Annual Prairie Stampede – Wednesday, December 4


Register Here

Join the prairie community of southeast Texas and coastal Louisiana as we celebrate the great work happening locally to save, restore, and teach prairies. We will present awards to prairie champions and enjoy a delicious potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share. Register today!

As in past years, the program will include 2019 Prairie Accomplishments. Promote your group’s 2019 prairie accomplishments by sending a powerpoint slide or two summarizing these accomplishments to . Your slides will be forwarded and included in the program.

6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Pot luck starts
7:00 p.m. Program starts

Link to Flyer

Nine Natives at Garden Club of Houston’s Bulb Mart

Last year’s sale of Nine Natives at the Bulb Mart was so successful that the ladies of the Garden Club of Houston led by Margaret Pierce grew more Nine Natives for this year’s Bulb Mart, which will be held today & tomorrow. The specifics from

Friday, 10/4/19 9am-5pm

Saturday, 10/5/19 9am-2pm

Location: The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, 77019

Margaret sent some photos of this year’s display.



New to Nine Natives? Read about it at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Nine Natives page or in our blog.

A testimonial about Nine Natives: Maria Onufrow on wrote,

“I just wanted to say thanks to those involved for making this a reality. I bought the flats of nine natives last year at the Bulb and Plant Mart and planted them in my garden. They are doing great! I’d be interested in buying more if they are on sale again.”


Shell Funds Deer Park Prairie Education 2019/20

We are excited to announce that Shell has funded the following education programs: Thank you Shell Deer Park!

  • Student Prairie Programs $ 10,000.00
  • Teacher Education Workshops $10,000.00
  • Adult Education Programs $ 5,000.00
  • Prairie Field Trips $ 15,000.00
  • Girls Summer Camp $ 15,000.00

We are still looking for funding for the Prairie Art Contest and Evening Education Programs.

Della Barbato – Director of Education Deer Park Prairie

Teaching City-Slickers about Prairies through School Lessons, Pocket Prairies, Storytelling and Technology


North American Prairie Conference

June 5 – Della Barbato, Director of Education, co-facilitated an education workshop at the NAPC with Jaime Gonzales titled Prairie 101 – Teaching City-Slickers about Prairies through School Lessons, Pocket Prairies, Storytelling and Technology.  I asked Rhonda Burrow from Katy High School to discuss her experiences building a one-acre pocket prairie on her campus.  Workshop topics discussed:  NPAT and history, Deer Park Prairie and history, my student and adult education programs, connecting the ecosystem to belief and value systems, teaching audiences about themselves and where they live, connecting to neighborhoods, building pocket prairies with signage to educate and a name that connects with them, and building the Katy HS Pocket Prairie.

KPC’s Seed Collection Season Starts

Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Seed Collection Season for 2019 starts this month with two seed collecting trips:

  • Wednesday, July 10, to Deer Park Prairie
  • Friday, July 12 to Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve

For more information and to register, see  2019 Seed collecting  information sheet.

To be notified of future seed collecting trips, please email and ask to be placed on KPC’s seed collecting email list.





MOTH NIGHT at Deer Park Prairie!

For a copy of the flyer in pdf click here.

Join the Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas (HNPAT)

For Our Annual Moth Night 

Saturday, July 20, 2019
at Deer Park Prairie
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536

(Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses)
Register at

8:30 p.m. Doors open – visitors are encouraged to walk and view the prairie in the relative coolness and breeze around sunset
~ 9:00 p.m. or after dark: Moth and night insect viewing begins
Visitors are welcome to drop by and leave at any time.  Cost: Free


Moth and insect enthusiasts Katy Emde and John Schneider will set up black (UV) lights and white screen to attract moths and other night insects.  We had some Harris County firsts last year and a lot of fun! Once it gets dark, we’ll see what shows up!  We’ll be ID’ing, photographing and talking moths and other night insects such as the silver butt beetle. Light refreshments will be served in the house – please register, so we can get an estimate for food.

For more information, contact

DPP Education News

Check out a new section of this website. NPAT’s Education Director Della Barbato will be blogging up-to-date news of the Deer Park Prairie Education Program in our new DPP Education News section.

This section can also be accessed by hovering over the top menu “Shell Funds DPP Education” tab. Then click the DPP Education News in the drop down section.

Improve Wildlife Habitat of a Disturbed Property

Photo from the article

In the May, 2019, Texas Wildlife is an article by Keith Pawelek, Associate Director of Texas Naive Seeds Program titled “Land Disturbance, Problem or Opportunity”. The article gives tips on how to use land disturbance as an opportunity to improve the wildlife habitat of a property and can be found at this link: The emphasis is on seeding with native plants.

Thanks to Alyssa Conn for pointing out this article.

For a size to actually read it, hover the cursor on the page and click the full screen icon that appears (on the lower right). Aside: I hate issuu, however, that is the only format where I found the article. How long the link will be active is unknown, so if you want to save the article, take screen shots and save that way.