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

March 29, 2015

Golden-cheeked Warbler Hike, 8:30 am

Join Steve Hawkins, member of SA Audubon Bird Records Committee and Friends of Government Canyon Activities Committee, on a hike to the Backcountry of Government Canyon SNA to see this species whose world-wide nesting grounds are found only in Texas. We will use the Joe Johnston Route as the core of the hike and may explore the Twin Oaks and/or Wildcat Canyon trails for Golden-cheeks depending on the interests and abilities of the group. Group size limited; participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon March 27, 2015. 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 activities@friendsofgc.org  or call (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

April 4, 2015

Full Moon Hike, 7:00 pm

Release your inner coyote and come howl at the moon over the canyon! Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and experience the thrill of a night hike under a full moon at the Canyon. Group size limited; open to ages 14 and older; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Participants should be able to hike 3 miles (round trip) over rugged but beautiful trails with some elevation gain. Reservations are required and will be accepted until noon April 3, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply; subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

April 11, 2015

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.

[Native Plant Walk with Bill Carr] – date changed to May 9, 9:00 am

Join Texas botanist and author Bill Carr, one of the foremost authorities on the native plants of Central Texas, for a stroll around the Natural Area. We will be looking at anything and everything of interest – from trees and shrubs down to grasses and sedges. Participation is limited; open to ages 14 and older; 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, May 8, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Area entry fees apply. For more information email activities@friendsofgc.org  or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

April 12, 2015

Wildflower Walk, 1:30 am

Come with us in search of Texas wildflowers and other native plants. Moderate intensity hike; must be able to walk over rocky, uneven ground. Group size limited. Open to ages 8 and up; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pets please. Sorry, no picking flowers allowed; photography welcome! Registration required and will be accepted until noon April 10, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, age if under 18, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Subject to cancellation. For more information, e-mail activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

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