Feb. calendar for Ga. State Parks

Fri, 01/19/2007 - 5:27pm
By: The Citizen

Below is the February 2007 Calendar from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. More information is available at www.gastateparks.org or 1-800-864-7275.

February 2007 * Divided by region


Hunting the Old Way
Saturday, February 3, 12 - 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge - Helen
Learn the Cherokee methods of moving undetected through the forest to approach wild animals. In this discipline the hunter earns his/her reward in the most ethical and demanding aspect of hunting and observing. This is the way to honor the lives of animals you will eat or photograph or simply learn from. This class will be taught by Mark Warren of Medicine Bow Wilderness School. Register by February 1. $15 plus $3 parking. (706) 878-3087.

Stars & Bars! A Star Party at the Tavern
Saturday, February 10, 7 - 11 p.m.
New Echota Historic Site - Calhoun
From the 202 year-old historic Vann’s Tavern, check out the stars, planets and meteors expected in the evening. The event will start with an indoor presentation, followed by warm refreshments at the tavern where the star party will be held. Bring your telescope, binoculars, lawn chair and blankets, and dress warm for this star-studded night. $2.50-$4. (706) 624-1321.

32nd Annual Fireside Art & Craft Show
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen
More than 70 of the Southeast’s finest artists and crafts people will be here for this Unicoi tradition. The juried show has a reputation for excellence and is a nice balance between fine arts and quality crafts. $3 parking. (800) 573-9659 ext. 305.

Native American Flute Making Workshop
Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge - Helen
Learn how to make a traditional Cherokee flute out of river cane with flute maker and musician Danny Bigay. Each participant will go home with their own flute. A separate flute playing class and evening concert will follow the workshop. $75 plus $3 parking. (706) 878-3087.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training
Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge - Helen
Be a friend to wildlife by learning to care for small wild mammals and birds that have been injured or orphaned. Take this first step in becoming a licensed Georgia Wildlife Rehabilitator. $3 parking. (706) 878-4736.


Sky Dance of the Timber Doodle
Saturday, February 3, 4 - 7 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge
The American Woodstock, a.k.a. Timber Doodle, is a squat bird with a long beak and bulging eyes whose numbers are declining because of habitat loss. This field trip will focus on the bird’s prime habitat and mating rituals, or “sky dance,” that it performs at dusk. $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.


Black Civil War Soldiers Exhibit
Thursday, February 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site - Fitzgerald
This exhibit adds new artifacts each February, and the new display is available year-round for visitors to enjoy. The exhibit is centered around African-Americans in the Civil War. $1.75 - $3. (229) 831-2335.

Jeff Davis Civil War Coloring Contest
Thursday, February 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site - Fitzgerald
Children younger than 12 are encouraged to visit the site or download a coloring packet to compete in this contest. The best pictures will receive prizes, and contestants’ photos will be on display in the museum. All pictures must be postmarked by March 25. Winners will be announced during the Easter Egg Hunt on March 31, and participants must be present to claim prizes. Free. (229) 831-2335.

Tree Climbing Rendezvous: Open Climb
Saturday, February 10, 1 - 4 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain
Tree climbing offers a natural setting which is quieter and warmer than any man-made things and can be adapted to any number of mindsets and physical abilities. Join us in front of the Park Office for an exciting adventure exploring the high canopy above. $5 plus $3 parking. (706) 663-4858.

Visit with the Tuskegee Airmen
Saturday, February 10, 1 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs
The outstanding record of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II will always be remembered as they flew 15,553 sorties and completed 1,578 missions without losing one bomber they escorted. Bring your camera and meet with Tuskegee Airmen during this educational living history program. $4-$7. (706) 655-5870.

Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, February 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs
F.D. Roosevelt was an avid bird collector in his youth, and today guests can join with thousand of others by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Help document the birds you see at the Little White House so that scientists track the bird populations of America. Count sheets will be supplied. This program is sponsored by the Audubon Society. $4-$7. (706) 655-5870.

Civil War Artifact ID Day
Saturday, February 24, 1 - 4 p.m.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site - Fitzgerald
Have something from the Civil War and don’t know what it is, or maybe it is not from the Civil War but you know it is from the 1860s. Let a handful of local collectors help you identify the objects and maybe tell a little history about them. From the smallest of items to the biggest of items, collectors will try to help you identify. Prices will not be given for items. $1.75-$3. (229) 831-2335.
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