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City Nature Challenge Hike at Government Canyon

Join a Park Range on a hike to identify as many plant and animal species as we can find.  This hike is being conducted as part of the City Nature Challenge, which is a fun competition between 7 different Texas cities to see who can document the most species from April 27 - 30.  No experience required, this is a great learning opportunity where participants are encouraged to point out things they see so we can identify them together.  We will be using the iNaturalist app to help identify and record what species are seen.  Use of iNaturalist is not required for the hike, but any participants who would like to use the app are encouraged to download it at :  More information on the City Nature Challenge can be found at:  

Who Is Invited

Open to all ages; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. No pets please. Participants should be able to hike 3 miles, round trip, over natural trails with mild elevation changes.

Registration & Fees

Registration is NOT required for this hike.  Natural Area entry fees apply; stop at the Entrance Fee Booth to self-pay/register. 

When & Where to Meet

Arrive by 8:15 am as the hike starts promptly at 8:30 am.  Meet in Parking Lot C next to the Frontcountry Trailhead.  Plan ahead, as the Natural Area often experiences heavy visitation and wait time at the fee booth. 

What to Wear & Bring

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes; sunscreen and hats are recommended.  Bring plenty of water per person and a snack if desired.  Bring your cell phone if you plan to use the iNaturalist app.   


No pets please.  Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. To reduce human impact on the Natural Area, please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.


Programs are subject to cancellation.  On inclement mornings, check trail conditions by calling GCSNA's main office at 210-688-9055 after 7:30 am, or by going to the GCSNA twitter feed or the Friends of Government Canyon Facebook page.    

For more information about this program, email