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.
Even though a short visit can be refreshing, an overnight stay at campgrounds that front the beach or bay offers the promise of a star-filled night with the soothing sound of water meeting the shore.
Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) is a non-profit corporation founded by a group of conservationists, naturalists and educators in February, 2001 in order to assist and promote the Park.
Read the blog entries below to keep up with our activities.
Images by Jack Chaiyakhom, winner of our first photo contest
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.
The Friends of Galveston Island State Park are seeking sponsors for this year’s Beach and Bay Day event. This is an opportunity to reach hundreds of participants!
If you are not familiar with Beach and Bay Day, check out this short video.
Trying out one of the Park’s tandem kayaks
We’re getting ready for this year’s Beach and Bay Day, which will be held at the Park on April 7, from 10am to 4pm. You’ll be able to experience beach and bay adventures, complete a Turtle Obstacle Course, see live sea creatures and a glass-enclosed beehive, try a kayak, go on a nature and birding walk, and more.
This event is free to the public. We provide bottled water but you’ll need to bring a picnic lunch.
Your first stop will be registration, which is on the beach-side, near Park Headquarters. From there you can either take part in activities on the beach or take a bus to one of five stations we’ve set up for you to experience all the Park’s different ecosystems.
Part of the turtle obstacle course
Almost 100 runners and walkers took part in this year’s Fun Run/Walk and were treated to beautiful weather (as well as taquitos from Whataburger). Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors.
And they’re off …
In case you were wondering which way to go …
The race wouldn’t be complete without Dr. Fistein and her trusty companion
First place, 5k
First place, 10k