Deer Park Prairie


The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) became the owners of the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve on January 27, 2014 and signed the conservation easement agreement with the Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC) on February 14, protecting this rare prairie for eternity.  The preservation of this phenomenal prairie was achieved when BLC raised the purchase price of $4 million dollars in less than a month!

The Houston Chapter is involved in all aspects of the Deer Park Prairie from conservation and maintenance to providing docents for visitors to educating children. Everyone, please join us in this endeavor!

Native Prairies Assoc. of Texas Director of Education Della Barbato
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Della Barbato was appointed NPAT’s Director of Education in April of 2018 for Lawther Deer Park Prairie.  Della will develop an educational program including student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area.  She will also develop grassland biome curriculum to include demonstration trunks and activities to be taken to local schools for presentation in classes.

Della has been dedicated to the Earth and its ecosystems for almost 20 years.  Since 2011 she has owned an environmental education business called Earth Voice where she facilitates tailored, entertaining, interactive programs to various audiences.  Her goal is to educate and motivate audiences to nurture a connection to their environment and community.

Della has previously served as Education Director for two environmental non-profits, is a Master Naturalist and is a board trustee for the Citizens Environmental Coalition.  In 2014 Della was awarded a travel grant to Cambodia where she co-facilitated several zero waste and recycling workshops in a community-based ecotourism village. She is a former Montessori middle school science teacher and seed biology technician.

Della has a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with a focus on seed physiology.

Della enjoys being in nature, photography and bird watching.  Her greatest passion is travel and she has visited 26 countries.

Della can be reached at

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