Upcoming Prairie Events

Check out all the upcoming prairie events
and SAVE THE DATES!

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.

 


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Reminder: Invasive Species ID + Field Application (Sat, 6/24) & Butterfly ID Class (corrected – Thur 6/29)

Just a few more spaces left for this Saturday’s (6/24) Invasive Species ID Class and Field Application (9:00 am – noon) to be taught at Deer Park Prairie (DPP) by Glenn Merkord, essentially DPP’s volunteer “Land Manager”. This workshop will be a great primer on invasive species of the coastal prairie and will provide hands-on demonstrations of how to control these noxious weeds. $15 class fee includes materials and lunch. Class rated for novices. Click here for more information and registration.

Come and see the wildflowers in bloom at Deer Park Prairie and how non-native invasives are being controlled to ensure continued abundance of our native prairie wildflowers.

        

More spaces are also open for next Thursday’s Prairie Butterfly ID Class (6/29, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) . Wally Ward, member of Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas (B.E.S.T.), as well as Katy Prairie Conservancy Board Member and President of Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston will give an overview of local prairie butterflies and their identification at Trini Mendenhall Community Center in Spring Branch. Class rated for novices.  Click here for more information and registration.

Class participants are encouraged to practice their new knowledge and join Wally on a local butterfly field trip on Saturday, July 8th, 10 a.m. – noon at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indian Grass Preserve. For more information and registration for the field trip, Click here.  Note: due to unexpected problems, previous offer for a field trip on July 1st has been cancelled.

Volunteers Needed for Workdays at Deer Park Prairie in July!

NPAT is holding three workdays at the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities on Saturdays, July 18 & 26, and Monday, July 21 for anyone interested in being involved with this ‘platinum’ prairie, a landmark in Texas land conservation. The main tasks for all workdays are invasive and non-native plant species removal and other maintenance tasks around the prairie. We also have volunteer options inside the air-conditioned Deer Park Prairie Headquarters as well. Food will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers will be allowed to collect limited amount of selected seeds for personal use. Mark your calendar for these opportunities to help promote the health of this one-of-a-kind prairie and to participate in history in the making!

We really need your volunteer hours to satisfy our share of matching funds for a Texas Park and Wildlife Department grant, so we would very much appreciate it if everyone, especially Texas Master Naturalists, would allow NPAT to count your volunteer hours instead of reporting this as TMN or other organizational volunteer hours.

Someone from NPAT will be at Deer Park Prairie during the hours listed below, so please come when you can and stay as long as you are able. If you know ahead of time, please RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org to help us plan.  If you decide at the last minute, please just come.

Saturday, July 19 – 7:00 am – 6:00pm

  • Mainly removal of woody invasive plant species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis: We really need help to remove the larger than 2” diameter woody invasive plant species in areas outside of the natural mottes before the brush hog comes through, tentatively in August, to cut the prairie for the first time in about 3 years.
  • Lunch and water will be provided

Monday, July 21 – 9:00am – noon

  • Mainly removal of woody invasive species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis
  • Snacks and water will be provided.

Saturday, July 26 – 8:00am – 7:00pm

  • Mainly removal of woody invasive species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis
  • Lunch, water and dinner for field trip participants will be provided
  • From 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Katy Emde will be leading a field trip: “Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects” to look for nocturnal insects including native moths. RSVP for this HNPAT – CPP sponsored Prairie Power series is required – register now
  • Come early & volunteer. Have dinner with us. Stay for the moth field trip.

The prairie headquarters are located at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas, however, parking is available at the Primera Iglesia Bautista Church just down the street from the headquarters. This is to prevent any inconvenience to our neighbors by taking their parking spots. Please park at the church and walk down the street and check in at the headquarters when you arrive.

Bring garden gloves and whatever gardening tools that you have (loppers, pruners, chain saw, etc., marked with your name). Some tools will be available on site. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Also good to have: hat, sun screen, bug spray, and long sleeved shirt