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Late-Summer Adventures at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites in September

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Exploring Pretty James H. Floyd State Park

Tucked away in northwest Georgia is pretty James H. Floyd State Park, often considered a hidden gem by campers. At just 561 acres, the park is filled with ways to enjoy the great outdoors, such as fishing, kayaking, geocaching, picnicking and birding. Hikers can explore the Marble Mine Trail and a connection to the 335-mile Pinhoti Trail. Four cozy cabins are nestled on a hilltop above one of the park’s lakes, perfect for a quiet getaway.

Try Your Hand at Disc Golf

Ready for a twist on golf? Check out our disc golf courses where you play with Frisbee-style discs rather than a ball and clubs. Holes begin from a tee area and end with a metal basket, often with trees adding extra challenges. Whoever completes each hole with the fewest throws wins. Players enjoy friendly competition, pretty scenery and good exercise. Best of all, it’s the kind of game that most ages can play together. Find disc golf courses at Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, Georgia Veterans and Richard B. Russell state parks.

Kolomoki Festival is October 9

Kolomoki Mounds State Park near Blakely is gearing up for its biggest event of the year. The 51st annual festival will include performances by the Bo Henry Band, an antique tractor parade, a fly-boarding performance, crafts and food vendors. You’ll learn about primitive skills such as flint knapping, hide tanning, ax throwing, archery, pottery and more while visiting one of the most significant Woodland Indian sites in the Southeast.

Your State Parks Day is September 25

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are inviting citizens to volunteer for a variety of projects on Saturday, September 25. All across the Peach State, outdoor enthusiasts can help with projects that aid in the preservation of our parks and natural landmarks. The statewide “Your State Parks Day” is sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural and historical treasures. (Insider tip: Your annual Friends membership includes a ParkPass and discounts.)

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Interactive Nature-focused exhibit to open in Gwinnett

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Indoor, interactive, immersive.

That’s the only way to describe the Pathways Through the Piedmont exhibit approved by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday for its design and construction.

The display will showcase Gwinnett’s award-winning parks and beautiful landscape – including granite outcrops, rock mounds and waterways.

“The exhibit is intended to assist the learners during K-12 Programs and our visitors in developing a greater appreciation for the natural world in Gwinnett,” said Community Services Director Tina Fleming.

Pathways Through the Piedmont will be housed at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. It’s funded by the 2017 SPLOST and a legacy gift from the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Foundation.

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Halloween and October Experiences at Gwinnett Parks

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Halloween Events- Gwinnett Parks and Recreation

October 22

Little Ghostly Gathering
10:00am – noon • Ages 2 – 5 • $5/person
Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center
100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville • 678.277.0890

Halloween Boo Bash
6:30pm – 9:00pm • All Ages • $5/person
Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center
4651 Britt Road, Norcross • 678.277.0860

Mummy & Son Ball
7:00pm – 9:00pm • Ages 4+ • $11/person
George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway, Suwanee • 678.277.0910

October 28

Walk Among the Stars – Hollywood
6:00pm – 8:00pm • All Ages • Free
Rock Springs Park
550 Rock Springs Road, Lawrenceville • 770.417.2210

October 29

Spooky Pond Party
6:00pm – 8:00pm • All Ages • $12/person
OneStop Centerville
3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville • 678.277.0228

October 30

Monster Menagerie
1:00pm – 3:00pm • Ages 5+ • Free
OneStop Norcross
5030 Georgia Belle Court • 678.277.5400

Halloween Fest
2:00pm – 5:00pm • All Ages • Free
Bogan Park Community Recreation Center
2723 North Bogan Road, Buford • 678.277.0850

Party Like a MonSTAR
7:00pm – 10:00pm • All Ages • $10/In-person, $5/Virtual
OneStop Buford
2755 Sawnee Avenue, Buford • 678.225.5360
Active Adult 50+

Virtual Haunted House
1:30pm – 3:00pm • Free, must regsiter to receive link
Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park • 678.277.0910
Bethesda Park Senior Center • 678.277.0179

Line Dance Costume Ball
6:00pm – 8:00pm • $8/person
Bethesda Park Senior Center
225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville • 678.277.0179

October Experiences

October 22 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Moonlight on the Mill
All ages | $5/person
Freeman’s Mill Park
Lawrenceville | 770.904.3500

October 23 | 10:00am – noon
Diwali Macrame Lamp Craft
Ages 12+ | $31/person
Lilburn Activity Building
Lilburn | 678.277.0875

October 23 | noon – 4:00pm
Harvest Homecoming
All ages | FREE
McDaniel Farm Park
Duluth | 770.822.5450

October 23 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Paint & Sip – Amicolola Falls
Ages 18+ | $24/person
Lilburn Activity Building
Lilburn | 678.277.0875

October 29 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cheers! Adventurous A’fares! – Murder Mystery
Ages 21+ | $35/person
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
Lawrenceville | 770.822.5450

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Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Welcomes 2021-2022 Green Youth Advisory Council

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With a vast number of its programs and events either involving local youth or geared to families, school green teams and civic groups like Girls & Boy Scouts of America, it makes all the sense in the world to look toward youth leaders for key insights on how to engage a new generation of environmental stewards. To that end, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) – a Keep America Beautiful affiliate – is proud to have its own Green Youth Advisory Council to help evolve programs and engage other young people within the community. The applications are in and the eco-focused nonprofit is proud to announce its Class of 2021-2022 Green Youth Advisory Council members.

The newest members of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Green Youth Advisory Council are:

Cynthia Bui, Senior – Mountain View HS

Diya Lakwani, Senior – McClure Health and Science HS

Daeun (Ella) Lee, Sophomore – Mill Creek HS

Mary Morris, Senior – North Gwinnett HS

Arshan Rafiq, Sophomore – Peachtree Ridge HS

Stephanie Ramos, Senior – Paul Duke STEM HS

Amay Shah, Junior – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Shivali Singh, Freshman – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Trevor Spake, Junior – Brookwood HS

Palice Zimmerman, Junior – Archer HS

Plus the eleven returning members:

Ariella Ayenesazan, Sophomore – Peachtree Ridge HS

Suraj Chatoth, Junior – North Gwinnett HS

Danielle Chun, Sophomore – Mill Creek HS

Hannah Cook, Senior – Brookwood HS

Tanner Dilworth, Senior – Mountain View HS

Daniel Jung, Senior – Mill Creek HS

Emily Laycock, Senior – Mill Creek HS

Jack Prewitt, Junior – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Miles Simmons, Junior – Archer HS

Samara West, Senior – Paul Duke STEM HS

Logan Zimmerman, Senior – Discovery HS

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s High School Green Youth Advisory Council (Green YAC) is a unique hands-on opportunity for high school students from diverse backgrounds to participate in an environmental and sustainability service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful on projects that impact local and global environmental challenges while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities.

The Green Youth Advisory Council will provide the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills while engaging in creative work focused on litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction and recycling, food insecurity and more
  • Collaborate with like-minded peers with unique perspectives from across the county
  • Assist with design and implementation of environmental program initiatives for engaging youth in community service
  • Act as an ambassador in their school and community through engaging youth and county leaders by promoting sustainability, environmental literacy, and civic engagement
  • Earn service hours and a letter of recommendation for college, employment, etc.
  • Seniors will be considered for a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship

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