Georgia State Parks and Historic Site Passes

How does a day trip sound? Georgia has over sixty state parks and historic sites, and each has something unique to offer. Need another reason to visit? You can check out a ParkPass kit from your public library which will save you the $5 parking fee at the state parks. The historic site pass gives free admission for up to four visitors.

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You can climb prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans at Kolomoki Mounds State Park and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site.

It’s easy to plan your visit:

  1. Go to the Georgia State Park website and choose a nearby park or historic site.
  2. Once you find a destination, click the link to that park’s website for activities and special events. You may want to go when you can take a guided nature walk or enjoy another interpretive program such as learning about reptiles. There may be an event fee for some programs so contact the site if unsure. If the park has a lake, check for canoe or paddleboat rentals.
  3. Go to your local library and ask for the state park or historic site pass. You can check it out for one week.

If you’re a teacher, don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the Teacher Appreciation Giveaway for a free membership to  Friends of Georgia State Parks. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are celebrating their 85th anniversary. Many sites have special events planned to commemorate this milestone. So pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the great Georgia outdoors!

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2016 National Public Gardens Day

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This opportunity comes once each year- the Friday preceding Mother’s Day. Many public gardens around the country participate in National Public Gardens Day by offering free or discounted admission. As you may have gathered from previous posts, I love spending time outdoors, and I enjoy learning about flora and fauna. Two years ago, Jim and I took advantage of National Public Gardens Day to visit Callaway Gardens. We had such a great time! We attended a birds of prey program where the birds flew low over our heads from one handler to the other. On the guided wildflower hike, we not only saw many varieties of native flowers but spotted a tree frog and a couple of queen snakes. The many species of butterflies in the Day butterfly center amazed me. There was always a staff member nearby to answer questions, and we have continued to add to our knowledge with a butterfly field guide purchased from the gift shop.

So be sure to check for a garden near you to visit on May 6. I wish I could visit them all. Which gardens have you visited?

 

Free Pass to Zoo Atlanta

Do you homeschool? Do you need an idea for a frugal and educational field trip? Zoo Atlanta has a great program through the Georgia public library system. Go to your local library, check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass DVD from the front desk. When you return the dvd, you will receive a receipt valid for fourteen days for admission to Zoo Atlanta. This offer is good for general admission for up to four. Did you know about this program? Have you taken advantage of it?

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Visit a National Park for Free

canons-acadia-national-park-massasuchetts-usa West Georgia schools are on spring break this week. Although most trips are already underway, I thought now is a good time to remind every parent of a fourth grader about a wonderful government program. It’s called Every Kid in a Park. This program gives free passes to be used in the national parks. The passes can be ordered by an individual and teachers may order for entire classrooms. I’m a lover of nature and of our national parks ( After college graduation, I worked as seasonal ranger at Fort Pulaski National Monument). So take advantage of this opportunity and begin planning for the summer by visiting http://www.everykidinapark.gov.