Image by Verva Dunsmore
Galveston Island State Park has two thousand acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, bayous and bay shoreline. It is a richly diverse preserve with hundreds of species of wildlife — you may see roseate spoonbills resting in an oak mott, tree frogs croaking out their mating calls, skimmers nesting in terraced wetlands, egrets fishing the ponds, coyotes prowling the nighttime grassland, sandpipers skittering in the surf and pelicans surveying from high above.
For recreation, you can swim at the beach, hike or bike the miles of trails, kayak the wetlands and fish the bay or surf. The Park is also a science laboratory for naturalists and students of marsh ecology, bird migration, shoreline stability and wildlife habitat.
The Park’s Nature Learning Center will be closing on Monday, November 19 for remodeling. It will re-open in the new year.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has announced they will be closing the beach side of Galveston Island State Park in 2019, as early as mid-July. TPWD will be replacing or improving all facilities between FM 3005 and the beach. This project, mainly funded by penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill, is expected to continue for at least three years.
Join Ranger Kyle on a Guided Bird Hike the next two Saturdays in November at Galveston Island State Park – November 10 and 17, 2018. Meet at 8:30am at the beach parking lot after checking in. Bring binoculars and appropriate attire for a hike. Bugs are out and some of the trails are muddy.
The Friends of Galveston Island State Park annual meeting is coming soon. Please save the date.
The weather didn’t do us any favors on April 7 – Beach and Bay Day was cool, wet and windy! While this was enough to keep many people indoors, our volunteers still showed up in force and were able to showcase the Park to the intrepid participants who did brave the elements.
Drying off in the bus between event stations
Kids still had fun with the fishing game
(Images by Frank Bowser)
Here are the activities you can enjoy at this year’s Beach and Bay Bay at Galveston Island State Park.