TPWD News Release — April 2, 2014
AUSTIN – Whole Earth Provision Co. is once again stepping up to support Texas State Parks. For the third year in a row, this Texas-based travel, adventure and nature store will host two great events and donate the proceeds to help with state park day-to-day operational expenses and enhanced visitor programs.
The first event is “April is Texas State Parks Month”. Throughout April, customers at the nine Whole Earth Provision Co. locations in Austin, Dallas, Southlake, Houston and San Antonio will have the option at check-out counters to participate in a donation campaign benefiting Texas State Parks. For every $20 or more donation, Whole Earth will give customers a $5 state park gift card redeemable for park entrance fees and merchandise at state park stores throughout Texas. And on April 27, from 2 to 4 pm, state park rangers will be handing out Texas State Park Guides at all nine locations while talking about all of the fun things people can do in state parks.
The second event is the “Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour”. Whole Earth Provision Co. has named Texas State Parks as the beneficiary of tickets sales from their sponsoring of the this film festival in Austin, Texas. The festival is held at the Paramount Theater and includes Radical Reels Tour, a sampling of breathtaking outdoor adventure films, on Saturday, April 12 and Banff Mountain World Tour Films, which are international documentaries about unique places around the world, on Sunday, April 13. View Film Line-ups, Event Trailers and Ticket Information here.
“We are blessed in Texas with an excellent state park system that provides an unrivaled range of outdoor adventures,” says Jack Jones, company founder and lifelong Texas state park advocate. “These magical places belong to the citizens of Texas and are available for all of us to visit and enjoy.”
Mild weather, blooming flora and active wildlife make spring an ideal time of year to visit state parks whose budgets depend in part on park entry fees. And, most urbanites are closer to a state park than they might imagine. There are 12 state parks within an hour’s drive of Austin, nine within an hour’s drive of San Antonio, eight within a 60-minute drive of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, 11 within 90 minutes of Southlake and seven an hour or less drive from Houston.
“We depend on public-private partnerships with businesses such as Whole Earth Provision Co. to provide additional and much-needed funding to operate our state parks,” says Texas State Parks Director, Brent Leisure. “The month-long promotion at one of the state’s premier outdoor retailers helps us create a park experience that Texans expect and deserve.”
Texas State Parks provide an affordable and healthy way to spend time with family and friends. Children 12 and younger get in free and senior citizens receive a discounted park entry fee. For more information about visiting Texas State Parks, visit: http://www.texasstateparks.org.