Highlights of NPAT Meetings and Events

2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour, June 3, 2017,  “Congratulations, Blackland NPAT Chapter!”

Reisel Prairie, Photographed by Stalin SM

This chapter, under the direction of their President, Leigh Ann Ellis, provided a delightful and very well attended Prairie Tour to Central Texas Prairies
-We all got to meet many new people to the prairie community and were inspired by comments from all on their enthusiasm and support for our Texas Prairies.
-There were about 50 attendees, about 35 rode on the bus, and the rest, who followed in vehicles, came from Central and South Texas.
The bus departed from Dallas in pouring down rain!  But - it cleared for a beautiful day’s visit to
Burleson Prairie; next to Salado for a fabulous lunch.  From there we drove to
Granger Lake.  Then the rain fell in torrents, and for a while we wondered if we would have to end the tour.  So, we stopped for a rest at a gas station, discussed the situation; since it appeared that the weather might give us a break—we decided to head on to our next prairie…..
Lehmann and Riesel Prairies, and the tour ended with a visit to
Simpson Prairie with storm clouds on the horizon and rays of sunshine coming out after an afternoon of rain; it lit up the colors of the prairie, and we all took our fill of prairie pictures! It was a great end to a delightful day! 

Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT

(This beautiful photo of Simpson Prairie - courtesy of photographer, Stalin SM!)

Thank you, our intrepid prairie photographers,
Diane Weatherbee, Imelda Haley, Kelly Walker,
Kerry Newberry, Stalin SM, and Terry White,

for your generosity in sharing your photos! 
They transport us back and provide AMAZING views
for those who could not experience these expansive,
diverse, colorful, and thriving prairies

We welcome photos from more who joined the June 3 tour;
email 1 or 10 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);
we will post our collection on Our Blog!

Meanwhile, enjoy these from our bank of photos (as of June 16):

Diane Weatherbee

Burleson Prairie

A ‘loaded’ Pollinator at Granger Lake Prairie

Downy Paintbrush, Simpson Prairie


Imelda Haley

Walking Stick

Field of Flowers



Kelly Walker

Crab Spider enjoying Mexican Hat

Reisel Prairie/USDA Project

Reisel Prairie


Kerry Newberry

False Gaura on Burleson Prairie

Skullcap on Simpson

Eastern Gamagrass-Lehmann


Stalin SM

Milkweed Seed Pods

Diving for Pollin


Terri White

Colorful Mix

Eastern Gamagrass


We value you and your support!

Your continued support enables us to reach many goals and define new ones!  NPAT could not operate without the help we receive from every single individual!  Our dedicated volunteers, donors, and advocates are the heart and soul of our mission. We hope to see you out on the prairie! 
With continued gratitude,
NPAT Board of Directors and Staff


Out with the OLD, In with the NEW!

If you’re thinking this summer would be a perfect time to buy your dream car; consider donating your old vehicle to Native Prairies Association of Texas. Don’t settle for a low trade-in; instead, support the cause you love: NPAT’s mission, while also qualifying for a tax deduction.

The process is not complicated, your donation is tax deductible, and your vehicle is picked up at no charge!.

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