2019 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS REGIONAL CELEBRATION
September-December 2019

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants  Photo by Chuck Duplant

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants
Photo by Chuck Duplant

SEPTEMBER

  • September 21 - Wildscapes Workshop

    • Wildscapes Workshop, a one-day, not-to-be-missed educational event and local native plant sale, is back after taking a year off due to Hurricane Harvey. This year’s 20th anniversary event will involve four featured speakers in an effort to provide up-to-date information on the relationship between native plants and our local wildlife and environment, and Houston’s prairie history, culture, and its future.

  • September 25 - HNPAT Program Meeting - History of Nash Prairie and other Dumb Luck Stories

    • Join Susan Conaty for a presentation that will address the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) and the one H (how) the Nash Prairie came to be owned by The Nature Conservancy.

    • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    • Click here for full details

  • September 28 - Fall Wildflower Day at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

    • Please join HNPAT for their Fall Wildflower Day to enjoy the fall blooms and wildlife at Deer Park Prairie. See prairie plants that you can use in your garden to attract pollinators, learn seed collecting techniques and take some Deer Park Prairie seeds home. Experience the beauty of insects through Chuck Duplant’s photos at tinyurl.com/CDuplant; then come and learn about them from him in person!

    • Click here for full details

  • September 28 - Native Plant Sale in Clear Lake

    • Buy native prairie plants and hear presentations on Growing Milkweeds and Fall Pollinator Plants for Your Butterfly Garden!

    • Click here for full details

  • September 28 - Native Landscaping: A Volunteer Workshop

    • Not just for gardeners, the Arboretum’s Native Landscaping volunteer opportunities are a great way to learn about native plants while improving crucial native habitats at the Arboretum. Enjoy a cup of coffee as Emily Manderson, the Arboretum’s Conservation Director, sheds some light on the important ecological work being done at the Arboretum. Then head out on the trails with the conservation team to get firsthand experience planting native grasses and forbs along the Arboretum’s new Display Walk. This event is open to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty and enhancing native ecosystems for local plants and wildlife.

      Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

    • Click here for full details


OCTOBER

  • October 4 - Hobart Taylor Prairie Planting

    • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!

    • 8100 Kenton St, Houston, TX 77028

    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    • Contact naturalresources@houstontx.gov to register

  • October 3 through 5 - Garden Club of Houston Bulb & Plant Mart

    • The Mart features the Nine Natives collection, a group of native flowers and grasses, grown from seed, that offer seasonal interest, provide a complete habitat for native pollinators, and are appropriate for an urban setting.

    • Click here for full details

  • October 3 through 5 - Conserving Native Plants of the Texas Coastal Prairies - Native Prairies Association of Texas Fall Symposium

    • The symposium presentations and field trips will explore efforts to conserve the native plants in the coastal prairies of the Houston – Galveston area. We’ve booked a block of rooms in a modern hotel in League City, between Houston and Galveston. Register by September 12 to enjoy a special rate. In addition to field trips and presentations we will have contests, awards, a silent auction, exhibits and vendors. Meet new friends and catch up with old friends at social events.

    • Click here for full details

  • October 5 - First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

    • The first Saturday of each month, a guided van tour of the refuge will take visitors on a two-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction.

    • Click here for more information

  • October 5 - Pollinator Festival at Mercer Botanic Gardens

    • Mercer's second annual Pollinator Festival and Plant Sale is a free community event perfect for visitors of all ages. Attractions include: Pollinator Plant Sale (Nectar and Host Plants) • Children’s Crafts and Games • Educational Presentations • Scarecrow Display • Face Painting • Library Corner • Food Trucks • Nature Exhibitors and Activities. Visitors are invited to dress in bee, butterfly, bat, hummingbird, or flower attire!

    • Click here for full details

  • October 4-20 - Texas Pollinator Bioblitz

  • October 9 - Deer Park Prairie Workday: Seed Collecting

    • A great opportunity to get collect seeds for conservation and get to know prairie plants

    • Please RSVP to Lan.shen@txgcmn.org to make sure workday is not cancelled.

  • October 11 - Workday at the Texas City Prairie Preserve

    • Looking for a way to get your hands dirty and get back to nature? Become a Nature Conservancy volunteer! We’ve established a robust volunteer program at our Texas City Prairie Preserve, a 2,300-acre expanse of coastal prairie and marshland just south of Houston. Established in 1995, the preserve provides vital habitat for more than 280 different bird species. Its coastal grasslands also act as natural buffers during storms and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods, making Texas City Prairie Preserve a critical component of the Conservancy’s ongoing effort to restore and protect the Gulf Coast.

    • Click here for full details

  • October 12 - Second Saturday Bird Survey @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at the front door of the building for a two-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow.

    • Click here for details

  • October 16 - Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival (w/CEC Houston) @ Rice University Cinema

    • Citizens' Environmental Coalition is hosting Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival. This is a one-night screening of short environmental films from the Greater Houston Area that tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference.

    • The audience will vote to determine which films will be shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, hosted by the CEC on January 28 & 29, 2020. Many student and citizen-created films are part of the program. From air quality issues to hiking with spiders to a walk in the woods, Houstonians have great stories to share.

    • Click here for full details

  • October 16 - 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz - HCC Stafford Campus: Wednesday, October 16th @ 10:30-12:30PM

    • Help us collect biological data from across our HCC campus system! Texas pollinators are in trouble! Join us to collect important pollinator data for Texas Parks and Wildlife during the 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz. We will survey HCC campuses as well as other areas across greater Houston! Data will be collected using the citizen science app, iNaturalist. Training sessions will be offered at select HCC campuses before the event (dates TBA).

    • HCC BioBlitz Project page

    • For more information, please contact: Dr. Cassidy Johnson: cassidy.johnson@hccs.edu Dr. Jennifer O’Neil: jennifer.oneil@hccs.edu

  • October 17 - 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz -HCC West Loop bioblitz: Thursday @ 9:30AM-11:30AM

    • Help us collect biological data from across our HCC campus system! Texas pollinators are in trouble! Join us to collect important pollinator data for Texas Parks and Wildlife during the 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz. We will survey HCC campuses as well as other areas across greater Houston! Data will be collected using the citizen science app, iNaturalist. Training sessions will be offered at select HCC campuses before the event (dates TBA).

    • HCC BioBlitz Project page

    • For more information, please contact: Dr. Cassidy Johnson: cassidy.johnson@hccs.edu Dr. Jennifer O’Neil: jennifer.oneil@hccs.edu

  • October 18 - Clinton Park Prairie Planting

    • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!

    • 200 Mississippi St., Houston TX 77029

    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    • Contact naturalresources@houstontx.gov to register

  • October 18 - 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz - HCC Southeast bioblitz: Friday @ 3PM-5PM

    • Help us collect biological data from across our HCC campus system! Texas pollinators are in trouble! Join us to collect important pollinator data for Texas Parks and Wildlife during the 2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz. We will survey HCC campuses as well as other areas across greater Houston! Data will be collected using the citizen science app, iNaturalist. Training sessions will be offered at select HCC campuses before the event (dates TBA).

    • HCC BioBlitz Project page

    • For more information, please contact: Dr. Cassidy Johnson: cassidy.johnson@hccs.edu or Dr. Jennifer O’Neil: jennifer.oneil@hccs.edu

  • October 19 - Ann Hamilton Trail Walking Tour

    • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    • Katy Prairie Conservancy Field Office, 31950 Hebert Road, Waller, TX, 77484

    • All ages are welcome at the Indiangrass Preserve for a free walking tour on the Ann Hamilton Trail.  Come learn about the history and value of the coastal prairie and KPC's role in preserving these vanishing lands. Please bring water and meet the tour guide at the Field Office.  

  • October 19 - Prairie Pandemonium at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena

    • "Help us to restore one of the last remaining stands of Texas tall grass prairie! Volunteers will become part of a team planting effort to transplant native grasses into ABNC's restored prairies. This important effort will give the ABNC prairies a jump-start to a native state of abundant wildflowers and tall grasses."

    • Click here to see flyer

    • Click here for full details

  • October 19 - ArBooretum  

    • The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s annual fall family festival, ArBOOretum, is coming up on Saturday, October 19th from 10 am – 4 pm. At ArBOOretum over 3,000 guests enjoy live animal encounters, pumpkin decorating, face painting, trick-or-treating on our nature trails, and much more.

    •  https://houstonarboretum.org/events/arbooretum-2019/

  • October 25 & 26 - Fall Plant Sale at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • Fall is one of the best times to plant in Houston so get ready to garden at our Fall Plant Sale! We will be offering native flowers, shrubs, and trees – perfect for attracting butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your yard or garden. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s conservation and education efforts. Members receive discounts on all plant sale purchases.

    • Click here for full details

  • October 25 - Milby Park Tree Planting Event

  • October 26 - Halloween at ABNC @ 6:30pm

    • Join Armand Bayou Nature Center for a fun night of Halloween-themed games and activities for the entire family! Activities include a night hike in the woods, games, face painting, a barn show, a hay stack dive, and live animals to experience.  Remember! Bring a flashlight- it gets dark out here! And Please NO Costumes.

    • Reservations are required. The cost is $10 per person, kids 3 and under are free. Don’t miss out, book your spot now!

    • BOOK NOW

  • October 26 - Bird Survey at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

    • From 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    • Join skilled birders to monitor the avian community of this famous prairie!

    • Contact Lan Shen shen.gcmn@gmail.com to register


NOVEMBER

  • November 2 - Savannah Prairie Restoration

    • Volunteers help cleanup an established prairie exhibit by removing invasive plants, seeding/planting as needed and maintaining a natural border around the prairie to help bring attention to it as an exhibit within Hermann Park’s 445 acres.

      From 9am to noon, location is Hermann Park’s Bayou Parkland, 6530 Almeda Rd., parking lot P, between Holcombe Blvd and S. MacGregor. Parking is limited, carpooling or drop-off is suggested for groups.  To register for the workday contact Diane Kerr, Director of Volunteer Programs, with Hermann Park Conservancy at dkerr@hermannpark.org, a map and details will be sent via email.

  • November 2 - Robert C Stuart Park Prairie/Tree Planting Event

    • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!

    • 7250 Bellfort St., Houston, TX 77087

    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    • Contact naturalresources@houstontx.gov to register

  • November 2 - Seaborne Creek Nature Fest in Rosenberg (Texas Master Naturalist/Coastal Prairie Chapter

    • Join the Texas Master Naturalists - Coastal Prairie Chapter for an exciting day of activities, speakers, wagon rides, and hikes celebrating our native prairies.

    • Click here for more information.

  • November 2 - Becoming an Outdoors Girl

    • FOR GIRLS IN 6TH TO 12TH GRADE FREE REGISTRATION Low income and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

    • Welcome to the outdoors! We offer the opportunity for girls to learn new skills associated with outdoor activities in a safe environment. All activities are outside.  CLASSES/ACTIVITIES OFFERED*:

      Archery Art in Nature Birding Bike Safety Fishing Geocaching iNaturalist Mammals Plant ID Scavenger Hunts *Subject to change

    • ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON - UINVERSITY OF HOUSTONCLEAR LAKE

    •  For more information, please visit: www.eih.uhcl.edu/education

  • November 2 - First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

    • The first Saturday of each month, a guided van tour of the refuge will take visitors on a two-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction.

    • Click here for more information

  • November 8 - Workday at the Texas City Prairie Preserve

    • Looking for a way to get your hands dirty and get back to nature? Become a Nature Conservancy volunteer! We’ve established a robust volunteer program at our Texas City Prairie Preserve, a 2,300-acre expanse of coastal prairie and marshland just south of Houston. Established in 1995, the preserve provides vital habitat for more than 280 different bird species. Its coastal grasslands also act as natural buffers during storms and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods, making Texas City Prairie Preserve a critical component of the Conservancy’s ongoing effort to restore and protect the Gulf Coast.

    • Click here for full details

  • November 8 - Clinton Park Prairie Planting

  • November 9 - Prairie/Nature Walk-About at Galveston Island State Park

    • Take in the beauty of the unique Texas Coastal Prairie, while enjoying outdoor activities that are fun and educational for kids and adults alike. Each family will get a Park map; each child will get a Prairie Passport, with places for 26 activities to be stamped as each is completed.

    • Click here for full details

  • November 9 - Second Saturday Bird Survey at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at the front door of the building for a two-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow.

    • Click here for details

  • November 9 - Native Prairie Plant-A-Thon @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

    • Spend the morning getting your hands dirty by planting native grasses and wildflowers. Volunteer to be a part of our ongoing project to restore over 400 acres of beautiful native prairie habitat! This is a great event for all age groups, interests, and abilities.

    • 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

    • Registration is required! Please contact Jacob Poinsett at (281) 456-2800, x230 or jacob.poinsett@tpwd.texas.gov

  • November 9 - Putting Down Roots at the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve

    • Help us Put Down Roots during KPC's largest restoration effort yet! Volunteers will work together to transplant native prairie plants in order to restore 55 acres of newly reconstructed prairie habitat. Snacks and water will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions.

    • 9:00 am to 11:30 am

    • Click here for full details and to register

  • November 13 - Deer Park Prairie Workday – Seed Collecting - Native Prairies Association of Texas Houston Chapter

    • When:  9am – 12pm

    • Where:  1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX, 77536 (map)

    • Description:  Seed collecting on the remnant Deer Park Prairie for use in prairies all over the Houston region.  You can even keep a few for yourself!

    • What you will need: Please bring pruners or scissors, a bucket or reusable grocery bag, and a pen.  Supplies are available if you need them.  Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. We recommend you bring water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt, and a camera.

  • November 16 - Ann Hamilton Trail Walking Tour

    • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    • Katy Prairie Conservancy Field Office, 31950 Hebert Road, Waller, TX, 77484

    • All ages are welcome at the Indiangrass Preserve for a free walking tour on the Ann Hamilton Trail.  Come learn about the history and value of the coastal prairie and KPC's role in preserving these vanishing lands. Please bring water and meet the tour guide at the Field Office. 

  • November 16 - Sylvan Rodriguez Prairie Planting Event

    • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!

    • 1201 Clear Lake City Blvd, Houston, TX 77062

    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    • Contact naturalresources@houstontx.gov to register

  • November 22 - Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting

  • December 6 - Sylvan Rodriguez Prairie Planting Event

  • December 7 - First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

    • The first Saturday of each month, a guided van tour of the refuge will take visitors on a two-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction.

    • Click here for more information

  • December 20 - Blackhawk Park Prairie Planting Event