North American Prairie Conference: June 2-5

“WELCOME BACK TO TEXAS, North American Prairie Conference!” (It’s been about 30 years!)

Our partners and co-presenters, Katy Prairie Conservancy, the Coastal Prairie Partnership, The Nature Conservancy, and Native Prairies Association of Texas.

Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase Texas’ Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes (an ecoregion in itself) and meet prairie enthusiasts from around America!

REGISTER through APRIL 22 at EARLY BIRD PRICES!

Get all the info at: North American Prairie Conference website! If you still have questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 713-581-0818.
Thank you!

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“KEEP TEXAS PRAIRIE!”

Learn all you can! NPAT offers many opportunities to go out and enjoy the natural treasures, our Texas Prairies!

Our Chapters’ activities focus on relevant and timely subjects. SPRING IN TEXAS is a perfect time to explore and experience prairies first-hand… take advantage of any opportunity you can to get outside! 

You can LEARN—- ‘why protect prairies?’ (what purpose do they serve?), take a ‘prairie quiz’, consider visiting ‘Significant Public Grasslands in Texas’ and much more! NPAT strives to archive resources on this website, reliable references for landowners and current and potential ‘land conservationists’.

Among the available resources are lists of books on prairie restoration recommended by some of NPAT’s partners who are in the processes of prairie restoration and conservation as well as some white papers published recently.  This link will open the Manage page which includes relevant information supported by research on prairie restoration and innovative steps, including STRIP PRAIRIES, which have proven to be positive methods toward restoring prairie flora for threatened prairie fauna!

Monitor our News and Events pages for dates you’ll want to reserve!

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CELEBRATING YOUR GENEROSITY!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2018!

Our December 1st Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration was better than we imagined it could be!  You responded so well to our End of Year Fundraising Letter from Kirsti Harms, NPAT’s Executive Director.

NPAT was founded 33 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.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO MAKING SMALL CHANGES WHEREVER WE CAN:
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,
CREATING “POCKET PRAIRIES” wherever we can, and
ACQUIRING NPAT Prairies for Pollinators.

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BECOME AN NPAT VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers ARE THE CORE OF non-profit organizations. We welcome new perspectives, curiosity, vitality and a sense of community.
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 to disseminate NPAT’s messages. Dedicated volunteers comprise our board of directors and local chapters: 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 encourage you to go well-prepared so you can ENJOY YOUR EXPERIENCE!
FIRST:  Secure the owner’s permission.
SECOND: 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.
THIRD: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND PACE YOURSELF! 
FOURTH: TAKE CAMERAS and BINOCULARS!

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AMY MARTIN UPDATES OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FREQUENTLY! Enjoy her posts!

Visit Our Blog. (It’s is being updated regularly with HAPPENINGS ON THE PRAIRIES!)

Send us your feedback! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) We want to hear from you – take a look at our Facebook and our News & Events pages (events in chronological order).  Send us questions, tell us what you’d like to see featured, or offer suggestions for improving what we publish.

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KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR our upcoming PRINTED NEWSLETTER! TEXAS PRAIRIE NEWS Summer-Fall 2018 (issued in mid-August, 2018), You can read it by CLICKING HERE! Thank you, Kirsti Harms, for reviving our printed newsletter. 
Our Newsletter and eNewsletter are ARCHIVED at Newsletters section!
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THANK YOU!

KEEP TEXAS ‘PRAIRIE’ Give to Texas Prairies!


Eastern Gamagrass, Tripsacum dactyloides

PRAIRIES ARE WHERE THINGS ARE HAPPENING - from the Gulf coast prairies and marshes, to south Texas brush country, and to northeast Texas blackland prairie!

SPRING IS AN IDEAL TIME TO EXPERIENCE PRAIRIES! 

Our calendars are packed with opportunities…. Monitor NPAT’s ‘News & Events’ (lists SANPAT Chapter’s events).
Chapter websites and facebook pages include complete calendars:
NPAT’s Dallas Chapter, BNPAT’s webpage;
BNPAT’s facebook page;
NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter, FWNPAT’s webpage;
FWNPAT’s facebook page;
NPAT’s Houston Chapter HNPAT’s webpage;
HNPAT’s facebook page.

You’ll see so many opportunities to take hikes, help with small tasks, visit historical sites, expand your prairie knowledge in workshops led by individuals who are ‘subject matter experts’ and offer their expertise.

WE ARE ALWAYS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, the Native Prairies Association of Texas has been able to focus on and disseminate our mission since 1986.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO OUR MISSION. WE NEED IT NOW, MORE THAN EVER!  Texas faces ever-increasing challenges including weather extremes and continuous population growth. Prairies keep Texas healthy—our lands, our waters, our wildlife and our people.

Go to texasprairie.org’s ‘Support Us’ page and DONATE NOW. Or send your check to our mail box at 415 N. Guadalupe St., PMB 385, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Lan Shen observing Lawther-Deer Park Prairie from viewing deck, 11/2017

We have received support from many conscientious and dedicated individuals.  A new NPAT life-time member reflected on ‘potential success’ organizations such as NPAT reach through donations, “I started an LLC as a way to explore investment opportunities and using returns not only for monetary gain but to provide resources for positive change for the environment. It is my privilege to begin that endeavor with the purchase of a lifetime membership from the Native Prairies Association of Texas. Living in what is already the world’s most endangered ecosystem and watching the urban sprawl devour land at an astonishing pace, there is no better use of funds than to ensure our native life is preserved and our land restored.”

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FUNDING comes from grants and other programs for portions of these projects, but matching funds and operating costs are needed as well. Your contributions help steward these important lands. NPAT PROTECTS: We are currently protecting 4000+ acres, and we are working to add 800 more in 2019.
JOIN US OUTSIDE: Around the state, our chapters, staff and volunteers continue to get people out on the prairie—it’s the best way to learn!  Join us in 2019.

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

Shell Oil Company recognized the significance of prairie conservation through educational opportunities. Their grant was bestowed to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX, home to one of Shell’s largest facilities. The funds were designated for a new NPAT staff position, Director of Education, at Deer Park Prairie! This generous jesture is benefiting 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.

(Logo display authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

You have FINANCIAL OPTIONS to EXTEND your SUPPORT OF NPAT:

Endowments with the options to accept periodic contributions,
Specify financial donations;
Designate & donate land 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!

DONATE A VEHICLE, trailer, boat, etc.

Now’s a perfect time to get rid of your vehicle, or trailer or boat.  When you’re ready, (have your vehicle/boat title nearby), and open this link: CAREASY. Select CHOOSE A NONPROFIT, and click on Native Prairies Association of Texas.  The online process (or phone call) is a BREEZE, and within a few days your vehicle/boat/trailer will be picked up, hauled away, and sold. NPAT receives a check from CAREASY for a portion of the sale, and you’ll have space AND a tax deduction (all managed by the folks at CAREASY)!