NE Texas Prairies and More Tour

Our June 16, 2018 bus tour was definitely ENJOYED BY ALL who were able to attend (inspite of the heat)!

Thank you, NPAT Blackland (Dallas) Chapter, for your detailed-planning that enabled everyone to “experience” each unique prairie; our senses were heightened, and the experiences enabled us to realize just ‘what it takes to be a land steward’.
Thank you, landowners, for allowing NPAT to schedule a bus stop at your prairie so all 56 of us could experience your prairie first-hand,
Susan Roberts, the Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie near Terrell, 
Kelli and Karl Ebel, Ebel Grassland Ranch, Sulphur Bluff, and
Nature Conservancy, Lennox Woods Preserve near Clarksville (conservation easement held by Texas Land Conservancy).
Mr. B. F. Hicks, Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.
Our thanks to the Lennox House in Clarksville.  You graciously accommodated dietary restrictions and had each delicious lunch meal ‘ready and waiting’.  This was a tremendous help maintaining our schedule for the day!
To Mr. B. F. Hicks and the Franklin County Historical Association, it is with sincere gratitude that we recognize your gracious hospitality and generosity welcoming us as your dinner guests.  We thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and want to say ‘Thank you’, for the wonderful dinner; everyone enjoyed it.

It is a privilege to tour a prairie! It can be a ‘system-overload’ with 4 of the 5 senses, sight, touch, smell, and sound, affected. (The sense of taste can be involved - if you’re careful with what you put in your mouth!) Be prepared, then, for an enhanced perspective of how vital and necessary it is that these sensitive HABITATS are RESTORED & SUSTAINED! The work is a CHALLENGING UNDERTAKING, and knowing we have your support encourages us to continue.

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NPAT has set a goal as land conservationists to ‘do some restoration work’ on one of our properties, Maddin Prairie Preserve. Please consider making your donation to fund our project: RESTORE 470+ acres for pollinators and other wildlife at Maddin:
The restoration of grasslands is an important step in the creation of habitat for pollinators.
When the Maddin Prairie Preserve was donated to NPAT, most of the fields were still planted with sorghum and other row crops.
These crops were removed and the pastures were planted with a seed mix of approximately 30 different native plant species.
21 years later these grassland areas are thriving.
NPAT would like to interseed these areas with additional forbs to increase the diversity (Included in the seed mix would be many plants that pollinators could utilize once the plants are established.)
Interested in learning more? Click here and visit our Maddin Prairie Preserve website.

NPAT CHAPTER MEETINGS

NO JULY MEETINGS FOR THESE NPAT CHAPTERS: Blackland, CenTex, Fort Worth & San Antonio.  Check NPAT’s Houston Chapter’s calendar to find out where they will meet Wednesday, JULY 25, 6:30–8:30pm.

JULY WORKDAYS

REMEMBER TO GO PREPARED WHEN WORKING ON THE PRAIRIE DURING THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER!

PROTECT YOURSELF from FLEAS, TICKS & MOSQUITOES with insect repellant, wear light colored clothing (long sleeve shirt, long pants (tying a band around the cuff helps diminish tick bites), wear a hat and closed-toe shoes or boots. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND PACE YOURSELF! Remember your CAMERAS and BINOCULARS!

SATURDAY, JULY 7, “BAYOU SAVANNAH WORKDAY”, 9am-12 Noon, Project Blazing Star Bayou Savannah pocket prairie RSVP/Link
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, “ DEER PARK PRAIRIE WORKDAY, 9am-12Noon,
THURSDAY, JULY 19, “ARTIST BOAT COASTAL HERITAGE PRESERVE WORKDAY”, 9am-12Noon, call   Mary Warwick at 409-770-0722 to let her know you will be there.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
“INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE WORKDAY”, 7:30am-12 Noon. Austin, TX
Watch for details on News & Events page.
“3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAY”, 8am-1pm, Kirchoff Family Farm, Floresville, TX
SATURDAY, JULY 28, “DEER PARK PRAIRIE WORKDAY” 9am-12Noon
NPAT’s & PARTNERS’ EVENTS: “News & Events,” “Chapters”, and our Facebook pages. Check websites, for local chapters in your area of: Native Plant Society of Texas “NPSOT” and Texas Master Naturalists for upcoming outdoor events!

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Maddin Prairie Preserve fence repaired, 03/2016
THANK YOU to those who donated to our Pollinator Fundraising campaign! Your support helps NPAT advance in our efforts to
RESTORE Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
PRESERVE historic Texas Pollinator Habitat;
Get Moving on health programs on NPAT Prairies;
MAINTAIN Prairies for Pollinators;
MONITOR Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
EDUCATE about pollinators on NPAT Prairies, and
ACQUIRE NPAT Prairies for Pollinators.

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(Logo display authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

SHELL OIL COMPANY

has demonstrated the significance of conserving prairies and is focusing on educational opportunities in its own backyard, in Deer Park, TX, where one of its largest facilities is located!
Lan Shen observing DPP from view deck, 11/2017

$68K GRANT to NPAT’s LAWTHER DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE, Deer Park, TX

Shell awarded NPAT a $68K Grant to create an Director of Education position to serve at Deer Park Prairie, a most generous jesture which will benefit many local teachers and students!

In April, 2018, NPAT selected
Della Barbato to serve as
Director of Education for
Lawther Deer Park Prairie
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Ms. Barbato continues to develop an educational program including: student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area! She is also developing grassland biome curriculum to include demonstration trunks and activities to be taken to local schools for presentation in classes.

Della has previously served as Education Director for two environmental non-profits, is a Master Naturalist, and is a board trustee for the Citizens Environmental Coalition.  In 2014 Della was awarded a travel grant to Cambodia where she co-facilitated several zero waste and recycling workshops in a community-based ecotourism village. She is a former Montessori middle school science teacher and seed biology technician.

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