Take Flight Events

Nature/Wildlife Events


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

HEARTS SCAVENGER HUNT
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023 8 AM to 5 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Every day during the month of February! Come visit the park and enjoy a day exploring! Pick up the Scavenger Hunt at the visitor center. Find all 14 hearts and bring your completed scavenger hunt to the office to claim your prize. $2 per person. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Hitting the Trails - River Trail
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Embark on a fun and education-filled adventure with our ranger, through some of the trails that make up Crooked River. See and learn about all the different plants and animals that call Crooked River home. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Homeschool at Panola: Winter Birds in Power of Flight
Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join Panola Mountain State Park's rangers to take a hike through Power of Flight to learn about winter birds and the conservation work that Panola Mountain State Park and other partners are doing to restore a native grassland. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Homeschool at Panola: Winter Birds in Power of Flight
Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join Panola Mountain State Park's rangers to take a hike through Power of Flight to learn about winter birds and the conservation work that Panola Mountain State Park and other partners are doing to restore a native grassland. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friday, February 3, 2023

Birding Hike
Friday, Feb 3, 2023 10 AM to 12 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come see all the various bird species that inhabit the island alongside a ranger on a 2-mile hike on the Sandpiper and Avian Loops. Guests are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, but they are not necessary for a good birding trip! Meet at the Sandpiper trailhead. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Window Birding
Friday, Feb 3, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Enjoy the wonders of birding from indoors. Learn how to identify common bird feeder visitors, and the times of year you can expect to see them. Pre-register is strongly encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ravenous Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 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 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Eye Spy scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 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.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by to chat with a ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Held at Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join a ranger for an easy to moderate, 3.4-mile full moon hike along Overlook Loop. Bring a flashlight and water. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Meet at Callaway Country Store Overlook Parking lot. Must pre-register. 706-663-4858.
Leaf Rubbing Craft
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Visit our Interpretive Ranger at the Relihan Museum & Nature Center for a leaf rubbing craft/hike. For big kids and little ones to not only take away one of a kind pieces of art, but they might also learn a thing or two about trees! Admission is $3 per participant which can be paid at the main office. Start time is 11AM. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Planet Adventure
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 6 PM to 7 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Come join our naturalist and travel through the stars to learn about the things in our night sky. We will travel from the Sun all the way to edge of Solar System by counting our steps. Appreciate the awe of the universe in this informative program! Start time is 6:00PM. This program is appropriate for all ages! . $5 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike to learn about the unique ecology and history of Panola Mountain State Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We have many reptiles living here in the park with us as our educational ambassadors. This is your chance to meet them all, hear their stories, and learn about the vital roles they play in their native ecosystems. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Low Tide Marsh Hike
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 2 PM to 3:15 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Follow a ranger for a guided hike along our coastal salt marshes, take in the sights and sounds of island scenery, and learn about this important habitat. The trails are close to the water and can be muddy in some spots, so please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail behind the Visitor’s Center for this one-mile hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at our nature center for an informative program all about the snakes that are native to Georgia and in your very own backyard, win prizes from our snake trivia, and meet our beloved snakes that reside here at Tugaloo. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Explore The Nature Hut
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Come join us in the Nature Hut to check out some taxidermy animals you see in the area, as well as take the opportunity to meet one of our live snakes! Feel free to ask our park naturalist any questions that you may have about the park, or its wildlife. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join the park naturalist in the Nature Hut to create environmentally friendly pine cone bird feeders, and learn how you can be a friend to your backyard birds. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

NATURE HIKE — RIVERSIDE TRAIL TO THE TOWER
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Enjoy a beautiful walk alongside the Chattahoochee river, an easy 2.2 mile hike (round trip). Join our naturalist and learn a little bit about the Chattahoochee river. All skill levels welcome! Meet at the Day-Use Area. $5 per person. 20 person limit. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
The Not-So-Snow Moon Hike
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 7 PM to 8 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
This month’s full moon is one you will not want to miss! For this hike, join us at the Campground 2 Boat Ramp as participants will see the full moon while talking about the night sky and nocturnal species! You are welcome to bring head lamps, flashlights, water, and any Christmas/Holiday attire. Space is limited! $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Heritage Farm Tour
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Tag along with our naturalist for a guided tour of our 19th century Heritage Farm. Explore the out buildings, learn the reasons for their construction. The first tour will begin at 11-12PM and the second one will begin 2-3PM Admission may be purchased at the main office beforehand. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Georgia History Festival's Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 12 PM to 3 PM
Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Georgia History Festival's Super Museum Sunday Hardman Farm Historic Site is participating in Super Museum Sunday, hosted by the Georgia Historical Society. Admission on this day is FREE! Hardman Farm boasts 173 acres and over 19 outbuildings to explore. It is also home to the second most recognized feature in the State of Georgia, the Nacoochee Indian Mound. 706-878-1077.
Full Moon Hike
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Join us under the light of the Snow Moon to enjoy its beauty and chat about the night sky and nocturnal species. Feel free to bring head lamps or flashlights for your walk in the dark. **Call the park office to register and learn the meeting place** 770-504-2277 $5 parking. 770-507-2277.
Creature Feature
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Window Birding with Craft
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This window birding program is best suited for our younger birders ages 5-12 but its fun for all ages. We'll be looking at birds that visit the feeder and making pine cone bird feeders. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Window Birding with Craft
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This window birding program is best suited for our younger birders ages 5-12 but its fun for all ages. We'll be looking at birds that visit the feeder and making pine cone bird feeders. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Toddler Tuesday
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Explore the world in brand new eyes! Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! This Tuesday we will be making birding binoculars, building your own nest, and learning about backyard birds and their descriptions/sounds $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Okefenokee Swamp Day Guided Paddle
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Come celebrate Georgia's second annual "Okefenokee Swamp Day" by paddling into the heart of the swamp. Depending on the water levels, we will either paddle down the River Narrows and back OR up Minnie's Run. We will take in the scenery, learn all about the swamp's history, and pick up any trash along the way. 16 years old is the minimum age $35 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Ravenous Reptiles
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 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 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Dock Detectives
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Explore and learn about all the fun macroinvertebrates that call Crooked River home. Who knows what we’ll find? Fee is $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Cozy by the Campfire
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 7 PM to 7:45 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.
Fly in the sky with the birds way up high!
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Jack Hill State Park - Reidsville, GA
Come join Jack Hill State Park in creating bird crafts and learning how to be a bird! We will meet at Picnic shelter 4, and we hope to see you there. $1 per person $5 parking. 912-557-7744.
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Wonderful Wetlands
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 2 PM to 4 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Join a ranger on a 2-mile hike through the marsh along the Sandpiper and Avian Loop trails to discover how wetlands play a role in protecting our environment. Meet at the trailhead for the Sandpiper Trail. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
Window Birding with Craft
Friday, Feb 10, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This window birding program is best suited for our younger birders ages 5-12 but its fun for all ages. We'll be looking at birds that visit the feeder and making pine cone bird feeders. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 11, 2023

TURTLE MEET & GREET – BOX TURTLE
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Meet the Turtle - Join our park naturalist to learn more about Stumpy the box turtle at the visitor center. Get an up-close look at our turtle and watch Stumpy’s feeding time! Free. Meet at visitor center porch. 10 person limit. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Eye Spy scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 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.
Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by to chat with a ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Held at Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Valentines Boat Tour
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Join us for a boat tour on Lake Walter F George to learn about and hopefully see some of the native birds that mate for life! Bring someone you love and enjoy a beautiful ride on the lake! $8 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
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Scouts BSA at Fort Yargo
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 3 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Its National Scouts BSA week and we are celebrating by offering a Merit Badge class on Ecology and Conservation. Join us at the Interpretive Center as we will be learning and going over requirements for the Forestry and Plant Science merit badges. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Date Night at Magnolia Springs
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 4 PM to 6 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us for Date Night at Magnolia Springs! Begin the evening with an archery lesson, target practice and a little friendly competition. Afterwards, enjoy a lake view campfire with s'mores and fun games for couples. Meet at the Archery Range. $30 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Maisey will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Valentines Day Couples' Sunset Hike
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 5 PM to 7 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take your relationship to new heights! Join a Park Ranger to watch the sunset over Metro Atlanta from the top of Panola Mountain! This hike is limited to couples only and is an 18+ event. Expect photo opportunities, a campfire, and s'mores! $30.00 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Hike on Martin's Mine Trail
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join our Naturalist on a guided hike of Martin's Mine Trail. This moderate 1.4 mile in and out trail ends at a beautiful small waterfall. Learn about the mining history of Smithgall Woods and see the remnants of these mining efforts. $5 parking. 706-878-4707.
Sweetheart Hike at Dawn
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Start Valentines weekend off with a scenic nature hike. You'll be some of the first visitors in the park. This event is by preregistration only, call 770-732-5871 $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetheart Hike
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Enjoy this scenic nature hike through the park with someone who your glad to have in your life. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetheart Hike
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 to Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Enjoy this scenic nature hike through the park with someone who your glad to have in your life. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Sweetheart Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
This is the final sweetheart hike of the day. You'll enjoy a ranger led hike through the park after dark. Don't forget to bring your flashlights. 18+ This event is by preregistration only. 18+ $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at our nature center for an informative program all about the snakes that are native to Georgia and in your very own backyard, win prizes from our snake trivia, and meet our beloved snakes that reside here at Tugaloo. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Dim the Light for Birds at Night
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Why should we dim our lights for migratory birds? Join a Ranger at the nature hut for an educational talk about the harmful effects of light pollution on migratory birds, and how we can play our part to help our feathery friends out. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Fire-Making 101
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Meet at the Amphitheater to learn how to build a campfire, using a variety of different methods, and how you can prevent wildfires by practicing proper fire safety. Try your hand at creating your fire after learning the basics. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Swamp Hike
Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Meet at the West/East River Swamp trailhead by picnic shelters #5 and #6 for a trek through the Seventeen Mile River Swamp. Learn about the ecology and human history of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Great opportunity for viewing wildlife! $3 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Sweetheart Hike
Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 3 PM to 4 PM
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Come join us as we hike down our Lake Trail and through our Love Tunnel. This hike is about a 1 mile round trip. Bring your camera for pictures. Our Naturalist will be happy to take photos of you and your Sweetheart. Pre-register at the Visitor Center by 7:00 pm Saturday Feb. 11, 2023. Meet at the Interpretive Center on the day of the hike. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Creature Feature
Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Homes for their Hearts
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023 3 PM to 4 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Join us at the Interpretive Center as we build Birdhouses to better help the environment by providing shelters for our backyard birds on Valentines Day. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Hitting the Trails - Sempervirens Trail
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Embark on a fun and education-filled adventure with our ranger, through some of the trails that make up Crooked River. See and learn about all the different plants and animals that call Crooked River home. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Dock Detectives
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Explore and learn about all the fun macroinvertebrates that call Crooked River home. Who knows what we’ll find? Fee is $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Owl Buddies
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 3:30 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Have a hoot with a ranger while we make our own owl companions! This program costs $2.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Solar System Walk
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 7 PM to 8 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Enjoy a cool night walk as we uncover our place in this vast universe $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Georgia’s Arbor Day Celebration Tree Cookie Craft
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Design and make tree cookie. Meet outside of Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Arbor Day Adventure Walk
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 4 PM to 5:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 1-mile evening woodland ramble to learn fascinating facts about trees and everything else along the trail. Bring a flashlight just in case. Free. Meet at Carl’s Cove parking lot. Stroller-accessible. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Feed the Birds in the Winter
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come search for the perfect pine cone to make your pine cone birdfeeder at shelter 4. Afterwards take a hike, visit the Mill House and / or play on the playground for a day of fun while school is out. $2 per person for making birdfeeder, $5 parking fee. Limited to 12, deadline for registration February 10, 2023. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Skulls & Skins-All About Birds
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
How is it that birds fly? Learn some exciting facts about our avian wildlife, and key identifying features. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 18, 2023

GLOW BRACELETS GLOW NECKLACES & A NIGHT HIKE
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Meet the park naturalist at the Day Use Area to make glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces and go on a night hike along the river trail. How do the sounds change in the night? Pre-register and pay in advance. $3 per person. 20 person limit. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Birding Basics
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 9 AM to 10 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.
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Ravenous Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 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 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Dock Detectives
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Explore and learn about all the fun macroinvertebrates that call Crooked River home. Who knows what we’ll find? Fee is $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Georgia’s Arbor Day Celebration Tree Hike
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Join us for a 5 mile hike through the forest to one of our largest trees on the park, Old Ferny. Meet at Cascade Falls trailhead. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Georgia’s Arbor Day Celebration Tree Cookie Craft
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Design and make tree cookie. Meet outside of Park Office. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Georgia’s Arbor Day Celebration Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Come learn basic facts about our amazing trees. Meet outside of Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Survival Shelter Building
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join our naturalist Walter to learn how to build a shelter in a pinch! In this activity people will cooperate in building a successful shelter utilizing natural materials all the while having fun. This activity is appropriate for all ages! Admission is $3 per attendee and may be purchased at the main office. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Backyard Birding
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Join the park naturalist to learn how to attract birds to your backyard. We will make a fun craft to take home and feed your birdie friends! Meet at the park office. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Sunset Stroll
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 6 PM to 7 PM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
We’ll be walking up along the dam to watch the sun set over the lake. Come enjoy the beauty of the evening with us. Don't forget your flashlight! **Preregistration required.** Call 770-504-2277 $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Animal Tracks
Saturdays 10 AM – Feb 18, 2023 until Feb 25, 2023 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Cast your own animal track to take home! Take a short hike in search of real animal tracks. Meet at the Nature Center picnic area. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Bear Hibernation Craft
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 3:30 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us at the campground pavilion to create a fun hibernating bear craft! $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Drop in anytime between 8:30AM-12:00PM to participate in this Citizen Science activity by tracking bird species around Lower Alexander Lake. Bring a pair of binoculars, download the eBird app, bring plenty of water, and dress for the weather! Our rangers will be there to help with birding and bird identification. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 20 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register, space is limited to 12 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Billy's Island
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We invite you to join us for the annual Cornell eBird / Audobon Society Great Backyard Bird Count. Our goal is to quietly observe and record all of the birds we see on Billy's Island. Afterwards, visitors can individually report their count online or contribute to the group count (recorded by the park ranger). $22.50 per person (same as regular boat tour) $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 7 PM to 8 PM
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.
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Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at our nature center for an informative program all about the snakes that are native to Georgia and in your very own backyard, win prizes from our snake trivia, and meet our beloved snakes that reside here at Tugaloo. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join the park naturalist in the Nature Hut to create environmentally friendly pine cone bird feeders, and learn how you can be a friend to your backyard birds. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Wagging Tails Hit the Trails
Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us on the Muscadine Trail for a Ranger led hike with your furry four legged friend! (Dogs and Cats only) Please bring water and pet waste bags. We will meet in the parking lot in front of the trail head. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Sunrise Walk with a Ranger
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 6:50 AM to 7:50 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Chat with a ranger and walk ½ mile in (1 mile total) to Buzzard’s Roost. Watch the sun rise (7:12am) and learn more about park. Coffee provided at the end. Stone amphitheater next to Park Office. Must pre-register. 6:45 AM check-in, 6:50-7:50 AM hike $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Meet the Farm Animals Tour
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Join knowledgeable staff for a walk around the farm yard as they introduce you to all our animals! Learn about heritage breeds and even give some of the animals a snack. Start time is 10AM, meet up at the chicken coop down on the farm. Free admission $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Creature Feature
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register, space is limited to 12 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Boardwalk Trail
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 8 AM to 8:45 AM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
We invite you to join us for the annual Cornell eBird / Audobon Society Great Backyard Bird Count. Our goal is to quietly observe and record all of the birds we see along the boardwalk trail for 30 minutes. At the end, visitors can individually report their count online or contribute to the group count (recorded by the park ranger). $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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It's for the Birds
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
What is the Migratory Birds Treaty Act of 1918? Why is it still prevalent today? What does it have to do with the history of fashion? Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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It's for the Birds
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
What is the Migratory Birds Treaty Act of 1918? Why is it still prevalent today? What does it have to do with the history of fashion? Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Monday, February 20, 2023

Nature Craft
Monday, Feb 20, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Learning about nature can be fun! Join us at the Interpretive center as we will be making crafts by using pieces of nature to make self-portraits. This is a great way to show your creativity while also learning about the environment. Then get to take home your craft to keep! Space is limited! $4 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Feed the Birds in the Winter
Monday, Feb 20, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City, GA
Come search for the perfect pine cone to make your pine cone birdfeeder at shelter 4. Afterwards take a hike, visit the Mill House and / or play on the playground for a day of fun while school is out. $2 per person for making birdfeeder, $5 parking fee. Limited to 12, deadline for registration February 10, 2023. $2 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Surviving The Winter- Junior Ranger Program
Monday, Feb 20, 2023 10 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
How does wildlife survive the winter months? Learn this and more in "Surviving the Winter." Participants will get a closer look at how wildlife survive the winter. They will learn about wildlife, wildlife adaptions, use binoculars, create habitat to assist wildlife during these colder months, make a wildlife craft and more. $20 per person $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Toddler Tuesday
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 11 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Explore the world in brand new eyes! Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Twice a month, explore STEAM focused nature programs through hands on play! This Tuesday we will be creating ‘nature journals’; feel, smell, see, and touch a variety of natural items to bring the Outdoors in. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Hitting the Trails - Nature Center Trail
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023 9 AM to 10 AM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Embark on a fun and education-filled adventure with our ranger, through some of the trails that make up Crooked River. See and learn about all the different plants and animals that call Crooked River home. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Box Turtles
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come meet some of our cutest residents, the box turtles, and learn about their habits and amazing characteristics. Meet in the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Friday, February 24, 2023

Dock Detectives
Friday, Feb 24, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Explore and learn about all the fun macroinvertebrates that call Crooked River home. Who knows what we’ll find? Fee is $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Owl Buddies
Friday, Feb 24, 2023 3:30 PM to 4 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Have a hoot with a ranger while we make our own owl companions! This program costs $2.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Cozy by the Campfire
Friday, Feb 24, 2023 7 PM to 7:45 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.
Museum Meditation
Friday, Feb 24, 2023 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Has it been a long week for you too? Come unwind with this after hours meditation session in the museum. We'll start the night with a museum tour, do some light stretching, and clear our minds with a meditation session. Bring a yoga mat. This event is by preregistration only call 770-732-5871. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Saturday, February 25, 2023

CAMPFIRE & S’MORES
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 7 PM to 8 PM
Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA
Roast marshmallows and swap stories or simply come and enjoy the warmth of the fire on campfire and s’mores night. Recommend bringing blankets and chairs. Pre-register and pay in advance by calling the park office. $3 per person. 10 person limit. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.
Ravenous Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 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 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Dock Detectives
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA
Explore and learn about all the fun macroinvertebrates that call Crooked River home. Who knows what we’ll find? Fee is $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Amazing Trees
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Drop by to chat with a ranger. Investigate different part of trees. Test your tree IQ. Held at Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Basic Survival
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 2 PM to 3:30 PM
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
Learn the basics of survival using the stuff in your pockets and your environment from guest speaker, Philip Morrison. Class touches upon shelter building, fire starting, water procurement, sanitation, food procurement, and wilderness medicine. Geared towards ages 8 to adult. Preregistration required. Location disclosed upon registration. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Let's Get Batty!
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 11 AM to 12 PM
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
In this monthly series we will be exploring the wonderful world of bats! This month we will be taking a look at some of the threats bats face as a species. We will also create a fun craft that you can take home! $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
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Animal Tracks
Saturdays 10 AM – Feb 25, 2023 
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Cast your own animal track to take home! Take a short hike in search of real animal tracks. Meet at the Nature Center picnic area. $3 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike to learn about the unique ecology and history of Panola Mountain State Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Trail Work Volunteer Day #1
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 9 AM to 12 PM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Come out and volunteer to help keep our trails great! Tasks will vary and assignments compatible with participant ability. Please bring gloves. Preregistration preferred. Admission fees waived for volunteer participation. 770-443-7850.
Birding Hike
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
Come see all the various bird species that inhabit the island alongside a ranger on a 2-mile hike on the Sandpiper and Avian Loops. Guests are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, but they are not necessary for a good birding trip! Meet at the Sandpiper trailhead. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Meet the Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 2:30 PM to 3 PM
Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA
We have many reptiles living here in the park with us as our educational ambassadors. This is your chance to meet them all, hear their stories, and learn about the vital roles they play in their native ecosystems. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Native American Cultures of the Blue Ridge
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Come join Smithgall to learn about Native Americans of the Blue Ridge region. Learn about their history, culture and how these cultures flourished in the beautiful region we now call home. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Radical Reptiles
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join us at our nature center for an informative program all about the snakes that are native to Georgia and in your very own backyard, win prizes from our snake trivia, and meet our beloved snakes that reside here at Tugaloo. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Birding with Buddies Hike
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 2 PM to 3 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Join a Park Ranger at the Muscadine Interpretive trail for a fun birding experience. Learn the basics of birding, such as identifying bird calls and species of birds. Then take a short .7 mile hike to test our new knowledge. Binoculars are not required but highly encouraged. Please bring water and closed toe shoes. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Explore The Nature Hut
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 4 PM to 5 PM
Tugaloo State Park - Lavonia, GA
Come join us in the Nature Hut to check out some taxidermy animals you see in the area, as well as take the opportunity to meet one of our live snakes! Feel free to ask our park naturalist any questions that you may have about the park, or its wildlife. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Heritage Farm Tour
Sunday, Feb 26, 2023 11 AM to 12 PM
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls, GA
Tag along with our naturalist for a guided tour of our 19th century Heritage Farm. Explore the out buildings, learn the reasons for their construction. The first tour will begin at 11-12PM and the second one will begin 2-3PM Admission may be purchased at the main office beforehand. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Creature Feature
Sunday, Feb 26, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Explore the Park After Dark
Sunday, Feb 26, 2023 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA
Come explore the park on this ranger led hike. Have a chance to see the stars during unique opportunity to be in the park after sunset. Don't forget to bring your flashlights. This event is by preregistration only call 770-732-5871. 18+ $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Painting Peonies
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023 4 PM to 6 PM
Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
Leap into Spring by painting the plants soon to grow. Join us at the Interpretive Center as we learn about Native Georgia Flowers! Release your inner-Bob Ross with this program. Crafts are fun for everyone. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Homeschool at Panola: Panola Mountain's Rare Ecology Hike
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
The Diamorpha smallii will be in bloom! Join Panola Mountain State Park's rangers to learn about how Panola Mountain was formed, and about the rare ecology and plants that grow on the mountain. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Homeschool at Panola: Panola Mountain's Rare Ecology Hike
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
The Diamorpha smallii will be in bloom! Join Panola Mountain State Park's rangers to learn about how Panola Mountain was formed, and about the rare ecology and plants that grow on the mountain. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Sunset on the Swamp Paddle
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA
Kayak or canoe the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the swamp while you watch it change from day to night in a colorful display. Dress for the weather, bring water and a flashlight (preferably a headlamp with red light). Participants must be at least 12 years old. Meet by trading post porch $35 (12+) $25 (8-12) $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Diamorpha Days: Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 4, 2023 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Diamorpha smallii is in bloom! Endemic to the Southeast US, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during the month of March and makes for some beautiful photo opportunities! $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
First Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM from Mar 4, 2023 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Want a guided tour of Georgia's premiere conservation park? Join volunteers to learn more about Smithgall Woods via a van tour of the park. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcomed. Reservations are required. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Creature Feature
Sunday, Mar 5, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Homeschool at Panola: Habitat Dynamics
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 9 AM to 11 AM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Plants and animals are specially adapted for their environment. Learn about the cool and interesting ways that both plants and animals are adapted to survive in the Georgia Piedmont and on Panola Mountain. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Homeschool at Panola: Habitat Dynamics
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 1 PM to 3 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Plants and animals are specially adapted for their environment. Learn about the cool and interesting ways that both plants and animals are adapted to survive in the Georgia Piedmont and on Panola Mountain. $8 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Trails & Tales: We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Thursday, Mar 9, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Be on the lookout for that bear! Join us at the visitor center as we read a book, make binoculars, and go on a bear hunt. Smokey Bear is lost in our woods and we need to find him. Family Connection and Georgia Forestry Commission has teamed up with the park. Be on the lookout for the next adventure every second Thursday of the month. $5 parking. 229-724-2150.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Diamorpha Days: Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Diamorpha smallii is in bloom! Endemic to the Southeast US, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during the month of March and makes for some beautiful photo opportunities! $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 12 PM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Maisey will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Hike on Martin's Mine Trail
Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join our Naturalist on a guided hike of Martin's Mine Trail. This moderate 1.4 mile in and out trail ends at a beautiful small waterfall. Learn about the mining history of Smithgall Woods and see the remnants of these mining efforts. $5 parking. 706-878-4707.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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.
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Sunday, March 12, 2023

Creature Feature
Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monday, March 13, 2023

Outdoor Camping Survival
Monday, Mar 13, 2023 10 AM to 2 PM
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Camping is fun if you are prepared for the adventure. "Outdoor Camping Survival" will focus on the basics of camping and surviving in nature. Participants will learn how to put up a tent, build a shelter, start a fire without a match, build a campfire, camp cooking skills, prepare their lunch over a campfire and hiking in the woods. $25 per participant $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Flutter by Etowah- National Butterfly Day
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2023 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
Come celebrate National Butterfly Day with a leisure butterfly walk. Learn how to attract butterflies to your backyard and what to do to help them thrive the next year. Click on the event title for more details. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register, space is limited to 12 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Diamorpha Days: Sunset Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Diamorpha smallii is in bloom! Endemic to the Southeast US, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during the month of March. Expect beautiful photo opportunities and end with a campfire and s'mores! 15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Living with Bears
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 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.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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.
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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Creature Feature
Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join our Park Rangers as they discuss the animals that can be found within Panola Mountain State Park! Meet at the Nature Center. Join us every Sunday for a different animal! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 1 PM to 4 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register, space is limited to 12 climbers. Ages 8 and up. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Diamorpha Days: Guided Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023 9 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Diamorpha smallii is in bloom! Endemic to the Southeast US, this gorgeous red succulent fills Panola Mountain's solution pits during the month of March and makes for some beautiful photo opportunities! $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Owl Prowl Night Hike
Friday, Mar 24, 2023 7 PM to 8 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us on a special guided hike where we will be trying to hear and see the different owls that call Magnolia Springs home! The program will meet at the park office. The cost is $5 per person. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 25, 2023 9 AM to 2 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call to register in advance, space is limited to 20 hikers. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Birding the Day Away
Saturday, Mar 25, 2023 10 AM to 11 AM
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA
Join us for an introductory hike to the local birds of Georgia. Birds can be found around the fields, woods and creeks of Pickett’s Mill. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our native birds. Admission fee required. Bring binoculars or the park has a few to lend. Call 770-443-7850 for registration. $4-$6. 770-443-7850.
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National Puppy Day Hike
Saturday, Mar 25, 2023 10 AM to 12 PM
Victoria Bryant State Park - Royston, GA
In honor of National Puppy Day, we will be hosting a pet friendly hike along Victoria's Path. In addition to the hike, our local animal will be onsite with pups that are ready to be adopted out. Come out and see the pups and enjoy a relaxing hike along the creek. Please wear closed toed shoes and a water bottle. We will meet at shelter #4. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

First Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11 AM from Apr 1, 2023 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Want a guided tour of Georgia's premiere conservation park? Join volunteers to learn more about Smithgall Woods via a van tour of the park. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcomed. Reservations are required. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Hemlock Treatment
Saturday, Apr 1, 2023 10 AM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
his is a great volunteer opportunity to come and help save Smithgall Woods' Hemlock Trees. Hemlock trees are in danger of extinction due to the infestation of an invasive insect, the Wooly Adelgid. Hemlocks are a critical species for ensuring water and air quality as well as providing shelter for wildlife. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Establish an Orchard: Apple Grafting 101
Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 1:30 PM to 4 PM
Chief Vann House Historic Site - Chatsworth, GA
Work with UGA Extension Agents to graft your own apple trees from root stock. Participants will leave with their own newly grafted apple roots, all supplies included in program fee. Due to working with sharp instruments, participants must be 18+ and sign a waiver before beginning the program. Must call to pre-register for this interactive class. $40. 706-695-2598.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Home School: Birds of Magnolia Springs
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2023 10 AM to 12 PM
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
Join us for a fun program on the different birds found here at Magnolia Springs! We will have a ranger led talk and hike that will feature mounted birds and hopefully even real ones! The cost is only $5 per person. Call the park office at (478) 982-1660 to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Saturday, April 8, 2023

Egg-citing Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 8, 2023 10 AM to 12 PM
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden around the Nature Center. Can you help us find them all? Ages 0-12 $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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