2018 Monthly Meetings


2018 Meetings/Events
Meetings are held on the Fourth WEDNESDAYS: Except November & December and are open to the public

Our meetings will usually be held at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in the
McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park!
1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004

(parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum)
Approximate GPS location: https://goo.gl/maps/j8msQ
Please join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments & presentation at 7:00 pm


If coming from the North on 59, exit Fannin. Turn left at Hermann Drive, then right on Caroline Street into Hermann Park by the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

If coming from the Southwest on 59, exit and turn right at Main Street. Go around Mecom Fountain and take Hermann Park Drive toward Sam Houston Monument and into the Park.

If coming from the North on 288, exit MacGregor and turn right onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance.

If coming from the South on 288, exit MacGregor, turn left onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance. 

(parking lot entrance is at the corner of Crawford and Hermann Dr. Do not drive into the park as some maps direct.) 

January 24, 2018

Seed Cleaning Party Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy:

We will be cleaning seeds collected this fall and putting them in packets to be distributed to people willing to grow them out for KPC’s Great Growout Program. Come and see what these native seeds look like, how to clean them, and take some home. Learn about prairie plants and seeds from KPC experts.   KPC is providing pizza!

February 28, 2018


This month we have the honor of hosting Jim Blackburn, who will be discussing the Texas Coastal Exchange, a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University, for buying and selling ecological services such as carbon sequestration, water supply enhancement, flood mitigation and fish and wildlife enhancement. Restoration of coastal and inland prairies is a key driver of Texas Coastal Exchange, and this restoration along with certain grazing techniques could revolutionize conservation thinking as well as the farm and ranch economy and the oil and gas industry.

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and professor in the practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University.  At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the SSPEED Center and directs the undergraduate minor in Energy and Water Sustainability.  Texas A&M Press published Blackburn’s Book of Texas Bays in 2004 and his new book, A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, was published in 2017 by Texas A&M Press. Blackburn has also co-authored a book of poems and paintings with artist Isabelle Scurry Chapman titled Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision.  Blackburn still maintains his private law firm, Blackburn Carter, and also owns a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design that is working on coastal Louisiana land loss issues including restoration.


March 29, 2018Note a date change to Thursday!

John Louis Pat Mercado Gregg Dimmick Bernardo
Come learn about what lies beneath the prairie!  The presentation will be an introduction to the archaeology of  Houston and the Gulf Coast area, covering several archaeological surveys and excavations conducted by the Houston Archaeological Society recently, which have resulted in the discovery of prehistoric and historic sites and the recovery of many important artifacts.  We look forward to showing your group how we “dig up Texas history, one trowel full at a time”!
Linda Gorski is a researcher and writer who has had a lifelong interest in archaeology and history.  She has been an avocational archaeologist for 40 years and currently serves as President of the Houston Archaeological Society, leading the society in surveys and excavations in Houston and Southeast Texas.    She was also appointed by the Texas Historical Commission to serve as a  member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network, a group of highly trained avocational archaeologists who work closely with THC professionals.
Louis Aulbach, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Rice University and the University of Chicago. He retired in 2008 after over seventeen years as the Records Management Officer for the City of Houston.    He served on the Harris County Historical Commission in the 2009-2010 term.     Aulbach is vice president of Houston Archaeological Society and is also a member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network.  Gorski and Aulbach are authors of several books including a series of  guides to paddling the rivers of west Texas, including the Rio Grande, the Devils and the Pecos Rivers.  They have also written a history of Houston as it developed along Buffalo Bayou titled “Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings” and  a book on Camp Logan, a WWI training center that was built in what is now Memorial Park.  They are currently writing a series of walking guides to archaeological sites in Rome.

April 25, 2018

Alligators snapping turtles

Turtles are part of the prairie ecosystem too!  As prairie people, we don’t always think about turtles – join Eric Munscher as he shares some interesting information on the several turtle species of the Gulf Coast prairie.

Eric C. Munscher is currently a Research Ecologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and is based in Houston, Texas.  He obtained his B.Sc from Penn State University and an M.Sc from the University of North Florida in 2007.  Eric is also the Principal Investigator of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s – North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG).  Eric has been studying turtle populations in Florida and Texas Springs for over 19 years.  Eric is also a Florida certified Gopher Tortoise agent.  He has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast and northeast regions.  (Photographed by Arron Tuggle).

April 28, 2018

Spring Prairie Day at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie!

May 23, 2018

TBA – Plus stay tuned for a special Members Only event at Deer Park Prairie in May!

June 27, 2018

Plus we’ll co-host the Invasive Species ID and Treatment Workshop at Deer Park Prairie on June 23 as part of the Coastal Prairie Partnership!

July 25, 2018

Dr. Wade Harrell, the U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, will present on Whooping Crane conservation. As a fifth generation Texan with a passion for conservation, his early years in South Texas afforded him his enthusiasm for wildlife, marine life and ecosystems. He has degrees from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Oklahoma State University. After obtaining his PhD in rangeland ecology in 2004, he returned to Texas and served with The Nature Conservancy for six years. In 2009, Dr. Harrell began work at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he led a team of biologists in restoring and maintaining diverse wildlife habitats.

Plus a fun event at Deer Park Prairie to celebrate National Moth week!

August 22, 2018


September 26, 2018

Amie Treuer- Kuehn from Texas Parks and Wildlife will talk about their Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper (“TEAM”) project.   TEAM is an interactive mapping tool to assist in understanding Texas habitats and to integrate Ecological Mapping Systems Data with land management and resource planning of all types.

Fall Prairie Day also happens in September!

October 17, 2018

Wild About Houston Film Festival at Rice University

November 28, 2018

Prairie Stampede annual celebration and awards ceremony!