CELEBRATING YOUR GENEROSITY!

Our December 1st Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration was better than we imagined it could be! Not only was the weather amazing (CLEAR, COOL, and a bit BREEZY) for our afternoon prairie tour, the evening festivities held at the historic “Landmark on Lee Street” were GREAT!  The atmosphere and decorations created an energized feeling of celebration. We enjoyed wonderful food and visited with everyone!  We were introduced to and were intrigued by the wonderful speakers; most of our focus was on the man, Paul Mathews!  We were extremely fortunate to have a very successful ‘silent auction’.  The day may have been long and tiring, but we were all there to celebrate NPAT and the work we’d accomplished during the months we held fundraising events and successfully purchased this beautiful prairie, so loved and enjoyed by its namesake, Paul Mathews!

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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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.
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, and
ACQUIRING NPAT Prairies for Pollinators.

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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: 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, 2018-2019 PRINTED NEWSLETTER! TEXAS PRAIRIE NEWS Summer-Fall 2018 (which was 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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KEEP TEXAS ‘PRAIRIE’ Give to Texas Prairies!


Eastern Gamagrass, Tripsacum dactyloides

THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, the Native Prairies Association of Texas has been able to carry out our mission since 1986.

Your support is needed now, more than ever.
Texas is facing a lot of challenges these days, including weather extremes and population growth. Prairies keep Texas healthy—our lands, our waters, our wildlife and our people. Well-Said! We are very grateful for the many conscientious and dedicated members who support our mission. One of our new NPAT life-time members expressed the potential successes organizations such as NPAT can have with financial support:
“A year ago 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.”

NPAT CONSERVES PRAIRIES: We protect more than 4000 acres and are working to add 800 more in 2019. Grants and other programs fund portions of these projects, but matching funds and operation costs are needed. Your contributions help steward these important lands.
THE VALUE OF PRAIRIES: Education is a big part of our mission. On June 2-5 2019, NPAT and our coastal prairie partners are hosting the North American Prairie Conference in Houston. Come learn more!
GET 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.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO OUR MISSION. 
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.

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WE ALSO BENEFIT WHEN YOU DONATE A VEHICLE, TRAILER, BOAT, ETC.

Open this link: CAREASY (have your vehicle/boat title nearby), select CHOOSE A NONPROFIT, and click on Native Prairies Association of Texas.  With very little time and effort the vehicle you’ve been trying to get rid of will be picked up, hauled away, and sold, NPAT will benefit from its sale, and you’ll have a tax deduction (all managed by the folks at CAREASY)!

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!

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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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