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

January 31, 2015

Night Hike – Full – waiting list, 6:00 pm

Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and experience the thrill of a night hike under a nearly full moon at the Canyon. Group size limited to the first 12 who register; open to ages 14 and older; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations are required and will be accepted through noon January 30, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each registrant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply; program is weather-dependent, subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

February 1, 2015

Mandalas in the Park, 11:00 am

Create a group Mandala with the guidance of artist Salina Loriaux using found objects from nature in the surrounding environment. The creation of mandalas can be a cathartic activity. Using biodegradable materials allows the artwork to blend into the landscape. Please bring local sticks, branches, rocks, etc. Program is free with park entry

Reservations Required. Reserve a spot by contacting Niki Lake at 210-688-9055 x 292 or email niki.lake@tpwd.texas.gov. Open to 20 participants, children or adults.

February 14, 2015

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.

Wild at Heart Kids Trail Run, 2:00 pm

Join us for a fun 1 mile, out-and-back trail run on the Recharge Trail at Government Canyon State Natural Area. Please RSVP either by email (niki.lake@tpwd.texas.gov) or on the Facebook event page with how many kids you will be bringing. There will be an aid station at the turnaround point and refreshments at the finish. All kids will receive finisher medals inspired by love and nature, and the first 3 boys and first 3 girls will receive an additional prize. Free with park entry.

February 15, 2015

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, and a short hike if the trails are dry and weather permits. 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 are required and will be accepted until noon February 13, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For more information email sosadventures@yahoo.com.

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