Archive for April, 2011

40 Years of Travel, Adventure and Fun Photo Contest







Our past 40 years have been filled with stories and travel tips from our adventures around the world.

Now, it’s your turn to share.  Send us your photos that embody Whole Earth Provision’s commitment to travel, adventure and fun. You might win the trip of a lifetime!

The 40 Years of Travel, Adventure & Fun Photo Contest Grand Prize winner will travel courtesy of Teva to the Teva Mountain Games in Vail Colorado, June 2 – 5, 2011.

Airfare for two to Denver, shuttle service to/from Vail, deluxe accommodations for a few nights in a luxury hotel, and VIP access to music, art, and athletic events are included!

Four First Prize winners will each receive, courtesy of Merrell, a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.



The only way to enter the contest is to submit your photos to the WEPCO Photo Contest on Flickr.

LOG IN – To submit your photos via Fllickr, use your Yahoo ID.  If you do not have a Flickr or Yahoo account, you can sign up for free here

UPLOAD – When you have logged in, up load your contest photos to your account. Click on upload and follow the prompts.

JOIN – To enter our contest, you must join WEPCO Photo Contest, by clicking “Join this Group?” on the – WEPCO Photo Contest Flickr Group homepage.

ADD – On the WEPCO Photo Contest group page, click on the “Add Photos” button. Select the photo(s) you wish to enter in the contest. Click the “Send to Group” button to add your photo to the WEPCO Photo Contest Group Homepage.

TAG IT – Once you have added the photo to the group, you will need to add tags to each photo.

  • First, tag the photo with WEPCO40 using the tag feature in the right-hand column of the individual photo page.
  • Second, if you will be able to travel to the Teva Mountain Games on June 2-5, 2011, tag your photo TMG
  • Third, tag your photo with MNPP for the Merrell National Park Pass.


Your photo is now entered in the contest.  You may enter as many photos as you wish.



Contest finalists will be selected by a committee of Whole Earth Provision Co. employees from the submissions to the WEPCO Photo Contest site on Flickr.

The finalists’ photos will be loaded onto the Whole Earth Provision Co. FaceBook page where the public will vote by “likes” from 12 AM CDSTon May 14, 2011 to11:59 PM CDSTon May 19, 2011.

To vote in the contest, you must be a FaceBook user and “like” Whole Earth Provision Co.

Prize winners will be determined by the number of “likes” each photo receives.



You must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of entry and a legal resident of the United States (including D.C.). Employees of Whole Earth, Teva, Merrell, Flickr and Facebook and their immediate family members and those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate in this Contest. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.



The Contest runs between 12 AM Central Daylight Savings Time (CDST) on May 1, 2011 and 11:59 pm CDST on May 10, 2011.    Whole Earth’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Contest.




You must be the creator of any image that you submit, and you must not submit any image for which the copyright is held by another party.

Your proof of submission or sending is not proof of receipt by Whole Earth Provision Company.

Whole Earth reserves the right to eliminate and/or delete any submissions displaying content we deem to be inappropriate or offensive without prior warning.

When you submit a photo to the contest, you retain the copyright and all other rights and you agree to let Whole Earth Provision Co. use the photo in various media, including both print and online (including social media) without compensation to you, your successors or assigns or any other entity.  We will endeavor to credit you as the photographer on any photo that we use.

In addition to the rules listed above, you agree to abide by all of the Flickr Community guidelines.

Whole Earth is not responsible for lost, late, invalid, unintelligible, illegible or misdirected requests, which are void.




Winners will be announced on May 20, 2011.

Prize winners will be notified by phone or email or mail using the contact information they provided.

If, despite reasonable efforts, the winner does not respond within 5 days of the first notification attempt, or the notification is returned as undeliverable, the winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.





  • 2 night/ 3 day trip for two (2) to the Teva Mountain Gaimes in Vail Colorado June 2 – June 5, 2011
  • Round trip (coach class) air fare from the winner’s nearest major airport to Vail, CO.
  • Two night double occupancy lodging in Vail CO
  • Passes for the winner and guest to the Teva Mountain Games

The Grand Prize must be redeemed for the June 2-5. 2011 Teva Mountain Games only or the Grand Prize will be forfeited in its entirety.


Taxes, gratuities, incidental expenses, licenses, registrations, fees or charges and other expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner and his guest.

Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable.  No cash alternative or substitution will be allowed.

The winner and guest will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and a Publicity Release which must be notarized and returned within five days of notification.



  • National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass (Four Passes to be given)


The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass provides access to and use of Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass will admit the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder and 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas.   Children under 16 are admitted for free.

Dansko Days: Footwear Trunk Show, Houston

Dansko Days: Footwear Trunk Show, San Antonio

Exclusive Rebate: SPOT Messenger GPS


SPOT Messenger offers peace of mind to the adventure enthusiast and their loved ones at home.

With a single push of a button, SPOT becomes a personal messaging system, emergency communications device, and provides live location updates to Google Maps.

Using 100% satellite technology, virtually unlimited coverage is offered across the globe, whether conquering one of the Seven Summits or the West Texas desert.

Sending messages to friends and family has never been easier, notifications options include email, text message, and GPS waypoints.

If your receipt dates April 25th – April 30th, retrieve our special Whole Earth Provision Company rebate form under “past retailer rebates”.

If your receipt dates May 1 – July 31st, retrieve the rebate form from the SPOT website at the red arrow.

NOTE: There was a misprint on the SPOT rebate form: Forms have been corrected on website. See pdf link for more information from SPOT.


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April is Earth Month at Whole Earth

In appreciation of the forty-first Earth Day this April 22nd and among other efforts, Whole Earth is hosting a group of fund drives in all four of the cities in which we have stores: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Austin. We have declared that April 2011 be Earth Month at Whole Earth Provision Company. We invite our friends and patrons to get involved in community cleanups, Earth Day awareness festivals, making recycling commitments at home, and by contributing $1 or more at the nearest Whole Earth store to any of the fine organizations mentioned below. The total amounts collected will be donated to the fine non-profit groups that are designated. Our respective city staffs have chosen local environmental groups to support in their communities. Just mention your desire to contribute at the check-out counter in any of our stores. Here’s hoping everyone will participate at some level .

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas is deeply involved in preserving land in Bexar County that is of ecological, historic, or scenic value. They are also responsible for many Community Gardens seen growing around the city of San Antonio. However, one potentially successful program that suffers from lack of funds is their Picture Your World Youth Photography Program. Children are persistently turned away because not enough workshops can be conducted. Currently on a limited availability, Green Spaces brings a master naturalist, professional photographer, and arts educator to the schools that need it most, engaging students in local, natural areas to foster an appreciation for nature, art, and creativity. Let’s lend a hand in funding Picture Your World so this multi-benefit program flourishes – as will our children.

Children learning to appreciate their world.

Armand Bayou Nature Center is an urban oasis within the metro-Houston area that is working hard to preserve what nature has bestowed upon us. Habitat loss remains the single greatest threat to the native ecology of this region. Resource managers estimate that only one-tenth of 1% of the original coastal prairie remains in the Galveston Bay watershed. Armand Bayou Nature Center manages over 700 acres of remnant prairie, one of the largest remaining tracts in the region. It costs ABNC over $150 per acre per year to preserve one of the last refuges for native animals and plants. Each dollar donated helps protect a place for those native animals and plants that have fewer and fewer places to go.

Volunteers work to keep coastal prairie viable.

Cedar Ridge Preserve is just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, but this 600 acres of Mother Nature’s wonders is a quiet getaway from urban life by opening daily for hiking, bird watching, and enjoying the outdoors. Under the auspices of Audubon Dallas, this grand slice of nature is constantly in need of volunteers to help maintain some 9 miles of trails through native trees, grasses, and wildflowers. In addition to human capital, their appeal to all of us is provide funding assistance so that those trails can remain available for many years to come. Both our Dallas stores will be collecting small donations for Cedar Ridge Preserve throughout the month of April – and into May, culminating in Hike-a-Thon at the Preserve on May 7th.

Cattail Pond trail: Example of maintenance needs.

To commemorate Earth Day 2011, Whole Earth and many Austin businesses are donating 5% of our receipts from that Friday, April 22nd to a stellar collection of six local environmental non-profits. In a program begun last year, these non-profits known collectively as the Give Five Back to Mother Earth campaign, are: Hill Country Conservancy, TreeFolks, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Sierra Club, Clean Water Fund, and Texas Land Conservancy. For Earth Month (April) all three Whole Earth locations will be collecting additional funds for these great community advocates. Will you help us help Mother Nature?!

Austin Give 5Clean Water FundFriends of Barton Springs PoolHill Country ConservancyTexas Land ConservancyTexas Sierra ClubTreefolks