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.
Birds, butterflies, sea turtles and more! Beaches, bayous and coastal prairie! Galveston Island offers an amazing natural array of fauna, flora and lots of opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoors even in the winter months. Whether you are visiting the island or call it home, please come along and be introduced to the wonderful natural world of Galveston Island. Join us for any or all of the outings and talks. Most of the activities REQUIRE an RSVP and you’ll find it’s quite easy to reserve your spot. Sign up info is noted on each activity that requires an RSVP. Click here to see the complete schedule.
These activities are designed for adults 18 or older unless otherwise noted.
We are proud to announce that enrollment is open for our Certified Nature Guide and Nature Ambassador Courses. These courses will provide a cadre of knowledgeable guides and ambassadors to help visitors and residents experience Galveston’s natural side.
Thanks to the Galveston Island Park Board and the Convention & Visitors Bureau for their tremendous support. Many thanks to the Galveston Bay Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists for providing the content for the coursework. Special thanks to Suzanne Becker, Bobette Brasfield, Cindy Liening, Maureen Nolan-Wilde, Diane Olsen, and Chris Roper for their enthusiasm and commitment to making these certifications a reality!
Click here to find out more!
GINTC has partnered with Birding for Fun to offer regularly scheduled guided birding tours of Galveston and other nearby areas. The tours are led by Kristine Rivers, who has been an avid birder for more than 35 years. You may recognize her as one of the field trip leaders from FeatherFest, or from her years as an area leader on the Brazoria Columbia Bottomlands Christmas Bird Count. She is also the President of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.
Kristine’s enjoyment of birding spills over to those who join her tours, as she still gets excited to see our beautiful Texas Gulf Coast specialty birds such as White-tailed Kites and Reddish Egrets, sharing her enthusiasm and delight as she explains their unique behavioral traits while watching them in action. Participants have described the experience as therapeutic – much different than other guided tours, because of Kristine’s patience in pointing out the birds and answering questions, ensuring that everyone has had a chance to see the birds before moving on to the next area.
Trip itineraries vary each time so that participants have the opportunity to see as many different species as possible. Destinations include Galveston’s West End; Galveston’s East End and Bolivar Peninsula; San Luis Pass; Texas City Dike; and Surfside/Quintana.
Participants ride in air conditioned comfort in summer months, and heated comfort in winter months, enjoying seeing birds up close without doing a lot of hiking. This makes these tours the perfect birding experience for those who are not sure about spending a lot of time outdoors, or for those who have physical limitations. You are sure to enjoy yourself whether you are a new or experienced birder, a nature lover, or a photographer looking for new photo opportunities! GINTC members get a discount.
Check here for the Birding for Fun field trip schedule.
Photo by Vadim Troshkin
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 Nature Program includes activities designed for visitors and residents who love to explore nature during the winter months of January and February. The program includes indoor and outdoor activities such as birding outings, sea turtle talks, behind the scenes peeks at Moody Gardens and more. Click here for our 2020 schedule of winter activities!
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.
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, Moody Gardens, Pardon My French, Sand ‘N Sea Properties, Tom’s Galveston Real Estate, and SOAR Vacation Rental Services, 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.