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 >>
Saturday and Sunday—NPAT’s “Open Preserve” Location: Rolling Plains on NPAT’s Maddin…Read more of this >>
The Prairie will be OPEN to Visitors during Workday.
(PLEASE include your cell phone number in case we need to contact you due to inclement weather).
Deer Park Prairie IS OPEN TO VISITORS during workday hours.
• If you plan on staying in the house, great, no ‘prairie-ready attire’ is required!
• REQUIRED PRAIRIE-READY ATTIRE: closed-toed shoes and long pants; in addition, we RECOMMEND: a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sun screen, and insect repellent.
• DPP Location: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536: MAP.
• Please do not park along the curb directly in front of our neighbors’ houses.
• The Prairie Seekers Program is a prairie assessment & mapping program developed by Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).
• Prairie Seekers Workshop hours are approved for Cross Timbers Master Naturalist Advanced Training.
• Certified Prairie Seekers will subsequently conduct surveys; their data will be contributed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s state biodiversity database, a source for TPWD to identify future prairie conservation opportunities across the state.
NPAT offers these educational opportunities a few times each year; classes are limited in size. Email inquiries
NPSOT Hill Country Chapter invites the public to: “Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services” Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh. “Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem.”
Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard: LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676.
NPAT is a member of the Texas Land Trust Council, which builds and supports a strong, active coalition to serve as a powerful voice for conservation in Texas: help protect drinking water, Texas’ iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage.
NPAT will be represented at the 2017 TLC’s Conference to listen to the TLC’s lineup of speakers addressing topics including real estate, land stewardship, conservation easements and various funding programs, advocacy, historic preservation, conservation banking, coastal conservation, and more.
Attending this conference will offer more visibility for NPAT as well as opportunities for face-to-face conversations with fellow land conservancies, exchange ideas, and build solid coalitions.
Brian and his wife, Shirley, have conducted nature photography, plant identification and herbarium-making workshops. They were featured on KLRU discussed their book, Prairie Grasses of Central Texas, with Tom Spencer on Central Texas Gardener.
Leaders of NPAT’s Chapters will meet and define their plans for 2017: Houston Chapter - Fort Worth Chapter - Blackland (Dallas) Chapter - CenTex (Central Texas) Chapter - Balcones Chapter.
Our local chapters provide opportunities for local residents to learn and experience ‘native prairies’. Each Chapter is unique in its location and needs; the leaders will be able to set individual goals that will collectively benefit all of NPAT. We are grateful for the hours devoted by the Chapter leaders and members and visitors!
Fort Parker State Park (Map & Directions) lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country in Limestone County between Mexia and Groesbeck.