At Brews for Big Bend, help raise money for national park

Campers watch the sun set from a remote campsite at Big Bend National Park in January 2017. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

I’ve scraped my shins on cactus, watched tarantulas belly crawl over rocks and laughed when a kangaroo rat climbed up my husband’s pants leg at Big Bend National Park.

I love the place, and have visited at least 25 times. I want to keep it pristine so future generations can enjoy it, too.

That’s why my ears perked when I heard about the upcoming Brews for Big Bend event at Live Oak Brewing Company. The fund-raiser is set for 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Live Oak Brewing Company, 1615 Crozier Lane in Austin. Proceeds benefit the Big Bend Conservancy, a non-profit organization that works to protect and improve the sprawling park in far West Texas.

Visitors to Big Bend National Park wade through the Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon in January 2017. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

The event will give people a chance to celebrate Big Bend, share photos and stories about it, and win prizes, including a trail sign from the park. Staffers from the conservancy will highlight current projects, including a remodel of the Rio Grande Village Visitor Center and the Trails Endowment.

“We also encourage people to come who have never been to Big Bend but are interested in making their first trip out there – we can answer their questions, talk to them about what to do, where to stay, etc.,” says Courtney Lyons-Garcia, executive director of the conservancy. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about our state’s first and largest national park.”

Visitors climb on Balanced Rock at Big Bend National Park in January 2017. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

 

Tickets cost $25 and include two beers or non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers, as well as access to the brewery and its 9-hole disc golf course.

To purchase tickets, go here. 

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