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 our annual Holiday with the Cranes, Dec. 10 - 11, 2016. A weekend experience like no other, it's chock-full of indoor and outdoor nature activities, combined with the ambience of historical Galveston Island! Learn about the Sandhill Crane's natural history, habitat use, and food and foraging activity, get a close-up view of their island roost, and explore the East End Lagoon for other winter birds. Our first-time photography event, First Flight Photography Event by Golf Cart, is sure to be a hit! And you won't want to miss Cocktails & Cranes at Sunset with one of the world's leading crane experts, Dr. Felipe Chavez-Ramirez in a private home on Galveston Bay.

What’s in store for Winter Texans?

Enjoy our Winter Texan Programs for a real taste of Galvestonís wild winter! We offer nature-related activities designed specifically for those who love to stay on the Island in January and February. From turtle barn tours, to birding, to beer brewing, thereís something for everyone! Click here for the 2017 GINTC Winter Texan schedule and reserve your place today!


A Birdís-Eye-View

Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding and nature photography festival on the Upper Texas Coast! The 15th Annual Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photo Festival will be held the second weekend in April next year, April 6-9, 2017.

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. To celebrate our milestone anniversary, we are designing a new FeatherFest website and enhancing our birding and photography programs with some nationally known leaders! Stay tuned for the details 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 Casa del Mar Beachfront Suite, Coronado Palms Coastal Cottage, Evansdesign, Inc., Moody Gardens, Sand ‘N Sea Properties, and Tom Schwenk of The House Company for supporting our efforts throughout the year.  Special applause also goes to Anja Borski, Barbara Rabek, Vadim Troshkin and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us and to Holly Nowak for her Sandhill Crane painting, Glorious Morning.



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