UP Team/Aug: July Photos & News, Aug Events, & Fall Previews

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In July, the UP Team schedule had several changes. Since UP Team announcements are sent once per month, close to the workday you wish to attend, please check the UP Team calendar (tinyurl.com/UPTeamCalto view all updates. Click on the event and then the “more details” to show all details, including meeting place and parking specifics. All events have at least one contact person.
If you are planning to attend an event and RSVP’ed to the contact person, that person will let you know of any changes.
UP Team at Willow Waterhole Prairie Demo Garden
From Hazel Potvin:
“In February 2017, Willow Waterhole Greenway Park in SW Houston,  with the help of the the Department of Natural Resources  of the City of Houston, planted lots of prairie grasses and flowers in a newly created garden on S. Willow Drive.  Needless to say, no garden stays decent without care. Thanks to the vision of the Coastal Prairie Partnership, Urban Prairie gardening groups have been established to help maintain pocket prairies in schools, parks, and neighborhoods.  
A team of five members of the Houston Native Prairie Association of Texas  and two Westbury women  gathered on Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m. to tackle the weeds and find the plants originally planted in February.  The soil was moist and the day was cooling down to give good conditions for some gardening.  The team and anyone else wishing to join will meet again on Monday, August 21 at 6 p.m. to continue their work.  The best place to park is at 5310 S. Willow Dr., Houston 77035.  The garden is a short walk from there.  Bring your favorite weeder and gloves.
The UP Team members on July 17 were Jane Reierson, Diane Kerr, Maya Fletcher-bai, Sara Lyons, and Hazel Potvin.  Janie Schexnayder and Jackie Heidorn, who both helped plant the garden, joined in with the team and were glad to have help in maintaining the prairie garden.”
Photo credit: Agalinis purpurea at Willow Waterhole Project in SW Houston, Texas. Sept. 2010 by M.P.N.texan or PINKE at https://www.flickr.com/photos/8113246@N02/5037570404. Creative commons: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

UP Team at City of Houston Greenhouse in Memorial Park
Photos from Workday on July 13, 2017
Top left: Gail Baxter, GCMN-PPP liaison; 
right: UP Team volunteers;
bottom left: Jed Aplaca & Kelli Ondracek, Houston Park & Recreation Department’s (HPARD) Natural Resources Management Program (NRMP) Team.
Bottom center: Deer Park Prairie’s rough coneflower (Rudbeckia grandiflora) seedlings. Bottom right: San Jacinto Battleground’s beebalm (Monarda lindheimeri). Seedlings were from seeds collected by Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) and grown by Wally Ward, KPC’s germinator extraordinaire, and given to the NRMP for planting in city parks.
Facebook videos & photos of UP Team at with Houston Zoo’s Teen Conservation Program at 


Events This Month

Details of all events are on our calendar  tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal

Monday, August 21, Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Gardens, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From Hazel Potvin: “…We are currently trying to get the weeds down in the gardens which were planted in March with plants from the City of Houston Natural Resources Dept. We work from 6-8 in the evenings because of the heat. The address is 5500 block of S. Willow. We drive up into the area but you can park at The Gathering Place at 5310 S. Willow and walk over. ” To RSVP and for more information, contact Hazel Potvin, email: hazelnut856@yahoo.com
Regular monthly UP Team volunteer events are posted on the calendar at tinyurl.com/UPTeamCal. Check the calendar for location, time, contact information, and other details.
  • Saturday, August 5 (1st Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)
  • Wednesday, August 9 (2nd Wednesdays): Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Thursday, August 10 (2nd Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • Saturday, August 12 (2nd Saturdays): Hermann Park, Whistlestop Prairie Workday (near Japanese Garden)
  • Thursday, August 24 (4th Thursdays): Native (and mostly prairie) plant propagation at City of Houston Greenhouse at Memorial Park
  • Saturday, August 26 (4th Saturdays): Cancelled: Deer Park Prairie Workday
  • Saturday, August 26 (4th Saturdays): Hermann Park, Bayou Savannah Workday (near 6520 Almeda)

Save these future dates:

  • Monday, September 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
  • Saturday, September 30, Deer Park Prairie Fall Prairie Day & Bioblitz. Volunteers are needed to participate in the bioblitz and/or to man stations for visitors. Lunch will be served. 9:00 to 2:00 pm with bird survey at 7:30 am.
  • Monday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Willow Waterhole Demonstration Native Plant Gardens
  • Saturday, October 14, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting Event, 8100 Kenton St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 21, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Stuart Park Prairie Planting Event, 7270 Bellfort St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 28, HPARD’s Natural Resources Management Program – Clinton Park Prairie Planting Event, 200 Mississippi St., 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
General workday attire/needs: long pants and closed toe shoes. Optional: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, insect repellent, water. If you have them bring some garden tools like garden gloves, trowel and/or shovel.
Want to volunteer in your own home? Join the Great Grow Out Program. Katy Prairie Conservancy is seeking volunteers to grow (in the comfort of their own home) plants from wild collected seeds that we will send you. Then return the seedlings to KPC for restoration projects! Don’t forget to keep a few for your garden!

Instructions in the form of a Grower’s Handbook or in the form of videos are at www.KatyPrairie.org/ggo. For more information, view the webpage or contact Lan.Shen@txgcmn.org.

If you are not an UP (Urban Prairie) Team member, please join our team of volunteers interested in helping at urban pocket prairies and/or to communicate about prairies. See UP Team information and a flyer at this link. Or click here to get monthly emails on Urban Prairies activities that need your help!

Reminder: THIS Weekend is Bioblitz at Deer Park Prairie

Join us to catalog and view the flora and fauna of Deer Park Prairie!

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will be leading this event. See flyer on our home page HoustonPrairie.org for the entire weekend’s program on Saturday, 10/22 & Sunday, 10/23.

Sat, 10/8: Great Houston Wildlife Count

Join the count teams to photograph and count wildlife at four different locations throughout the day of Saturday, October 8. Really can’t make it that day? Go to our iNaturalists site (link to be posted soon) afterwards to see what we saw.

2016-great-houston-wildlife-countCopy of flyer here.
More information and to register at this link.


  • Mason Park: 7 am – 12 pm
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: 8 am – 11 am
  • Rice University/Hermann Park: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Buffalo Bayou Park: 4 pm – 7pm

Prairie Month Event Photos

Below are photos from some of the Prairie Month Events:

October 11, 2014: Bioblitz at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indian Grass Preserve.

We saw damselfly, green frog, two snakes, many plants native and non-native, plus the nursery behind the field office, where prairie plants for restoration are raised and volunteers work on Tuesdays. KPC is in the process of restoring Indian Grass Preserve with Boys Scouts’ planting prairie plants from gallon pots on November 15 and seeding of the prairie in January.  More bioblitz photos.


October 16, 2014: Restoration Roundup at the Rosenberg Civic Center & Seabourne Creek Park.

Videos of most morning talks are posted at the Coastal Prairie Partner’s website (prairiepartner.org).

Lisa Gray was presented the Dick Benoit Upper Texas Coast Prairie Award for her series of articles last year on Deer Park Prairie, articles that were one of the elements instrumental in saving the prairie.

Afternoon demonstrations were held at the Seabourne Creek Park Prairie. Chip Davis brought the burn box that he made for Harris County Flood Control. Jim Willis brought equipment appropriate for small pocket prairie restorations. More Restoration Roundup photos.


October 20, 2014:  Seed Collecting at the Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie. 


November 8, 2014: Prairie Pandemonium at Sheldon Lake State Park.

Thanks to Jerry Hamby for these photos:

Prairie Pandemonium Jerry Hamby IMG_9361

Thanks to all participants of Prairie Month.