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

March 25, 2017

Toddler Trot, 9:30 am

Join a Government Canyon Ranger and get your kids outside on a toddler-led walk down the Discovery Trail! The stroller friendly trail (decomposed granite) is a 1.5 mile loop and features typical Edwards Plateau species such as Ashe Juniper, Plateau Live Oak, and Mountain Laurel. After the hike, take the kids over to the new Nature Playscape for even more fun! Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 10 adults; no pets please. Natural Area Entry fees apply. It is not necessary to register children, but adults should register below. Sorry, no group reservations. Plan to be at the Visitor Center no later than 9:15 AM; the hike starts promptly at 9:30 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. 2003.

If you wish to be on the waiting list email reservations@friendsofgc.org.

 

April 1, 2017

A Little Bit About Bees, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon’s Superintendent and amateur beekeeper, Chris Holm, to learn about the fascinating lives and importance of bees! It’ll be a honey of a program that will get you buzzed about these powerful little pollinators, and you might even get stung with the urge to start your own hive! Bee there, or bee square! This program is limited to the first 30 who sign up and is best for 2nd-5th graders, but is open to kids of all ages as well. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations are required and will be accepted through noon on Friday March 31, 2017.  Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. For more information, e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055, ext 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

April 2, 2017

Wildflower Walk, 9:30 am

Come with us in search of Texas wildflowers and other native plants. Moderate intensity hike; must be able to walk over rocky, uneven ground. Open to ages 8 and up; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pets please. Sorry, no picking flowers allowed; photography welcome!  Registration required and will be accepted until noon March 31, 2017. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Subject to cancellation. For more information e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055, ext 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

April 8, 2017

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. 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.

Snakefesst!!, 9:00 am

Join us at Government Canyon State Natural Area and learn about our native Texas snake species with Blaine Eaton from the South Texas Herpetology Association (STHA). The presentation will feature live snakes in the Exhibit Gallery. Get creative with crafts and games around the Visitor Center and don’t miss a special presentation at 1PM on Texas snakes in the Group Picnic Pavilion. Open to all ages! Minors must be accompanied by an adult; no pets please. Dress for the weather, bring at least 1 liter of water per person, and a snack if you’d like. Be sure to arrive early, if the natural area is experiencing unusually heavy visitation you may get caught waiting in line to get past the Fee Booth, and we’d hate for you to miss the fun! No reservations required; open to everyone! Natural Area entry fees apply. For more info (210) 688-9055; xt. 2003.

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