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2016 National Kids To Parks Day

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May 21st, 2016

Hey Kids!

Saturday, May 21st is National Kids to Parks Day, and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites have some fun events planned. Don't miss out! Sign up today and be a part of National Kids To Parks Day.


A.H. Stephens

Paddle Me to the Blue Moon
Join us for a Blue Moon paddle on the Lake Buncombe. We will watch the sun set and watch the moon rise. Then we Birthday Gopherwill search the sky for planets, stars, constellations, and shooting stars as the blue moon rises.

Chattahoochee Bend

Kids to Parks Day at Chatt Bend
Kids to Parks Day the Chatt Bend way is packed full of fun and educational activities for kids. Bring lunch, snacks, water, be prepared for the outdoors. 10 am starts a guided nature hike; 1 pm is nature crafting; 3:30 pm is creative play with the Imagination Playground. Pre-register for each program in advance.

Don Carter

Walking in Lady's Slippers
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to North Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique plant, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will also go on a hike to try and spot some Lady's Slippers in bloom.

Elijah Clark

Archery for Beginners
Haven't shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn and sharpen your archery skills? Either way, you'll be guided and taught by our experienced ranger. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Full Moon Paddle
Join a guided tour of Clark Hill Lake and enjoy a peaceful paddle under the bright moon. enjoy the night sky as you star gaze and hear the different night sounds. The program will go on if it is cloudy or light rain. Meet at bathhouse 1 to receive your life jackets. Time 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

F.D. Roosevelt

Stream Walk & Turtle Talk
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day with us. Get in the stream and discover small critters like salamanders and crawdads. After lunch we'll meet and learn about turtles. Bring a picnic lunch during the break. Dress to get a little wet. Meet at the shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground. Correct change only. Price includes both programs.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office anytime. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4 pm Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize on Sat.

Fort King George

Colonial Toys and Games
Visit the site this day and have fun playing various old fashioned hands on games and activities! Tug of war, rolling hoops, quoits, nine pins, cup and ball, and more will all be taking place. Have more fun than ever before!
Full Moon Paddle at The Fort
Join us for a full moon paddle at the Fort. The trip will leave our dock at 8:00pm and last for about 1-1.5hrs. Space is limited and registration is required in advance.

Fort Mountain

Historic CCC Fire Tower Open House
This is your opportunity to get a free tour of the historic CCC fire tower on Fort Mountain. A ranger will be stationed at the tower from 1-4 pm to lead tours to the top. Don't miss the chance to see this recently restored cultural monument.

Fort Yargo

Fun at the Fort
Experience a picturesque and fascinating historic site within the state park, while learning about life in the late 1700's. Fun for the whole family; tours includes various interactive activities and educational opportunities.

Hardman Farm

Georgia's First Dig
Hear about the first professional archaeological dig in Georgia with Archaeologist Max White, PhD. The Nacoochee Mound was partially excavated in 1915. Questions about who built it and what was discovered will be addressed as well as the significance of the dig. Call to register.

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd

Hidden Gem: A Walk Through the Mining Industry
The hills of NW Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960s and 1970s. Join a ranger led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills.

Kolomoki Mounds

Hidden Gems: Gopher Tortoises of Kolomoki
The gopher tortoise is a keystone species that has called Kolomoki home for many years. Come join us at Group Shelter 1 for a program about these unique reptiles. We will share what makes this species a Hidden Gem for the park. The program will be led by Jessica McGuire with WRD.

Laura S. Walker

Story and Craft
Enjoy a story with a park ranger then a fun craft. Please call the park for specific themes for this program.


Full Moon Night Hike
Join us for a moonlit hike where we'll use our ears and senses of touch and smell to explore nighttime wonders. Bring a flashlight and walking shoes. Meet at the Campground Shelter. Weather permitting.

New Echota

Echota Alive
Step back to the 1820s and tour Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgian's lifestyle including how apples were pressed to make cider, try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the Ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course and check out our nature trails to Tarvin's Pond and New Town Creek.

Panola Mountain

Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park", a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and it's programs.
Indoor Basic Archery
Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register.
Intro to Tree Climbing
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 ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 pm and 3 pm. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details.
Creature Feature
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance.
Advanced Archery Class
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Providence Canyon

Providence Junior Ranger
Program consists of hiking and outdoor educational programs. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.

Red Top Mountain

Red Top Mountain Makers Festival
Experience the First Makers Festival in a Georgia State Park. Makers present will be: Jewelers, Wood Workers, a Telescope Maker, Soapstone Carver, Print Maker, Bat Box Builder, Cider Maker & many more. Following the Festival enjoy Bluegrass Music at the Vaughn Cabin, above the Makers Field. Pack a picnic & enjoy makers & music on this festive day.

Reed Bingham

Field Day Spectacular
Parents and kids are invited to Reed Bingham's Field Day on the Ballfield. We will be hosting stations with Cornhole, crafts, face painting, dodgeball, relay race, tug o war, and more.

Richard B. Russell

Crafts for Kids at the Richard B. Russell State Park Beach
Kids to Parks Day Hey kids! Want to learn some fun facts about plants and animals that live here at the park? Join our park Naturalist at the Beach concession stand to make fun crafts that you can take home as we learn.


Dewberries At the Old Hunting & Fishing Camp
Join Park Rangers in picking Wild Dewberries. Explore the area and identify animal tracks. If time permits, learn cooking tips for the wild dewberries that you pick. Please call to make reservations.

Skidaway Island

Kids in the Parks Day
Bring the kids out to enjoy your park. We will be playing outdoor games. As always you can explore the museum, trails and playgrounds.

Smithgall Woods

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. All ages are welcome. No pets please.
Kids Day at the Park
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required.

Tallulah Gorge

Full Moon Lake Paddle
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance.


Kids to Parks Day
In addition to our normal tours we have a few fun activities planned for the day that will be open and available for kids of all ages.

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