Sat., 11/14: Workshops (Free – $25) – Southern Plains & Prairie Conference

​​The Prairie Conference is offering 4 independent workshops (free – $25, lunch included) on Saturday, November 14. You do NOT need to register for the conference (November 12-13 at Houston Zoo) to register for these workshops. The information below is copied from the conference webpage: http://www.southernplainsconference.org/workshops/

Workshops: Southern Plains & Prairie Conference

Free – $25, including lunch; Saturday, November 14

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Prairie Restoration Science Tour: Texas City Prairie Preserve {Texas City, TX}

The Nature Conservancy of Texas

November 14, 2015 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Cost: $25 Lunch included

This tour will offer participants a chance to tour parts of the The Nature Conservancy of Texas‘s Texas City Prairie Preserve and experience a category of coastal tallgrass prairie known as the Salty Prairie. The tour will include intact and degraded areas and will show ongoing and planned treatments that the Conservancy staff and volunteers are undertaking in an attempt to transition degraded areas into a functioning native tallgrass plant community. The tour will also show participants how the Conservancy is building its capabilities to restore these areas at the preserve through equipment acquisition, facilities, and local partnership efforts.

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Prairie Educators’ Workshop: Lawther – Deer Park Prairie {Deer Park, TX}

Native Prairies Association of Texas

November 14, 2015 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Cost: $25 : Lunch included

A special workshop designed to empower local educators {formal and non-formal} to teach about local prairies and wildlife led by Natives Prairies Association of Texas. ​ Educators include not only teachers, but also nature interpreters, outreaching TMNs, homeschoolers, etc. Workshop is taught by Jaime Gonzalez, Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Education & Conservation Director and nature interpreter extraordinaire plus Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas and retired high school science teacher. Location is the ​recently saved platinum quality Deer Park Prairie in Deer Park, TX.

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Putting Down Roots Volunteer Planting Event: Indiangrass Preserve near Waller, TX

Katy Prairie Conservancy

November 14, 2015 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am Cost: Free

Participate in a large, volunteer driven prairie planting on the Flat Out Wonderful Katy Prairie just west of Houston and learn what it takes to organize and execute a large public planting at your location. Mary Anne Piacentini, KPC Executive Director, will be assisting anyone coming out from the conference specifically for this event. Mary Anne will give conference goers a notion of what is needed to host an event like Putting Down Roots and will also tell the larger story of the Indiangrass Preserve restoration project and the roles that volunteers are playing in bringing this property back to like.

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Wildlife Habitat Federation Field Tour:

Plant Identification for Landowners and Landscape Professionals {Catspring, TX}

November 14, 2015 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm*

Cost: $25 : Registration includes, transportation from Catspring meeting site to restoration areas & barbecue lunch

In conjunction with the Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) and the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT), Wildlife Habitat Federation will be hosting one of the four workshops on the third day of the Southern Plains & Prairies Conference in Cat Spring, Texas, and you are invited. The day will include pre-tour instruction, a bus and walking tour of nearby relic tracts plus those restored as part of WHF’s Wildlife Corridor Program and lunch. While visiting the prairie remnants, participants will have a hands-on opportunity to learn to recognize native prairie species from some of the top plant identification experts in the state.

​Check out ​the talks at​ the 2015 Southern Plains & Prairie Conference, November 12-1​3 at Houston Zoo. Here are links for conference Agenda and link for registration for both workshop & conference.

​Attached are flyers for the Educator’s Workshop & for the Prairie Conference.​

Tracts at the Conference include Prairie Restoration, Prairie Landscape for Pollinators, Birds & More, Prairie Economics, etc.