On March 23, 2018, a group of enthusiastic University of Houston students spruced up the UH Shasta Prairie, a part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Builders Schools + Parks Program . The students weeded, cut back and pulled out winter’s dead plant material, added seeds, and planted ten new plants purchased from Houston Audubon’s Natives Nursery at their Edith L. Moore Sanctuary near Memorial Dr. and West Beltway 8. Funds for the purchase came from UH’s Grassroots for Change (Crowdrise) Fund which was raised a couple of years ago.
Anyone wanting to view the prairie, it is near the Science & Research 2 building on Cullen Blvd (gps coordinates 29.7242, -95.3450). Look for the explanatory sign.
The Team at the UH Shasta Prairie
The UP (Urban Prairie) Team‘s first activity was a planting and cleanup day on March 3, 2017 at UH Shasta Prairie (next to the Science and Engineering Classroom Building on Cullen Blvd. Click here for map). Many UH students and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) personnel participated. Prairie plants were partly purchased from Flo Hannah and partly supplied by the Katy Prairie Conservancy nursery and by the Gulf Coast Master Naturalists’ (native) Plant Propagation Program.
The following day, UP Team members Wally Ward, board member of KPC, and Kelly Shield, President of HNPAT (Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas), volunteered for the prairie booth at Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center’s NatureFest.
KPC’s Jaime Gonzalez
KPC Intern Stephanie
Dr.Steven Pennings, Director of the UH Coastal Center, a wonderful and rare prairie remnant in La Marque