The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization that sponsors, supports and develops nature-based educational and recreational activities. We also help promote the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston area.

Interest in nature tourism is on the rise! We invite you to explore our website and learn about our plans, programs and projects for the environmentally-rich Galveston Island and its surrounding areas. We’ve enjoyed great success with the annual FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival and our community education and outreach programs, and anticipate continued growth in these and other endeavors.


BEACHY KEEN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SOCIAL - GINTC members and their guests as well as those who are interested in learning more about GINTC are invited to our annual membership social on July 29, 6pm. Reservations are required. For more info, click here.

NATURE CALENDAR! Please check out our Nature Events Only Calendar. If you are interested in having your nature based events listed on this calendar, please call the GINTC office at 409.789.8125 or email

EAST END LAGOON NATURE PARK & PRESERVE WEBSITE - Check out the website for the East End Lagoon Nature Park & Preserve featuring archive footage and a wonderful video produced by GINTC board member, Anja Borski. Learn about the history, current uses, future plans, and how you can get involved.

  Special Thanks

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council would like to offer special thanks to our members and volunteers, the City of Galveston, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Park Board of Trustees,, and corporate members Samson Energy, Sand ‘N Sea Properties, Coronado Palms Coastal Cottage, Moody Gardens, Casa del Mar and Tom Schwenk of The House Company for supporting our efforts throughout the year. Special applause also goes to Scott Buckel, Barbara Rabek, Vadim Troshkin and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us.

 Making Donations in Memory of George Mitchell 

All of us with the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council are saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and supporter George Mitchell. It is due to his kindness, generosity and love for Galveston that we are the organization we are today. We will never forget all that he has done for our organization and for the island we all love. Diane Olsen, President GINTC

To make a donation to GINTC in George Mitchell's memory, you can do so here or by mail to P.O. Box 1468 Galveston Island, Texas, 77553-1468. Your donation will be acknowledged to the Mitchell family.

  About Galveston

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Outdoor enthusiasts love to surf, fish, bike, kayak, and of course, go birding. The Island is also home to the Historic Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and art galleries.

© 2014 The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.