Learn more about the National Parks of Texas

Learn more about the National Parks of Texas

May 10th National Parks of Texas
San Antonio at 7 pm

May 18th National Parks of Texas
Austin North Lamar at 7 pm

May 20th The Big Thicket National Preserve
Houston Post Oak at 7 pm

The National Park Service turns 100 this year! Many Texans might be surprised to learn that Texas is home to 16 National Parks, Monuments, Historic sites and Preserves. Whole Earth Provision Co. is pleased to host several events during the month of May where you can learn more about these very special places.

Big Bend photo by Emre Erdener

Big Bend photo by Emre Erdener

On May 10th at our San Antonio store and May 18th at our Austin North Lamar store, we welcome Mike Ryan of the LBJ National Historic Park for a presentation on the National Park sites in Texas. The events begin at 7 pm.

Mike Ryan grew up enjoying visits to the National Parks. His favorites were the historic sites. Even as a boy he was intrigued by the culture of the National Park Service – the brown signs, the Mission 66 visitor centers (created for the Park Service’s 50th anniversary), and the park rangers with their Stetson flat hats. He wanted to be a Park Ranger.

“After serving in the US Army and then graduating with a Master’s Degree in History, the rest, as they say, is ‘history.’ I have been lucky to work at some fun places, like the Dry Tortugas, Fort Sumter and Fort Pulaski. I have even worked in Washington D.C. and New York City. My last three parks have been presidential homes: Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson. There are currently 411 units of the National Park Service, so there is always an adventure out there somewhere!”

On the water in the Big Thicket – a USDA photo by Larry Rana

On the water in the Big Thicket – a USDA photo by Larry Rana

On May 20th at our Houston Post Oak store, Josh Stringer of the Big Thicket National Preserve will give a presentation at 7 pm on the Preserve, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world outside of the tropics. In 1981, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Preserve includes nine uniquely diverse ecosystems as well as six water corridors where nature flourishes. Centered around Hardin County, Texas, it extends into parts of surrounding Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange, Polk, and Tyler counties and offers hiking and biking trails as well as waterways for paddling.

Josh Stringer is the Centennial Coordinator at Big Thicket National Preserve and will be providing special events throughout the Preserve. He retired from the Army in 2015 after 21 years of service. He too dreamed of being a Park Ranger and hopes to inspire us to visit our National Parks.

We hope you will join us for these special National Park Centennial events.