Published on July 28, 2022 • Last updated on August 1st, 2022

People for Prairies

Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald.

Tickets Now Available

Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
River Walk Hall, Flower Mound, TX

Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) invites you to an evening of great food, drink, music, AND conversation. This could be the start of something bigger.

Experts from the natural resources, property development, urban planning, working lands, and corporate sectors will share their perspectives on how open space can benefit urban development, followed by a panel discussion.

The evening also supports NPAT’s North Texas outreach, stewardship, and education programs. Director Dr. Carly Aulicky works with local landowners and communities to protect, restore, and appreciate native prairies. Sponsorships are available.

Our Featured Experts

Brandon Belcher


North Texas
Preserves Manager
The Nature Conservancy

Natural Resources

Mary E. Del Olmo


Bartush Land and Cattle Co., Red River Breaks Lodge

Working Lands

Chris Hamilton


Environmental Manager,
Associate Principal
Peloton Land Solutions

Property Development

Brandi Kelp


Senior Planner
Open Space Coordinator
The City of Fort Worth

Urban Planning

David Litman


Chief Executive Officer
Travel Funders Network; founder,

Corporate Sector


How can nature and urban development coexist?

North Texas is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. On average, 250 acres of rural land PER DAY are lost in Texas to urban development. Natural habitats are fragmented and the species that depend on them are disappearing. Valuable farm and ranch land are taken out of production.

Yet people have been rediscovering the health benefits of nature: physical and mental health, clean air and water, and resilience in a changing climate.

Some cities are recognizing the benefits of native biodiversity in urban landscapes and are planning for it. North Texas was dominated by tallgrass prairie – now the rarest ecosystem on earth. Once covering more than 20 million acres in Texas, less than 1% remains today.

Our goal is to forge new connections between entities that often don’t traditionally work together. The reward would be to protect enough well-managed open space to benefit people and wildlife.

Native Prairies Association of Texas is uniquely focused to conserve and restore this rich and imperiled ecosystem. We are working to keep Texas prairie! It’s our natural heritage.

Attire is business casual. Relax and enjoy!


Pre-event Tour of the Flower Mound and Prairie Commons (click for details)
Check-in, Mingling, Music
Dinner Service
Overview of NPAT, North Texas Programs
Prairie Hero Award, City Steward Award
“How can nature and urban development coexist?”
Individual Speaker Presentations
Panel Discussion


Our gratitude to our event sponsors and major supporters!


Sean and Karen Fitzgerald

Suzanne and Steve Tuttle


Photo credits: page banner by Sean Fitzgerald Photography; River Walk Hall –

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