Who We Are

We are hikers, naturalists, artists, mountain bikers, runners, researchers, clean water advocates, and in general, lovers of the outdoors with one common mission: protecting and preserving the Natural Area. Since inception we have recorded more than 200,000 volunteer hours. Here's your chance to get involved and become part of a very worthy cause.

Upcoming Events

October 8, 2016

Hike the Canyon, 8:30 am

Join the Friends of Government Canyon and the Sierra Club for a jointly-led guided hike on one of the many trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area. Note new Start Time: 8:30. The hike will range from 4 to 7 miles depending on the group. Open to ages 13 and over; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited; no pets please. Dress appropriately; sunscreen and hat recommended. Wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water PER PERSON and a snack. Natural Area Entry fees apply. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower after stopping at the Entrance Fee Booth Area to self-pay/register. Plan to be at the Visitor Center no later than 8:15 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:30 AM. Subject to cancellation.  On inclement mornings call GCSNA’s main office (210-688-9055) after 7:30 AM Saturday to check on trail conditions, or go to the GCSNA website twitter feed (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon), or to the GCSNA Facebook page. For more information call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

October 15, 2016

Explore the Canyon to the Kallison Ranch, 8:30 am

Join TPWD Interpreter John Koepke and our regular Natural Area hike leaders for a special Explore the Canyon to the historic Kallison Ranch in Government Canyon SNA. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult and capable of hiking 3 – 5 miles over fairly rugged terrain. Group size limited; no pets please. Reservations are required and may be made through noon October 14. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org. Natural Area Entry fees apply. On inclement mornings call GCSNA’s main office (210-688-9055) after 7:30 AM Saturday to check on trail conditions, or go to the GCSNA website twitter feed (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon), or to the GCSNA Facebook page.

Geocache 101 Workshop – cancelled, 1:00 pm

There’s a treasure hunt going on that combines technology with nature! Come learn how to Geocache with experienced geocachers Angie Gruber and the Friends of Government Canyon. Some GPS units will be available for those who don’t yet have one or you can bring your own! We’ll be seeking temporary caches that are close to the workshop meeting area. This program is limited to the first 20 who sign up! Open to ages 8 and above; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations are required; sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

Night Hike – FULL – waiting list, 7:00 pm

Experience the canyon after dark. Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and maybe we’ll even howl at the moon if it’s up and glowing! Participants should be able to hike 3 miles (round trip) over rugged but beautiful trails with some elevation gain. Reservations required and will be from September 4 through noon October 14, 2016. Group size limited to the first 12 who register; open to ages 14 and older; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Due to weather conditions this program is subject to cancellation. For more information or to confirm program, please e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org or call 210-688-9055, ext. 2009.  Natural Area entrance fees apply. IMPORTANT INFO: Since this hike begins after hours, be sure to self-register as you enter the Natural Area. Instructions are posted to the right of the Fee Booth. You will need correct change: $6 per adult (13 years or older), or enter your annual Texas State Parks pass number on the appropriate line of the self-pay envelope.

October 22, 2016

Explore the Night Sky, 7:30 pm

Explore the night sky with the San Antonio Astronomical Association. View Saturn, Mars, and Venus, the Milky Way, Sagittarius, Scorpio, star clusters, nebula, galaxies, and much more. You can also learn the basics of telescope operation. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, or enjoy the sights from one of the SAAA’s telescopes. Please arrive by 7:15 PM.  No pets please. Park in Parking Lot A and walk the short distance to Parking Lot C where the telescopes will be set up. Dress for the weather. Bring water, a snack if you like, and your own flashlight with a red lens cover. Open to ages 12 and older; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are not required. Natural Areas entrance fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext 2009.  IMPORTANT INFO: Since this event begins after hours, be sure to self-register as you enter the Natural Area. Instructions are posted to the right of the Fee Booth. You will need correct change: $6 per adult (13 years or older), or enter your annual Texas State Parks pass number on the appropriate line of the self-pay envelope.

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