2019 Prairie Stampede – Prairie Awards & Holiday Potluck

All are invited to the Prairie Potluck Holiday Celebration & Awards Dinner (free) on Wed., December 4 at 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
We always have fun at this annual event celebrating our prairie champions (scroll down to read about our honorees) and prairie achievements of the current year. This year HNPAT (Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas) and Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) will be supplying the turkey. PLEASE REGISTER so we can have a headcount. Also please register using the above link rather than through the facebook event.
 The Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas will be honoring long-time prairie champion and Galveston Bay Area Chapter – Texas Master NaturalistJim Duron with the 2019 Prairie Volunteer Award for his tireless work!
CPP will award the 2019 Flo Hannah Prairie Excellence Award for career achievement to Bill Neiman of Native American Seed for his multi-decade efforts in growing prairie seeds at scale and for his advocation of prairies across Texas and the Dick Benoit Upper Texas Coast Prairie Award to Dr. Stephen Benigno of Harris County Flood Control District for his pioneering prairie research. 
We will also hear success stories from many other organizations and individuals in the coastal prairie community of Greater Houston and the Cajun Prairie, so get those stories ready!
Be ready to send a slide of your successes this year. Cassidy Johnson is also putting together a running loop of 2019 photos of prairie projects/people/activities, so send yours to her at PrairiePartner@gmail.com. Preferred format is to have the photo(s) and captions on powerpoint slide(s).
6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Pot luck starts
7:00 p.m. Program starts
Acknowledgement: Flyer and words by Jaime Gonzalez with modifications

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 Lan.Shen@txgcmn.org . 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 https://www.gchouston.org/bulb-plant-mart-info/:

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 Lshen@katyprairie.org 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 tinyurl.com/DPP190720

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 HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org

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.