2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS: A REGIONAL CELEBRATION
September 22, 2018 - 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 22 - Nature Revealed, Hummingbirds @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • Hummingbirds are astonishing creatures. They are delicate and beautiful, but they are also tough and incredibly aggressive. They live on the edge of possibility, hearts beating 1,200 times per minute, barely able to survive a cold night – yet they can fly across an ocean in one trip. In this class we’ll learn all about hummingbirds and hopefully get to see some stopping over on their fall migration.

    • Click here for information and registration

  • September 22 - Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting

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

    • Contact Kelli Ondracek: kelli.ondracek@houstontx.gov

  • September 22 - Free guided hike of Ann Hamilton Trail @ Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve

    • No registration required.

    • Click here for full details

  • 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 here

  • 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.


OCTOBER

  • October 3 - Virtually Wild Texas! - Monarchs on the Move

    • A virtual field trip from the award-winning MD Anderson Prairie in Houston for students and adults.

    • 2 sessions: 9:00 am to 9:45 am and 10:00 am - 10:45 am

    • Live link coming soon!

  • October 5 - Seed Collecting Field Trip on KPC’s Warren Ranch

    • 9 am - 12 pm

    • No experience necessary

    • Great opportunity to learn your prairie plants and see ‘platinum prairies’ (the best of the best)

    • Click here to RSVP

  • October 5-21 - Texas Pollinator Bioblitz

    • Join the iNaturalist Project: Click here

    • Presented by Texas Parks & Wildlife and its partners

    • See the website: Click here

  • October 5-6 - Native Plant Sale @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • A great opportunity to get your native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees! Member discounts available

    • Click here for details

  • October 6 - Wild About Wildflowers @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

    • October is one of the best months for viewing wildflowers at the Arboretum, and it’s also a perfect time to plant seeds for next spring. Join us for a wildflower walk to see what’s blooming in our pocket prairie, and learn what species might be good for your home garden. In the classroom, you’ll learn how to identify some of the major groups of wildflowers here in Houston, and you’ll even get some native flower seeds to take home.

    • Click here for information and registration

  • October 6 - 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 6 - Sierra Club workday @ Marysee Prairie

    • Come join the Texas Land Conservancy, Sierra Club, and others as we work to maintain the only restored Tallgrass Prairie in the Big Thicket.

    • Click here for details

  • October 6 - Monarch Madness 2018 @ Meadows Place

    • Time: 9 am - 3 pm

    • Location: 11975 Dorrance Lane,  Meadows Place, TX 77477

    • Presented by: Monarch Gateway and its partners

    • Full slate of monarch related activities, plant sale, pumpkin patch, and more!

    • Click here for details

  • October 6 - Pollinator Festival @ Mercer Botanic Gardens

    • Time: 10 am - 4 pm

    • Mercer's inaugural Pollinator Festival is a free community event and perfect for festival visitors of all ages! Find great nectar and pollinator host plants, as well as Texas native plants at the Pollinator Plant Sale. Visitors are invited to dress in bee, butterfly, bat, hummingbird, or flower attire! Bring the kids for face painting and lawn games while welcoming the autumn season at Mercer.

      • Children’s Crafts and Games

      • Educational Presentations

      • Pollinator Scarecrow Display

      • Face Painting and Library Corner

      • Marketplace with Local Vendors

      • Pollinator Plant Sale

    • Click here for details

  • October 8 - Seed Collecting Field Trip to UH Coastal Center

    • Time: 9 am - 12 pm

    • No experience required

    • Great opportunity to learn your prairie plants and see ‘platinum prairies’ (the best of the best)

    • Click here to RSVP

  • October 10 - Seed Collecting Field Trip to Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

    • 9 am - 12 pm

    • No experience necessary

    • Great opportunity to learn your prairie plants and see ‘platinum prairies’ (the best of the best)

    • Click here to RSVP

  • October 13 - Second Saturday Bird Walk @ 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 - Seed Collecting Trip to Nash Prairie Preserve

    • 9 am - 12 pm

    • No experience necessary

    • Great opportunity to learn your prairie plants and see ‘platinum prairies’ (the best of the best)

    • Click here to RSVP

  • 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

    • Click here to register today!

  • 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.

    • Click here for information

    • Click here to register

  • 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.

    • Click here for full details

  • 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.

    • Click here to register

  • 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.

  • November 10 - 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.

    • Registration starts September 10

  • November 10 - Second Saturday Bird Hike @ 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