Upcoming HNPAT Events

Save the Date: Saturday, July 17: Moth Night at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve

As they become available, updated information on this event will be posted on the homepage of HoustonPrairie.org.

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Wednesday, July 28 via Zoom: Lauren Simpson on Pollinators 

Wednesday, August 25 via Zoom: Jenny McCarthy of SWCA on Sage Grouse Study

Save the Date: Saturday, September 25, 6-9pm: Party for the Prairie

Join us for a fun evening of dinner and fundraiser for the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Education Program at the Silver Sycamore, 5111 Pine Avenue, Pasadena, TX 77503 (silversycamore.com)

TONIGHT, 6/23: Nine Natives for Shade Gardens by Beth Clark

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

Beth Clark, Professional Landscape Architect with Clark Condon, Landscape Architecture, will be talking about Nine Natives for Shade Gardens – Creating Simple Gardens With Native Prairie Plants

(Registration required – scroll down for registration link)

Following the original Nine Natives, presenting in 2018, The Houston Native Prairie Association, Katy Prairie Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy Texas, and Clark Condon, Landscape Architecture present the next step: Nine Natives for Shade Gardens. The purpose of this guide is to introduce a simple palette of native plants for shade gardens for the Houston area. Creating a garden using native plants or adding natives to an existing garden can be simple and rewarding. The Nine Natives for Shade Gardens (plus a few alternates) were selected to work together to give a beautiful show in the garden throughout the year.

Beth Clark is a professional Landscape Architect with over 30 years of design experience with the award winning firm of Clark Condon, Landscape Architecture. Recent projects include design for the Houston Parks Board Bayou 2020 trails system and the Houston Botanic Garden. Beth is on the board of HNPAT and Urban Harvest and has an passion for prairies, plants, and natives species.

Link to the Nine Natives for Shade Gardens booklet at tinyurl.com/9NativesForShade

Login starts at 6:30 p.m.; presentation at 7:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-6rpzgjE9Sb-jzV199DpYC4uXlZHxFu

Immediately upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information needed to join the meeting. Please check your spam folder if you do not see the confirmation e-mail in your Inbox.The easiest way to join the meeting is to simply click on the link provided in the confirmation e-mail. The password is incorporated in the link.

You may log in as early as 6:30 PM to work through any connection issues.

Addendum: Keep checking our website HoustonPrairie.org for information about the upcoming Moth Night at Deer Park Prairie on a weekend date between July 17 – July 24.

Upcoming Prairie Events

Check out all the upcoming prairie events

Scroll down for flyers for several of the events listed.

  • 2nd Wednesdays, June – December. HNPAT & Katy Prairie Conservancy sponsor seed collecting mornings at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX. RSVP is required to LShen@katyprairie.org
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Pollinator Workshop at Deer Park Prairie, 6PM – 8PM. An NPAT event. Registration required. Flyer below.
  • Saturday, June 23 – Invasive Plant Species ID and Treatment Workshop at Deer Park Prairie, 9AM – 1PM, taught by Glenn Merkord. Registration required – click here. A HNPAT & CPP event. Flyer below.
  • Saturday, June 30 – Houston Urban Conservation Summit, Sheldon Lake State Park, 9AM – 2PM with site tour option at 8AM. Registration required at this link. A HNPAT & CPP event. Flyer below.
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Prairie 101 Teacher Workshop, Deer Park Prairie, 9AM -3PM. Registration required. Flyer below
  • Tueday, July 24 – Prairie 201 Teacher Workshop (Teachers have attended 101 and have working pocket prairies on campus, with KPC), Deer Park Prairie, 9AM -3PM. Registration required. Flyer below.
  • Wednesday, July 25 & Saturday, July 28 – HNPAT celebrates National Moth Week with Moth Talk at 2700 Southwest Fwy on 7/25 & Moth Night at Deer Park Prairie on 7/28. See our blog here. Flyer below.


  • Annual Prairie Month Activities: end of September through mid-November
  • Saturday, September 29 – SAVE THE DATE – Fall Prairie Day at Deer Park Prairie.
  • Wednesday, October 17 – SAVE THE DATE – Houston GREEN Film Series @ Rice Media Center, 6:30PM – 9PM. In lieu of an October HNPAT meeting, HNPAT joins CPP and CEC to present this film event.
  • Wednesday, November 28 – SAVE THE DATE – Prairie Stampede at Houston Zoo. Annual awards presentation and gathering of the coastal prairie community. A HNPAT & CPP event.


Click photo below to get flyer in pdf form


Click photo below to get flyer in pdf form



To read the blog, click here.

Upcoming Prairie/Plant Events – compiled 150720

Tues, July 21: MD Anderson Prairie, 8:30 am – 10:30 am.  Workday to prune, to remove a few invasive species, and to treat for fire ants. Carpool from KPC office 3015 Richmond Ave., 77098, front parking lot – entrance on Eastside) at 8:10 am. Please RSVP, if possible, to Lan.shen@txgcmn.org

IMG_0659-smWed, July 22: Wildlife of Deer Park Prairie vs Sheldon Lake State Park’s Restored Prairie by TPWD Intern Pablo Pardo at Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of TX Meeting. 6:30 pm for refreshment, 7:00 pm, meeting starts. At the Cheries Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park’s Centennial Garden, 1500 Hermann Dr.. Parking lot is across the street from the Health Museum. More information: https://hnpat.wordpress.com/hnpat-activities/monthly-meetings/

Fri, July 24: National Moth Week Night at Deer Park Prairie. The Prairie will be open to visitors starting at 7:00 pm. for an evening walk. Sunset is at 8:20 pm. Katy Emde, our moth expert, will be setting up lights and screens to observe moths after dark. Event ends at 10:00 pm. 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, 77536. Since the following morning is bird survey and workday, anyone wishing to camp in the house or in the back yard is welcome. RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org is only necessary, if you wish to camp; campers must RSVP. Read about last year’s blog, “Silver Butt Beetle…” and more information about this event.

Sat, July 25:
Deer Park Prairie Bird Survey. 7:30 am.

Deer Park Prairie Seed Collecting with Jaime Gonzalez. 8:30 am – 10:00 am.  Rough coneflower is ready to collect and some Rosinweed.
Deer Park Prairie Workday. 9:00 am – noon. 
1222 E. Purdue Ln, 77536. Help build a viewing platform or set up a growout table, continued. No experience necessary. Contact: HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org or on workday: Glenn Merkord, 1-936-827-7978. Visitors’ information: https://hnpat.wordpress.com/visit-dpp/

Fri, July 31: NPSOT-H & GCMN Native Plant Garden @ Houston Zoo Workday: Meet at the front gate of the Zoo at 8:30 am. We will try to keep the work time short because of the heat. RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org and your email will be forwarded to coordinator, Sally Hilliard, in case of changes

Wed, Aug 5: Environmental Educators’ Exchange meeting at Deer Park Prairie. 6:30-7:00 PM Networking and Refreshments; 7:00-7:45 PM Guided tour of Deer Park Prairie; 7:45-8:30 PM EEE Affairs and EEE Roundtable Forum, meeting ends. Non-members welcome. More information: click here.

Sat, Aug 8: Project Blazing Star.  9:00 am – noon, at Pavilion next to 6520 Almeda.  Plant or weed the pocket prairie at Hermann Park’s Bayou Savannah. http://goo.gl/maps/pLe08. Contact: Lan.shen@txgcmn.org.

Thur, Aug 13: GCMN- (native) Plant Propagation Program. (Gulf Coast Master Naturalist) 9:00 am – noon, at Pavilion next to 6520 Almeda http://goo.gl/maps/pLe08.  No experience necessary; anyone interested in working with/learning about native plants is welcome.  Contact: celestemead@hotmail.com or  Lan.shen@txgcmn.org

To Join the Prairie Seed Collection Team and get email announcements whenever we go collecting seeds, please email Lan.shen@txgcmn.org with words “Add me to the seed collection email list.”

Save the Dates: Both at Houston Zoo – Thank You Houston Zoo!!!

  • Saturday, September 19, Native Plant Society of Tx – Houston’s Wildscapes Workshop
  • Thursday – Saturday, November 12-14, Southern Plants & Prairie Conference sponsored by Native Prairie Association of TX & Coastal Prairie Partnership

Email of May 22, 2015

5/23 Workday rescheduled to Saturday, 5/30. Bird survey, still 7:30, 5/23. Scott Barnes, landscape designer is speaker at 5/27 meeting, 6:30p. HNPAT updates and news will be in another email to be sent in a couple of days.
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Tomorrow’s (5/23) Workday is Rescheduled to Saturday, 5/30
Bird Survey with Damien Carey will still be at 7:30 a.m. TOMORROW, 5/23

Workday on Saturday, May 30 will be at the regular time of 9:00 am – noon. The prairie will also be open to visitors at that time. Contact: Glenn Merkord 1-936-827-7978.

Bird survey will still take place on 5/23 at 7:30 a.m.

Deer Park Prairie: 1222 E. Purdue Lane 77536. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Recommended are long sleeved shirt, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water.

HNPAT Meeting – Wednesday, May 27

Using ‘Ecological Landscape Design’ to Create Small-scale Prairies

by Scott Barnes, Landscape Designer

Scott Barnes, Landscape Designer and owner of his own company,Applied Habitats, ​specializes in restoring native plant communities including prairies in urban (City of Houston Permit Building, Green Roof Design and Installation) and rural (George Ranch, Fort Bend County) areas.Scott will be defining and explaining the importance of the guiding principle that he uses for his projects – Ecological Landscape Design. He will explain how to use the science of ecology and design – as separate but equal bases – for selecting and assembling plant populations and plant communities so that the human and ecological criteria will be met.

Scott will also provide practical “how-to’s” of putting in small-scale prairies or prairie gardens.

HNPAT meetings are held
at the new Cherie Flores Pavilion in
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 (note google maps has not been correctly updated.).
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Speakers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – talk about the Wildlife Habitat Federation byprobably Jim Willis.  See HNPAT blog “Wildlife Habitat Federation & Audio of Bob White Quail Calls” for more information about Jim and this topic.Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – A Texas Park & Wildlife Department Intern will talk about his summer research on fauna surveys of Deer Park Prairie, including information from the frog logger that was installed by Kelly Norrid & Diana Foss on January 28, 2015 (see video – start watching the video at the 2 minute mark.).

Kill A Fire Ant – Save A Prairie Chicken

Campaign lasts through the month of May.

Help save the​ extremely endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, unique to Texas & Louisiana, by donating to kill red imported fire ants, which are out-competing the prairie chicken for the available food – the insects. A very worthy cause! Go to the website crowdrise.com/SaveOurChickenS to read about the problem and possible solution.

NEW Location for HNPAT Meetings – Start April 22

680x400_cherie_flores_pavilion-680x400New location!
Starting with the April 22, 2015 meeting
1500 Hermann Dr. 77004
Enter parking lot from Hermann Dr.
across the street from the Health Museum

Although the March 25th HNPAT meeting will still be at 3015 Richmond Ave. 77098, starting with the Wednesday, April 22 meeting, we will be at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in the new McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park. Enter the parking lot from Hermann Dr., just across the street from the Health Museum.

Approximate GPS location: https://goo.gl/maps/j8msQ (note google maps has not been correctly updated.).

More on Monarchs – Talk Recorded – Google Group – etc.

Barbara Keller Willy speaking on "Milkweed A Dinner For Butterfly Royalty" at HNPAT meeting, February 25, 2015

Barbara Keller Willy speaking on “Milkweed A Dinner For Butterfly Royalty” at HNPAT meeting, February 25, 2015

Thanks to Barbara Keller Willy for a very enlightening talk at our February meeting, which set a record for attendance!

Upon the suggestion of Wally Ward, who could not make the meeting, Jaime Gonzalez of Coastal Prairie Partnership & Katy Prairie Conservancy recorded the talk and the slides.  View at links below:

Jaime also set up a google group: Monarch Butterfly Exchange – Greater Houston for discussions concerning local milkweeds and monarchs. Email Jaime at prairiepartner@gmail.com for invitation to join. Also available from Jaime is access to a google drive with Monarch related documents.

Don’t miss Malcolm Vidrine’s talk on Monarchs at the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter meeting on April 16, 2015!

“Growing Milkweed Dinners for Monarchs” @ HNPAT Meeting, Feb. 25 (Wed), Speaker: Barbara Keller-Willy

Native Milkweed at Deer Park Prairie by Kelly Walker

Lots of links in this blog, but follow them all to get great information about native milkweeds!

“Growing Milkweed Dinners for Monarchs, Native Prairie Milkweeds” will be the subject of Barbara Keller-Willy‘s talk at the February meeting of Houston-NPAT. Barbara is NPAT & HNPAT board member, member of Coastal Prairie Texas Master Naturalist, Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer, and first vice-president of the Sugar Land Garden Club.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Meeting at 3015 Richmond Avenue, 1st floor
(parking lot entrance on Eastside)
6:30 p.m. – Refreshment; 7:00 p.m. Program Begins

Barbara has her own greenhouse and grows many native milkweeds and will be bringing some for door prizes at the meeting. She also has installed several monarch way stations, two of which she donated last year for the Prairie Celebration silent auction.

She wrote a Spotlight article for Brenda Beust Smith’s Lazy Gardener & Friends Houston Garden Newsletter. Click here for her article (or http://tinyurl.com/ommb5mc).

Join us and learn about Monarchs & Milkweeds from Barbara!

More information concerning growing native milkweeds, especially Asclepias tuberosa are below:

  • Barbara in an email dated April 9, 2014 wrote this about growing native milkweed from seed:
    Attached [click link], please find my recommended method of growing native milkweeds.  It has resulted in 75% plus germination rate.  Of the seed pods I myself examine for readiness, I have closer to a 90% germination rate. I’m going to share with everybody but wish to be credited when it used. I’m currently working with a professor to publish a paper on this subject.  My research has included measuring temperature, soil, stem growth, % of shade, watering etc. so it is fact based and replicated.
  • Sent by Doris Heard are two wonderful articles in the Spring, 2014 Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society. The first has photos of many native milkweeds. In the second, Professor (retired) Malcolm Vidrine gives his method of germinating and growing native milkweeds, especially Asclepias tuberosa. Malcolm Vidrine will speak on Monarchs and Milkweeds at the Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter meeting on April 16, 2015 at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 7:00 p.m. for refreshments & 7:30 p.m. for program.
  • Sent by Michael Eckenfels are the following links:


Birding at Deer Park Prairie: January 28 HNPAT Meeting at Deer Park Prairie

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
HNPAT Meeting
Birding at Deer Park Prairie:
A Look at Birds that Utilize a Coastal Prairie Remnant

6:30 p.m. (Refreshment); 7:00 p.m. (Meeting starts)
At the House on Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536

Presented by:
Damien Carey – Birding Expert who has been doing bird surveys at DPP since 2013
Pat Merkord – NPAT Executive Director, Birder and Organizer of DPP Birding Surveys

Find out how birds rely on and utilize Lawther Deer Park Prairie throughout the year and why this rare remnant prairie is so significant to coastal bird populations including neotropical migrants, grassland species, winter & summer residents and breeding birds.

Note: The meeting will be at Deer Park Prairie because the conference room at 3015 Richmond Ave. is unavailable that day.
For carpooling from Meyerland (near the Starbucks & Becks Prime), contact Lan at HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org . Probable meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

Join Damien Carey for a morning of bird surveying and/or Glenn Merkord for workday on Saturday, January 24.  Bird survey starts at 7:30 a.m.; workday is 9:00 a.m. – noon.  1222 E. Purdue Lane, 77536. Contact HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org.  Your information will be forwarded to either Damien or Glenn.