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Smithgall Woods State Park offers holiday crafts, critters
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Snowmen, mammals and snakes will step into the spotlight at Smithgall Woods State Park in December.

First will be Smithgall Snowmen on Monday, Dec. 21.

From 11 a.m. to noon, visitors to the park at 61 Tsalaki Trail can participate in holiday crafts. Guests can decorate their own Smithgall Snowman. They can choose their own pre-dried stones from Dukes Creek to create the snowman and decorate him or her with an assortment of craft supplies. When finished, participants may take their creating with them.

The class is limited to 15. Cost is $3 per child and includes supplies. Parking fee is $5.

Next will be the animal adaptation program from 11 a.m. to noon and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Guests will learn about Georgia’s native and non-native mammals and the adaptations that help them survive in the wild in the comfy and inviting Discovery Room.

Interpretive specialist Kathy Church will deliver a one-hour presentation, utilizing real furs and skulls for demonstration.

The class cost is the $5 parking pass and is limited to 20 individuals.

Finally, the state park will host the Snakes Alive from 11 a.m. to noon and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Visitors to the park will learn about venemous and non-venemous snakes of Northeast Georgia in the Discovery Room at Smithgall Woods.

Church also will give a one-hour presentation on native snakes, their habitats, diets and even what to do if you are bitten. Live specimens will be used in the program.

The program cost $5 for parking with a limit of 20 individuals.

Call the Smithgall Woods State Park Visitor’s Center for reservations and information at 706-878-3087 or visit