The Gorge Preservation Society

GPS Mission Statement

The Gorge Preservation Society is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the enjoyment and conservation of a unique natural phenomenon called the Canyon Lake Gorge, by encouraging responsible, quality access opportunities through academic partnerships, economic initiatives and citizen involvement.


GPS Board of Directors

Van Green, Chair

Retired State employee for 33 years working with mentally challenged individuals

Texas Master Naturalist with interest in Entomology, Geology, Native Plants, Birding and Home Gardening

BA in Anthropology from University of Texas, a BS in Education from Southwest Texas State and a Master in Education Administration/Supervision from OLLU

Audubon Society since High School


Jim Jameson, Secretary

Susan Bogle, Treasurer


Donna Eccleston, Director

Commissioner, Precinct 1, Comal County

Realtor Mortgage Lender over six years

Appointed and served on Comal County Private Road Study

President & Charter Member Canyon Lake Rotary Club

Tye Preston Memorial Library Capital Campaign Committee

Volunteers for CRRC of Canyon Lake, Canyon Lake, New Braunfels & Hill Country Chambers of Commerce


Jim D. McCullough Jr., Director

Retired Global Chief Geologist - ConocoPhillips

AAPG Certified Geologist

Texas Master Naturalist - Lindheimer Chapter

Volunteer - Bulverde Meals on Wheels

Volunteer - Tye Preston Memorial Library

Bachelor of Arts, Geology, University of Tennessee

Master of Science, Geology, University of Memphis


Darren Brinkkoeter, Director

Fire Chief Comal County Emergency Services District No. 3

American Red Cross, Disaster Chairperson, Board of Directors President

Comal County Emergency Services District No. 3 Commissioner and President

Comal County Emergency Services Organization Treasurer and President

Comal County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Member

Mike Poffenberger, Director

Retired Geologist - ExxonMobil

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Certified 
Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists Certified

Volunteer - Canyon Lake Gorge, BCI Bracken Cave, CCCA

Texas Master Naturalist - Lindheimer Chapter (Class of 2022)

Bachelor of Science, Geology, Louisiana Tech University

Master of Science, Geology, Louisiana Tech University


Canyon Lake Gorge Preservation Society

Contact Us

Mailing Address
16029 S Access Rd
Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Our staff is composed entirely of volunteers who serve as Trailblazers, Tour Guides & Docents, and Board & Committee members. Please contact us by email at If you do require immediate assistance, call 830-964-5424


Getting Here

GPS coordinate
N 29.86304 W 098.18750


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