The new FoGISP Board of Directors is off to a great start! We have developed a monthly FoGISP Newsletter to
keep everyone informed of upcoming Park activities, volunteer
opportunities and highlights of the Park’s natural resources. The
first newsletter is attached to this email, for your convenience, and to help you stay engaged with FoGISP.
Future editions of the Newsletter will
highlight special activity days where we will partner with Park staff,
such as arts & craft days, Smore’s Day, Summer Solstice celebration
and star gazing nights. In addition, the Board is already planning Camp
Wild 2024 and working with Park staff to identify other projects that
FoGISP can support. Keep your eyes open for these monthly Newsletters.
We would also like to invite past members to re-join FoGISP. It’s
only a $20.00 donation per year to become a member (and is tax
deductible!). To make it easy we now have a QR Code that you can scan
with your phone and donate and become a member. The QR code is in the
Destination Exploration follows the stories of the people and events
that shaped the island and Galveston Island State Park. Bringing
together outdoor skills, hands-on activities, and storytelling,
Destination Exploration will transport visitors to the age of
This is one of many 100-year celebration events happening in Texas state parks this year. Entry to a park is free on the day it hosts an official 100-Year Celebration (applies to day passes only). Guarantee entry by reserving your free day pass up to one month before this special event.
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
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.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has introduced a new online reservation
system designed to make Park access more efficient. This system will not
only allow you to make camping/lodging reservations but you can also
obtain a day pass. If you’ve made a reservation at a Texas State Park in
the last three years, you should already have an account that will give
you access to this system; otherwise, you can create a new account.
Give it a try!
Due to staffing shortages, the Park needs help with activities such
as mowing, invasive species control, and pesticide application. These
are typically carried out on Tuesday mornings under the supervision of
Pedro Aguiar, Maintenance Specialist. Note that some of these activities
require training from Pedro.
IT IS ESSENTIAL that you contact Pedro before coming out to the Park. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Park Office at 409-737-1222.
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.