Nature events scheduled for Red Top
by Cheree Dye
Feb 09, 2014 | 960 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brandon Follett, an intern at Red Top Mountain State Park, led a group of parents and children in the creation of a seed bomb on Saturday. He explained to the children, who were rolling a mixture of clay, dirt and seeds into balls, that these small, egg-like crafts can be thrown into the backyard. After a time of rain and sun, beautiful flowers will grow from the mixture, which will attract birds and butterflies. Follett, 22, has developed a number of new science-based activities for Red Top Mountain State Park that will be debuted in February, along with other nature-focused events listed below.

What: Lost Prevention — Before the weather warms up and families hit the trails, learn how to prevent getting lost and what to do when lost. Program will include a short video followed by a hands-on activity.

When: Sunday, Feb. 9. 12:30-1 p.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Introduction to the Great Backyard Bird Count — The Great Backyard Bird Count is a worldwide, annual, four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of the location of birds. Come to this presentation to find out more about the great citizen scientist project.

When: Sunday, Feb. 9. 1:30-2 p.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Cardinals and Coffee — Come have a cup of coffee while watching the wildlife garden for common backyard birds. Binoculars will be available.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 18 and 25. 9-10 a.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Coloring & Sack Lunch with a Ranger — Talk about the animals common to the area, their habitat and why they visit homes. Bring a lunch to eat with the ranger. Each week a different class of animals will be discussed while coloring.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 19 and 26. 11 a.m. till noon.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Couples’ Sunset Hike — Follow Ranger Marcus on a Valentine’s Day hike along the Iron Hill Trail to view the sunset over Lake Allatoona. The program is free but registration is required. Call or visit the park office to register.

When: Friday, Feb. 14. 6-8 p.m.

Where: Red Top Mountain State Park, Iron Hill Trail Parking Lot

Cost: $5 parking

What: Pinecone Bird Feeder Craft — Make a pinecone bird feeder and hang to attract more feathered friends.

When: Saturday, Feb. 15. 1-2 p.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $1 per person, $5 parking

What: Great Backyard Bird Count — Join Ranger Marcus on a mile-long hike to identify and count birds for the worldwide citizen science project. Birders of all experience levels are invited. Bring your binoculars. For more information visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

When: Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Awesome Adaptations — Why don’t snakes have limbs and why do turtles have shells? Get a close-up look at some of Georgia’s native snakes and turtles.

When: Friday, Feb. 21. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: Winter Tree ID Hike — Join Ranger Marcus for a short hike to discover ways to identify trees when leaves are not present.

When: Saturday, Feb. 22. 10-11 a.m.

Where: Red Top Mountain Park Office

Cost: $5 parking

What: Constellation Stories — Come have a stellar time after-hours at the park as you hear the myths and legends of the constellations. Weather permitting.

When: Saturday, Feb. 22. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Red Top Mountain Park Office

Cost: $5 parking

What: Animal Tracks — Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks along the lakeshore. Make an animal track field guide and search for tracks with Ranger Marcus.

When: Friday, Feb. 28. 10-11 a.m.

Where: Discovery Room at Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

What: The Georgia Trail — Patterned after the Oregon Trail. Team up and compete in activities to win supplies to survive in the new frontier. Games and activities nightly. Program is free but registration required.

When: Friday, Feb. 28

Where: Red Top Mountain State Park

Cost: $5 parking

For more information, visit www.gastateparks.com or facebook.com/redtopmountain