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

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.

July 16, 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.

Map and Compass Basics: Finding Your Way in the Wild!, 8:30 am

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 everyone 12 years of age and older; class size is limited to the first 18 people who sign up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No pets please. All participants must be able to hike over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Reservations required. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, email address and telephone number for each participant. Natural Areas fees apply. For more information email reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

July 23, 2016

Animal Signs, 9:00 am

Spend the morning with TPWD Urban Biologist, Judit Green, and learn about some of our local Texas wildlife! There will be hands-on activities that will include skins, skulls, tracks and scat. There is no scheduled hike. This workshop is for children; all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Class size is limited; no pets please. Reservations required for each child participant; parents and/or guardians need not register if accompanying a child or children. Sorry, no group reservations. Please 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 reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

August 13, 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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