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

February 13, 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 8:15AM; the hike starts promptly at 8:30AM. Subject to cancellation.  On inclement mornings call GCSNA’s main office (210-688-9055) after 7:30AM 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.

Wilderness Survival Basics, 12:00 pm

Would you know what to do if you got lost in the wilderness? Join SOS Adventures Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios and learn the skills you’ll need to stay alive and get found! This interactive course is designed to teach adults the skills they’ll need to be confident and safe if they ever get lost outdoors. Activities will include demonstrations and instruction, followed by a short hike. Program open to ages 14 and older; all minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday February 12, 2016. Class size limited to the first 12 who sign up. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply; program subject to cancellation.

February 20, 2016

Explore the Canyon, 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.

Night Hike – Full/waiting list, 6:30 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; accepted through noon February 19, 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.

February 28, 2016

Fourth Sunday Bird Hike, 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. 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 Visitor Center by the Rainwater Harvesting Tower. BYO binoculars or binoculars can be provided. Natural Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009.

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