New Junior Ranger Program & Mother's Day Ideas

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

May 2019

New Junior Ranger Program Includes 59 Badges

Junior Ranger books

Kids can become certified Junior Rangers while learning about Georgia’s outdoors and history. Our new program features activity books specific to 59 state parks and historic sites. Participants can earn wooden collectible badges from each park, plus embroidered stickers for fishing, camping, biking and volunteering. Children will meet new friends while taking ranger-led hikes, learning about Georgia wildlife and history, making nature crafts, taking boat rides and numerous other adventures. Free Junior Ranger books can be picked up at Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, and school groups can download activity sheets from Many sites have scheduled Junior Ranger day camps this summer as well. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mother Nature

Kayaking for Mother's Day at George L. Smith

Outdoorsy families will find plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Georgia’s State Parks. On Sunday, May 12, pack a picnic and plan a day together that Mom will cherish for years. We have picnic shelters with beautiful scenery, fishing lakes, hiking trails, geocaching, kayak rental and more. Gift shops are filled with books, clothing, hammocks, soaps and nature-themed decor. Can’t decide? We have online gift cards as well! Check out these ideas for a memorable Mother’s Day.

Find Your Summer Outdoor Adventure

Fort Mountain hiking

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for an action-packed outdoor adventure. Most Georgia State Parks rent equipment such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, bicycles, fishing boats, archery bows and even golf disc supplies. Many even offer classes as well. For a heart-pumping workout, explore the paved bike path at Panola Mountain State Park near Stockbridge. Want to try a new sport? Check out the new FootGolf course at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park near Reidsville. Find your outdoor adventure at a state park near you.

Upcoming Events

Find more events on our calendar and individual park web pages.

Morning Yoga -- May 11 at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge

Farm Animal Day and Spring Concert -- May 11 at Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee

Reptile Day -- May 11 at Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge

Maker's Festival -- May 11 at Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth

Fishing Float -- May 11, 17 and 24 at Seminole State Park, Donalsonville

Archaeology Day -- May 18 at Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth

Pool Summer Splash -- May 25 at F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain

Memorial Day Commemoration -- May 25 at Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway

Free FootGolf Friday Open House -- May 31 at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, Reidsville


Look Who's In the News

Columbia County Magazine -- Pinball Paddling

Georgia Trend -- Georgia's Presidential Sites

Outside Magazine -- The Best European-Style Walks in the U.S.

Wander North Georgia -- The Story of the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- State Park Golf Courses Peaceful Economical Option

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- Wild plants once widely used to treat human maladies

Atlanta Journal Constitution -- Looking for the Devil Scorpion at Hard Labor Creek

What's New and Happening?

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held May 14 for Fort Yargo State Park’s new visitor center and park entrance.
Geocachers will enjoy our new Georgia History Trail GeoTour.
The lake at George L. Smith State Park is now open for kayak tours.
All campgrounds now have site-specific reservations.