Calendar of Events

April 23, 2017

A Hike Through Time, 9:00 am

Join Government Canyon’s Resource Specialist, Kelsey Woodward, to get a glimpse into the cultural and natural history of Government Canyon. 9AM-11AM or possibly Noon. This 2-3 mile hike will take us to the historic Kallison Ranch homestead. Along the way we’ll discuss the Native American and ranching history of the property, the historical use of common flora and fauna, how past use has shaped the landscape we see today and our present management of the property. Hike starts promptly at 9 AM! Participants should be able to hike over rocky, rugged, uneven ground with changes in elevation. This program is open to all ages, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon on Friday April 21, 2017.  Sorry, no group reservations. Include name, 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 2002. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of this program; if the natural area is experiencing unusually heavy visitation you may get caught waiting in line to get past the Fee Booth, and we’d hate for you to be late to the program! Natural Area entrance fees apply.

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, April 22, 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

Spring BioBlitz with iNaturalist, 8:30 am

Join Government Canyon’s Texas Ambassador for a tech-savvy BioBlitz hike down the Joe Johnston Trail.  Participants will learn how to use the iNaturalist app during orientation then test their skills in the field, taking photos and marking GPS locations of species along the trail with the iNaturalist app. No experience is required! Please download the iNaturalist app on your iPhone or Android device prior to your arrival. Open to ages 13 and over; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No pets please. The iNaturalist app orientation starts promptly at 8:30AM with a two-hour hike following. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday April 21, 2017. Class size limited to the first 20 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.

April 22, 2017

Explore the Night Sky, 8:00 pm

Explore the night sky with the San Antonio Astronomical Association on Saturday. View Mars, Jupiter and its moons, constellations, star clusters, nebula, galaxies, and much more. You can also learn the basics of telescope operation. BYO telescope or binoculars, or enjoy the sights from one of the SAAA’s telescopes. Please arrive by 8:00 PM.  No pets please. Park in Parking Lot A and walk the short distance to Parking Lot C where the telescopes will be set up. Dress for the weather. Bring water, a snack if you like, and your own flashlight with a red lens cover. Open to ages 12 and older; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are not required. Natural Areas entrance fees apply. For information email activities@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext 2009.  IMPORTANT INFO: Since this program 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.

April 15, 2017

Geocaching 101 Clinic, 9:00 am

There’s a treasure hunt going on that combines technology with nature!

Learn how to Geocache with experienced geocacher Dawn Bodhi and the Friends of Government Canyon. This is a classroom-style program geared toward adults, with minimal walking. Limited to the first 20 who sign up with a STRICT AGE POLICY. Participants must be 16 and older. For those interested, after the class we will search for “practice caches” placed near the Visitor Center. Bring your own GPS if you wish to participate in this segment.  No pets please. Reservations required. Sorry, no group reservations. Include name of each participant, e-mail address and telephone number for each reservation. Participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a liability release form (provided when registering) prior to attending. NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email the day prior to the event, you are not registered. This program is subject to cancellation. Natural Area entrance fees apply. For more information, e-mail reservations@friendsofgc.org, or call (210) 688-9055, ext 2009.

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