Archive for July, 2016

Volunteering in our National Parks – Houston Post Oak August 24th

Become a National Parks Volunteer!

Houston Post Oak Store – Wednesday, August 24th at 7 pm

As a part of our continuing celebration of our National Parks’ 100th anniversary, Whole Earth Provision Co. is proud to announce “Volunteering in the National Parks,” a free presentation by Ric Walters at our Houston Post Oak store on Wednesday, August 24th
at 7 pm.

The National Park Service needs you – to volunteer! Walters’ presentation will include why volunteers are important to the running of the Parks, how to find volunteer positions that align with your interests and abilities, the sign up process, and some of the perks of being a Park volunteer. He has volunteered at Mount Rainier for the past five years. Some of the volunteer positions at Rainier include working in the interpretive division, trail maintenance, backcountry roving, museum docents, campground hosts and traffic assistants.

Ric Walters

Ric Walters has volunteering in his blood. He has volunteered for military service, the Civil Air Patrol, and Disaster Response in Texas for the United Methodist Church. He has loved Mount Rainier for almost 40 years and is delighted to spend part of his year in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, while sharing his love and knowledge with visitors from around the world.

Please join us on Wednesday August 24th at 7 pm at our Houston Post Oak store for Ric’s presentation on Volunteering in National Parks.

From Austin to Cuba at our Austin Westgate store!

From One Star State to Another

August 3rd at 7 pm    Austin Westgate Store

Travel restrictions to Cuba have been eased. While it’s still not possible to visit the island solely for the beaches, food, music and cars, with planning, you’ll be able to experience them first-hand. Hostelling International’s Ryan Stimmel and Dan Siefken will tell you how to plan your Cuban adventure in their presentation “Austin to Cuba: From One Star State to Another,” at our Austin Westgate store on August 3rd at 7 pm.

From Austin to Cuba at our Austin Westgate store!

After more than 55 years of limited exposure, restrictions are slowly (or not so slowly) beginning to lift and Americans are increasingly fascinated by the prospect of traveling to this tropical island. While travel is still limited, many are choosing to explore Cuba before it becomes overrun by tourists. This session, hosted by experts in responsible travel to Cuba, will introduce you to the basics of navigating this new travel opportunity, including legal requirements, logistical barriers, must-visit sites, packing like a professional traveler and other necessities for making your trip come to life. Stimmel and Siefken keep cultural, social and environmental sustainability and responsibility at the forefront of the conversation. Bring your questions, doubts and ideas concerning traveling to Cuba!

Ryan Stimmel

Ryan Stimmel was born and raised in the suburbs of North Texas. It took time and effort for this responsible travel expert to become aware of the wider world. Since then, adventure travel and eco-tourism have become pivotal parts of his life. Formally educated in sociology, history and philosophy, Ryan is passionate about the cultures and communities in the developing world and confident in his ability to connect one adventurous spirit to another. He brings years of experience in the travel industry in Latin America, as well as non-profit and small business start-up experience to his already extensive background. Ryan is a co-founder of Southern Star Travel and has led many trips to Cuba.

Dan Siefken

Dan Siefken was raised on a farm in Southern Michigan and is no stranger to the outdoors. Michigan, known for some of the countries most beautiful lakes, rivers, forests and hiking trails, instilled in Dan an endless drive for adventure. After having lived throughout Latin America and Europe and having worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors, Dan recognizes the need for healthy and responsible travel that introduces the traveler to the host country in an honest, collaborative and non-consumptive way. His passion for responsibility has led Dan to engage travelers and students alike in their pursuit of healthy international travel, including over ten years of travel to Cuba. Dan is a co-founder Southern Star Travel and a program coordinator for Study Abroad at UT Austin.

We hope you’ll join us for this timely presentation on travel in Cuba and take the first steps on a great adventure!

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour stops at our Austin North Lamar store!

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour stops at our Austin North Lamar store!

August 13th, 11 am – 5 pm    Austin N. Lamar store

Whole Earth Provision Co. is excited to announce that our Austin North Lamar store will be a stop on the Patagonia Worn Wear Fall Tour for 2016! On August 13th, from 11 am to 5 pm, members of Patagonia’s repair staff from their Reno Nevada Repair Facility will be on hand to offer free repairs on busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons, pulls and more. They will also be teaching people how to make their own repairs.

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program was created in 2013 as a way to encourage people to take good care of their gear, washing and repairing as needed. The program aims to keep clothing, regardless of brand, in circulation for as long as possible. And when it’s time for a replacement, they encourage you to invest in something that lasts.

“There is nothing we can change about how we make clothing that would have more positive environmental impact than simply making less,” notes Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. “Worn Wear is a celebration of quality products and their relationship to our lives. It’s a simple but critical message: keep your gear in action longer and take some pressure off our planet.”

According to Patagonia, keeping our clothing in use just nine extra months reduces related carbon, waste and water footprints by 20% to 30%, simply because less in being made and thrown away. Taken together, the actions that make up Worn Wear – investing in quality products, repairing them and reusing them and eventually recycling them – help to reduce the footprint of Patagonia products and encourage all of us to do the same. Invest in quality, repair when needed, and at the end of a garment’s life, recycle. Patagonia also offers guidance in cleaning and repairing your Patagonia gear on their website.

For this Worn Wear Tour visit, Patagonia will repair clothing, including technical clothing, made by any company. They do not offer repairs on luggage, bags, shoes or any equipment. It’s clothing only! So bring your outdoor clothing in need of repair to our Austin North Lamar store on August 13th. Look for the Worn Wear custom vehicle in our parking lot where they’ll give your garment some TLC. While you’re waiting for the big day, here’s a video from Patagonia that shares some of their favorite worn wear stories.