Join us from 6:30-8:00pm, Georgetown Public Library, Classroom • NPAT Executive Director, Pat Merkord, will preside over the NPAT…Read more of this >>
2nd Annual Savage Cabbage BashSaturday from 9:00 a.m. to NoonCome out to support our wildflowers!Join students in this “invasive species public awareness event”. Location: Trinity…Read more of this >>
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When:Saturday October 25th at 5 pm
Where: Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View Street, Fort Worth 76103
Join the Fort Worth chapter of NPAT for a hike at the 160 acre remnant of Fort Worth prairie. Details forthcoming!
When: Monday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, TX (west side of Lake Highlands and Buckner Blvd.) in the Cafeteria/Auditorium
“Our misunderstandings of the prairie is still evident in the way we use language to describe our experience there. When prairie enthusiasts speak to each other about visiting a native prairie we always describe ourselves as being on the prairie. But to know the prairie you have to go into it-the same way you would go into a forest. A healthy native prairie has height and structure and is thus three-dimensional, but to see this requires us to a look a little more carefully— to change our perspective and our way of thinking.” page 19 - Matt White, author of Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait
Author and Blackland prairie expert, Matt White will speak. Copies of his books Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait and The Birds of Northeast Texas will be available for purchase. Cash or check accepted.
Great Horned Owl at NPAT’s Maddin Prairie Preserve May 2014
Come Join us for a Spooky Halloween on the
Prairie by the Cemetery
Houston Chapter Native Prairies Association of Texas
October 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas
Parking for event: Primera Iglesia Bautista Church, a short walk from the Deer Park Prairie
Ghosts and Goblins (All friends of NPAT) are invited for:
A night of creepy critter snacks and chocolates even the vampires could not resist are available while viewing the bone collection!
Prairie themed Halloween costume contest featuring stealthy Native Americans, long lost pioneers, wild Texans, ghosts of the Texas revolution, outlaws and strange denizens of the prairie world (shrews, bats, owls, coyotes, snakes, fireflies, earwigs and many more!) Costumes must have a prairie theme or connection.
Prizes for winners!
Come dressed in a costume or dressed as you are!
A presentation on haunted prairie cemeteries, prairie ghosts, ghost towns of the prairie and some of the strange and weird creatures of the prairie will follow the contest with the evening ending in a ghostly night walk across the prairie to the edge of the cemetery and back (hopefully!) while looking for night time creatures and telling ghostly tales!
Please Wear walking shoes, bring plenty of bug spray and a flashlight or headlamp for the walk across the prairie on our mowed trail in the evening. Parking is available at the church down the street or in front of the house.
Prairie Seed Collecting
Presenter: Glenn Merkord
Learn all about Native Prairie Plant Seed Collecting:
• When and How to Collect
• When Seeds are Ready to Collect
• How to Dry and Clean Seeds
• How to Prepare for Storage
• How to Store Seeds
When: September 25, 2014; From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 3015 Richmond Ave. Houston, Texas 77098
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about seed collecting!
Date: September 8, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76116
Come join the Fort Worth chapter to learn about prairie grasses at this meeting. Samples of grasses will be brought in and tips on recognizing major native grasses and some invasive ones too will be highlighted. At the last meeting 60 people attended and participated in group discussions of what kinds of programs and activities they would like the organization to offer participants and the public. At this September meeting, that discussion will be continued in depth on the topic of education. Many wonderful ideas on how to educate the public about prairies were offered last month and now those ideas will be taken and prioritized and implementation plans will be discussed so that prairie educational offerings can move forward for members and the public. Future planned activities that will occur in October now designated as Prairie Month will be highlighted.
“If the grasses are the trees of the prairie, then big and little bluestem, Indiangrass and switchgrass, were once its giant redwoods.” from Prairie Time by Matt White