Our Mission and What We Do

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s (GINTC) mission is to connect people with Galveston’s natural environment.

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.

Our vision is that Galveston residents and visitors will experience and appreciate the diverse natural environment Galveston has to offer.

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 commissioned the Eskimo Curlew memorial sculpture, making Galveston 1 of 6 cities in North America to participate in The Lost Bird public art project. The sculpture  is permanently installed at Galveston Island State Park.
  • Along with Houston Audubon and The Bryan Museum, we brought The Lost Bird Project Traveling Exhibit to Galveston. The five sculptures on display in the gardens of the museum are representative of the permanent sculptures located across North America. The exhibit will be at The Bryan Museum through mid-March.
  • 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.
  • We produce the free Galveston Great Birding Brochure.
  • Our office serves as a Nature Resource Center – Shearn Moody Plaza, 123 25th St.
  • 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.

Special Thanks to Our Great Egret
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