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 5, 2015

Explore the Night Sky, 8:00 pm

Explore the night sky with the San Antonio Astronomical Association (SAAA) Saturday, September 5. View the Milky Way, Saturn, Sagittarius, Scorpio, star clusters, nebula, galaxies, and much more. You can also learn the basics of telescope operation. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, or enjoy the sights from one of the SAAA’s telescopes. Please arrive by 7:45 PM.  Park in Parking Lot A and walk the short distance to Parking Lot C where the telescopes will be set up. Dress for the weather. Bring water, a snack if you like, and your own flashlight with a red lens cover. No pets, please. Open to ages 12 and older; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are not required, but Natural Area entrance fees apply. Be sure to self-register when you enter the Natural Area after office hours. Instructions are posted to the right of the Fee Booth. You will need correct change: $6 a person, or your annual pass. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext 2009.

September 12, 2015

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. Subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.  For more information and to confirm program, call (210) 688-9055, ext. 289.

September 19, 2015

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; 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.

September 20, 2015

4th Sunday Bird Hike, 8:00 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 all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to 12; no pets please. Reservations requested for each participant. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

October 10, 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.

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