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 4, 2017

Mountain Bike 101, 9:00 am

Join Chris Kichura, REI bicycle tech, for this beginner mountain biking program. Learn basic terminology and major bike components, what equipment should be carried while mountain biking and what problems can occur while riding trails.  Also learn how to change a flat tire, how to check on a pre-ride inspection and how to conduct your own inspection. The clinic will be followed by a guided ride on one or both of the Frontcountry trails, depending on group abilities.  During the ride you will learn basic riding skills such as shifting, braking, going down hills, and climbing hills.  Mountain bike and helmet required for the guided ride. Program open to ages 18 and older; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday, March 3, 2017. Class size limited to the first 20 who sign up. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. For more information, email us at: reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply; program subject to cancellation.

March 11, 2017

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 8:15 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.

Guided Bike Ride, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon State Natural Area Volunteers on a Backcountry bike ride. Open to ages 18 and older.  All participants must be able to ride over broken, rocky terrain with some changes in elevation. Participation is limited to 8 participants; no pets, please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon, March 10, 2017. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, 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

Night Hike, 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 and will be taken through noon March 10, 2017. Group size limited to the first 15 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. IMPORTANT INFO: Since this hike begins after hours, be sure to self-register as you enter the Natural Area. Instructions are posted to the right of the Fee Booth. You will need correct change: $6 per adult (13 years or older), or enter your annual Texas State Parks pass number on the appropriate line of the self-pay envelope.

March 15, 2017

Kids ALIVE!, 11:00 am

Join us for a wilderness survival class for kids!

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 will be a fun and interactive course designed to teach kids the skills they’ll need to be confident and safe if they ever get lost outdoors. Activities will include games, demonstrations and instruction, followed by a short hike. Program open to all kids ages 6-to-14; all minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Tuesday March 14, 2017. Class size limited to the first 20 kids 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 reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply; program subject to cancellation.

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