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

May 29, 2016

4th Sunday Bird Hike – cancelled, 8:30 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 the first 12 people who show up (no large groups please); all ages welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult; no pets please. Meet at the Visitor Center by the Rainwater Harvesting Tower. BYO binoculars or binoculars can be provided. 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 Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

June 11, 2016

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. 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 7:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00 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.

Geocaching 101 Workshop, 1:00 pm

There’s a treasure hunt going on that combines technology with nature! Come learn how to Geocache with experienced geocachers Angie Gruber and the Friends of Government Canyon. Some GPS units will be available for those who don’t yet have one or you can bring your own! We’ll be seeking temporary caches that are close to the workshop meeting area. This program is limited to the first 20 who sign up! Open to ages 8 and above; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations are required; sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org  Natural Area entrance fees apply.

June 18, 2016

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. 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 7:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00 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.

July 9, 2016

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. 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 7:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:00 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.

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