2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS: A REGIONAL CELEBRATION
September 22- November 10, 2018

  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 22 - 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.
    • Click here for more information and registration
  • September 22 - Plant it for the Planet @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
    • Join us while we restore a portion of the endangered Coastal Prairie and Wetlands ecosystem. We will plant a variety of native grasses and forbs that will benefit both wildlife and people alike! Be sure to bring water, boots/old shoes, and clothes to get dirty.

    • Reservations are required.For more information and to reserve a spot, contact: jacob.poinsett@tpwd.texas.gov or (281) 456-2800 x230

    • September 29 - HNPAT Fall Prairie Day @ Lawther Deer Park Prairie
      • Enjoy a walk among fall blooms or help with a hands-on bioblitz at HNPAT's Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve.
      • More information coming soon
    • September 29 - Talk on Prairie Plants for Pollinators in the Urban Garden
      • Join NPAT Board Member Lan Shen to learn how you can incorporate beautiful and resilient prairie natives into your home landscape
      • Where/When: 2:00 pm at the LaPorte Library, 600 S. Broadway St., LaPorte, TX 77571. Free.
    • September 29 - Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting
      • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!
      • Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov 

    OCTOBER

    • October 5-21, 2018 - Texas Pollinator Bioblitz
    • October 6 - Sierra Club workday @ Marysee Prairie
      • Help restore one of the most unique and interesting prairies in the region.
      •  More information coming soon
    • October 17 - Wild About Houston Film Fest (w/CEC Houston) @ Rice University Cinema
      • Monarch butterflies captivate us with their beauty and incredible endurance, but despite their popularity, monarch populations are in serious decline. In this class, you’ll learn about their complex relationship to milkweed, their multi-generational migration, and what you can do to help monarchs at home and on a global scale. We’ll even give you some native wildflower seeds to plant at home.
      • More information coming soon.
    • October 19 - Prairie Restoration Roundup
      @ Texas City Prairie Preserve
      • Join Houston's most skilled prairie experts for presentations about the challenges and opportunities for prairie restorations both in rural and suburban contexts
      • More information coming soon
    • October 20 - Prairie Pandemonium at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena
      • Join ABNC for the original public prairie planting. Each year volunteers restore the prairie at ABNC by planting thousands of prairie natives. You will be guided by some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers in the region.
      • More information coming soon
    • October 20 - Clinton Park Prairie Planting
      • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!
      • Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov 
    • October 27 - Sierra Club trip to Sam Houston National forest Blackland Prairie
      • Join environmentalist Brandt Mannchen on a tour of the little known and colorful Blackland Prairies just north of Houston
      • More information coming soon
    • October 27 - Urban Pocket Prairies by Light Rail
      • Join Jaime González, of the Coastal Prairie Partnership, on an inner city adventure as we visit several current and future urban pocket prairies in the heart of the city - including the Texas Medical Center and Rice University. We'll travel between stops by METRO light rail. Hiking is required for this field trip.
      • More information coming soon.
    • October 27 - Blackhawk Park Prairie, Invasive Species Removal Event,
      • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department to help remove damaging invasive species!
      • Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov 

    NOVEMBER

    • November 3 - 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 3 - Rice University Planting event @ Rice University
      • Join Rice University to help restore an on campus pocket prairie.
      • More information coming soon
    • November 3 - 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 3 - Robert C. Stuart Park Prairie Planting

      • Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!
      • Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov 
    • November 10 - Putting Down Roots 2018 on the Katy Prairie
      • Help the Katy Prairie Conservancy 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. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions.
      • Click here to register today.