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 28, 2015

School Group Volunteer Training, 10:00 am

Become a volunteer to help educate school-aged children about local natural and cultural history at Government Canyon. Use curriculum-based programs to help get kids out in nature!

Must RSVP to Niki Lake at niki.lake@tpwd.texas.gov or 210-699-9055 x292.
Space is limited; participants must pass a background check.

Kids in the Canyon, 10:30 am

Enjoy an hour of kid-friendly interpretation and activities. Programming targeted at kids, but open to all ages; group size limited. Theme changes monthly.  Meet at the Visitor Center by the rainwater harvesting tower, rain or shine. No reservations necessary; no pets please. For more information call (210) 688-9055; ext. 292.

March 6, 2015

Full Moon Hike, 6:00 pm

Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike and experience the thrill of a night hike under a nearly  full moon at the Canyon. 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. Reservations are required and will be accepted through noon March 5, 2015. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each registrant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Natural Areas fees apply; program is weather-dependent, subject to cancellation. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 289.

March 14, 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.

Explore the Night Sky, 7:00 pm

Explore the night sky with the San Antonio Astronomical Association on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. View Jupiter, Venus, the Orion Nebula, and much more in a moonless sky. You can also learn the basics of telescope operation. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, or enjoy the sights from one of the SAAA’s telescopes. No pets please. Open to ages 12 and older; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations required and may be made through noon Friday, March 13, 2015. Include name of each participant, age if under 18, email address and telephone number. Subject to cancellation. Natural Areas fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext 289.

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