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Register NOW!This image means it’s time for ourPaul Mathews Prairie Celebration, SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at…

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3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAYat Kirchoff Family Farm• EMAIL .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can come; the Kirchoffs will have lunches prepared for everyone.

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NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie [We’ve moved to Sundays.]Sunday,  from 7:30 a.m. to noon The bird and nature walk begins at 7:30…

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Past News & Events

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference - Nov. 2-4, 2012

Houston Area Seed Collection Days

It’s seed collecting time again! Save the following dates to accompany Tom Solomon and other Texas Master Naturalists to collect prairie seeds in and around the greater Houston area.

  U of H Coastal Prairie - Tuesday November 15, 2011 from 8:15 am to 11:45 am
  Nash Prairie - Friday November 25, 2011 from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

Additional details will be forthcoming from Tom Solomon.  Please inform anyone who might be interested but remember, parking is severely limited at the Nash Prairie, so plan on arriving early!

Sheldon Lake State Park Native Prairie Plant-a-thon! - Nov. 12th

When: Nov. 12th, 2011
Where: Sheldon Lake State Park, 15315 Beaumont Hwy., Houston, TX, 77049
Contact: 281-465-2800 x230 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please RSVP for this event using the contact information listed above.

Texas Prairie Blaze - Annual Membership Meeting, Nov. 19th, 2011

Native Prairies Association of Texas
Saturday November 19, 2011
Katy, Texas

You are invited to join the Native Prairies Association of Texas for the Annual Members Meeting. Come meet with our organization’s President, board members, Executive Director, and staff to talk about the current and future plans and projects of NPAT. This will be an opportunity for members and guests to meet others in the organization and to voice their questions, comments, and concerns.

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Goode Co. Texas BBQ
8911 Katy Freeway in Hedwig Village
(I-10, between Campbell and Bingle, on the south side)

Upstairs balcony room


Urban Forest Stewards - Classes begin Nov. 5th

TreeFolks and the City of Austin teaming up to train a new crop of urban forest stewards to nurture and renew central Texas’ urban forest.

    This popular class is back to teach the essentials of caring for a very precious resource – TREES! Urban Forest Stewards will deepen their connection to the roots of their community by learning how to care for and grow the urban forest. Graduates will strengthen the community voice for urban forestry: they may join or start a new Adopt-A-Park group, increase their advocacy for the urban forest resource, become team leads on planting and maintenance days, or simply spread the word about proper tree care around their neighborhood.

    This 4 part class is taught by certified arborists, foresters, landscape professionals, and community leaders to teach you all about trees. Topics include: tree selection, placement and planting; tree care and pruning for both young and mature trees; tree identification; and how to work with partners to implement successful tree planting, maintenance and education events in your neighborhood.

Classes held first Saturday of the month, for four months at the Zilker Botanical Garden:
Garden Center Building, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm on November 5, December 3, January 7, and February 4
Registrants must be able to attend all 4 classes

Direct registration link:
Registration also available through our homepage:

CEU’s will be available for ISA certified arborists.

Cultivate your Backyard Birds

Docents of Zilker Botanical Garden
Cultivate your Backyard Birds
with Jane Tillman
Chair of the Travis Audubon Urban Habitat Committee
National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Host since 2003
Capital Area Master Naturalist
Austin Butterfly Forum member

When: Saturday, October 29, 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Austin Area Garden Center, Zilker Botanical Garden (CLICK HERE FOR MAP)
For more information call: (512) 970-3405

Who is that perched on your bird feeder? What can you do to help birds live to sing another day?  If you want to get acquainted with common backyard birds that are here year round and common winter visitors that are arriving on the north winds, this class is for you. Basic bird identification will be covered along with ways to make your yard/greenbelt/local park more attractive to birds. Join us for this fun and informative program!

“Preserving Family Lands and Rural Heritage” - Nov. 11th

NPAT Houston Chapter meeting - October 26

When: Oct. 26, 2011, 6:30 PM
Location: 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074 (Click HERE for map)

6:30-7:00 PM – Social – Bring a Snack!

6:30-7:00 PM – Set up Plants for Viewing – Plants will be provided but you may bring additional prairie plants for viewing by others – set-up and labeling is during this time

7:00 – 7:30 – Reports
• Prairie Heritage Day– We need volunteers! Report-Cheryl Sedivec
• CPP/NPAT Conference – Plan to Attend! Report by Susie Doe
• NPAT Membership Meeting Announcement – NPAT’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held during the CPP/NPAT conference - Details will be announced – Report by P. Merkord
• Update on prairie brochure
• Plan for November & December Meetings
• December election of officers

7:30 – 8:15 – How to Recognize Remnant Prairies Part II: Grass & Forb ID
Hands on viewing of Native Prairie Plant Specimens with Tips on ID – specimens will be in groups, some invasives will also be displayed

8:15 – 8:45 “Mystery Plants Contest” – Prizes for Winners
• Reminders for Next Meeting
• Adjourn

8:45-9:00 – Clean Room and Be Out By 9:00 PM!

NPAT Houston Chapter Meeting - Sept. 28th

When: Sept. 28, 2011, 6:30 PM
Where: 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX


6:30-7:00 PM – Social – Bring a Snack!

7:00 – 7:30 – Reports:

• Prairie Heritage Day – Cheryl Sedivec
• CPP/NPAT Conference – Susie Doe
• NPSOT Conference – Lan Shen

7:30 – 8:45 - Business Meeting:

• Decide on name for brochure: Coastal Prairies: A Guide to the Grasslands of Greater Houston Area (proposed name for guide submitted by Jaime Gonzalez)
• Decide on counties to be canvassed for brochure and significant prairies to include
• Make a list of things to be included in a description for each location
• Ask for Volunteers to Write Descriptions for Nash Prairie, Armand Bayou, San Jacinto Monument, Galveston Island State Park, and Brazos Bend State Park & Bring to next meeting
• Announce Next Meeting: Oct. 26: Program will be: How to Recognize Remnant Prairies Part II: Grass & Forb ID; Will be A Hands On ID Session with actual plants and ends with a “Mystery Plants Contest” (by Pat & Glenn Merkord)
• Any New Business or Reminders
• Adjourn

8:45-9:00 – Clean Room and Be Out By 9:00 PM!

Sign up for the State of the Prairie Conference Now!


Coastal Prairie Partnership and Native Prairie Association of Texas are proud to announce the 3rd Annual State of the Prairie Conference to be held in Houston, TX from Nov. 18-19 at the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center, followed by field trips to prairie remnants all over Houston. Each year this event attracts the sharpest minds in prairie conservation from Texas, Louisiana, and the Midwest to spark lively conversations and provide practical, real-world solutions to restore, conserve, and educate about local prairies for multiple uses.

We’ll have presentations and field experiences that focus on prairies and cattle production, landscaping with prairie natives, ecotourism, biodiversity, prairie wetlands and more. So if you are a rancher, conservationist, landscape architect, educator, naturalist, or just curious about building build prairies in rural or urban areas, this event is for you!

What: 3rd Annual State of the Prairie Conference
When: November 18-19, 2011
Where: Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center - November 18. Various locations around Houston - November 19.
How Much: $50 for indoor session at Houston Zoo (student rate available) on November 18 and $10 - $25 for November 19 Field Experiences.
Registration: Full details and registration available at


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