Archive for February, 2014

Texas Parks & Wildlife 2014 Photography Contest

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Do you have a favorite photo that was taken in one of our Texas State Parks? Perhaps it’s the view from Enchanted Rock or the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, or treasured snapshots of family fun while gathered around a picnic table at Dinosaur Valley, paddling at Caddo Lake or building sandcastles on Mustang Island. Find those favorite photos or to take some new ones, because Texas State Parks is sponsoring the Picture Yourself in Texas State Parks Photo Contest.

Each month Texas Parks & Wildlife features an Outdoor Activity of the Month, and in March 2014, it’s Photography Month. To encourage you to head out to a State Park and start taking pictures, TP&W is sponsoring a photography contest with three categories and three prizes. The categories are: Ages 17 and Under; Ages 18 and Over; and Instagram (for all ages) with the hashtag #myparkpic. If your photo is declared one of the three winners, you’ll receive a Hero3+ GoPro Camera, courtesy of Whole Earth Provision Co.!

The contest begins March 1 and runs through April 15th. The winning photos will be chosen by a team of Texas Parks & Wildlife photographers and staff. The winning photos will be published in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. All photos submitted will be available for reuse in Texas Parks & Wildlife publications and materials.

Here are links to the contest rules and last year’s winners.

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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Check Presentation

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Joe Jones of Whole Earth Provision Co. presents Molly Stevens, Executive Director of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, formerly Westcave Preserve, with a check for $560 raised at The North Face Speaker Series last Fall in Austin. A big thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this successful event.

Audubon Texas Patagonia Advocates Weeks Check Presentation

Patagonia Advocate Weeks Check Presentation

Bert Peeples, Whole Earth’s Outreach Coordinator, presents a check for $3000 to Danielle Ormon, the Marketing and Development Manager for Audubon Texas.

Last October Whole Earth Provision Co. and Patagonia Shoes teamed up to support Audubon Texas during Patagonia Advocate Weeks. Patagonia donated $10 for every pair of Patagonia shoes sold during the drive. In addition, our store in San Antonio and our Mockingbird store in Dallas won Patagonia window display contests and their winnings were added to the donations, making a grand total of $3000 for Audubon Texas. They are planning to use the funds to support their programs around the state, especially in Dallas, San Antonio and along the Texas Coast.

Audubon Texas is the state program of the National Audubon Society. Since 1923, Audubon Texas has protected birds and their habitats with stewardship and conservation education programs at their centers in Dallas, Cedar Hill and San Antonio and at sanctuaries in Brownsville, along 600 miles of the Texas coast, and across the state.

Patagonia is a participant in 1% for the Planet. Every year they donate 1% of their profits for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Your purchase helped to direct some of these funds to Audubon Texas.

We thank you for your support.

2014 Zilker Kite Festival and Day in the Park Raffle

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Austin’s festival season takes off on Sunday, March 9th with the 86th annual Zilker Kite Festival in Austin’s Zilker Park. This year’s gathering of kites and fliers includes a kite making workshop, kite flying demonstrations and contests for the most unusual, the steadiest, the highest angle, the strongest pulling and the largest and smallest kites, a kids’ 50 yard dash with a flying kite, and a prize for the oldest and youngest contestants. The Festival ends with a spectacular mass ascent of kites filling the sky above the Great Lawn.

Whole Earth Provision Co. is joining in the fun with a Day in the Park raffle. The package, valued at over $400, includes a Yucatan hammock and hammock stand, a Sport Brella, and a Pirate Ship Kite. Tickets can be purchased through March 6th at the three Austin Whole Earth stores and at the Kite Festival on March 9th. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Communities in Schools.

Communities in Schools is a Central Texas non-profit that offers help to children facing crises and significant barriers to education such as hunger, poverty, unattended health needs and domestic violence. Created in 1985, Communities in Schools places professional full-time staff on campuses to work closely with school personnel to provide and coordinate an array of social services. These include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, mentoring, tutoring, school readiness initiatives, child abuse protection, leadership development and enrichment activities. In 2013, Communities in Schools could be found in 60 schools in seven districts in Travis, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.

The Zilker Kite Festival was launched by the Exchange Club of Austin back in 1929 as an opportunity for children and the community to come together for some shared fun and creativity. Now in its 86th year, the Festival is the oldest continuously run kite festival in the country.

If you’re in need of a kite for the event, stop by your favorite Whole Earth store. We have kites for beginners as well as sport and stunt kites. And don’t forget to download a copy of our Kite Flyer’s Field Guide for Judging Wind Speed.

We’ll see you soon at Zilker!

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2013 New Toy and Kids Book Drive a Great Success!

Christmas book distribution at Manos de Cristo in Austin

Christmas book distribution at Manos de Cristo in Austin

Whole Earth Provision Co. sends out a big Texas ‘Thank You’ to all our customers who through their generous donations, made the holidays brighter for disadvantaged children in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake. The New Toy and Kids Book Drive collected gifts for children, who through no fault of their own, might not have received presents for the holidays.

Your gifts were distributed by Manos de Cristo in Austin; Community Partners of Dallas; the Star of Hope Mission in Houston; The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas in San Antonio; and GRACE – the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange for Southlake. The gifts were gratefully received by both the organizations and the children. Whole Earth firmly believes that we have the best customers in the State of Texas and beyond. Thank you for giving so generously.