2017 Monthly Meetings

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2017 Meetings/Events
Meetings are held on the Fourth WEDNESDAYS: Except November & December and are open to the public

Our meetings will mostly be at the new 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

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

We’re still working the schedule and fleshing out the details, so check back often, but it’s going to be a great year!

January 25, 2017

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 22, 2017

claudia-vassarClaudia Gee Vassar, interim executive director of the Houston Botanic Garden will speak about plans for the garden, which will be developed on a 120-acre site located on Sims Bayou in the Glenbrook area of Houston. 

Claudia is a native Houstonian and Rice graduate who earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. After practicing real estate and corporate law for a decade, Claudia decided to make a career change and began working with Houston nonprofits to help guide them through periods of transition and growth. She served as Interim Executive Director for SIRE, Inc., EMERGE Fellowship, and ArtBridge, and completed consulting projects for local organizations including the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, Young Audiences of Houston, and Main Street Ministries. Claudia is excited to be working intimately with her first green organization and has enjoyed the camaraderie and collaboration to help people enjoy the outdoors and inspire them to be good environmental stewards.

March 22, 2017

Brian Loflin, author of Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide, will be speaking about his book and about Texas grasses!  This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

April 26, 2017

Dr. Morgan Russell from Texas A&M will be speaking about plants on the Texas prairie.

May 24, 2017

Bob Honig from the Katy Prairie Conservancy will be teaching us about the beautiful dragonflies we see around us.  The talk will end with attendees going out into Hermann Park to see what dragonflies we can find!

June 28, 2017

Andy Newman from Houston Flood Control will be speaking about the challenges of restoring our Texas rice fields to viable prairie ecosystems.

July 26, 2017

Tim White from Environeering, a Houston-based environmental consulting firm,  will discuss a project involving remediation of an old refinery and the site’s restoration to native grasslands, riparian and wetland areas.

August 23, 2017

Film Festival!

September 27, 2017

Sarah Flourney from Houston Audubon will be talking about their “Bird Friendly Communities” initiative.

October 25, 2017

TBA

November/December

Prairie Stampede annual Prairie Awards and Celebration!