Monthly Newsletter for FOGISP Members

Dear FoGISP Members (Past and Present)!

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 attached Newsletter.

We hope to see you in the Park!

FoGISP Communications Team:

Sharon Tirpak

Robin Novak

Kat Pollock

Taylor Burley Galaviz

Galveston Island State Park bring history to the park the first Saturday in October

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 exploration.

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.

More information:

Volunteer today!


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.


Use the Park’s new online reservation system

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!

Volunteers needed to help maintain the Park

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 or call the Park Office at 409-737-1222.


Beach closure beginning in 2019

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.

They’re back ….

The new kayak shed is operational, with only a few minor jobs to complete.

The kayaks are in place – and were used by Ranger Lisa and Kim to lead a party of hardy souls on January 1. Brrrr!

Here are the FoGISP volunteers who helped load up the new shed.