A Nine Natives Update to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Download the Nine Natives booklet here!

Click photo of this Nine Natives booklet cover to download a copy

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HNPAT celebrates National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, with this update on the Nine Natives program, first introduced  in 2013. Although this program languished in the intervening years, recent concerns about the steeply declining population of pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, bats and more) generated renewed effort last year and led to the debut of the Nine Natives booklet this spring. Click here to get the larger size file, suitable for printing.

This booklet resulted from a collaboration of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT), especially its Houston Chapter (HNPAT), Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP), Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), and Clark Condon Landscape Architecture. Jaime Gonzalez of CPP and Beth Clark of Clark Condon, recently at the Gulf Coast Green Symposium, gave a presentation of the concept. A copy of their presentation is available here.

In recent years, the mantra for gardeners has been, “Plant natives for pollinators and local wildlife because our local native plants have been supporting and co-existing with our pollinators and wildlife for thousands of years.” Local conservationists postulated that, if a multitude of gardens plant at least nine local natives, that would significantly benefit our local pollinators and other wildlife.

However, for gardeners totally new to native plants, how would they start? What plants are local natives? What local native plants are commercially available, either in the form of seed or starter plants? What are the growing conditions these natives require? What combination of native plants would look good together?

These are exactly the questions that the Nine Natives booklet try to address. The booklet recommends nine plants native to the greater Houston region plus four alternatives.  The plants were chosen for their commercial availability, their benefits to local pollinators and wildlife, their aesthetic appeal, and their ease of growth.

The nine native plants can be tucked into established gardens or planted together in a special Nine Natives garden. Clark Condon Landscape Architect provided two designs using these nine natives for the home garden and two designs using them in 16 feet street medians and in 50 feet street medians. In the brochure is also pictorially depicted a prairie planting project by Clark Condon.

A sample page from the Nine Natives booklet

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The criteria, used in recommending the plants are:

  • Native to the geographic area. For us, it was Greater Houston (Harris and surrounding counties). Local native plants are those listed as such in county maps of either USDA Plant Database or BONAP
  • Not a cultivar (Cultivars can be used in the garden, but would not count as one of the Nine Natives.)
  • Commercially available – either the seed or potted plants
  • Be highly beneficial to local wildlife
  • Adapted to average local soil, moisture, sun
  • Have a high chance of persistence
  • Will be compatible in urban or suburban settings

Although the Nine Natives booklet’s recommendations are for the greater Houston area, the concept can be used anywhere. Said Jaime Gonzalez, one of the two who initially conceived Nine Natives, ‘From the beginning the Nine Natives partners all expressed an interest in making Nine Natives an “open source” concept, meaning that other groups and the general public could use the concept as a starting point to innovate around the use of native plantings here in Houston and beyond… So, in my opinion, just like open source software, no one and everyone owns Nine Natives.’

We hope, when others use the Nine Natives concept, they will stay true to the basic premise of recommending only non-cultivar versions of local native plants, for these plants provide the most benefit to local pollinators and wildlife.

 


Other Nine Natives resources: www.katyprairie.org/nine-natives/

2018 Seed Collecting Season Starts!

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn about prairie grasses. Join friends and family for outdoor fun while gathering seeds ripe for collecting. No experience necessary as we work to support numerous organizations in the region. Make an impact and visit prairies often not open to the public.
The seed collecting trips are Katy Prairie Conservancy volunteer events. To be notified of other future seed collecting trips, please email Lshen@katyprairie.org with your email address and subject: “Place me on the seed collecting list”

2nd Wednesdays June – December at Deer Park Prairie

1st Fridays in July & August on the Katy Prairie

Hi Seed Collectors, 
Another seed collecting season has started. Come and collect seeds and see the prairie in bloom starting this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Deer Park Prairie. From June – December, the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas will host Second Wednesdays seed collecting at Deer Park Prairie, 9:00 am – noon.
On first Fridays, July 6 and August 3, seed collectors will have an opportunity to visit Katy Prairie Conservancy properties to either collect seeds and/or plant some prairie plants in the ground in restoration areas.
1.  Second Wednesdays, June – December
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Meet at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas 77035 (Google map)
  • Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses
  • Please do bring a signed liability release (NPAT)
  • Carpool: Reply to this email for carpooling opportunity from the Kroger parking lot at S. Post Oak & W. Bellfort or from a residential area adjacent to S. Main & Buffalo Speedway
  • Upcoming seed collecting 2nd Wednesdays at Deer Park Prairie are on
    July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12
2. Friday, July 6, 2018 – Katy Prairie Conservancy – Indiangrass Preserve
General Instructions:  
  • Everyone is welcome!
  • You may collect for KPC, for any other non-profit organization, or for your own personal use
  • If you have them, please bring pruners or scissors, a bucket or a reusable grocery bag, and a pen. Supplies are available if needed.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. We recommend you bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt, and a camera.
  • Water and light snack are usually available.
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Cullen Ondrasek using a self-made seed collecting apparatus that allows him to collect with both hands. He credits the original idea to Tom Solomon.

Upcoming Prairie Events

Check out all the upcoming prairie events
and SAVE THE DATES!

Scroll down for flyers for several of the events listed.

  • 2nd Wednesdays, June – December. HNPAT & Katy Prairie Conservancy sponsor seed collecting mornings at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX. RSVP is required to LShen@katyprairie.org
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Pollinator Workshop at Deer Park Prairie, 6PM – 8PM. An NPAT event. Registration required. Flyer below.
  • Saturday, June 23 – Invasive Plant Species ID and Treatment Workshop at Deer Park Prairie, 9AM – 1PM, taught by Glenn Merkord. Registration required – click here. A HNPAT & CPP event. Flyer below.
  • Saturday, June 30 – Houston Urban Conservation Summit, Sheldon Lake State Park, 9AM – 2PM with site tour option at 8AM. Registration required at this link. A HNPAT & CPP event. Flyer below.
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Prairie 101 Teacher Workshop, Deer Park Prairie, 9AM -3PM. Registration required. Flyer below
  • Tueday, July 24 – Prairie 201 Teacher Workshop (Teachers have attended 101 and have working pocket prairies on campus, with KPC), Deer Park Prairie, 9AM -3PM. Registration required. Flyer below.
  • Wednesday, July 25 & Saturday, July 28 – HNPAT celebrates National Moth Week with Moth Talk at 2700 Southwest Fwy on 7/25 & Moth Night at Deer Park Prairie on 7/28. See our blog here. Flyer below.

 

  • Annual Prairie Month Activities: end of September through mid-November
  • Saturday, September 29 – SAVE THE DATE – Fall Prairie Day at Deer Park Prairie.
  • Wednesday, October 17 – SAVE THE DATE – Houston GREEN Film Series @ Rice Media Center, 6:30PM – 9PM. In lieu of an October HNPAT meeting, HNPAT joins CPP and CEC to present this film event.
  • Wednesday, November 28 – SAVE THE DATE – Prairie Stampede at Houston Zoo. Annual awards presentation and gathering of the coastal prairie community. A HNPAT & CPP event.

 


Click photo below to get flyer in pdf form

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To read the blog, click here.

Last Day To Take Photos for City Nature Callenge!

Today is the LAST DAY to take photos of living things for City Nature Challenge. However, as long as your photos have today’s time stamp, you have from May 1 – May 3 to upload and identify.

As of 9:00 a.m. April 30, Houston is

  • 4th in number of species
  • 8th in number of people participating (Dallas is 8th overall, we are just about 30 people behind)
  • 9th in number of observations (Dallas is third overall)

Last chance to move Houston up. See citynaturechallenge.org/leaderboard/

By the way, I was told there were several events on City Nature Challenge – Houston Facebook page that was not entered on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept CNC events website. Check to see if there are any today.

 

It’s Started: City Nature Challenge!!!

Updates & Progress as of noon 4/27/2018

Hey we need to get some posting. See below for link to Worldwide Leaderboard. Houston is nowhere near the top. It’s early yet – let’s up the game!

Also, scroll to bottom for an email update about problem “joining” the City Nature Challenge-Houston project.

Check https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-houston for progress in Houston

Local leaders :

Instructions & Texas Leaderboard: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/

Worldwide Leaderboard: http://citynaturechallenge.org/leaderboard/

***   Link for CNC Events in Greater Houston   ***

(Note: I took the TPWD master list and isolated the Greater Houston Events, put them in chronological order.).

Silvia Gederberg had problem joining the CNC-houston project and received this email reply (I did the red highlighting):

From: iNaturalist Support <help@inaturalist.org>
Subject: Re: Problem joining City Nature Challenge 2018 Houston project
Date: April 27, 2018 at 11:15:11 AM CDT
To: SILVIA GEDERBERG
Hi Silvia,
City Nature Challenge projects were converted to our new “collection” style projects (described here). One cannot join a collection project, because one cannot manually submit an observation to the project – if the observation fits the project’s parameters it is automatically shown when the project page is loaded. So it removes the extra step of adding your observation to the project. If your observation is made within the boundaries and time frame of the Houston CNC project, it will show up there automatically.
There is a “follow” option for this type of project, which notifies you if the project creates a new journal post.
It is an oversight that there is a “join” button on the app, which we will hopefully fix soon. I apologize for the confusion
Tony

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 7:42 AM, SILVIA GEDERBERG wrote:

I just tried to join again on my iPhone app and got this error:
the operation couldn’t complete…

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Della Barbato, Director of Education

Della Barbato at NPAT booth on April 22, 2018 at Houston’s Earth Day Celebration

Meet Della Barbato, Native Prairies Association of Texas’ (NPAT’s) new Director of Education at the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve. This position was generously funded by a grant from Shell. Della ” …will develop an educational program: train teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s…”

Della, a past board member of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, represented NPAT at CEC’s Earth Day Houston -Discovery Green Celebration recently. She drew a steady crowd with her seed ball making activity. Della commented that both young and old like to get their hands dirty.

Della has been involved in environmental education for many years. She has her own company, Earth Voice that conducts interactive group programs about our ecosystems and managing natural resources. She has a B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M, is a Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist, has developed curriculum as a middle school science teacher, was Education Director for the Galveston Bay Foundation and other non-profits. Thanks to Shell’s generosity, Della as DPP’s Director of Education will tremendously benefit local area teachers and their students.

April ’18 UP(Urban Prairie) Team Events & photo: UH Shasta Prairie Workday

See changes below for Tomorrow, Saturday, April 7.

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UP Team at UH Shasta Prairie on March 23, 2018. See blog at this link.

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As always, keep checking the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal). Events emails are only sent out once per month, but the calendar is kept updated as information comes in.

Click on the event and then the "more details" to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics. All events have at least one contact person. If you are planning to attend an event , please RSVP to the contact person shown on the calendar so that person could let you know of any changes.

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April, 2018
For more information, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
New symbol: ** indicates an event that does not recur monthly

  • Monday, April 2 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, April 4 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • **CANCELLED: Saturday, April 7
    (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday.
  • **Saturday, April 7
    , Conservation Crew, Chinese Tallow Removal, Memorial Park Tennis Center.
  • Wednesday, April 11 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon. We will finish cleaning the Prairie Plant Demonstration Bed for the Spring Prairie Day on April 28. Free Plants: Extra plants that we pull out are free to take home. Lots of frogfruit and swamp sunflower among others
  • Wednesday, April 11 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon. Volunteer Workday for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC) and Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) joint project to grow prairie plants for savannah restorations at HANC. Project Leader Allen Brymer is also there Thursday and Monday mornings. Anyone who wants to volunteer on these days need to first contact Allen at abrymer.
  • Thursday, April 12 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • **CANCELLED: Saturday, April 14
    (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday.
  • **Saturday, April 14
    , Hogg Bird Sanctuary Harvey Clean Up with Student Conservation Association and Memorial Park Conservancy.
  • Wednesday, April 18 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, April 20 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew – Chinese Tallow Removal. Memorial Park Tennis Center.
  • Wednesday, April 25 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, April 26 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • **Saturday, April 28
    (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Spring Prairie Day. Come to enjoy the wildflowers & wildlife; see a land that looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away. In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge (houstonprairie.org/2018houcnc & tpwd.texas.gov…naturechallenge), we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting. Complete program upcoming at Houstonprairie.org or send an email to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org for more information. Workday at Deer Park Prairie is cancelled.
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
  • **Saturday, April 28
    : City Nature Challenge at White Oak Parkway – join HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program, along with Houston Audubon and Student Conservation Association to participate, 9am to 12pm. The City Nature Challenge is a competition between 7 cities in Texas to see who can document the most species. Last year, Houston won with the most documented species! Bring your camera or smart phone to take pictures of all the species of plants and animals that you see!

Upcoming in May

For more information & to RSVP, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal

  • Wednesday, May 2 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 5 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday.
  • Monday, May 7 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, May 9 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon.
  • Wednesday, May 9 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, May 10 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 12 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday.
  • Wednesday, May 16 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, May 18 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew. TBA. Contact volunteer for more information.
  • Wednesday, May 23 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, May 24 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon.
  • Saturday, May 26 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am -noon.
  • Saturday, May 26 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon.
  • Wednesday, May 30 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.

General workday attire/needs: long pants and closed toe shoes. Optional: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, insect repellent, water. If you have them bring some garden tools like garden gloves, trowel and/or shovel.

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Instructions in the form of a Grower’s Handbook or in the form of videos are at Lshen

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At UH’s Shasta Prairie on March 23

On March 23, 2018, a group of enthusiastic University of Houston students spruced up the UH Shasta Prairie, a part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Builders Schools + Parks Program . The students weeded, cut back and pulled out winter’s dead plant material, added seeds, and planted ten new plants purchased from Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery  at their Edith L. Moore Sanctuary near Memorial Dr. and West Beltway 8. Funds for the purchase came from UH’s Grassroots for Change (Crowdrise) Fund which was raised a couple of years ago.

Anyone wanting to view the prairie, it is near the Science & Research 2 building on Cullen Blvd (gps coordinates 29.7242, -95.3450). Look for the explanatory sign.

 

City Nature Challenge.

Everyone can join the fun & it’s easy! You just need a camera (or camera on smartphone) to take some pictures of nature and upload the photos onto iNaturalist.org

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Greater Houston is competing against 6 other Texas regions, plus 60+ cities around the world in the 2018 City Nature Challenge on iNaturalist.  Of the three categories (most participants, most species found, most observations posted) last year, Greater Houston won the “most species” category (2017 results).  Greater Houston includes the following counties:  Harris, Galveston, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.  For more information, check www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge.

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Save these dates:  City Nature Challenge 2018

Some pertinent websites:

Events Prairies: March & April

Sundew, Deer Park Prairie by D. Verser, 2/29/2012

Spring has sprung in Houston and it’s time to go out in nature. In greater Houston, that means many events on the prairie are here and upcoming. See summary below and scroll down for details:

  • Tonight (3/8/18): Benigno & Newman of Harris County Flood Control talk on “A Tale of Two Prairies” at Sierra Club meeting
  • Check out all upcoming Urban Prairie events:
  • Saturday, March 17: Bellaire Garden Club plant sale at Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire) has an assortment of native prairie plants. Click here for more information.

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Tonight from Sierra Club email:

March 8, 2018 – A Tale of Two Prairies

At [Houston Sierra Club’s] March 8, 2018 meeting, we will have a presentation of “A Tale of Two Prairies”, the green version of the Charles Dickens classic. (“It was the best of prairies… etc.”) This is a program for prairie lovers and habitat restoration fans. [The] guest speakers will be Stephen Benigno and Andrew Newman of the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), who will update us on their prairie restoration projects.
The event is free and open to the public at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama, Houston. Main program starts 7:30 PM. Doors open 7:00 PM.

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March & Upcoming UP (Urban Prairie) Team Events

As always, keep checking the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal). Events emails are only sent out once per month, but the calendar is kept updated as information comes in. Click on the event and then the “more details” to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics. Each event has at least one contact person.
If you are planning to attend an event , please RSVP to the contact person shown on the calendar so that person could let you know of any changes.   
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March, 2018

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
  • Saturday, March 3 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, http://tinyurl.com/UPTeamCalBayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Monday, March 5 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. NO WORKDAY.
  • New!  Wednesday, March 7 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC) and  Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) joint project to grow prairie plants for savannah restorations at HANC. Project Leader Allen Brymer is also there Thursday and Monday mornings. Anyone who wants to volunteer on these days need to first contact Allen at abrymer@katyprairie.org . 9am – noon
  • Thursday, March 8 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, March 10 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near entrance to Japanese Garden), 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, March 14 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00a – noon. Last month’s workdays were cancelled, so help is needed to clean up and cut back the demonstration garden. Free Plants:  Extra plants that we pull out are free to take home. Lots of frogfruit and swamp sunflower among others.
  • Wednesday, March 14 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • NEW! Friday, March 16 (3rd Fridays): 9am – noon. Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew, Kayak/Canoe Access (Woodway, immediately west of 610), invasive control and working on a recently planted restoration project. 9 am – noon. Contact volunteer@memorialparkconservancy.org for more information, since location differs each month.
  • Wednesday, March 21 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, March 22 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, March 24 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday. 9:00am -noon. Come and see the early spring wildflowers!  Especially NEEDED: Exxon Mobile employees, retirees, and/or immediately family members to form a team and earn a $500 donation from Exxon Mobile. The effort is led by retiree Allen Potvin and his wife Hazel, board member of Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas. For more information or to RSVP: HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org
  • Saturday, March 24 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
  • Wednesday, March 28 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.

Upcoming in April

For more information & RSVP contact, go to tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal
  • Monday, April 2 (1st Mondays): Nature Discovery Center. Monday Morning Gardening, 9:30 am noon.
  • Wednesday, April 4 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Saturday, April 7 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Wednesday, April 11 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, April 11 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Thursday, April 12 (2nd & 4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, April 14 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near entrance to Japanese Garden), 9:00am – noon
  • Wednesday, April 18 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon.
  • Friday, April 20 (3rd Fridays): Memorial Park Conservancy, Conservation Crew, Kayak/Canoe Access (Woodway, immediately west of 610), invasive control and working on a recently planted restoration project. 9am – noon.Contact volunteer@memorialparkconservancy.org for more information, since location differs each month.
  • Wednesday, April 25 (weekly on Wednesdays): HANC/MPC Greenhouse Volunteer Workday, 9am – noon
  • Thursday, April 26 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park, 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday, 9:00am -noon.**Also Deer Park Prairie Spring Prairie Day & City Nature Challenge!** Program specifics upcoming at Houstonprairie.org or email HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org for more information. Join HNPAT’s Spring Prairie Day and take lots of photos to post on iNATURALIST, since this is during the City Nature Challenge. Come and see the early spring wildflowers! Organized events of the City Nature Challenge can be found at houstonprairie.org/CNCactivities/
  • Saturday, April 28 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda), 9:00am -noon
General workday attire/needs: long pants and closed toe shoes. Optional: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, insect repellent, water. If you have them bring some garden tools like garden gloves, trowel and/or shovel.

Want to volunteer in your own home? Join the Great Grow Out Program. Katy Prairie Conservancy is seeking volunteers to grow (in the comfort of their own home) plants from wild collected seeds that we will send you. Then return the seedlings to KPC for restoration projects! Don’t forget to keep a few for your garden!

Instructions in the form of a Grower’s Handbook or in the form of videos are at www.katyprairie.org/ggo. For more information, view the webpage or contact Lshen@katyprairie.org

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