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Adaptation Artistry

How do spotted fur, big ears, long tails, and other special features help animals survive in a challenging environment?

Examine the pelts and skulls of a variety of mammals who live in Government Canyon, and learn about the amazing ways in which they are adapted to hide from danger, find food, and handle extreme temperatures. Then use craft supplies to design a well-adapted animal species of your own imagination. 

All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No pets, please.

Registration is NOT required. Though the activity is free, entrance fees to the Natural Area do apply. We often fill to capacity. To ensure entrance and save time at the Fee Booth, please pre-purchase and print out a day pass. Day passes can be reserved beginning one month before the date of your visit. 

Meet in the screened Gallery next to the Visitor Center. Lot A will have the closest parking.  

Dress for time outdoors, in layers that can be added or removed as the weather changes. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat are recommended. Bring a water bottle for each person.

If ADA assistance is required, please request modifications using this form, or email accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov at least 2 weeks in advance.

This program is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Check trail conditions by calling GCSNA's main office at 210-688-9055, or go to the GCSNA webpage, Instagram, or Facebook.