People for Prairies 2023 / The Question

THE QUESTION

How can we help urban youth connect with nature?

THE CHALLENGE
The Galveston Bay region is one of the fastest-growing in the U.S. Two centuries ago the Texas Gulf Coast was dominated by 6.5 million acres of coastal tallgrass prairie. Today less than 1% remains. And 650 acres of rural land PER DAY is lost in Texas to urban development.

Yet the benefits of nature are being rediscovered: physical and mental health, clean air and water, and resilience in a changing climate.

But many urban residents don’t have easy access to parks and green space, much less true wilderness. Without knowledge and experience, there can be a fear of nature. 

Education Director Della Barbato leads a field trip to Lawther-Deer Park Prairie.

ONE ANSWER
Our goal is to inspire the next generation of conservationists by introducing them to the beauty and benefits of native prairies. We help urban youth and adults discover the wonders of nature by bringing them to our Lawther – Deer Park Prairie to experience it firsthand. But what more can be done?

The vision is to help generate a broad restoration of coastal prairies to benefit people and wildlife.

Native Prairies Association of Texas is committed to this goal and vision. We are driven to educate youth and adults to keep Texas prairie! It is our natural heritage.



Thank You for Your Support

Our gratitude to our event sponsors and individual donors thus far!

MONARCH

Wallace Ward III

EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Beth and Roy
Clark

TEXAS CONEFLOWER

DONOR WALL

Lan Shen

June 12, 2023

Amount Donated
$150.00

kimberly morris

June 6, 2023

Amount Donated
$100.00

Nancy Beth Clark

June 6, 2023

Amount Donated
$3,000.00

Jeffrey Sargent

May 29, 2023

Amount Donated
$76.99

Jennifer Fetter

May 25, 2023

Amount Donated
$51.43
In honor of Ecologist School Houston.

Wallace Ward III

May 25, 2023

Amount Donated
$600.00

Erin Hatchett

May 25, 2023

Amount Donated
$2,000.00

Linda Knowles

May 15, 2023

Amount Donated
$2,000.00

Mary Anne Piacentini

May 15, 2023

Amount Donated
$100.00

Evelyn Merz

May 15, 2023

Amount Donated
$500.00

Anonymous

May 10, 2023

Amount Donated
$51.43
In honor of Bobby B.

Sara Sallean

May 9, 2023

In memory of my brother, Charlie who was a continuous student of nature and all of it's creatures.

Amount Donated
$102.56
In memory of Charlie L.

Photo credits: page banner by Sean Fitzgerald; Lauren Jansen Simpson photo courtesy of the University of Houston Law Center; school field trip photos by Della Barbato.


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