—-We’re planning Hikes & Field Trips!—-

Local hikes at parks and ranches, and special trips to NPAT property and conservation easements! Interactive, educational prairie walks, paced for the abilities of the participating audience per event. Prairies are dynamic and ever-changing, and we believe that the best way to ‘know’ a prairie is to visit it throughout the year and observe its plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology!
SAT., May 19, 7:30am-Noon: BIRD SURVEY/WORKDAY. Indiangrass Prairie Preserve.
SUN., May 20, 9am-Noon: PRAIRIE PLANT WALK. Commons Ford Prairie. LIMITED REGISTRATION - SIGNUP! Join Diane Sherrill for a plant walk at this restored prairie, Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Pk. 614 N. Commons Ford Rd., Austin, 78733
SAT & SUN., May 26 & 27: BREEDING BIRD SURVEY. near Colorado City, Maddin Prairie Preserve.
SAT., June 16, 7:30am-9:45pm: NE TX PRAIRIES AND MORE TOUR.. Leave Dallas, tour prairies near Terrell, Sulphur Bluff, Paris, Clarksville, and Mt. Vernon; return to Dallas. Organized by Blackland Chapter NPAT. For more details and TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

FOLLOW ON:
News & Events,Chapters, and Facebook pages. Also, North Texas Master Naturalists have several planned native-prairie-walks.
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NPAT Earns National Recognition,

“Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence,”  The Land Trust Accreditation Commission

San Marcos, Texas (Feb. 28, 2018) – At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1986 Native Prairies Association of Texas has been doing just that for the people of Texas. NPAT proudly announces it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.

The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Accreditation demonstrates Native Prairies Association of Texas’s commitment to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. We are saving a Lone Star legacy. 

Native Prairies Association of Texas had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means all the NPAT projects will be protected forever, special places such as Paul Mathews Prairie, Daphne Prairie, the Clymer Meadows Prairies, Maddin Prairie Preserve, making Texas an even greater place for us and our children. 

NPAT’s accreditation signifies the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s confidence that NPAT’s lands will be protected forever.  It certifies NPAT follows “national quality standards that promote excellent stewardship, sound finances and effective governance!”

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Paul Mathews Prairie is Protected in Perpetuity

Thanks to all who made donations toward the purchase of this beautiful land: there will be NO agricultural, commercial or industrial activity, the natural habitat will NOT be disturbed, and there will be NO trapping, hunting, or excavating! 

Experience Paul Mathews Prairie 1st-hand this spring and summer:
field trips, workshops, presentations, volunteer opportunities and MORE!
Monitor NPAT’sNews & Events! for notices of ‘walking the prairie’ and other learning opportunities! Photo: Paul Mathews Prairie, Pat Merkord

 

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MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT NPAT:

IT’S SPRING. TIME TO MAKE SPACE IN YOUR DRIVEWAY!

DONATE your TRUCK, BOAT, or CAR to NPAT! It’s TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Just have your title handy. Careasy offers two options:
Online: Careasy.com and arrange everything;
OR CALL 855-500-7433 and speak with someone to discuss the process.
Soon your vehicle will be safely towed away! There’s no towing charge!

SHOP AMAZON.COM?

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases; funds are distributed on a quarterly basis. Log onto AMAZONSMILE.COM (use your password from your Amazon.com account) and designate NPAT as the Charity of your Choice.

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NPAT’s ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS

Access issues of the Texas Prairie Blaze eNewsletters at Newsletters section!
Back issues of the Texas Prairie News are in the Newsletters section!

WANT TO RECEIVE NPAT’s eNewsletter, emails and/or Chapter emails? NO NEED TO BE A MEMBER! Your personal information remains CONFIDENTIAL! Enter your email address in this box below then click on submit. Follow the prompts and enter your preferences in the “Comment” box.

—Shell Oil Company—Prairie Conservation and Education!

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! (Logo display authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

$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!
 
NPAT selected Della Barbato to serve as Director of Education for Lawther Deer Park Prairie in April of 2018. Ms. Barbato will 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 will also develop 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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NPAT is grateful to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Each year TPWD accepts project proposals from many Texas conservation organizations. We are among those selected to receive grant funding from the sales of these three “Texas Wildlife Diversity Program” Conservation License Plates (CLPs): “HUMMINGBIRD”, “RATTLESNAKE” and “HORNED LIZARD”:

ORDER YOUR CLP set
SUPPORT MANY TEXAS CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS, including NPAT!
SPREAD THE WORD…tell friends & family!

“Texas is home to tens of thousands of native animal and plant species. These species form the fabric of over 800 habitat types, from bottomland hardwood forests, big tooth maple canyons, to black grama grassland that blanket the state. Hundreds of these animals and plant species occur only in Texas and nowhere else in the world.”  TPWD

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NPAT CHAPTERS EVENTS

Blackland (Dallas), Fort Worth; Houston, CenTex and San Antonio Chapters: News & Events page.

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NPAT PRAIRIES UPDATES

These links lead to our latest collections of reports and photos at these NPAT Prairies: Deer Park Prairie, the Kirchoff Family Farm and Maddin Prairie Preserve:
Click here for Deer Park Prairie Updates,
Click here for Maddin Prairie Preserve Updates;
Click here for Kirchoff Family Farm Updates.