Port Aransas RETREET
November 2nd-4th, 2018

Do not miss this special event! A host of powerful partners, including Keep America Beautiful and The Home Depot Foundation, have rallied under our new banner to initiate years of work along the 3rd coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

On August 25, 2017, a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph made landfall on the Texas coast. Leaving behind $125 billion in damage and 104 casualties in the US alone, Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Not only was housing and infrastructure badly damaged, so too was the surrounding environment. RETREET will lead volunteers in planting up to 150 large native trees that will serve as powerful symbols of hope, reestablishing the environmental identity of Port Aransas, TX, and providing shade for islanders and habitat for birds and other wildlife. Port Aransas RETREET will be a major environmental and infrastructural investment that will leave a legacy for generations to come.


Port Aransas RETREET is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

Keep America Beautiful
The Home Depot Foundation
Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Port Aransas Beautiful
Ernst & Young, LLP
Huwa Enterprises


FRIDAY (2nd)

Arrive early and help RETREET staff deliver trees and supplies to homes.

A bonfire beach party complete with a snow crab boil from Rollin' Tide Boil Co. - Port Aransas and local band, Larkin Brothers (Art Bauer & Denny Larkin). Welcome to Port Aransas! (San Souci - 5601 State Highway 361, behind Gulf Water Beachfront RV Resort).


Planting day begins at Port Aransas Civic Center (710 W Ave A). You will be greeted by local dignitaries, taught proper tree planting methods, broken into small groups, and sent to home sites where you will plant trees for local families. RAIN OR SHINE!

Celebrate with local partners and residents at Port Aransas Civic Center, sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka. Dinner will include fresh gulf shrimp from The PollyAnna and select cuts of beef from Huwa Reserve Natural Beef, served up by the skilled hands and ingenious culinary talents of Chef Justin Box. Concert to follow featuring Scarecrow People and Dezi 5.

SUNDAY (4th)

Tour of Port Aransas. Golf cars will be provided. See the Port Aransas Museum, Farley Boat Works, and Port Aransas Art Center. Includes a boat tour of the bay, with special access to the Aransas Pass Light Station, a Civil War era lighthouse.

Group dinner at RETREET headquarters (San Souci - 5601 State Highway 361, behind Gulf Water Beachfront RV Resort).

 Surveying the damage and noting possible planting locations in Wimberley, TX, with partners The Nature Conservancy and Texas A&M Forest Service.