TODAY thru Sat, 4/22: Three UP (Urban Prairie)Team Opportunities

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THIS AFTERNOON, 4/20, at Carnegie Vanguard HS: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1501 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019, google map goo.gl/maps/9eaejUFV8m52.Telephone of school (713) 732-3690
We will be planting and seeding the Cargnegie Vanguard High School’s roof prairie garden along with teacher Jaime Scott and her students. If the parking lot is full of parents picking up their children at 3:00 pm, park on the neighborhood streets. RSVP to Lan.shen@txgcmn.org by 2:00 pm today to get my cell phone number.

Saturday, April 22, St. Thomas University, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Address of the Father Meyers Pocket Prairie is 4106 Graustark, 77006. Google map link: goo.gl/maps/Jq4Cbp9bQw92
Help university students and Dr. Shivas Amin plant the Father Meyers Pocket Prairie, rain or shine unless there is a safety issue. Rain is predicted for part of Saturday morning, so please dress accordingly. Event day contact is Dr. Cassidy Johnson at 832-746-7584. Free street parking is available, but do abide by the “no parking” signs. There is also a parking garage on Graustark for $5 fee. Above is the new sign to be installed shortly.

Saturday, April 22, Deer Park Prairie, 9:00 am – noon

Help maintain this platinum quality prairie by invasive control and weeding the demonstration garden. Someone will be at t1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, 77536. Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. Please park in front of our house and along that side of the street or in the driveway. Please RSVP to Lan.shen@txgcmn.org by 6:30 am, 4/22, for event day contact phone number.

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.


City Nature Challenge:
https://nhm.org/nature/citizen-science/city-nature-challenge-2017-leaderboard
Houston is ahead in number of species! But Dallas got us beat by number of people posting and number of observations. However, photos taken with date stamp in the time period can be posted up to either Friday, April 21 or Saturday, April 22 and winners will be announced on Saturday, April 22 at noon. More information will be posted this afternoon (2/20) at the blog (right-hand column) at HoustonPrairie.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. Click the buttom below to get monthly emails on Urban Prairies activities that need your help!

Grassroots for Change

http://www.crowdrise.com/grassrootsforchange:   HELP BUILD MONARCH-FRIENDLY PRAIRIES ON HOUSTON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

GrassrootsForChange

“…The Grassroots for Change Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at raising funds to transform parts of Rice University, University of Houston, and the University of St. Thomas into vibrant pocket prairies. These pocket prairies will provide great habitat for pollinators (like monarch butterflies and native bees), provide a living laboratory for student research, and give campus visitors, students, and faculty a better sense of Houston and its rich history.”

Go to that webpage, view the video, and scroll down to the bottom to see the status of the challenge: “We are challenging (as a friendly competition) each school’s alumni, students, professors, and supporters to help raise the funds needed to create these new pocket prairies…”