2017 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS MONTH - GREATER HOUSTON
September 30, 2017- November 11, 2017

Monarchs are a key prairie species Photo by Chuck Duplant

Monarchs are a key prairie species
Photo by Chuck Duplant

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EVENTS

LATE SEPTEMBER THROUGH OCTOBER

  • September 23 to October 8 - Texas Pollinator Bioblitz
  • September 30 - Fall Prairie Day and Bioblitz
    • Enjoy a walk among fall blooms or help with a hands-on bioblitz at HNPAT's Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve. 
    • Click here to sign up today
    • October 5 - Prairie Restoration Roundup at Katy Prairie Conservancy's Indiangrass Preserve
    • October 7 - Monarch Gateway Annual Monarch Madness Festival (City of Meadows Place)
      • Celebrate all things monarch at this fun, interactive event.
      • Contact for more details
    • October 7 - Nature Revealed: Monarchs at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
      • 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.
      • Click here for more information and registration
    • October 10 - Seed Collecting at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie (Deer Park, TX)
      • Join Lan Shen and others to collect native prairie seed for local grow out efforts and keep some for yourself! This seed collecting trip will be held on the famous Lawther-Deer Park Prairie. This prairie is rarely open to the general public and is one of the few remain platinum prairies in our region. Not miss this opportunity.
      • Contact Lan Shen at shen.gcmn@gmail.com 
    • October 14 - Native Landscaping Certification Program (Level 1) with Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter
      • Level 1: Introductory class and requisite for all other NLCP classes
      • Learn the value of native plants in the landscape: impacts of conventional development; ecology, landscaping with natives, including local ecological areas of Texas, local soils, preserving existing natives; and resources available and more! Class includes an outdoor plant hike and an optional test.
      • Click here for more information and registration
    • October 14 - Hobart Taylor Park Prairie Planting in Houston
      • Join Houston Parks and Recreation Department to help a new pocket prairie in Hobart Taylor Park!
      • Please register by e-mailing naturalresources@houstontx.gov
    • October 14 - Urban Prairies by Light Rail
      • Join Jaime González, KPC Community Conservation Director, 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 today.
    • October 20 - Conservation Easement Workshop
      • Want to save your land forever? Join Katy Prairie Conservancy to learn about conservation easement agreements and how they can keep your land protected for generations to come and provide a financial incentive at the same time.
      • Click here for full information and restoration.
    • October 21 - Stuart Park Prairie Planting in Houston
    • October 21 - 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 to register
      • Read the flyer
    • October 28 - Clinton Park Prairie Planting in Houston

    NOVEMBER

    • November 4 - Prairie Heritage Festival at Seaborne Creek Park in Rosenberg, TX
    • November 4 - Native Landscaping Certification Program (Level 3) with Native Plant Society of Texas Houston Chapter
      • Level 3: Installing and Maintaining Native Landscapes
      • Explores the differences in installation and maintenance between native plant landscapes and traditional landscapes. This course offers (1) professional contractors the opportunity to learn the nuances of working with native plants and (2) individuals the opportunity to learn how to care for their native plant landscape. CEU credit is important for this course.
      • Click here for more information and registration
    • November 4 - 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 11 - Putting Down Roots on the Katy Prairie
      • Help KPC Put Down Roots during during its largest restoration effort yet! Volunteers will work together to transplant native prairie plants in order to restore 55 acres of newly reconstructed prairie habitat. Participants should dress for the prairie - wear pants, close-toed shoes, and clothing that can get muddy. It can be chilly and windy on the prairie so a hat and layers are also recommended. 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 11 - Native Prairie Plant-A-Thon at 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 Sheldon Lake State Park's ongoing project to restore over 400 acres of beautiful native prairie habitat! This is great event for all age groups, interests, and abilities.
      • Click here for more information.
    • November 11 - Arboretum at Night: A Taste of Honey
      • Celebrate the fall harvest with the sweet taste of honey. Join local beekeeper Nicole Buergers for a guided honey tasting while she answers your questions about bees and honey. You’ll enjoy a sample of mead – also called honey wine – and a selection of fruits and cheeses, along with Saint Arnold beer and Katz Coffee. It’s the most delicious way to support local honey producers and pollinator conservation!
      • Click here to see flyer