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Several Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees were honored recently during a statewide Rangers Conference. More than 120 assistant managers, park rangers, interpretive rangers, maintenance technicians and other staff gathered at Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele for the event. This was the first time since 2019 that an in-person ranger conference was held. After two days of hands-on training and sharing ideas, the conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating the efforts of those who make more than 60 State Parks and Historic Sites outstanding destinations for Georgia’s citizens and visitors.
A new multi-use trail connecting Winder with Fort Yargo State Park has recently opened to joggers, bikers, dog walkers and other users. State and local dignitaries gathered April 22 at the park for a dedication ceremony and to celebrate 50 years of accessible recreation for all abilities. A new historical marker for Will-A-Way Recreation Area was also unveiled during the event.
Document and Explore Georgia’s Great Outdoors in 2022.
Customization and flexibility are the words for 2022! In today's world and ever-changing climate, customization in all aspects of life is essentially a non-negotiable for most, followed behind flexibility. Outdoor recreation mecca Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites system offers both, and here is why.
With Spring Break just around the corner and gas prices on the rise, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer many ways for families to enjoy the outdoors for a fraction of the cost without having to sacrifice a fraction of the fun. Spring Breakers are just a tank, or less, away from sleeping under the stars, hiking through canyons, paddling through swamps, or lounging on a sandy lake shoreline. Visitors looking to park hop, instead of island hop this year, can save even more by purchasing the new Combo Pass. The Combo Pass will give park-goers access to 64 Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites for no extra cost. See below for ten memorable Spring Break escapes that won’t break the tank!
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a new program aimed at encouraging high school students to explore careers in conservation.
New Year’s Day adventures offered in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites
Many of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are home to remnants of forts and earthworks dating back to the 17th century. At these special places, history doesn’t just live on plaques and markers; it literally comes alive during re-enactments held occasionally during the year. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, visit one of these five sites that highlight the history of Georgia’s earliest battles through the American Civil War. Find more about Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites at GaStateParks.org/History.
This holiday season, wow friends and family with the gift of the great outdoors. Choose from the below eight ideas and watch a simple present turn into a new infatuation with Mother Nature.
Georgia’s Division of State Parks and Historic Sites is preparing to host a dozen state park directors from across the Southeast. The annual conference of the Association of Southeastern State Park Directors will be held October 24 to 28 at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris.
Several Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees were honored recently during a conference at Unicoi State Park. Managers attended an awards ceremony celebrating those who make more than 60 State Parks and Historic Sites outstanding destinations across Georgia. They also attended training sessions and shared ideas on park operations. Below are this year’s award winners.
“When will fall color peak?” is a common question for park rangers in autumn. Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but Georgia’s most vibrant hues usually come toward the end of October or early November. To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia State Parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2021” to track autumn color as it moves across the Peach State.
Imagine what our state and national parks would be like without those who protect them? Throughout July, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are recognizing these men and women in celebration of World Ranger Day on July 31. This annual holiday commemorates the founding of The International Ranger Federation, honors those who have been injured or killed while protecting parks across the globe, and celebrates their work in conserving natural and cultural resources.
For outdoorsy dads, fresh air and adventure are often the best gift of all. With Father’s Day just around the corner on June 20, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites make it easy to share the gift of heartwarming memories. Check out these top five ideas below, and find even more on GaStateParks.org.
Panola Mountain State Park will host a public ribbon cutting celebration for its new outdoor classroom at 10 a.m. on May 22nd. The outdoor classroom will be a new space for children to play and learn about the natural world.
Skidaway Island State Park will host a public ribbon cutting celebration for its new visitor center at 10 a.m. on May 13. The 6,300-square-foot building is now the first stop for those enjoying one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites honors its staff with annual Rangers Conference held mostly virtual this year.
State and federal agencies are planning a controlled burn at Tallulah Gorge State Park this spring to benefit unique wildlife at one of Georgia’s most unique places.
One of Savannah’s most photographed historic sites will soon break ground on a new entrance and visitor center. Improvements at colonial Wormsloe, with its iconic arch and 300-year-old tabby ruins, will enhance guest experiences while also protecting its famed Avenue of Live Oaks.
This year marks the tricentennial of a turning point in North American colonial history. Three centuries ago, British soldiers established their first fort on land that was to become the colony of Georgia. Called Fort King George, it protected a low bluff on the mighty Altamaha River from French and Spanish explorers, as well as Guale Indians.