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TPWD News Release — April 4, 2013

Whole Earth Provision Co. to Raise Funds Again for Texas State Parks

AUSTIN – Whole Earth Provision Co. is looking this year to best last year’s fundraising campaign that generated more than $30,000 in donations for Texas State Parks.

Throughout April, customers at the eight Whole Earth Provision Co. locations in Austin, Dallas, 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 state park donation, customers will receive a Texas State Park Guide and $5 state park gift card redeemable for park entrance fees and merchandise at state park stores throughout Texas.

Store donations will be used to help defray day-to-day operational expenses at more than 90 state parks, such as maintaining park facilities and enhancing park visitor programs. Whole Earth Provision Co. is a travel, adventure and nature store established in 1970 in Austin. To learn more, visit: http://www.wholeearthprovision.com.

“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 twelve 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 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 Park Director Brent Leisure. “The month-long promotion at one of the state’s premier outdoor retailers helps us create a world-class 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.

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