We Love our State Parks!
As Texans, when we head outdoors for rest and recreation, we're blessed with a dizzying number of possible destinations: Big Bend, the Caprock and Rio Grande Canyonlands, Enchanted Rock, the Piney Woods, prairies, beaches, springs, mountains, lakes and the desert. And thanks to Texas State Parks, we can visit these magical places anytime and share in the beauty and grandeur of wild and historic Texas.
Whole Earth Provision Co. is a longtime supporter of our Texas State Parks. So seven years ago when our Parks were facing budget cuts and even the threat of some Park closures, we created April is Texas State Parks Month. We combined the proceeds from our Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour shows in Austin with an in-store fund drive. Our six year total of funds raised for the Parks now stands at almost $179,000! These funds are used to help with day-to-day Park operational expenses, including visitor programs and maintaining Park facilities.
This year, during the month of April, Whole Earth customers can make donations to Texas State Parks in our stores. For a $20 or more donation, customers receive a $5 Texas State Parks gift card, good for fees or purchases at any Texas State Park. For a $50 or more donation, customers receive a Whole Earth branded Nalgene 32oz bottle and a $5 Texas State Parks gift card. For a $100 donation or more, receive a Ft. Lonesome custom Texas Patch, the Nalgene water bottle, and the gift card, while supplies last. Donations are gratefully accepted in any amount. (Sorry, we cannot accept online donations for Texas State Parks at this time.)
Sunday April 14th, 2 - 4 pm
Be sure to stop by your favorite Whole Earth store on Sunday, April 14th, from 2 to 4 pm for Meet the Rangers! Texas State Park Rangers will be in Whole Earth stores to answer your questions about where to go and what to do in the Parks. They have inside knowledge, and they're ready to share. Are you wondering if being a Park Ranger could be your dream job? Ask the Rangers! We know one Whole Earthling who found his true calling talking to the Rangers on a Sunday afternoon. We hope you’ll bring your questions and join us for this fun event.
And while you're in our stores, don't forget to pick up your free copy of the State Park Guide. This handy, informative 112 page booklet includes descriptions of all the Parks, their amenities and activities, arranged by region, with a fold out map of Texas highlighting the Parks. The Facilities and Activities Index makes it easy to find the Parks with particular features like cabins, equestrian facilities, fishing, kayak rentals and much, much more. Get your copy and start planning your next getaway!