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Government Canyon State Natural Area to open for overnight camping

Pam LeBlanc
Government Canyon State Natural Area is in west Bexar County near San Antonio.

Just in time for fall marshmallow-toasting weather, Government Canyon State Natural Area will allow overnight camping starting Oct. 5.

The park, in west Bexar County near San Antonio, opened for day use in 2005.

The new campground will be open Friday and Saturday nights only, with 23 walk-in campsites and 2 walk-in group campsites for tent campers only. Vehicle parking will be located nearby, with pedestrian trails leading to each site. Water faucets and two self-composting toilets will be centrally located in the campground.

Campsites will cost $18 per night, plus the standard per-person entrance fee of $6 (free with a Texas State Parks Pass).

For more information, including campground maps and campsite photographs, go here. To reserve a campsite go here.

Travis Audubon Society monthly event lineup

The Travis Audubon Society’s September schedule includes the following events:

¦ Two-hour Tuesday! at Northeast Park led by Dan Callaway, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

¦ Beginners’ Bird Walk at Brushy Creek Park, 8-10 a.m. Oct. 6.

¦ Laguna Gloria with Sam Fason, 8:45-10:45 a.m. Oct. 6

¦ Super Tuesday! at Aquarena Springs and Spring Lake Natural Area, led by Deb and Lee Wallace, 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 9.

¦ Monthly Bird Count at Hornsby Bend, 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

¦ Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Native Garden with Meredith O’Reilly, Oct. 13.

¦ The Big Sit! at Balcones Canyonlands NWR, Oct. 14 (all day).

¦ Travis Audubon’s Introduction to Birds and Birding with Shelia Hargis, 6:15-8:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 23, 30. 6:15-8:45 p.m.

¦ Two-hour Tuesday! at Onion Creek Greenbelt led by Stan VanSandt, 8-10 a.m. Oct. 16.

¦ Monthly meeting. Victor Emanuel of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours on ‘The Greatest Birding Experience of My Life.’ Doors at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. 8001 Mesa Drive.

¦ Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 20.

¦ Commons Ford with Ed Fair, 7:30-11 a.m. Oct. 20.

¦ Family Fun with Wildlife Gardening with Meredith O’Reilly, Oct. 20.

¦ Balcones Canyonlands NWR – Plant Walk led by Diane Sherrill, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21.

¦ Two-hour Tuesday! at Big Webberville Park led by Ken Zaslow, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

¦ Super Tuesday! at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park led by Terry Banks, 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30.

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