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.
We offer a wide array of unique and fun nature activities throughout the year. Annual events include Sea Turtle Saturday in February, Galveston FeatherFest in April, and Holiday with the Cranes in December. Our Winter Texan activities are designed for visitors and residents who love to explore nature during the winter months of January and February and include indoor and outdoor activities such as birding, sea turtle talks & turtle barn tours, beach and bay walks, nature seminars, behind the scenes peeks at Moody Gardens and more.
Through our partnership with the Galveston County Audubon Group, we offer free birding outings once a month from September – May and quarterly birding presentations at Rosenberg Library.
Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding and nature photography festival on the Upper Texas Coast! The 16th Annual Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photo Festival will be held the second weekend in April next year, 2018.
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 have designed a new FeatherFest website and enhanced our birding and photography programs with some nationally known leaders! Stay tuned for the details at:
The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council thanks our members and volunteers, the City of Galveston, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, Galveston.com, and corporate members Casa del Mar Beachfront Suite, Coronado Palms Coastal Cottage, Evansdesign, Inc., IPM Asset Solutions, 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 David Alaniz, Hector Astorga, Stephen Bontempo, Stan Bravenec, Anja Borski, Trudy LeDoux, Scott Meyer, Lisa Nelson, Barbara Rabek, Vadim Troshkin, Patrick Welsh, Bonnie White, Ron Wooten, and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us.