Welcome from Friends of Big Bend National Park!

HEB Tearpad Campaign
Once again HEB has chosen EarthShare as the charitable beneficiary of its tearpad campaign for April.  Please look at the tearpad when you check out with your groceries this month – the $1, $3 and $5 gifts benefit many wonderful organizations – including Friends of Big Bend National Park.  Please help us make this campaign the most successful one yet – and THANK YOU to HEB for supporting EarthShare of Texas!HEBTpad12

 

 

Friends of Big Bend National Park Survey
Friends of Big Bend National Park is undergoing long term planning, and preparing for the future.  We are asking our supporters to complete this free survey and give us their thoughts on how to best support the park in the future.  Click this link to access the survey between now and May 15:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fbbnp.  Thank you for your help!


Orientation Film Wins Special Jury Award at WorldFest
Friends of Big Bend is pleased to announce that the film “Big Bend:  Life on the Edge” has won a Special Jury Award at this year’s WorldFest Houston.  The film won the Nature and Wildlife Category.  The Special Jury Awards are the highest awards for creative excellence in their respective category.  WorldFest is a large film/video festival, with more than 4,500 category entries.  Friends of Big Bend raised the funds to create and produce this film, which was debuted as the park’s first-ever orientation film last May.  Once again our thanks to the board members past and present who worked hard to raise the funds for this film, and the many donors whose contributions brought this beautiful film to life including Amon Carter Foundation, BNSF Foundation, Permian Basin Area Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation and the Brown Foundation.

 

Boquillas Port of Entry is Open!

Pack your passport the next time you head to Big Bend National Park because the long-awaited Boquillas Port of Entry is now open for business.  Visitors can take a rowboat or simply wade across the Rio Grande before taking the short walk into the small Mexican town of Boquillas.  Small restaurants and bars as well as crafters and artists await you on the other side.  A passport is required for return entry into the United States.  Be sure to bring along cash and sunscreen for your trip over the border, and note what time the Crossing closes before you leave.  Check our Facebook site for recent photos – many people have been sharing their trip memories with us!

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Reliant Energy
Want to help Big Bend National Park and offset your carbon footprint at the same time? Reliant Energy and EarthShare of Texas have launched The Reliant EcoShareSM, a program that allows Reliant customers to support EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations and help reduce the customers’ carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets.

Here’s how it works: The Reliant EcoShareSM program gives customers the option of two pricing levels:

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  • For a flat monthly cost of $3.95, a $1 donation is made each month to EarthShare of Texas, and 500 pounds of carbon offsets are purchased.
  • Or for a flat monthly cost of $5.95, a $2 donation is made each month to EarthShare of Texas, and 1,000 pounds of carbon offsets are purchased.

Friends of Big Bend benefits, because as one of EarthShare of Texas’ participating organizations, a portion of the Reliant donation is shared with us.

Carbon offsets for the Reliant EcoShareSM program meet approved standards to ensure that they represent real, verifiable reductions in greenhouse gases.  Our thanks to Reliant for creating a program that provides benefits for the Texas environment!


AmazonSmile
Shop Amazon and make a donation to Friends of Big Bend at the same time!  Check out:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2670331


GoodSearch

Are you on the internet every day?  If so, you can help Friends of Big Bend National Park while you are doing internet searches or internet shopping.

Friends of Big Bend National Park earns a penny every time you searched the Internet from the GoodSearch website.  GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate.  Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo and help Big Bend National Park while you do it!  Just go to www.goodsearch.com and enter Friends of Big Bend as the charity you want to support!