School Tours ($5 per person)

The Canyon Lake Gorge is open to certain school groups for guided tours only and may be requested by completing the Group Tour Request Form (linked below). Each tour is lead by a volunteer certified Gorge Preservation Society Guide with assistance from trained Docents. We welcome teacher input and will work individually to help ensure educational concepts are tailored per prearrangement.

Tours highlight the  Power of Water theme with Goals that include increasing the participants' understanding of the:

  • Canyon Reservoir Project and Canyon Lake Gorge through the partnership efforts between the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Gorge Preservation Society.
  • Geology of Central Texas.
  • Hydrogeology, especially the interconnectedness of groundwater and surface water.
  • Interrelationship between humans and the physical environment.
  • Process of biologic succession and an introduction to common plants and animals found in the natural communities of the Gorge.
  • Appreciation and respect for the natural environment!

School group tours are for either the 3-hour or 1.5-hour tour options when held during school hours, M-F. The short tour (1.5 hour) option can be of either the upper or lower gorge. Goals for each of these tours can be emailed to interested groups.

Tours designed for High School aged students honor the school's child / adult fieldtrip ratio requirements. Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) and Home School groups will follow the Gorge's adult/child ratio policy: Ages 7-10, one adult for every child; ages 11-15, one adult for every three children; ages 16-20, one adult for every five youth.  Any participants authorized by the school that are outside this ratio are asked to pay the regular $10/person fee. Children under the age of 7 are not allowed in the Gorge. No Elementary School group tours are currently being accepted.

A 10 minimum and 23-maximum participants are requested. Groups with more than 23 participants may be split into two groups. Please contact the Gorge Preservation Society office to discuss additional options for larger groups -- 830-964-5424. Tours are not conducive for students that are mentally challenged, have behavioral issues, or physical limitations.

School tour requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis around pre-scheduled public and group tours. Call the office to help determine available dates/times.

Please allow at least 3 weeks for processing from the date you submit your request to the requested tour date. Requests received prior to posting Public Tours will receive precedence; submit early for priority. Once the form is received and process, an email confirmation with Liability Forms will be sent. Parents or guardian who is authorized to sign the waiver must sign for those under 18 years old. Please have all forms ready for collection the day of the tour.

Indicate on the form if your group will be arriving by bus for additional shuttling options.

One week prior to the scheduled tour date, the group's Point of Contact (POC) will receive a detailed e-mail reminder with relevant information, guidelines, directions, and their Guide/Docents' names and phone contact.

It is important that the POC relay all procedures to all tour participants. Please provide a separate POC name/cell number on the Group Tour Request Form for an individual(s) actually going on the tour if different than the individual making the written request.

  • Hiking through the Gorge can be physically demanding, and is not recommended for people with heart conditions, bad knees, ankles or in poor physical health.
  • Good walking shoes and at least one bottle of water per person are required. There is no potable water in the Gorge.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a backpack so that their hands will be free. 
  • Restrooms are located at the top, half way on the tour and at the bottom of the Gorge.
  • No pets, children under the age of 7 years of age, smoking, or rock/fossil collecting allowed in the Gorge.
  • Tours will follow a designated route. Participants will not be allowed to wander.
  • Everyone who enters the Gorge must sign a Liability Release Form prior to admittance.
  • Groups with children should follow the adult chaperone to youth ratio requirements: Ages 7-10, one adult for every child, ages 11-15, one adult for every three children, and ages 16-20, one adult for every five youth.
  • Most tours will begin at the GBRA property, 16029 South Access Rd. Between Hwy. 306 and FM 2673, take the South Access Rd.; the property is located at the bottom of the Gorge, below the Dam. This location may change depending on the group's request. A detailed map will be sent with the tour scheduling confirmation.
  • Gate will be unlocked a half hour prior to the time of the tour; please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
  • Groups arriving after the agreed starting time are subject to cancellation without refund. Ensure all drivers have the provided map and Guide/Docent phone numbers.
  • Gate will be locked during and after your tour so please do not leave your car at the property after your tour.
  • GPS coordinates N29 51.777 W098 11.228
  • Questions - please call 830-964-5424, Monday - Friday, 9-5pm.


Request a School Group Tour

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Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority & Gorge Preservation Society

830-964-5424

Canyon Lake/Sattler OFFICE / Mailing Address
2075 FM 2673, Suite D
Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

 

Getting Here

GPS coordinate
N 29.86304 W 098.18750

 

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