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?

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Photo credit: Ron Wooten

Galveston Talks Turtles
Presentations and Tour Set for Feb. 20

Before the Kemp's ridley sea turtles head to the Galveston beaches for nesting season this spring, make plans to learn about these fascinating creatures at Sea Turtle Saturday on February 20th, at an informative and engaging seminar presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Participants will learn about sea turtle research, rehabilitation, stranding response, and conservation from a variety of presentations by esteemed scientists and experts from NOAA Fisheries Service, the Houston Zoo, Inc., Turtle Island Restoration Network, and TAMUG. The event concludes with a unique tour of the island’s own sea turtle barn, where more than 350 turtles are housed in saltwater tanks.

“Sea turtles are charismatic and beloved icons of the Texas coast and our treasured ocean systems,” says Susan Lewis, GINTC member and long-time turtle barn volunteer with NOAA. “We can all help protect the Kemp’s ridley and the other four species that frequent the Gulf of Mexico by being mindful of our actions and proactive in protecting vulnerable ecosystems.”

We hope you’ll join us for this fun and informative popular event. Register online here.

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 www.GalvestonFeatherFest.com.

  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, Galveston.com, 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.