HNPAT // Houston Chapter

Welcome to the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (HNPAT). We’re so glad you’re here. Check the chapter calendar for upcoming monthly meetings, events, field trips and more.

HNPAT provides many programs related to prairie plants, their growing conditions, propagation and usage in the home garden as well as information about insects, birds and animals of the prairie.

HNPAT Counties (click to view larger)

Our long-term goals are:

  • To promote conservation, restoration, and appreciation of our natural heritage – the coastal tallgrass prairie and its extremely biodiverse population of plants, insects, birds and other animals;
  • To expand the base of prairie supporters and advocates by education through lectures, field trips, workshops, educational booths, educational brochures, website and use of the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve;
  • To support efforts to develop sources for native prairie seeds and plants for use in both large scale restorations and smaller prairie gardens;
  • To aid NPAT in the management of Deer Park Prairie through volunteerism, fundraising and other means;
  • To identify remaining high quality prairie remnants in the greater Houston area and develop strategies and collaborations to protect them.

Houston Chapter Blog

News, events and more!

HNPAT Announcement of May 21, 2014
​​ Hi all, ​Reminder: TOMORROW - HNPAT meeting & Saturday - Bird Walk at Deer Park Prairie led by Damien ...
Seed Collecting & Wildlife Viewing on the Katy Prairie
On Friday, May 16, Sue & Bob Barry and Judy Thomas joined Lan Shen at a seed collecting trip to ...
Blackland Prairie of the Sam Houston National Forest
On Saturday, May 17, Brandt Mannchen led a group of 11 who visited the Blackland Prairie of the Sam Houston ...
First Tallow Removal Day @ Deer Park Prairie!
Thanks to Ian Kress, Barbara Kress, Jane Reierson, and Glenn Merkord, May 10, 2014 was the first Chinese tallow removal ...
Fri., 5/16, Seed Collecting with Lan @ Warren Lake on the Katy Prairie
Friday, 5/16 Collect with Lan at Warren Lake on the Katy Prairie Cherokee sedge (Carex cherokeensis) is ready to collect ...
HNPAT News/blogs – May, 2014
​Hi all, HNPAT News & Events for this month (scroll down for details): Our new website at http://HNPAT.wordpress.com ! Read & view Photos, blog, & ...
Field Trip to Blackland Prairie of Sam Houston National Forest with Brandt Mannchen
Field Trip to Blackland Prairie of Sam Houston National Forest with Brandt Mannchen Field trip THIS Saturday to Blackland Prairie of  ...
Sat., 5/10, Tallow Eradication at Deer Park Prairie, noon – ??
Help with tallow eradication & see spring blooms at Deer Park Prairie: join Glenn Merkord (HNPAT) & Ian Kress (DPP ...

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands.  NPAT protects over 4,031 acres of native Texas Prairie, including over 1,340 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie. NPAT is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your membership and contributions are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.