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

April 18, 2015

Explore the Canyon, 8:30 am

Knowledgeable guides discuss the flora, fauna, natural and cultural history of this awesome natural area on this exploration. Length of walk and interpretive topic will vary, depending on the group. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, wear sturdy footwear for hiking over rough terrain; bring two liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower; subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.  For more information and to confirm program, call (210) 688-9055, ext. 289.

Map and Compass Basics: Finding Your Way in The Wild!, 1:00 pm

Learn to use a map and compass! Join Phil Starr for a fun workshop and field exercises to help you learn how to find your way around Government Canyon and other Natural Areas and Parks. BYO compass or borrow one of ours. Open to everyone 12 years of age and older; class size is limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. No pets please. All participants must be able to hike over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon Friday April 17, 2015. Include name, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Sorry, no group reservations. Natural Areas fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

April 26, 2015

Bird Hike, 8:30 am

Join Steve Hawkins, member of SA Audubon Bird Records Committee and Friends of Government Canyon Activities Committee, on a hike to see birds of Government Canyon State Natural Area. The route take will depend on the interests of the group. We will use the Joe Johnston Route as the core of the hike and may explore the Twin Oaks and/or Wildcat Canyon trails or go east on the Recharge Trail depending on the interests and abilities of the group. Group size limited; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon April 24, 2015. 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 activities@friendsofgc.org  Natural Area entrance fees apply.

May 3, 2015

Geocaching 101 Workshop, 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 guardian; no pets please. Reservations are required and will be accepted through Noon May 1, 2015. 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 activities@friendsofgc.org  Natural Area entrance fees apply.

May 9, 2015

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. Length of 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 limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, wear sturdy footwear for hiking over rough terrain; bring two liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower. Subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.  For more information and to confirm program, call (210) 688-9055, ext. 289.

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