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 19, 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.

April 20, 2014

Golden-cheeked Warbler 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 the Backcountry of Government Canyon SNA to see this species whose world-wide nesting grounds are found only in Texas. We will use the Joe Johnston Route as the core of the hike and may explore the Twin Oaks and/or Wildcat Canyon trails for Golden-cheeks depending on the interests and abilities of the group. 8:30 AM – Noon. Group size limited; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; no pets please. Registration required and will be accepted until noon April 19, 2014.  Sorry, no group reservations.  Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org . (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

April 26, 2014

Kids in the Canyon, 10:30 am

Enjoy an hour of kid-friendly interpretation and activities. Programming targeted at kids, but open to all ages; group size limited. Theme changes monthly.  Meet at the Visitor Center by the rainwater harvesting tower, rain or shine. No reservations necessary; no pets please. 10:30 am – noon; for more information call (210) 688-9055; ext. 292.

May 3, 2014

Beginners Guide to Birding: Viewing those Brilliant-Colored Painted Buntings, 8:30 am

You see them flying all around…

You hear them chirping and singing…

Have you ever wondered what kind of bird it is that you’re actually seeing? Then, don’t miss out on the fun! Join National Audubon member James Sheppard on an easy but informative bird walk from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Learn about the fun and excitement of bird watching, including basics on the use of binoculars and Bird Field Guides, as well as some techniques for successful bird watching in the outdoors. Group size limited; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; no pets please. Registration required and will be accepted until noon May 2, 2014.  Sorry, no group reservations. Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org. (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

May 10, 2014

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. 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.

Note new start time: 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.

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