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Big Thicket National Preserve Presentation on September 14th at Houston Shepherd

Big Thicket National Preserve Presentation on September 14th at Houston Shepherd

Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm
Houston Shepherd store

On Wednesday, September 14th at our Houston Shepherd store, Josh Stringer of the Big Thicket National Preserve will give a presentation at 7pm 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 and hopes to inspire us to visit our National Parks.

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about this amazing Preserve, that’s practically on our doorstep!

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

Hostelling International USA’s Packing 101 at Austin North Lamar

Austin N. Lamar Store
Tuesday, September 20th at 7pm

Packing for a trip, especially an international one, can be stressful. What are the essentials? Which items might be difficult to obtain during the trip? How do I make the most of my tiny bag? Do I bring a backpack or a suitcase? Am I bringing too little? Too much? Do you want to learn how to pack like a pro? Join us at our Austin North Lamar store for Hostelling International USA’s Packing 101 on Tuesday, September 20th at 7 pm.

Learn to Pack like a Pro!

In this presentation, Kristen Procko will go over the essentials of packing your bags for different types of trips, making the most of minimal space, and she’ll touch on some basic pre-travel preparation to help make your trip smoother. Our own Jeff Jackson will demonstrate some of the items we carry to make packing and traveling easier and more pleasurable.

Kristen Procko is a travel and language enthusiast who is also a former study abroad leader. She has helped large groups of students prepare for various aspects of international travel, and has enjoyed some solo travel in South America and Europe. She is a professor for an online Master’s degree program, and, as a “digital nomad,” she tries to stay on the road as much as possible.

Jeff Jackson is a longtime Whole Earthling, putting in time at our stores for almost two decades. He has taught outdoor skills to Scout groups and is currently gathering materials about the history of rock climbing in Central Texas.

Please join us for HI Packing 101 at our Austin North Lamar store and learn to pack like a pro!