2nd Annual Texas Prairies Bus Tour (Dallas) 6/3/17

Native Prairies Association of Texas offers a bus tour  on Saturday, June 3, 2017, of prairies of central Texas starting from Dallas and touring prairies near Temple, Austin, and Crawford. Participants of last year’s tour had a great time.

Although it said registration deadline is May 10, I received a copy of the email this week. When I clicked the registration link, I got through. Best to contact  Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159, if you are interested.

2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour

Blackland Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas
2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake
521 E Lawther Dr. (access via Northcliff and N. Buckner)Click here to register for this event.
See itinerary below

Our Northeast Texas prairies tour was so fun last year, we’re doing it again, but this time we’re heading to Central Texas.

Enjoy short excursions in beautiful grasslands, most of which are not generally open to the public. A chance to stand in awe in a native prairie as it was before westward expansion. We’ll also learn about native prairie restoration and management. Become inspired on how to keep native prairies thriving for generations to come.

We’ll zip south to near Temple, which is halfway between Waco and Austin. After lunch in Salado, we’ll drive further south to near Taylor (west of Round Rock). Heading back north, we’ll go to Marlin (SE of Waco), where we’ll visit a series of small Blackland Prairies. Then we’ll travel west of Waco to tour an example of a Grand Prairie. Heading north to home, we’ll stop in West for dinner.


7:00am — Bus leaves from parking lot at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218.

Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie, Oenaville (east of Temple, Texas):

  • Prairie Guide: Mickey Burleson, Owner of Burleson Prairie
Native prairie restored by Mickey and her late husband, Bob Burleson. They spent decades recording prairie data, restoring hundreds of acres of native prairie, and focusing on state wide conservation efforts.

Lunch in Salado with Dolly Kunz Wilson; included in tour fee.

Prairie #2: Granger Lake Prairie, Granger Lake Park, Taylor

  • Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT
Pat will explain restoration procedures taken on this native tallgrass prairie site, planted in 1994 in a cooperative effort between NPAT, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Prairie #3: Riesel Prairie and Prairie #4: Lehmann Prairie, near Marlin

  • Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT
These two small prairies are about 10 miles apart and are excellent examples of the native tallgrasses that were prevalent in Central Texas area prior to European settlement. The Lehmann Prairie is an 11-acre remnant prairie protected by a conservation easement. The Riesel Prairie is a 5-acre remnant prairie owned by NPAT.

Prairie #5: Simpson Prairie, near Crawford

  • Prairie Guides: Marliss and Mike Williams
Remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. Mike remembered seeing some native prairie before the area became overgrazed, located and identified it, and restored it with his wife Marliss. Protected by NPAT conservation easement.

Dinner in West; on your own dime
•    Picha’s Czech-American Restaurant
•    Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant
•    West Station Roadhouse Restaurant

10:30pm — Bus returns parking lot at Bath House Cultural Center

  • In case of harsh weather for June 3, the tour will be rescheduled.
  • Wear loose hiking clothes and sturdy shoes for prairie walking. Bring a hat, bug repellant, and sunscreen. Road snacks/beverages and books/etc to pass the time while traveling, plus back-up power for your phone, are good ideas.

Deadline for payment is May 10:

  • Cost for NPAT Members — $75.00
  • Cost for non-NPAT Members — $85.00
  • Notes on the prairie stops and a map will be provided.

Click here to register for this event.Contact Pat Rinn, NPAT, with any questions about registration.

For Additional Information
Contact Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159

Lehmann Prairie photos above courtesy NPAT

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WHF’s Native Prairie Discovery Tour 10/7/2016

WHF’s Native Prairie Discovery Tour on October 7 will be kicking off Houston’s 2016 Prairies & Pollinators Month set for Oct. 7 – Nov. 12. Events offer a host of fun, educational, and hands-on activities and adventures for all ages at state parks, nature preserves, and public green spaces throughout the greater Houston area.

Registration deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016
Online: go to our website at www.whf-texas.org  or call Austin Co. Agrilife Extension Office at 979.865.207214125067_1082741395153685_3221785565125671433_oscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-5-46-56-pm

Agenda: Pre-tour instruction – Morning Bus/Walking Tour —- Lunch —- Afternoon Bus/Walking Tour

Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore local native grass prairie sites under the guidance of some of the state’s top botanists, entomologists and biologists. Guided tours on sites restored as a part of WHF’s Wildlife Corridor Program will include plant and insect identification, viewing results of various prairie restoration practices and a rainfall simulator demonstration.

Saturday, 12/27/14: Bird Walk or Workday or Prairie Tour at Deer Park Prairie & Think of Us for Holiday Donations!

Saturday, December 27:
Deer Park Prairie for
Bird Walk(7a) or Workday (9a-12p) or Tour (11a)
Think of Us for Your Holiday Donations!
Next Meeting: WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2015

Take break from the holiday gift returns & stress.

Enjoy a day in nature on the Deer Park Prairie on December 27. Join us for
a Bird Walk, led by Pat Merkord at 7:00 a.m. and/or
a Workday, led by Glenn Merkord 9:00 a.m. to noon and/or

a Prairie Tour, led by Lan Shen at 11:00 a.m.
1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536
(Rubber boots may be advisable)
Please help us maintain the Deer Park Prairie, a rare prairie remnant!
Consider a donation to the owners of the Deer Park Prairie:
the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).

Read about NPATs accomplishments in 2014 at this link.


Save the Date: WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Our meetings in 2015 will be on
4th Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m (Refreshments); 7:00 p.m. (Program starts)
Most meetings will be at 3015 Richmond Ave. 77098
until we find a new location, since that building will be torn down toward the end of 2015.
Topic TBA
Coming soon, email update on recent HNPAT (Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas) news.