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

November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Birds, 8:30 am

Now that you’ve eaten your Thanksgiving turkey, come out and look for some early winter birds of a different feather!

Join Steve Hawkins, member SA Audubon Bird Records Committee, for a hike to look for early winter birds at Government Canyon SNA. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult and capable of hiking 5 miles over rugged terrain. Group size limited; no pets please. Reservations are required and can be made through November 28, 2014. Sorry, no group reservations. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289. Subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply. 

December 6, 2014

Full Moon Hike – Full – Waiting list, 5:30 pm

Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and experience the thrill of a night hike under a near 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 December 5, 2014. Sorry, no group reservations. Subject to cancellation. Natural Areas entrance fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org  or call (210) 688-9055. Ext 289.

December 13, 2014

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.

December 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Holiday Schedule, 8:00 am

The Natural Area will be open and available for day use and camping December 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

If you want to camp, be sure to make reservations in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2014

Explore the Canyon to the Dino Tracks, 8:30 am

Join TPWD Interpreter John Koepke and our regular Natural Area hike leaders for a special Explore the Canyon hike to the dinosaur tracks in Government Canyon SNA.  Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult and capable of hiking 5 miles over rugged terrain. Group size limited; no pets please. Reservations are required and can be made through December 19, 2014. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, email address and telephone number of each individual.  For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289. Subject to cancellation; Natural Area entrance fees apply.

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