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Your guide to 16 great Georgia state parks

When you feel the pull of the outdoors, don’t overlook the obvious choice: Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites cover incredibly diverse terrain, from North America’s largest blackwater swamp to one of the world’s great mountain ranges. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore, especially when the leaves start to turn.
Puffins Georgia Aquarium

Love porgs? Meet their real-life puffin cousins at the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium's new puffin exhibit is a perfect opportunity to teach your Star Wars-obsessed youngster about the real-life porg.
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Neighborhood gem: Blue Heron Nature Preserve

This greenspace—which considers itself a “haven for nature in an urban environment”—dates back to the 1800s, when North Buckhead was home to the Creek Indians.
Atlanta Botanical Garden Curious Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibits a whimsical side with new Curious Garden installation

The exhibition’s most prominent installation is a forest of salvaged, bare trees spray-painted in colors usually reserved for ice cream: vivid orange and pastel yellows, pinks, blues.
Squirrel Census

Welcome to Inman Park, home of the “Squirrel Census”

When Inman Park resident Jamie Allen was writing a short story about a dog obsessed with squirrels, it got him wondering how many of the fluffy-tailed rodents lived nearby. Of course, no one was keeping track, so he recruited some friends to help him take a count.
Fernbank Forest

Fernbank’s immense urban forest reopens

In 2012, when Fernbank Museum took over management of the land from the Science Center, employees found that the original “fern bank” and the surrounding forest had become choked with invasive species. After four years of sorely needed ecological restoration, Fernbank Forest reopens this weekend.

Sneak Preview: What you’ll find at Fernbank’s new “WildWoods”

Starting this weekend, visitors to will gain access to not only Fernbank Forest, but WildWoods, a new 10-acre outdoor educational area that bridges the space between the museum and the urban forest. Here's what you can expect to find.

Now Trending: Nature-inspired decor

From flowers to owls to cacti, nature is the inspiration behind these cool decor items and furniture.
Ellison's Cave

Wild Georgia: Where you can still find it

From rivers to caves, swamps to beaches, Georgia’s got it all. See them while they’re still here. Plus, seven ways Atlantans are helping the planet, the race to save Georgia's bats from a deadly fungus, and where your recyclables actually end up.
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Essay: Sometimes we are blind to to the beauty of this world

On this morning the sky was a transparent blue-and-white bowl, resting upside down on the far horizons. Situated within this bowl was my heartland, my beloved Georgia. The sky was as blue as china, as blue as a bluebird, cerulean blue, the blue of the Caribbean, blue as the bluest eye; it arched like a cathedral over me, vaulted over everything I love, and I was in love with everything it covered, whether I wanted to love or not.

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