Our Mission and What We Do

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s (GINTC) mission is to sponsor, support and develop nature-based educational and recreational activities, and promote the value of the natural habitats and resources of the Galveston area, thereby enhancing the quality of life for Galveston Island’s citizens and visitors.

GINTC provides leadership for efforts to make the Island’s natural resources accessible to people in a manner that will sustain those resources for current and future generations. We also present events and products to help residents and visitors more fully enjoy the natural wonders of the Island.

Photo: Bonnie White

In order to accomplish our goals, some of the things we do include:

  • GINTC promotes & creates nature tourism activities through our partnership with Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • We advocate & network for area nature conservation through our Nature Tourism Partnership.
  • We offer free birding field trips & presentations through our partnership with Galveston County Audubon Group.
  • GINTC is actively involved in the East End Lagoon Planning & Development.
  • We host FeatherFest, Galveston’s annual spring birding & nature photography festival.
  • We host Holiday with the Cranes, the annual winter Sandhill Crane celebration.
  • We host Galveston Sea Turtle Saturday, the Island’s annual winter sea turtle restoration symposium.
  • We host the Galveston Winter Texan Nature Program for residents and visiting Winter Texans alike.
  • Our Regional Nature Activity Calendar connects people of all ages with nature experiences and outdoor adventure.
  • We produce the free Galveston Great Birding Brochure.
  • Our office serves as a Nature Resource Center – 1940 Sears Building, 2228 Broadway.
  • We host FledglingFest, a youth program and children’s art contest at FeatherFest.
  • We provide FledglingFest Student Scholarships.
  • We offer free Nature School Presentations & Community Events.