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.
Hunt for island treasures with one of the knowledgeable guides at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Beach Exploration hikes starting at the park’s Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway every Saturday (until the end of November) from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.
What to bring:
• Park permit ($5/person, free for children 12 and under)
• Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)
• Water bottle
• Camera (for those great ocean shots
For more information and what to expect on these beach hikes, visit the event page.