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Scroll down for Houston-Galveston’s fantastic City Nature Challenge results.  Thanks to Katy Emde and John Schneider plus all those who are vaccinated, we will have moth night at Deer Park Prairie in July. Please check back for specifics.

A Chicago Italian talks about Prairie Plants
by Joey Santore,

a self-taught botanist and producer of Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t Youtube channel, which he describes as “a low-brow, crass approach to plant ecology as muttered by a misanthropic Chicago Italian.”

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

(Registration required – scroll down for registration link)

Joey santoreJoey’s presentation to the Houston Native Prairie Association will be a series of slides of prairie plants encountered in this open, sun-exposed habitat. Much of Joey’s experience with prairies has been in Illinois but his photos will encompass plants from both Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Joey Santore is the producer of the Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t Youtube show and podcast. He is a botanist, plant photographer, artists and former railroad brakeman who quit his day job to pursue the study of plant evolution and ecology and share that passion with others. He has traveled across North American deserts studying the effects that environment – especially geology – has had on plant morphology and evolution. His fascination with geologic influences on plant life began 15 years ago when he was introduced to many of California’s serpentine soil habitats and the truly bizarre plants that occur on them. Since then he has been across the US and Mexico photographing and documenting plant life. He has also traveled to New Caledonia, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Western Australia. He has an affinity for deserts and barren environments but also for cloud forests.

Login starts at 6:30 p.m.; presentation at 7:00 p.m.


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2021 Houston-Galveston City Nature Challenge Results

cnc results

More results at https://www.facebook.com/HouGalCNC/ . You do not have to join facebook to read the posts on this page. Just scroll down and keep clicking the “not now” when the annoying join the facebook popups appear.  See especially the posts on May 13.


Note: We will be updating in person events at Deer Park Prairie soon, since Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

All HNPAT in person events have been cancelled until further notice unless otherwise indicated on this website.

Deer Park Prairie will be closed to visitors until further notice unless otherwise indicated on this website.


The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. In the Houston area, HNPAT is responsible for the management, conservation and educational uses of the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve in Deer Park, Texas.  All are invited to join our activities, including monthly programs on the 4th Wednesday evening of every month.