Shell Funds Deer Park Prairie Education Program

For up-to-date news of the Deer Park Prairie Education Program, go to DPP Education News.

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Shell Oil Company recognizes the significance of prairie conservation through educational opportunities.  The company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX, home to one of Shell’s largest facilities!

SHELL OIL COMPANY’S INITIAL GRANT OF $68K to NPAT’s LAWTHER DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE ESTABLISHED ITS EDUCATION PROGRAM

Shell’s $68K Grant was awarded to NPAT (Native Prairies Association of Texas) in 2018, designated for a new position, Director of Education, at Deer Park Prairie! This generous gesture is benefiting many local teachers and students!

Me CroppedNPAT selected Della Barbato to serve in this new position in April, 2018. Ms. Barbato has been developing an educational program including: student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie, and facilitating a strong partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area!  She is developing a  grassland biome curriculum which will include demonstration trunks and activities she will present to classes in local schools.

In 2019, Shell generously donated $55,000 to the Deer Park Prairie Education Program to fund the following projects:

  • Student Prairie Programs
  • Teacher Education Workshops
  • Adult Education Programs
  • Prairie Field Trips
  • Girls Summer Camp

Della blogged about Shell’s generosity in the DPP Education News.

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Deer Park Prairie: gulf muhly in bloom, early October, 2018.  Seed collector beyond the mowed path as seen from the viewing platform.