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The American Prairie Conference occurs every other year. It hasn’t been held in Texas for 30 years!EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION PRICES - THROUGH APRIL 22 on…

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“Keeping Texas Native” Scheduled throughout Texas this Spring!     Photo of LBJWC’s 2018 Native Plant Sale Lady Bird…

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HNPAT Program Meeting Please note our March meeting has been scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday!“Wildflowers of Texas” author Michael Eason Michael…

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June 2-5, 2019 - Houston, TX

The American Prairie Conference occurs every other year. It hasn’t been held in Texas for 30 years!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION PRICES - THROUGH APRIL 22

on the North American Prairie Conference website!

Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase Texas’ Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes (an ecoregion in itself) and meet prairie enthusiasts from around America!

You may have additional questions, so please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 713-581-0818.
Thank you!

March, April and May, 2019 - TEXAS NATIVE PLANT SALES!

“Keeping Texas Native”

Scheduled throughout Texas

this Spring!

 

 

Photo of LBJWC’s 2018 Native Plant Sale

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

April 13 (open to the public).

NPSOT

Here’s a partial list of Native Plant Society of Texas Chapters (and their links) who have scheduled native plant sales from April into early May: Fredericksburg, chapters in:
Austin, Clear Lake, Cross Timbers, Dallas,  Houston, Lindheimer Chapter, Comal County;  New Braunfels; Prairie Rose (Glen Rose, Granbury); San Antonio; Williamson County (Georgetown); and MANY MORE!

January 23, 2019 - Houston, TX

Annual Seed Cleaning and PIZZA Party

(FREE PIZZA will be provided by the Katy Prairie Conservancy!!)

HNPAT’s Monthly Program Meeting

6:30pm in the Red Cross Building located at 2700 SW Freeway.

See the complete program on HNPAT’s websiteREGISTER NOW!
HNPAT is partnering with KPC to prepare seeds for KPC’s ‘Great Growout Program’:  we will clean seeds and pack them for distribution to individuals who are willing to plant them.

January 26, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

HELP ROLL SEED BALLS!

SATURDAY, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Tarrant County Resource Connection benefiting the riparian restoration that’s going on in part of the Stella Rowan Prairie.


Tarrant County owns is a beautiful native plant, native prairie, and wildlife habitat!

Monitor Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s website for more information.

January 26-27, 2019 - Colorado City, TX

Maddin Winter Bird Survey

Saturday and Sunday on our beautiful Maddin Prairie Preserve!

Signup for this opportunity by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

February 5, 2019 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Della Barbato, “Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”

NPAT AMBASSADOR, EFFERVESCENT, and DELIGHTFUL!!  (You will have caught the ‘prairie bug’ before you realize it! She does her job SO WELL!)  Della joined our staff in April, 2018 as our Director of Education and is based in the Houston area.  (Shell Oil Company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX.)  Ms. Barbato teaches levels K-90 (to so many young prairie people!)  through her adult programs and teacher workshops in addition to K-12 prairie programs.  Della has become the image of NPAT, conservation, prairies, and more to so many prairie people! 

You do NOT want to miss the opportunity! Come meet Della and learn about one of the most endangered ecosystems, Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve, a 51-acre conservation easement located in the middle of a subdivisioin in Deer Park, TX.
(NPAT photo: a couple walking Lawther Deer Park Prairie, 04/18.)

We hope to see you at our usual gathering spot, Community Hall of the City of San Antonio’s
Lions Field Adult and Senior Center
, 2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209.

ALSO: MARK YOUR 2019 CALENDAR for these SANPAT-sponsored events:
FEBRUARY 16: SANPAT’s “3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workdays on the Kirchoff Family Farm” resume! Details will be posted and emailed each month.  It’s a great way to spend your Saturday morning, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, meet up any time after 9am with other prairie enthusiasts, help with some light chores, and enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family!  Stay as long as you like, enjoy the great outdoors, watch birds and other creatures! Fresh air and good company!
SANPAT CHAPTER MEETINGS are held on the FIRST TUESDAY each month (we reschedule on certain holidays):
- Tuesday, February 5, “Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”, Della Barbato, NPAT Education Director
- Tuesday, March 5, “Grassland Bird Habitat”Will Newman, Texas Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Texas Oaks & Prairies, Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, “GRIP”.
- Tuesday, April 2, (to be announced)
RESTORATION WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 6 “History, Archeology, & Prairie Restoration of South Texas Missions Workshop”
Registration and program details will follow.
All are welcome,
Don Kirchoff

February 11, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Monthly Meet-up:

2nd Monday from 6:30pm – 8pm

Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus Greenhouse Tour

Tarrant County College’s Northwest Campus has endeavored on a prairie restoration project at the site of their future Marine Creek Nature Discovery Center (MCNDC) project.
Professors and students of the Biology & Horticulture Departments have surveyed the site to identify flora and fauna, remove invasive species, seed the site and water it during establishment.
The Horticulture Department has been growing native grasses and wildflowers collected from the site in their greenhouse.
Join us on a tour of the greenhouse facility and learn about their prairie restoration project.

Download map: TCC-NW Meeting Location 2018 – 2019

RSVP by February 11, 2019 - Houston, TX

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has partnered with UofH’s Clear Lake Environmental Institute of Houston and planned a Prescribed Fire Awareness Workshop Saturday, February 16 - for Landowners, students, and community members with limited exposure to prescribed fire. Email or call Wendy Reistle,  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 281-283-3045. Wendy is the Environmental Education Coordinator, UofH Clear Lake, Environmental Institute of Houston.

Workshop attendees may apply what you learned later this spring by volunteering to assist in the SPRING PERSCRIBED BURN TPWD and UofH Clear Lake’s Environmental Institute of Houston at UH Coastal Center in La Marque are planning.
Volunteers who wish to assist will ideally have scheduling flexibility as a prescribed burn cannot proceed unless certain weather parameters are met.This means an exact burn date cannot be set far in advance; we need volunteers ‘at the ready’!
To volunteer for the PRESCRIBED BURN contact Evelyn Merz Coordinator at the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education. Her email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); call & leave her a voice message at 713-644-8228.

February 12, 2019 - Dallas, TX

Blackland NPAT Chapter, BNPAT Monthly Meeting

6:30pm at CC Young, 4847 W Lawther Dr, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75214

Join us for North Texas legendary’s native grass expert and grower, John Snowden, the ‘Original North Texas Native Grass Man’!

February 16, 2019 - Floresville, TX

Our ‘3rd Saturday Workday’ resumes at the Kirchoff Family Farm.

Beginning at 9 am - Leave when you’re ready - Lunch provided by the Kirchoffs!

       
Scott Kirchoff, Brenda Kirchoff, the Schindlers               Brenda plants pollinator seedlings for barrier
(from Victoria), and an unidentified volunteer.              against windblown invasive seeds.

Make plans to enjoy your ‘3rd Saturday morning’ on the prairie! Meet up with other prairie enthusiasts, help with some light chores, and enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family! 
Great outdoors, bird and creature watching, (open this link to the bird sighting list Jane Tillman documented on the Kirchoff Family Farm November 3, 2018), fresh air, and good company.

All are welcome,
Don Kirchoff

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