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

October 25, 2014

Halloween at Government Canyon SNA – Waiting List, 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures, ghosts, and kiddies of all ages…Halloween is almost here! Come out and have a ghoulishly fun time at Government Canyon with staff and volunteers. Show up in your creepiest or cutest costume to hunt for “creepy crawlies” and try your hand in our classic costume contest. Scary ghost stories will be told and guests are invited to bring their own pumpkin to carve. We encourage everyone to come out for a howling good time as we go back to the roots of what a spooky Halloween is all about. Guest limit of 50; no pets please. A treat bag will be given to child participants. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Reservations are required beginning September 25 and will be accepted through noon October 24. 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. (210) 688-9055, ext 289. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

To get on the Waiting List email activities@friendsofgc.org. 

November 1, 2014

Recharge 8K/15K Trail Run, 7:30 am

Join the Friends of Government Canyon for our inaugural fundraiser, The Recharge 8K/15K Trail Run which benefits the FoGC, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization that raises funds and provides volunteer services to help maintain, preserve, and protect Government Canyon State Natural Area (GCSNA).

Go to the RACE tab at the top of the page to register.


November 8, 2014

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

Join TPWD Interpreter John Koepke and our regular Natural Area hike leaders for a special Hike the Canyon 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 November 7, 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. 

Night Hike, 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 November 7, 2014. Sorry, no group reservations.  Natural Areas fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org  or call (210) 688-9055. Ext 289.

November 15, 2014

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; Natural Area entry fees apply. No pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, and wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower.

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