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Junior Earth Scholars

Calling all 2nd through 4th graders eager to learn!!!!!

Join Friends of Government Canyon volunteers to learn about various nature-based topics and earn Scholar Badges.  Junior Earth Scholars is a monthly program which will run from September until May.  The program will build on itself with a different topic each month.  Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all classes in the series.  

Who is Invited

Children in grades 2 - 4; minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Adults attending with their registered children are welcome to bring unregistered siblings.  We ask that adults plan to bring quiet activities for unregistered children so that our participants are not distracted.

Registration & Fees

Registration required for EACH participant.  PLEASE!!  Adults attending with their children should NOT register.  Sorry, no group registrations.  All Natural Area entry fees apply; stop at the Fee Booth to self-pay/register.

When & Where to Meet

Arrive by 9:15 am.  The program will last approximately 1.5 hours.  Meet in the Exhibit Gallery next to the Visitor's Center.  Plan ahead, as the Natural Area often experiences heavy visitation and there may be wait time at the fee booth.

What to Wear & Bring

Note that the Exhibit Gallery is enclosed, but open air WITHOUT air conditioning.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  Bring water and a snack if you like. 


Group size is limited to 20. 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 7:30AM, or by going to the GCSNA twitter feed or the Friends of Government Canyon Facebook page .

Should you need to cancel your reservation, please do so via Eventbrite or by emailing . 

For more information about this program, email

Earlier Event: February 23
Night Hike
Later Event: March 9
Hike the Canyon