Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whole Earth Provision Co and Chaco want to give E Rock Bear Box Recycling Containers. Help them.

Dear Friends, time for a new pair of Chacos! Every year, Whole Earth Provision Co and Chaco team up and we get lucky! 
This year's Chaco campaign donation will fund BEAR BOX RECYCLING CONTAINERS - something we have needed in the park for a long time. 
So, get a great new pair of shoes NOW and help Enchanted Rock get serious about recycling!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I love my Chacos, and Chaco Loves the Friends

Thank you Whole Earth Provision Co; this promotion nets the Friends thousands of dollars to spend in the Park.

Monday, June 16, 2014

15th Anniversary Picnic

Enchanted Rock by Ira Kennedy
Dear Friends,

Thanks so much for coming out yesterday to celebrate FOER's 15th anniversary! The food was wonderful, the music fun and we saw quite a few new faces. Help us spread the word about FOER - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area's only support group - to your friends and neighbors, and next year we'll see even more new faces!

Special thanks to Barry and Beth for the fabulous fajitas, Marshall and Terry for the cheerful tunes, and to Ranger Gary for showing kids (young & old) how to flint knap. Also, many thanks to our silent auction donors, Finn Alban, Tara Heflin, Gary Verstuyft, Ira Kennedy, Donley Watt, Jim Stanley, Bill Lindemann, Whole Earth Provisions Company, Paloma Soto, and Timothy Koock. Additional sponsors were Patty Williamson/ Lizard Dreaming Yoga, Daniel Raymer/Ranch Road Roasters, Kyle Biedermann/Ace Hardware, Jim Huepel,  Pedernales Brewery, and Fredericksburg Brewery.

And finally, Julie Roseberry for managing the auction and Katherine Peake for keeping us on track.
 With your generous donations and memberships  we raised $2,000 while having a great time. ALL donations to Friends of Enchanted Rock, STAY IN THE PARK and are used for conservation, interpretive and educational projects. So, pat yourselves on the back today for doing a good thing yesterday. AND... THANKS! 

We appreciate our generous donors, but money isn't everything... WE NEED VOLUNTEERS IN THE PARK!  Please contact us here or call Ranger Scott Whitener 685-3030 if you are interested learning more about the many opportunities for making a difference in the park. You can lead nature walks & Summit Trail tours, or do trail maintenance, invasive plant control, office work, or even help park cars -  we need it all! Administrative assistance is also needed here at FOER - please let me know if you are interested in helping out.

Until next time - hope to see you in the park!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Potlatch or Potluck?

Klallum People of Port Townsend at Potlatch (Wikimedia)

You have probably heard of the tradition of potlatch by natives of the Pacific Northwest, at which people gathered to share food and exchange gifts.  Did you know that for many years this was illegal in Canada?  According to Wikipedia, government agents who considered it "a worse than useless custom" that was seen as wasteful, unproductive, and contrary to civilized values."  The potluck tradition in western culture goes back at least to the 1600's, "food provided for an unexpected or uninvited guest, the luck of the pot." (Wikipedia)

This Sunday, June 15th, the Friends of Enchanted Rock are holding a sort of potlatch and a potluck rolled together - we are hoping you will bring gifts to share with the State Natural Area via the Friends, along with a side dish, and if you RSVP, you won't be an unexpected guest. 

Noon to Five on the 15th of June, Group Pavillion.

Friday, June 6, 2014

This Is How It Really Works

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

TPWD interpretive ranger Scott, Friends of Enchanted Rock President Melissa, and TPWD volunteer Carol are preparing for the installation of a bench along the in the works nature trail at E Rock.  These people are  passionate about rebuilding the worn and over-used parts of the park.

If you would like to help the Friends and TPWD pass on E Rock to our kids in great shape, and would like to help kids get connected with the natural world at E Rock, let us know.  Scott is looking for people who know botany or biology or geology or any number of subjects and want to share their knowledge.  The Friends are looking for new members.  Don't be one of the 300,000 visitors who just gawks and looks around; help rebuild the world for the youth.

Stop by the Group Pavilion at E Rock on Sunday, June 15th between noon and 5 and meet these passionate people.