HNPAT September Meeting, Workdays & Upcoming Events

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Thanks to Pat for the upcoming events announcement – see forwarded email below for more details about the HNPAT events listed:

  • HNPAT September 23 Meeting (Flyer):


    Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    3015 Richmond Ave. Houston 77098
    Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord, one of the team leaders for the Prairie Seed Council of the upper Gulf Coast. Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!
  • DPP workdays: Saturday, 9/27 and Wednesday 10/8, 9:00 a.m. – ?? (to whenever the volunteers want to stop)Starting this Saturday, we plan to have regular workdays at DPP on 4th Thursdays and 2nd Wednesdays of each month.  Glenn Merkord will be in charge of these two days. If the prairie is dry enough, he would like to get the tallows that have already been cut down off the prairie. If the prairie is too wet to use a trailer we can continue working on the fence line.  If someone wants do to something else at another time, please let us know and we would accommodate them. RSVP to [email protected] or just come.
  • Saturday, October 25 Field Trip to Big Thicket Prairie.
Fall is a busy time for Texas prairies!
Pat Merkord speaks to chapters

October is Prairie Month!

The Houston Chapter presents:

PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTING–Don’t miss this opportunity!

Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

3015 Richmond Ave. Houston 77098
Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord. The talk will include demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to learn:
• When and How to Collect
• When Seeds are Ready to Collect
• How to Dry and Clean Seeds
• How to Prepare for Storage
• How to Store Seeds
Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!


Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve

1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park
Ghosts and Goblins (Friends of NPAT all!) are invited for a night of creepy critter snacks and a view the bone collection! Includes a prairie-themed Halloween costume contest. Come in a costume or dressed as you are. Prizes will be awarded to winners.
A presentation on haunted prairie cemeteries, ghosts, ghost towns and the strange creatures of the prairie will follow with a ghostly night walk across the prairie to the edge of the cemetery and back (hopefully!). Wear walking shoes, bring plenty of insect repellant and a flashlight or headlamp for the walk across the prairie. Parking is available at the church down the street or in front of the house.


Saturday, October 25

Join NPAT and the Houston Sierra Club on a field trip to several prairies and savannahs in the Big Thicket.  We will first visit Marysee Prairie, which is the only native prairie in the Big Thicket that has been preserved. We will then visit Hickory Creek Savannah Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve to view a Longleaf Pine – Little Bluestem Savannah. Finally, we will visit the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve to see a Wetland Pine Savannah.
For more details, go to

The Blackland Chapter presents:

, October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

At the Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, (west side of Lake Highlands and Buckner Blvd.) in the Cafeteria/Auditorium

Author and Blackland prairie expert, Matt White will speak. Copies of his books Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait and The Birds of Northeast Texas will be available for purchase. Cash or check accepted.

The Fort Worth Chapter presents:


Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

1700 University Drive, Fort Worth
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas will show how to acquire skills to recognize native remnant prairies in this hands on workshop that will train you to recognize indicator species, how to use the internet to locate potential prairie sites, how to record data and report it. Identification of major native prairie grasses and indicator forbs will be focused on with lots of specimens to work with. BRIT’s beautiful outdoor landscaping with native prairie plants will provide an outdoor opportunity to see live specimens and we will have lunch on the grounds, so please bring a sack lunch and walking shoes.
Cost of Workshop: $25 Members and $35 Non-Members
To register go to the Native Prairies Association website News and Events page.


Monday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

at the Presbyterian Church at 8700 Chapin Road,Fort Worth
This meeting features a presentation by Don and Debra Young of Tandy Hills Natural Area. This is part of a series of presentations on the prairies of the Fort Worth area.


Saturday October 18th
Tandy Hills Natural Area

3400 View Street, Fort Worth 76103
Join the Fort Worth chapter for a hike at the 160 acre remnant of Fort Worth prairie. Details coming!
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