2018 Seed Collecting Season Starts!

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn about prairie grasses. Join friends and family for outdoor fun while gathering seeds ripe for collecting. No experience necessary as we work to support numerous organizations in the region. Make an impact and visit prairies often not open to the public.
The seed collecting trips are Katy Prairie Conservancy volunteer events. To be notified of other future seed collecting trips, please email Lshen@katyprairie.org with your email address and subject: “Place me on the seed collecting list”

2nd Wednesdays June – December at Deer Park Prairie

1st Fridays in July & August on the Katy Prairie

Hi Seed Collectors, 
Another seed collecting season has started. Come and collect seeds and see the prairie in bloom starting this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Deer Park Prairie. From June – December, the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas will host Second Wednesdays seed collecting at Deer Park Prairie, 9:00 am – noon.
On first Fridays, July 6 and August 3, seed collectors will have an opportunity to visit Katy Prairie Conservancy properties to either collect seeds and/or plant some prairie plants in the ground in restoration areas.
1.  Second Wednesdays, June – December
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Meet at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas 77035 (Google map)
  • Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses
  • Please do bring a signed liability release (NPAT)
  • Carpool: Reply to this email for carpooling opportunity from the Kroger parking lot at S. Post Oak & W. Bellfort or from a residential area adjacent to S. Main & Buffalo Speedway
  • Upcoming seed collecting 2nd Wednesdays at Deer Park Prairie are on
    July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12
2. Friday, July 6, 2018 – Katy Prairie Conservancy – Indiangrass Preserve
General Instructions:  
  • Everyone is welcome!
  • You may collect for KPC, for any other non-profit organization, or for your own personal use
  • If you have them, please bring pruners or scissors, a bucket or a reusable grocery bag, and a pen. Supplies are available if needed.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. We recommend you bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt, and a camera.
  • Water and light snack are usually available.
**********  Equipment of a Serious Seed Collector  *************
Cullen Ondrasek using a self-made seed collecting apparatus that allows him to collect with both hands. He credits the original idea to Tom Solomon.

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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Early Fall Seed Collecting Trips – 9/20 to 11/9

IT’S SEED COLLECTING TIME!

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Time 9:00 am – ~11:30 am
Dates & Locations:

No experience is necessary.  Collectors are very welcome to take some seeds home to grow or share with friends! Register here.

This fall, by volunteering to collect seeds, you will have opportunities to visit prairies or areas usually only open by appointment. We invite you to register, using the link below.  Please join Lan Shen and enjoy mornings on the prairie, while collecting seeds of native prairie plants for the Coastal Prairie Seed Increase Program and for use in restoration projects, in city pocket prairies, and in the Great Grow Out.

Registration required, so that we may notify you in case of cancellation due to inclement weather. Please click on this link to register

Help HNPAT plan 2016

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HNPAT email of 12/16/15 was sent and can be viewed at this link. Most of the information is also on our home page.

We are asking for your help in planning and organizing HNPAT FOR 2016. Please indicate in the doodle poll all times that you will be available to meet and plan. Possible locations are Luby’s at Waugh, Luby’s at S. MacGregor, or Cleburne’s Cafeteria.

More December, 2015 Seed Collecting Trips

Sign up to be on the seed collecting email announcement list – email HNPAT​@TexasPrairie.org

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Seed Collecting
Friday, 12/11/15 @ Nash Prairie
Sunday, 12/13/15 @ Deer Park Prairie
Friday, 12/18/15 @ UH Coastal Center in La Marque
Seed Collecting at Nash Prairie, 10-12-15
Seed Collecting at Nash Prairie on 10/12/2015

Hi Seed Collectors,

Please join us for more seed collecting events this month (scroll down for details for each event).

  • Friday, December 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – noon or later at Nash Prairie just south of Brazos Bend State Park
  • ​Sunday, December 13, 2015, 1:00 pm to ~4:00 pm​ at Deer Park Prairie​ with Lan
  • Friday, December 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at UH Coastal Center with Jaime​ & Lan

Please RSVP with your cell phone number and indicate which event. You will be given date of event contact number.​ Late deciders are also welcome, but please know that we will not be able to contact you in case of cancellation.

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn prairie plants. Walk with a companion in the prairie & run your hands up the appropriate seed head. Seeds that easily fall in your hand are ripe for collection. Or walk with a pair of scissors/pruners to cut off seeds with tough stems.

As always, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring clippers if you have them.  Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

*** Specific Information Below for Each Event ***

Nash Prairie: Friday, December 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon or later.  From Susan Conaty, email sent 12/4/15:

SEED COLLECTING AGAIN ON THE NASH
Same Place Same Time

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Liatris acidota – 10/12/2015

Thank you everyone who came out today to help collect liatris [Liatris acidota] for The Nature Conservancy. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated. It was such a beautiful successful day that we are going to collect again next Friday December 11th at 10:00 A.M.

If you have an electric hedge trimmer please bring it if you can, it will make the work easier.  Otherwise, bring the usual for seed collecting, scissors, paper sacks, gloves.  If you don’t have any of the above I will bring some extra.

You are welcome to hand collect seed for yourself or other project, after we collect for TNC

Reminder:
No facilities on the Nash.
Bring water

Meet at Nash Prairie
24110 County Road 25
(Or 29.254653,-95.60277)
Park on Orozimbo Rd (Cty Rd 255)
Damon, TX 77430
Driving Directions

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Deer Park Prairie: Sunday, December 13, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.​
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536
Please bring a signed liability release: adult or adult+children .  Check out our newly completed viewing platform while you are there.


UH Coastal Center: ​Friday, December 18, 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Join Jaime & Lan for seed collecting at UH Coastal Center (usually not open to the public).
Meet in front of the gate in La Marque, TX, google map: https://goo.gl/maps/X3plH .  Please arrive on time, so we can go through the locked gate together.

Reminder: No facilities at UH Coastal Center.

See you on the prairie,

Lan

Come and help us collect prairie seeds, experience the prairie, help restoration efforts and also take some seeds home for your own garden.

Please send comments about your seed collecting trips to share with other prairie enthusiasts. Be sure to post photos of seed collecting trips at the CPP website: prairiepartner.org or send the photos to Lan Shen, HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org, and I will post them and credit the photos to you.

Information about this project, the individual teams, the seeds that we are collecting and when they would be ripe are online at http://prairiepartner.org/group/prairie-seed-council-of-texas.

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:

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Thanks to all participants of Prairie Month.

HNPAT September Meeting, Workdays & Upcoming Events

Thanks to Pat for the upcoming events announcement – see forwarded email below for more details about the HNPAT events listed:

  • HNPAT September 23 Meeting (Flyer):

    PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTING by Glenn Merkord

    Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    3015 Richmond Ave. Houston 77098
    Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord, one of the team leaders for the Prairie Seed Council of the upper Gulf Coast. Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!
  • DPP workdays: Saturday, 9/27 and Wednesday 10/8, 9:00 a.m. – ?? (to whenever the volunteers want to stop)Starting this Saturday, we plan to have regular workdays at DPP on 4th Thursdays and 2nd Wednesdays of each month.  Glenn Merkord will be in charge of these two days. If the prairie is dry enough, he would like to get the tallows that have already been cut down off the prairie. If the prairie is too wet to use a trailer we can continue working on the fence line.  If someone wants do to something else at another time, please let us know and we would accommodate them. RSVP to HNPAT@TexasPrairie.org or just come.
  • Saturday, October 25 Field Trip to Big Thicket Prairie.
Fall is a busy time for Texas prairies!
Pat Merkord speaks to chapters

October is Prairie Month!

The Houston Chapter presents:

PRAIRIE SEED COLLECTING–Don’t miss this opportunity!

Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

3015 Richmond Ave. Houston 77098
Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord. The talk will include demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to learn:
• When and How to Collect
• When Seeds are Ready to Collect
• How to Dry and Clean Seeds
• How to Prepare for Storage
• How to Store Seeds
Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN ON THE PRAIRIE

Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve
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1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park
Ghosts and Goblins (Friends of NPAT all!) are invited for a night of creepy critter snacks and a view the bone collection! Includes a prairie-themed Halloween costume contest. Come in a costume or dressed as you are. Prizes will be awarded to winners.
A presentation on haunted prairie cemeteries, ghosts, ghost towns and the strange creatures of the prairie will follow with a ghostly night walk across the prairie to the edge of the cemetery and back (hopefully!). Wear walking shoes, bring plenty of insect repellant and a flashlight or headlamp for the walk across the prairie. Parking is available at the church down the street or in front of the house.

FIELD TRIP TO BIG THICKET PRAIRIES

Saturday, October 25

Join NPAT and the Houston Sierra Club on a field trip to several prairies and savannahs in the Big Thicket.  We will first visit Marysee Prairie, which is the only native prairie in the Big Thicket that has been preserved. We will then visit Hickory Creek Savannah Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve to view a Longleaf Pine – Little Bluestem Savannah. Finally, we will visit the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve to see a Wetland Pine Savannah.
For more details, go to http://texasprairie.org/index.php/news_and_events/

The Blackland Chapter presents:

MATT WHITE, AUTHOR OF PRAIRIE TIME
Monday
, October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

At the Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, (west side of Lake Highlands and Buckner Blvd.) in the Cafeteria/Auditorium

Author and Blackland prairie expert, Matt White will speak. Copies of his books Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait and The Birds of Northeast Texas will be available for purchase. Cash or check accepted.

The Fort Worth Chapter presents:

HOW TO RECOGNIZE PRAIRIE REMNANTS Workshop

Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

1700 University Drive, Fort Worth
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas will show how to acquire skills to recognize native remnant prairies in this hands on workshop that will train you to recognize indicator species, how to use the internet to locate potential prairie sites, how to record data and report it. Identification of major native prairie grasses and indicator forbs will be focused on with lots of specimens to work with. BRIT’s beautiful outdoor landscaping with native prairie plants will provide an outdoor opportunity to see live specimens and we will have lunch on the grounds, so please bring a sack lunch and walking shoes.
Cost of Workshop: $25 Members and $35 Non-Members
To register go to the Native Prairies Association website News and Events page.

DON AND DEBRA YOUNG ON TANDY HILLS

Monday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

at the Presbyterian Church at 8700 Chapin Road,Fort Worth
This meeting features a presentation by Don and Debra Young of Tandy Hills Natural Area. This is part of a series of presentations on the prairies of the Fort Worth area.

TANDY HILLS FIELD TRIP

Saturday October 18th
Tandy Hills Natural Area

3400 View Street, Fort Worth 76103
Join the Fort Worth chapter for a hike at the 160 acre remnant of Fort Worth prairie. Details coming!
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