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!

UH Coastal Center Open for City Nature Challenge Participants: Gates open on Friday, April 30 Morning
The University of Houston Coastal Center, located in La Marque, is the home of the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie ...
Deer Park Prairie open for City Nature Challenge 2021 on May 1, 10am – 2pm
It's April - City Nature Challenge Month! CNC is a worldwide contest: everyone can participate and help Greater Houston win! ...
Houston-Galveston City Nature Challenge 2021
Read the next blog for basics of City Nature Challenge & Deer Park Prairie being open on May 1, 10 ...
Join Us to Honor John Egan, Recipient of HNPAT’s 2020 Prairie Volunteer Award
HNPAT (Houston Chapter - Native Prairies Association of Texas) will be presenting its 2020 Prairie Volunteer Award to John Egan ...
Prairie Wisdom from Tim Siegmund: Bees, Pollinators, Ag Exemptions & More
Tim Siegmund (scroll to 2/2020 meeting)  leads the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Private Lands and Habitat Program  and is ...
Prairie Maintenance #1: Mowing
A question came to NPAT (Native Prairies Association of Texas): "We will be converting some acreage in our parks [to] ...
Nature Related Free Presentations and Videos updated 9/3/2020
Updated 9/3/2020 Recently there are so many interesting free presentations and videos/podcasts online. After missing some, I’ve decided to organize ...
Powerpoint: Build a Pocket Prairie – Prairie Garden
This is the PowerPoint presentation (or click the above picture) of the talk given by Lan Shen via Zoom on ...

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.