to the lower trailhead. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Going Deep: Geology of the Canyon Bottom
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic strata of the canyon from the bottom up in this advanced look at the rocks and minerals that make up the lower part of the canyon. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive to the lower Sitton Gulch Trailhead. This is a moderate 2-mile hike. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Low-Tide Paddle River Tour
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 1:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Have a chance to explore crooked Rivers name sake as we disembark and explore Georgia’s beautiful salt marshes. $45 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Take Flight Event 
World Wildlife Day
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 10 AM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join our naturalist in recognition of World Wildlife Day for a close-up look at some of the critters that call South Georgia home. Learn about their importance in the ecosystem and how to identify different species. Live animals will be used. Fee free program. Meet at the Relihan Museum & Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Tales of Scales Event 
Big Creek Nature Trail Hike
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 9 AM to 10:15 AM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Join us and see how many animals we can spot on our Nature Trail! This is a guided hike that is about a hour 15 minutes long. Bring a bottle of water and let's hit the trail. Pre-register before the hike. We will meet at the Visitor Center for the event. See you there! $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Volunteer Work Day
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 2 PM to 4 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This all ages event is a great way for folks who want to get involved in caring for our park. We'll be doing an all trails litter cleanup, you decide the difficulty of the hike you do. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Snake Sundays
Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM – Mar 3, 2024 until Mar 31, 2024 
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come meet our animal ambassadors, the snakes, as we provide some enrichment time, share some facts, and give you a chance to pet them (if you dare). $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tales of Scales Event 

Monday, March 4, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Leapin' Lizards
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Uncover the lives of lizards, skinks, and other unusual reptiles of Georgia. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Winter Greenery: Evergreens of Cloudland Canyon
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This guided, mostly flat, 1.5 mile walk along the Overlook Trail introduces you to some of the trees and plants that stay green all year long. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Winter Bingo Hike at Red Top
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Many animals hibernate to conserve energy throughout the cold winter, but your kids shouldn't be some of them. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center, then hike around in search of your items and compete to be the first to get BINGO. First place will get a prize. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Intro to Using a Compass
Monday, Mar 4, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Did you know that a compass contains a needle that aligns with magnetic north, and includes a bezel wherein a specific bearing can be dialed in, and that can be used to get you where you want go? Well that's great! Now if you want to know how to put it to practical use, navigate your way to the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Turtles of Georgia
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn about the different turtles of Georgia, and which one has been designated the "State Reptile"! $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Leapin' Lizards
Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Uncover the lives of lizards, skinks, and other unusual reptiles of Georgia. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Homeschool- Basic Needs of Plants and Animals
Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Children will learn what plants and animals need to survive. Naturalist will share mounted animals with students while they learn what each animals' basic needs are. They will go on a nature hike with the opportunity to see animals and learn that plants have basic needs as well. A visit to the nature center will reinforce what students learned. $6 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Friday, March 8, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Boxed In
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Come learn about the lives of one of our most commonly encountered turtles- the Eastern Box Turtle $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
What's Blooming in Sitton Gulch
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The wildflowers in Sitton Gulch are in bloom! Come see what's up along the Sitton Gulch Trail. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive down the mountain to the lower trailhead. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Squid Dissection
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Embrace your inner curiosity as we dissect and learn about the ins and outs of one of the oceans' most common animals: The Squid! $10.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Bird Bingo
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 6 PM to 7 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Play our original outdoor adult and family-friendly bingo to win great prizes and learn more about our feathered, flying friends. Location disclosed upon registration. Preregistration required to ensure enough bingo sheets. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool: Bee Hotel
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Gather at picnic shelter #1 to create your own unique tin can and bamboo bee hotel. This is a great opportunity to get together with friends for a fun afternoon at Magnolia Springs. Registration is required in advance at the Visitor Center or call (478)982-1660. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Accessible Event 
Beginner's Guide to Fire Building
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 3 PM to 4 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Improvising a fire without the use of matches or a lighter is a great skill to have for any camping/outdoor enthusiast! We'll try a few methods, as well as discuss and demo some of the less-than-conventional ones. Come warm up and hone this life-skill with us. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Cold Weather Shelter Building
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
What would YOU do if you were stranded in the woods overnight? What if it were cold? Wet? Windy? Would you be able to stay warm and dry?.. If you want to learn about different shelter types and build some of our own, come out to Red Top. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Fridays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Mar 8, 2024 until Mar 29, 2024 
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Weather permitting, we will meet in the main parking lot across from the Trading Post. We will talk briefly about light pollution then explore visible constellations and dark sky objects through the telescope. Free plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Accessible Event 

Saturday, March 9, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Birds of Prey
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Blue Ridge Raptors to meet several amazing Birds of Prey up close and learn how to help wild raptors! Come early to chat with raptor specialists. Programs are held in the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event 
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Birds of Prey
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join Blue Ridge Raptors to meet several amazing Birds of Prey up close and learn how to help wild raptors! Come early to chat with raptor specialists. Programs are held in the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event 
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 4 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
What's Blooming in Sitton Gulch
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The wildflowers in Sitton Gulch are in bloom! Come see what's up along the Sitton Gulch Trail. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive down the mountain to the lower trailhead. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Frogs of Northwest Georgia
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everybody loves frogs. and northwest Georgia has more than a dozen species that you'll become acquainted with in this program. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Going Deep: Geology of the Canyon Bottom
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic strata of the canyon from the bottom up in this advanced look at the rocks and minerals that make up the lower part of the canyon. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive to the lower Sitton Gulch Trailhead. This is a moderate 2-mile hike. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Birding Basics
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a relaxing morning as we go on a birding adventure. This class will teach you the basics of birding as we hikeand explore around Crooked River $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Take Flight Event 
Herp, Herp, Hooray
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Assist our Interpretive ranger with caring for and learning about the reptiles and amphibians that call our nature center home. $2.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Make a Snake
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
After learning about scaley friends, let your imagination run wild as you create your own slithery snake friend. Register in advance since space is limited. $2 per snake. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Snakes Of Georgia
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 12 PM
Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
Bring your curiosity and drop by the park office to learn more about the snakes of Georgia. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 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 4PM. Names of completed sheets will be entered into a drawing. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9 AM to 10 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn to ID some of our local feathered friends and help check our bluebird boxes on a leisurely stroll outside the park office. Meet your guide on the Park Office front porch. Not stroller accessible. Loaner binoculars and checklists available but limited. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterfly Nature Craft
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10:30 AM to 12 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Create your very own caterpillar and butterfly out of things found in nature under the guidance of a ranger! Or create something entirely new; let your imagination run wild! Meet at boathouse by Lake Deleanor. Event will be cancelled if rain. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Yoga on the Ogeechee
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for a relaxing 1 hour yoga class. Bring a yoga mat and water. Pre-register by calling the Visitor Center at 912-727-2339. Space is limited for some classes. So, pre-registration is suggested. Check in at the visitor center when you arrive at the park. Class locations vary depending upon the weather. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Bear Talk
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
All are welcome to join a ranger for an informative talk about black bears. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Fire Tower Trek
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA
Join us for an educational guided hike up to the west overlook, and a tour of the CCC stone fire tower. Registration is required. Please visit or contact the park office to register. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Pond Study Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join a ranger for a stroll around the farm pond! Learn all about the organisms that make their home around this manmade body of water. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Feed the Heritage Herd
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join the ranger for a farm animal encounter. Get up close and personal and learn about these animals’ habits and heritage. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
New Moon Paddle
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 6 PM to 8 PM
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
Light up the night sky with glow sticks! Enjoy the a paddle in the Lower Lake during the New Moon. Be sure to dress appropriately with close toes shows and bring plenty of water. Pre-registration required. $15 per person to rent kayak. $5 if you provide your own. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
Bird by Bird - Introduction to Birding
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9 AM to 11 AM
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA
Let’s take it bird by bird! Learn how to identify different bird species in this beginner’s program with tips that will help you start your bird watching journey. We will take a short hike and use shape, color pattern, behavior, and habitat to identify a variety of birds and learn how to use binoculars effectively in finding birds in the wild. $4.50-$7 (children 5 and under free) 478-986-5172.
Take Flight Event 
Diamorpha Days: Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Diamorpha smallii is in bloom! Endemic to the Southeast, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during the month of March and makes for some beautiful photo opportunities. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Register in advance by calling the park office. Click event for details. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Lost But Found, Safe and Sound
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join Search and Rescue (SAR) Specialist Dianne Stone and her trusty K9 companion Maisy to learn simple techniques and supplies you should always have on hand when venturing into the great outdoors. You'll come out of this interactive course with the knowledge of what to do if you happen to get lost in the woods. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Red Top Scavengers
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Scavenging for something fun and healthy for the kids to get out and do?? Come out to Red Top for our Winter Scavenger Hunt. All items can be found around the park this time of year. First place gets a prize!! Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Intro to Using a Compass
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Did you know that a compass contains a needle that aligns with magnetic north, and includes a bezel wherein a specific bearing can be dialed in, and that can be used to get you where you want go?? Well that's great! Now if you want to know how to put it to practical use, navigate your way to the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Red Top Survival Series
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 3 PM to 5 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Join us in our most comprehensive survival program this year as we Orienteer ourselves to a specific pre-determined location. Once there, we will then Build a Fire without the use of a matches, and then construct a viable Survival Shelter. This is a 2 hour program. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Mushroom Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join a naturalist as we scour the forest floor and trees to see all the variety of forms and colors of mushrooms found here in the park. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail for this 2-mile hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Terrapins in the Spotlight
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
The diamondback terrapin is the only turtle that is specific to the saltmarsh ecosystem. Get an excellent look at this specialist that is not frequently seen. Meet in the Visitor Center for this 30-minute program and see our two live diamondback terrapins. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
DIY Bird Feeder
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Suet feeders are greatly appreciated by birds looking for a hearty, filling meal in the winter. Make your own while watching the birds at our bird feeders. We will identify the native bird species that visit our park and might also visit your own backyard. Materials will be provided. Meet behind the Visitor Center at the picnic tables. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Wetland Loop Hike
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join Smithgall’s Naturalist on a guided hike of our Wetland Loop Trail. Learn about the unique aspects of a wetland’s ecosystem and what animals depend on it. This trail is an easy 0.3 miles. No dogs allowed on this hike. Please remember to dress for the weather and bring your water! $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Tales of Scales Event 
Living with Bears
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Have you ever questioned what to do if you encountered a bear? Join Smithgall & Tom Hennigan, Associate Professor of Biology at Truett-McConnell University, for a 1-hour presentation focusing on bear behavior, vocalizations, types of bears, hibernation and more. All ages are welcome. $5.00 per person $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Reading With Reptiles
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Listen to a story while hanging out with our scaly residents here at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tales of Scales Event 
International Women's Day Archery
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 11 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
Join us for a female ranger led lesson at the archery range to celebrate international women’s day! Please call the office to sign up. Ages 8 and up. 15 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Animals of Amicalola Falls
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 1 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Meet our ambassador animals up close and discover something new! Join a park naturalist and up to two live animals for a discussion about our native species. May include box turtle, various snake species, hawk and/or owl. Meet us in the lodge lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Night Hike: Spring Equinox
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 7 PM to 9 PM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Celebrate the spring equinox with us! Join a park naturalist at the lodge for a hands-on discussion explaining the equinox and Earth's movements. Next, we begin our 1.5 hour loop hike as the sun sets and return to the lodge after dark. The hike is mostly moderate with some strenuous portions. $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Leapin' Lizards
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Uncover the lives of lizards, skinks, and other unusual reptiles of Georgia. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
What's Blooming in Sitton Gulch
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 1 PM to 1:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
The wildflowers in Sitton Gulch are in bloom! Come see what's up along the Sitton Gulch Trail. Meet at the Interpretive Center, then we'll drive down the mountain to the lower trailhead. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Reptiles in Spring Hike
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Spring is almost here and that means reptiles will soon be emerging from their slumber! Join us on this 3.2 mile ranger-led hike along Mountain Creek Loop as we look for evidence of reptiles. Meet at Noname parking lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Reptile Afternoon
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join a ranger to do some reptile related crafts and learn some fun facts about reptiles. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Tales of Scales Event 
Remarkable Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join a ranger for a close look at these amazing inhabitants of the Wiregrass region. Learn about their importance in nature and how to identify different species. Meet our corn snake, king snake and rat snake. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
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Remarkable Reptiles
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join a ranger for a close look at these amazing inhabitants of the Wiregrass region. Learn about their importance in nature and how to identify different species. Meet our corn snake, king snake and rat snake. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Accessible Event 
High Tide Hike
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 10 AM to 11 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Coastal Georgia experiences relatively large, regular high and low tides. Join us for a short walk and talk on the tides and hear about the forces that cause this phenomenon and its ecological benefit to our coast. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail. Please wear shoes that you do not mind getting wet or muddy as the trails can flood slightly at high tide. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Tales of Scales
Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 2:30 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
There are at least 84 different species of reptiles native to Georgia. With so much native variety of life among reptiles alone, there is always something new to learn. Come meet some of our reptilian residents and hear about the important roles they play in nature. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Snake Sundays
Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM – Mar 10, 2024 until Mar 31, 2024 
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Come meet our animal ambassadors, the snakes, as we provide some enrichment time, share some facts, and give you a chance to pet them (if you dare). $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tales of Scales Event 

Monday, March 11, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Monday, Mar 11, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Turtles of Georgia
Monday, Mar 11, 2024 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Learn about the different turtles of Georgia, and which one has been designated the "State Reptile"! $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Let's ROCK: Geology Hike
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Explore the geologic forces that formed the canyon and the surrounding area. This moderately strenuous hike (just under 2 miles) begins at the Main Overlook and proceeds down to Cherokee Falls. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
West Rim Hike
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Join us for a moderately strenuous, 3 mile trek. This hike offers scenic views from the many rocky outcrops along the trail. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Winter Greenery: Evergreens of Cloudland Canyon
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
This guided, mostly flat, 1.5 mile walk along the Overlook Trail introduces you to some of the trees and plants that stay green all year long. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

West Ridge Hike
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 9:30 AM
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville, GA
Join a park naturalist on an 0.6 mi round-trip hike to the waterfall on our paved West Ridge trail. Along the way you will learn local human history and natural history, discover flora and fauna, and come face-to-face with thundering Amicalola Falls. Register in Advance. $12 plus $5 parking. 706-344-1515.
Snakes of Georgia
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Find out about the many species of snakes in Georgia and which ones you might be most likely to encounter during your visit to the park. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Frogs of Northwest Georgia
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 1 PM to 2 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
Everybody loves frogs. and northwest Georgia has more than a dozen species that you'll become acquainted with in this program. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Make a Snake
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
After learning about scaley friends, let your imagination run wild as you create your own slithery snake friend. Register in advance since space is limited. $2 per snake. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Accessible Event Tales of Scales Event 
Winter Bingo Hike at Red Top
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 12 PM to 1 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Many animals hibernate to conserve energy throughout the cold winter... But your kids shouldn't be some of them!! Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center, then hike around in search of your items and compete to be the first to get BINGO! First place will get a prize! $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Beginner's Guide to Fire Building
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 2 PM to 3 PM
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Improvising a fire without the use of matches or a lighter is a great skill to have for any camping/outdoor enthusiast!! We'll try a few methods, as well as discuss and demo some of the less-than-conventional ones. Come warm up and hone this life-skill with us. Meet at the Picnic Tables behind the Visitors Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
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