CELEBRATING YOUR GENEROSITY!

Our December 1st Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration was wonderful! Not only was the weather amazing (CLEAR, COOL, and a bit BREEZY) for a wonderful afternoon prairie tour, but that evening at the historic “Landmark on Lee Street” was GREAT!  We enjoyed wonderful food, met and listened to wonderful speakers, and were extremely fortunate to have a very successful ‘silent auction’.   

A BIG thank you to all the organizations that contributed to the Paul Mathews Silent Auction! 

We appreciate their generous support:

Bob Jones Nature Center;

Botanical Research Institute of Texas;

Conservation History Association of Texas;

Douglass King Seeds;

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center;

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary;

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center;

Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area;

Native American Seed, Cool River Cabin;

The Nature Conservancy Texas;

River Legacy Living Science Center;

Texas Discovery Gardens;

Texas Master Naturalist.

Trader Joe’s;

Treehouse Dallas

Trinity River Audubon Center;

Turner Seeds;

Weston Gardens. 

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BECOME AN NPAT VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers ARE non-profit organizations. We welcome new perspectives, couriousity, vitality and a sence of community. We do not all claim to be ‘experts’ in Texas native flora and fauna!  An NPAT volunteer is committed to learning and sharing our message: the significance of restoring and maintaining the natural balance of Texas ecology.
Vital roles are filled at NPAT by some amazing people! While most NPAT volunteers are happy to remain in the ‘background’, collectively they thrive and create platforms where NPAT’s messages can be disseminated. Dedicated volunteers comprise our board of directors and local chapters: CenTex (Georgetown), Blackland (Dallas), Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
* Some of NPAT’s landowners offer their prairies for gathering spots: students conduct research projects and chapters and organizations conduct educational workshops throughout the year.
NPAT board of directors and chapter members are volunteers: 
* Our board members oversee and manage the ‘business’ and ‘outreach’ of NPAT.
* Chapter members collaborate with area professionals, scholars conducting research, authors whose works focus on ‘prairie’ and ‘conservation’, and other organizations (partners and affiliates ). They represent NPAT in their communities and provide platforms for education and prairie activities.
TO EACH NPAT VOLUNTEER,
Your dedication, creativity, time, and efforts do not go unnoticed. We sincerely appreciate you for enabling and supporting NPAT’s growth. Thank you all!

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TAKE A WALK ON A PRAIRIE!
We recommend you go well-prepared:
Secure the owner’s permission.
Protect yourself from SUN, FLEAS, TICKS & MOSQUITOES: Remember sunscreen, insect repellant; wear light colored clothing (a long sleeve shirt/long pants; tie a band around your pant cuff to diminish tick bites). Wear a hat and closed-toe shoes/boots. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND PACE YOURSELF!  TAKE CAMERAS and BINOCULARS!

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IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS YOU’LL RECEIVE our Winter, 2018 PRINTED NEWSLETTER! TEXAS PRAIRIE NEWS Summer-Fall 2018 (mailed in mid-August, 2018), You can read it: CLICK HERE! We are grateful to Kirsti Harms who revived our printed newsletter; she also serves as NPAT’s Interim Executive Director.  Kirsti plans to send our TEXAS PRAIRIE NEWS Winter 2018-2019.
Our Newsletter and eNewsletter are BOTH ARCHIVED at Newsletters section!
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CONTINUE THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME!

WAYS TO GIVE NOW:
Open this link: CAREASY (have your vehicle/boat title nearby), select CHOOSE A NONPROFIT, and click on Native Prairies Association of Texas. It won’t be long before the vehicle you’ve intended to get rid of will be picked up by a hauled away, sold, NPAT will benefit from its sale, and you’ll have a tax deduction (all managed by the folks at CAREASY)!
BY 12/31/18: purchase one of 4 TPWD’s Conservation License Plates, and NPAT will benefit (select either a “HUMMINGBIRD”, a “RATTLESNAKE” or a “HORNED LIZARD”).

Consider FINANCIAL OPTIONS that will EXTEND your SUPPORT OF NPAT:

Endowments with the options to accept periodic contributions,
Specify financial donations;
Designate land to be donated to NPAT in your will.
Your financial advisor is a source of information, or email your inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); learn your options to sustain our mission.
Thank you for remembering NPAT and supporting our work for future generations!

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NPAT’S PRAIRIES & SAVANNAS - NPAT was Founded 32 Years Ago

We strive to emulate the Texans who founded NPAT in 1986: their persistence and determination, and their dedication to educate fellow Texans on the disappearing prairie heritage, especially the endangered tallgrass prairies of Texas. There was a time when 3/4 of Texas was Prairies and Savannas! THAT IS A LOT OF LAND!  But when we picture the vastness of Texas a ‘prairie’ is not the vision most of us see.
NPAT IS DEDICATED TO:
RESTORING Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
PRESERVING historic Texas Pollinator Habitat;
GETTING MOVING on health programs on NPAT Prairies;
MAINTAINING Prairies for Pollinators;
MONITORING Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
EDUCATING about prairie restoration and pollinators, and
ACQUIRING NPAT Prairies for Pollinators.

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(Logo display authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

Shell Oil Company

recognizes the significance of prairie conservation through educational opportunities. The company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX, home to one of Shell’s largest facilities!

Lan Shen observing DPP from view deck, 11/2017

SHELL OIL COMPANY GRANTS $68K to NPAT’s LAWTHER DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE, Deer Park, TX

Shell’s $68K Grant was awarded to NPAT designated for a new position, Director of Education, at Deer Park Prairie! This generous jesture is benefitting many local teachers and students! NPAT selected Della Barbato to serve in this new position in April, 2018. Ms. Barbato has been developing an educational program including: student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie, and facilitating a strong partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area!  She is developing a grassland biome curriculum which will include demonstration trunks and activities she will present to classes in local schools.
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Remembering John H. Pickett, Jr., with Gratitude

John Howell Pickett, Jr. passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018. The Day of Celebration was Thursday, August 16, 2018. Go to our August 29, 2018 Blog entry and read about this dedicated man and how you can honor his memory at his family’s request.