The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is wild about Galveston, and with good reason! Our historic beach town on the Gulf of Mexico offers engaging natural wonders in every sector of the island and its surrounding areas, every month of the year. We know, because we help connect people with nature experiences and outdoor adventures. We invite you to explore this website and learn about our nature-related events and programs, and how we promote the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston area.

  What's New?

Spend a wild weekend in Galveston celebrating the island’s wintering flocks of Sandhill Cranes at the first annual Holiday with the Cranes, Dec. 11 – 13, 2015. A weekend experience like no other, it’s chock-full of indoor and outdoor nature activities, combined with the arts and ambiance of historical Galveston Island!Learn about the private lives of Sandhill Cranes, get a close-up view of their island roost, and explore the East End Lagoon for other winter birds. Don’t miss the opening celebration of Art on the Wing, a juried exhibition at a Downtown Galveston gallery, or conversation and cocktails with national crane expert Keanna Leonard in a private home on Galveston Bay. Finish off the weekend with a Sandhill service project on a nature preserve. Click here for more information and to register.

What's on Tap for Winter Texans?

Enjoy our Winter Texan Programs for a real taste of Galveston’s wild winter! We offer more than a dozen nature-related activities designed specifically for those who love to stay on the Island in December, January and February. From turtle barn tours, to beach walks, to birding, to beer brewing, there’s something for everyone! Click here for the 2015 – 2016 GINTC Winter Texan schedule and reserve your place today! 

 A Bird's-Eye-View 

Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding and nature photography festival on the Upper Texas Coast! The 14th Annual Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photo Festival will be held the third weekend in April next year, April 14-17, 2016. Unique outdoor adventures amid 200+ species of birds are in store for all ages. What’s more, you’ll find Galveston Island and its surrounding areas steeped in Texas charm, history and hospitality. Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the nation, and this family-friendly festival is held during spring migration – the best time to visit world-renowned birding hot spots like Bolivar Flats and High Island. Details and more information about FeatherFest are at

  Behind the Scenes

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 Anja Borski, Scott Buckel, Ed Ferrin, Barbara Rabek, Vadim Troshkin and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us.

© 2014 The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.