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

May 8, 2016

“Let’s Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks!” Book Signing, 10:00 am

Meet children’s book author Kay Young and get your own autographed copy of her brand new guide book “Let’s Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon!” This fun book has maps, information, activities and everything you need to prepare for and explore the variety of theropod and sauropod tracks hidden in the Backcountry of San Antonio’s largest State Natural Area. Kay will be on hand to talk about the tracks, sign her book and you might even get a special dinosaur footprint stamp on your book! No reservation required; open to all ages. Natural Area entry fees apply. Books are just $5; cash or check only please. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Government Canyon volunteer organization.

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk, 1:30 pm

Spend Mother’s Day with Mother Nature! 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 through Friday, May 6, 2016. 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 . (210) 688-9055, ext 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

May 14, 2016

Hike the Canyon, 8:00 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 to noon. 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 7:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00 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.

May 21, 2016

Explore the Canyon, 8:00 am

Knowledgeable guides discuss the flora, fauna, natural and cultural history of this awesome natural area on this exploration. Note New Start Time, 8 to noon. 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. 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 7:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00 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.

May 29, 2016

4th Sunday Bird Hike – cancelled, 8:30 am

Join Steve Hawkins, member San Antonio Audubon Society Bird Records Committee, for a hike to find birds of Government Canyon and the Edwards Plateau. We will look for changes in GCSNA’s bird life as the seasons progress. Length of walk and destination will vary, depending on the interests, abilities, etc. of the group. Open to the first 12 people who show up (no large groups please); all ages welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult; no pets please. Meet at the Visitor Center by the Rainwater Harvesting Tower. BYO binoculars or binoculars can be provided. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of this program; 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 be late to the program! Natural Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

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