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

September 20, 2014

Explore the Canyon, 8:00 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; Natural Area entry fees apply. No pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, and wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower.

8:00 AM Noon; subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.  For more information and to confirm program, call (210) 688-9055, ext. 289.

October 11, 2014

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.

Birds for Beginners, 10:00 am

Join Judit Green, Urban Wildlife Biologist for TPWD, for an up-close look at bird specimens and displays that include skulls, skeletons, and eggs. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides to get started birding, and learn the calls of some common urban birds.  There will also be fun interactive games played from the Flying Wild Educator’s Guide. Open to all ages. Reservations required and are accepted through noon Friday, October 10. 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 activities@friendsofgc.org . (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

October 18, 2014

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; Natural Area entry fees apply. No pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, and wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; 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.

Kids ALIVE!, 11:00 am

Join us for a wilderness survival class for kids!

Would you know what to do if you got lost in the wilderness? Join Operation SOS Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios and learn the skills you’ll need to stay alive and get found ! 11AM – 1PM. This will be a fun and interactive course designed to teach kids the skills they’ll need to be confident and safe if they ever get lost outdoors. Activities will include games, demonstrations and instruction, followed by a short hike.  Program open to all kids ages 6-to-11; all minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian; no pets please. Group size limited to the first 20 kids who sign up. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday October 17, 2014. For more information please contact the program presenter, Joey Rios, at opsoshq@yahoo.com . Natural Area entry fees apply; program subject to cancellation. (210) 688-9055;ext 289.

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