Help NPAT Save The Paul Mathews Prairie


The Paul Mathews Prairie is a rare and pristine 100 acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie near Floyd, TX in Hunt County. At one time, the Blackland Prairie ecosystem covered millions acres in Texas and much of the central United States. Today, very little of this habitat remains. Conserving this type of imperiled habitat is at the core of NPAT’s mission as a land trust. Help NPAT save this wonderfully diverse prairie by donating for the purchase of this prairie today!


Something NEW!  - Prairie Updates -

We are fortunate to receive periodic updates on our Maddin Preserve Prairie and the Kirchoff Family Farm.  You can read the collection of reports and view the photos by selecting a link:
Click here for Maddin Prairie Preserve Updates or
Click here for The Kirchoff Family Farm Updates.

Get Details on News & Events Page:

July 22, 2017 - Houston NPAT Deer Park Prairie Bird Survey, Deer Park, TX
August 4, 2017 - Education Expo, Houston, TX
September 18-21, 2017 - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist class
September 22, 2017 -DUE DATE- TXSER’s “Call for Abstracts” - Annual Conference November 10-12, 2017
October 26-28, 2017 - Land Trust Alliance Rally 2017, Denver CO
November 3-4, 2017 - NPSOT 2017 Fall Symposium, Huntsville, TX
November 10-12, 2017 - TXSER (Texas Society for Ecological Restoration) 2017 Annual Conference: “Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”; University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
November 14-16, 2017 - America’s Grasslands Conference, Fort Worth, TX

Highlights of Our Blog

Read multiple accounts and see photos from 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour, June 3, 2017!

This is from Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT:
“Congratulations, Blackland NPAT Chapter!
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 followed in vehicles; they came from Central and South Texas. The ‘frosting on the cake’ of our tour was our visit to Simpson Prairie, one of NPAT’s easements near Crawford, Texas. The storm clouds on the horizon with rays of sunshine coming out after an afternoon of rain 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!”

NPAT collectively says “Thank you, our intrepid prairie photographers”: Diane Weatherbee, Imelda Haley, Kalli Doubleday, Kelly Walker, Kerry Newberry, Stalin SM, and Terry White, for your generosity in sharing your photos!”  (We welcome photos from 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!)  They transport us back and provide AMAZING views for those who could not experience these expansive, diverse, colorful, and thriving prairies! 

We value you and your support!  Spread the word!

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. 
Sustaining that mission is vital, and one “sure” way is through education.  We know “education is power”, and sharing our knowledge of and experiences in our Texas Prairies can be contagious! 
What is a Prairie?
Many of us are not familiar with ‘prairies’! Pat Merkord, our Executive Director, prepared a short presentation available for teachers, volunteers, and anyone who is a “prairie ambassador”
and interested in spreading the word about the importance of grasslands in Texas.  You can easily download “What is a Prairie?” share and enjoy!
With continued gratitude,
NPAT Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Director’s Calendar:
July 22, 2017
“Pollinator Gardens” and “Pocket Prairies”  to North Haven Gardens, Dallas
September 25, 2017 - Master Naturalists in Ellis County
November 1, 2017 -  Master Naturalists in North Texas
Attend Conference, November 14-16, 2017 -  America’s Grassland Conference in Fort Worth, TX

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!.

Get started by visiting
or call 855-500-RIDE (855-500-7433).

Support Us: Tax-Deductible Donation Options and Descriptions of Various Levels of Membership Fees and
News & Events (Chronological notices) MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Family Activities:
some within your area or perhaps at a location you have thought of visiting!.
Educational and inspiring activitiies with date, time, location, driving directions, and links.
“We’ll see you out on the prairie!”
Chapters webpage includes monthly calendars of events sponsored/supported by NPAT’s local chapters.



Become a fan of Texas prairies!
NPAT is excited at the prospects available supporting land owners’ efforts, educating young and old about the values of our prairies, encouraging environmental preservation, and enjoying the abundance of native flora and fauna!

Our collective efforts remind us of what’s really important.
As an NPAT supporter, you are in ‘good company’; The Texas Land Trust Council is a collaboration of more than 30 Texas land trusts (including NPAT) supporting excellence throughout the Texas land trust community via collaboration, education and outreach. Land Trusts within each Texas region, Panhandle Plains, Prairies and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country and Big Bend Country, face challenges unique to each area and strive to conserve the native lands, wildlife and waterways of Texas for future Texans!
From NPAT’s Mission: ‘We educate Texans about native prairies, plant communities, grassland birds, wildlife and sustainable land-use practices.’  Did you know? “Today’s prairies are disappearing even faster than Amazon rainforests.”
Updates on our Accreditation Process and what it means for NPAT are on Our Blog.
Current and back issues of the Texas Prairie News are in the Newsletters section!
See the News and Events section for field trips, conferences, and more!
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