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 23, 2017

Spring BioBlitz with iNaturalist, 8:30 am

Join Government Canyon’s Texas Ambassador for a tech-savvy BioBlitz hike down the Joe Johnston Trail.  Participants will learn how to use the iNaturalist app during orientation then test their skills in the field, taking photos and marking GPS locations of species along the trail with the iNaturalist app. No experience is required! Please download the iNaturalist app on your iPhone or Android device prior to your arrival. Open to ages 13 and over; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No pets please. The iNaturalist app orientation starts promptly at 8:30AM with a two-hour hike following. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday April 21, 2017. Class size limited to the first 20 who sign up. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, 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; program subject to cancellation.

A Hike Through Time, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon’s Resource Specialist, Kelsey Woodward, to get a glimpse into the cultural and natural history of Government Canyon. 9AM-11AM or possibly Noon. This 2-3 mile hike will take us to the historic Kallison Ranch homestead. Along the way we’ll discuss the Native American and ranching history of the property, the historical use of common flora and fauna, how past use has shaped the landscape we see today and our present management of the property. Hike starts promptly at 9 AM! Participants should be able to hike over rocky, rugged, uneven ground with changes in elevation. This program is open to all ages, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon on Friday April 21, 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 2002. 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 Area entrance fees apply.

Guided Bike Ride, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon State Natural Area Volunteers on a Backcountry bike ride. Open to ages 18 and older.  All participants must be able to ride over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Participation is limited to 8 participants; no pets, please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon, April 22, 2017. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, 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

April 29, 2017

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 SOS Adventures Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios and learn the skills you’ll need to stay alive and get found! 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-14; all minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday April 28, 2017. Class size limited to the first 20 kids who sign up. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, 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; program subject to cancellation.

May 6, 2017

Guided Bike Ride, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon State Natural Area Volunteers on a Backcountry bike ride. Open to ages 18 and older.  All participants must be able to ride over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Participation is limited to 8 participants; no pets, please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon, May 5, 2017. Reserve your spot online at http://friendsofgc.org/events/. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, 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

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