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With so many activities that Georgians can enjoy right in their own state while still social distancing, why not take a local road trip and make Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites your basecamp for exploration? Below are six social distancing activities available at lesser-known destinations. Stay overnight in cabins or a campsite and make a weekend escape in the mountains, by the swamp, or by a lake.

Glynn County, GA

Beach Advisories Lifted on St. Simons Island 


Ready to get into the woods for some hunting? Squirrel hunting season provides the first opportunity of the year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


Online, on the app, and in print, the 2020–2021 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


Garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear.


Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational experience targeted to those with little to no hunting experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


The Visitor Information Centers (VIC) in Sylvania and Plains are reopening on July 21. Each year, more than 13 million Georgia travelers stop at state-run visitor centers to be greeted with helpful advice, brochures and, of course, free samples of Georgia-grown peanuts. These two of the smallest centers not only help travelers, but are also destinations in their own right. They recently were transferred from the state’s Department of Economic Development to the State Parks and Historic Sites system, which is part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam!


Have you really and truly lived a good southern life if you haven’t spent a whole day fishing and then fried up a “mess” of catfish for dinner?


Searching for a new place to fish? Be sure to start with one of Georgia’s 11 available public fishing areas (PFA).


In a discovery that didn’t shock scientists, the fungus behind the bat-killing disease called white-nose syndrome has been found in culverts in Georgia’s Piedmont region.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in the state who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences. Science specialists covering those grade levels can also apply.


Many people have discovered the joy of birdwatching as they sampled new activities during this time of closed workplaces, social distancing and cabin fever.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and Environmental Protection Division (EPD) are aware of ongoing fish mortality in the Savannah River near Augusta, Georgia, and are actively investigating this occurrence.

Brunswick, GA

The Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is taking precautions to keep the public safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Due to the importance of public safety, the annual BeachWeek Events, typically scheduled for the week leading up to Independence Day, has been canceled.


The Canada goose lives in a variety of habitats, often in locations that are in close proximity to people, such as suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks, and other developed areas. This can become a frustration factor for homeowners and landowners when geese begin to molt in the summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

Brunswick, Ga.

NOAA Fisheries announces the final rule for Regulatory Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 29).  

Glynn County, GA

Beach Advisories Lifted on St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Forever, and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Georgia Fish Art Contest.


New E-Book, Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators, now available

Cover Image for E-book

An informative e-book, Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators, by Dr. Chris Greer, is now available as a free download.

Dr. Greer, a Professor of Instructional Technology at Georgia College in Milledgeville, worked closely with DNR's Office of Information Technology and Parks Division for over a year and a half to create this informative book.

This interactive downloadable E-book book takes a look at the incredible natural resources that can be found throughout the state of Georgia. 

Concentrating primarily on science and history, this media-rich book takes the reader inside various parks with text, images, and videos featuring scientists and interpretive rangers. 

The content is an excellent supplement to material that is being covered within K-12 classrooms across the state of Georgia.

Right now, the Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators e-book is available only download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. A version for Android and PC devices is forthcoming.

Example page in E-BookMulti-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Macintosh computer or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. 

To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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