Texas State Parks are celebrating a century of helping Texans enjoy the outdoors, and San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B is joining the party.

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The company has donated $1 million to Texas State Parks.

100 Years of Texas State Parks in 2023

According to the press release from Texas Parks & Wildlife, the donation honors the 100th year of having state parks in Texas. H-E-B is the presenting sponsor of the Centennial Celebration, and has donated $1 million to help Texas State Parks promote the discovery and exploration of all state parks.

The Centennial Celebration will officially kick off statewide with 'First Day Hikes' on January 1, 2023. To mark the celebration, events will be held at 89 state parks throughout the year, with Texas park rangers appearing in various H-E-B stores. The grocery chain will also be promoting merchandise with a Texas park theme. Food demos will be held at various park locations as well, featuring campfire cooking recipes from H-E-B chefs.

Texas State Parks

The State Parks Board was created as a separate entity in 1923. Texas State Parks have around 10 million visitors every year, making up around 630,000 acres, including 481,000 acres of state aquifers, rivers and reservoirs that protect our drinking water. Parks also provide a vital wildlife habitat for over 50 threatened and endangered species.

Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine will publish a special issue in May 2023. In addition, a free State Park Guide, featuring Centennial-related content, will be available in January 2023. Centennial-branded retail merchandise will also be available online, as well as in Texas State Park stores beginning November 2022.

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