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

December 10, 2016

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. The 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 is limited; no pets please. Dress appropriately; sunscreen and hat recommended. Wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water PER PERSON and a snack. Natural Area Entry fees apply. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower after stopping at the Entrance Fee Booth Area to self-pay/register. Plan to be at the Visitor Center no later than 8:15 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:30 AM. Subject to cancellation.  On inclement mornings call GCSNA’s main office (210-688-9055) after 7:30 AM Saturday to check on trail conditions, or go to the GCSNA website twitter feed (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon), or to the GCSNA Facebook page. For more information call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

Night Hike – cancelled, 5:30 pm

Experience the canyon after dark. Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and maybe we’ll even howl at the moon if it’s up and glowing! Participants should be able to hike 3 miles (round trip) over rugged but beautiful trails with some elevation gain. Reservations required and will be from S through noon November 25, 2016. 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. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, 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. IMPORTANT INFO: Since this hike begins after hours, be sure to self-register as you enter the Natural Area. Instructions are posted to the right of the Fee Booth. You will need correct change: $6 per adult (13 years or older), or enter your annual Texas State Parks pass number on the appropriate line of the self-pay envelope.

December 17, 2016

Explore the Canyon – Canceled, 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; 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. Natural Area Entry fees apply. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower after stopping at the Entrance Fee Booth Area to self-pay/register. Plan to be at the Visitor Center no later than 8:15 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:30 AM. Subject to cancellation.  On inclement mornings call GCSNA’s main office (210-688-9055) after 7:30 AM Saturday to check on trail conditions, or go to the GCSNA website twitter feed (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon), or to the GCSNA Facebook page. For more information call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

December 18, 2016

Map and Compass Basics: Finding Your Way in The Wild?, 1:00 pm

Learn to use a map and compass! Join Phil Starr for a fun workshop and field exercises to help you learn how to find your way around Government Canyon and other Natural Areas and Parks. BYO compass or borrow one of ours. Open to everyone12 years of age and older; class size is limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Sorry, no group reservations accepted. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. No pets please. All participants must be able to hike over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon Friday December 16, 2016. Include name, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply. For information email reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

January 1, 2017

First Day Hike to Dino Tracks, 10:00 am

Be a part of a National movement to get people into State Parks!
Join Government Canyon State Natural Area Volunteers on a hike the first day of the year. You will be able to boast being one of the First Visitors to enjoy the trails of Government Canyon in 2017. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Dino Track Hike 6 miles 4.5-5 hours

All First Day activities are open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; each hike group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Reservations are required and may be made through noon on December 31, 2016. Sorry, no group reservations. Please register each person individually and include name of each participant, age if under 18, email address and telephone #. For information email reservations@friendsofgc.org. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

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