Calendar of Events

April 15, 2017

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; 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. 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.

April 9, 2017

The Native Plants of the Canyon with Bill Carr, 10:00 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 (and probably even some insects, amphibians and reptiles!) Participation is limited to the first 12 people who sign up! 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 are required and will be accepted thru Noon April 7, 2017. 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 reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055, ext 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply.

April 8, 2017

Snakefesst!!, 9:00 am

Join us at Government Canyon State Natural Area and learn about our native Texas snake species with Blaine Eaton from the South Texas Herpetology Association (STHA). The presentation will feature live snakes in the Exhibit Gallery. Get creative with crafts and games around the Visitor Center and don’t miss a special presentation at 1PM on Texas snakes in the Group Picnic Pavilion. Open to all ages! Minors must be accompanied by an adult; no pets please. Dress for the weather, bring at least 1 liter of water per person, and a snack if you’d like. Be sure to arrive early, 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 miss the fun! No reservations required; open to everyone! Natural Area entry fees apply. For more info (210) 688-9055; xt. 2003.

Adult Basic Wilderness Survival Clinic, 9:00 am

If you spend any time in the Back Country, there’s a good chance you’ll meet Mr. Murphy. His law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, and usually at the worst possible time. Join SOS Adventures Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios and learn the skills you’ll need to be prepared and stay alive! This interactive course is designed to teach adults the skills they’ll need to be confident and safe if they ever get lost or experience trouble outdoors. Activities will include demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Program open to ages 14 and older; all minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian; no pets please. Reservations required and will be accepted through Noon Friday April 7, 2017. Class size limited to the first 12 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, email us at: reservations@friendsofgc.org or call (210) 688-9055; ext. 2009. Natural Area entrance fees apply; program subject to cancellation.

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.

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