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The Wonder of Texas' Native Plants

🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water!

State Parks Centennial logoWhy is there such a wide diversity of plant life at Government Canyon? It’s all about water!

Do you want to know more about the native plants in NW Bexar County? If so, please join us on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 until 11:30 AM for a fairly easy hike (about 1.5 miles round trip) over gentle terrain.

We will discuss how local hydrogeology has contributed to the extensive biodiversity across the region and how the resulting plant life encouraged Native Americans and European settlers to live here. We will explore up to 30 native Texas plants (season dependent) and discuss how they rely on the presence of water as they in turn support favorable habitats. 

Open to all ages, minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

No reservations required; no pets please.  Meet at the Visitors Center by the rainwater harvesting tower.

Dress for hiking outdoors; sunscreen and hat recommended. Wear sturdy footwear appropriate for rough trails; bring two liters of water PER PERSON and a snack. Check trail conditions by going to the GCSNA Twitter feed, or the GCSNA Facebook Page.

The Natural Area front gates open at 7 AM; plan to be at the Visitor Center and ready to go no later than 8:45 AM; the hike starts promptly at 9 AM

Be advised the Natural Area can be very busy! To ensure entrance and save time at the Fee Booth please reserve and PRINT OUT your day pass in advance.

This is one of many 100-year celebration events happening in Texas state parks this year. Entry to a park is free on the day it hosts an official 100-Year Celebration (applies to day passes only). Guarantee entry by reserving your free day pass up to one month before this special event.

This program is subject to cancellation. Check trail conditions by going to the GCSNA Twitter feed, or the GCSNA Facebook page.

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