Visit to Frankford Prairie – Feb. 13

  • Date: February 13
  • Time: 10:00-12:00 (approximately)
  • Address: 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287

We ask that you wear your mask and maintain social distance for this tour. 
Read about Frankford Prairie:

Leading our tour will be Katherine Power, President Frankford Preservation Foundation and Gary Barton, North Texas Master Naturalist. If you are planning on joining us please RSVP to Brenda Catlett at

“Power will discuss the successful efforts to restore the Frankford Church in far North Dallas and the subsequent discovery of a rare remnant of the Blackland Prairie. This native prairie soil thrives with wildflowers and includes what is referred to as an everlasting spring. This has led Power, who is the descendant of Collin County pioneers, to promote further efforts to find and protect other native areas of Texas.”

December 23rd Winter Walk at Parkhill Prairie and High Point Park/Wildflower Preserve

A few NPAT and Blackland Chapter members visited Parkhill Prairie and High Point Park/Wildflower Preserve for a day of learning and observation. 

Of particular interest was the effect of fire in the prairie ecosystem on each parcel of land.


“Fires remove old plant material, consuming dry, dead grass and woody shrubs and trees and returning nutrients to the soil. A burn exposes soil to the sunlight, and new grasses grow quickly in the warmed soil.  If fires did not occur, the trees and other woody plants would quickly infiltrate the grassland.”

The Nature Conservancy is assisting in the restoration of this remnant prairie by control of exotic species and re-introduction of fire as a management tool.

The following information was provided by The Nature Conservancy’s North Texas Preserves Manager, Brandon Belcher:

“Parkhill was burned in October. The conditions were great and the fire success was phenomenal. The spring color should be spectacular!

Below is a map of the area burned – the park is outlined in yellow, the burn unit in red.  On the north end of the burn area, you can find some space that we did not burn (left for simplicity / expediency, as well as to serve as refugia).  In that area (restoration actually), you will find abundant Indiangrass and a good variety of prairie species. 

To reach the area most easily, take the hiking trail starting at the west/left kiosk.  When you reach the overlook at the north end, walk down the hill and to your right (northeast).  You will have no trouble finding and following the firebreak.”

The yellow boundary indicates Parkhill Prairie 436-acre preserve, and the red boundary indicates the 52-acre prairie area burned in October 2020.

–Map provided by Brandon Belcher.
–Fire break was easy to follow.
–Recovering/emerging grasses.
–Crayfish burrow.
–Crayfish burrows/tunnels were easy to spot in the burned area.
–Baptisia on High Point Park/Wildflower Preserve in Farmersville.
–Scenic High Point vista overlooking South Lake Park in Farmersville.
“The garden (prairie) in winter is an emotional experience. You think in terms of decay and disappearing and coming back. You feel the life cycle of nature.” –Piet Oudolf

Location: High Point Park/Wildflower Preserve

Fall Calendar


Tuesday, September 10th, 6:30pm

Roger Sanderson, Chapter VP

In the Flag Pole Room, in the Point Activity Center, CC Young.

More details forthcoming.


Saturday, September 21st 

Leo Ranch, Southwestern Cooke County

(northwest of Sanger Texas) NPAT Members Meeting

Leo Ranch is owned by Dixon Water Foundation.  

More details forthcoming.


Saturday, September 28th

Work Day Maddin Prairie, Colorado City, Texas

We will discuss  this field trip more on September 10th.

We stay at La Quinta in Colorado City and always have such a memorable and exciting time!!!


Saturday, October 12th

Ft. Worth NPAT Field trip

Skip Barnett’s Prairie, north of Ft. Worth      

More details forthcoming.


Friday, October 18th-Sunday, October 20th,

Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting

Rockwall, Texas


Tuesday, November 5th, 6:30pm,

Photographer Sean Fitzgerald

Prairie Photography And More

Sean grew up on the North Dakota prairies and is one of Texas’ premier photographers of wild flowers and prairies. 

In the Flag Pole Room, in the Point Activity Center, CC Young


Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30pm   

Christopher Roos, SMU Archaeologist   

Native Hunters, Prairies, and Bisons

In the Flag Pole Room, in the Point Activity Center, CC Young

What an exciting meeting to end 2019!!!


Also, we will have work mornings at Boy Scout Hill, White Rock in the Fall!

Prairie Field Trip

Kelly Crawford’s Prairie Field Trip
Saturday, May 4th
14750 Kelly Rd

Forney, TX 75126

Check out our facebook page too!

From Dallas take 635 to I20 to FM 740 (Forney)
go south (right) on FM 740 to FM 2757 (immediately past service road)
take a left on 2757
then go to Kelly Rd, which will be the first road on the right (about 1.6 miles down on FM 2757).
On Kelly rd, Go 6/10. of mile (((((measure 6/10 or you will miss it)))))
and take a left on a no name road.
There will be a land for sale sign, and then a no trespassing sign.
This road goes straight into my gates in the right.
Google will NOT find me!
It sends you to my uncle’s Farm. If you see silos you have gone too far. 
It will get you to Kelly Rd.
Remember to go 6/10 of a mile on Kelly and my private road will be in the left.

North American Prairie Conference

North American Prairie Conference

Registration is now open for the 25th North American Prairie Conference: Healthy Prairies, Healthy Watersheds, June 2-5, 2019, to be held at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Water is life. This is nowhere truer than on our prairies. Prairie wetlands nourish colorful plants, serve as amphibian nurseries, provide feeding grounds for shorebirds, and quench thirst for countless upland prairie species. They also help staunch floodwaters and purify drinking water. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s damage to coastal Texas, prairies are in the spotlight for the stacked benefits they provide, including their ability to serve as living sponges. Conference attendees will explore the rich Coastal Prairies of Greater Houston-Galveston region of southeast Texas, which have been increasingly recognized for their ability to create healthier and more resilient watersheds.

This year’s conference will bring together the brightest minds in prairie conservation from across Texas, the Southeast, and the Midwest. These experts will explore practical methods to restore, conserve, manage, study, enjoy, and educate about our valuable and vulnerable prairies, savannahs, and meadows. The conference experience is designed for a broad audience: private landowners, natural resource professionals, governmental agencies, educators, landscape architects, master naturalists, volunteers, and others looking for real-world solutions.
Preliminary Conference Agenda:
Sunday, June 2
● Pre-conference field trip to Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education
● Opening mixer at UHCL and welcome by Jaime Gonzalez; Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Monday, June 3
● Monday highlights: Keynote speaker, Carol Davit; Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation
● Invited speaker: Dr. John Jacobs from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and Texas Community Watershed Partners
● Monday’s program will also feature several conference sessions on prairie restoration, prairie wildlife, management, monitoring, hydrology, and also give attendees an opportunity to participate in workshops including The Management of Belowground Ecosystems (Illinois State University), Seed Banking (Mercer Botanical Garden and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) and the Graminoid diversity of Texas Gulf Coast
region (Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC)
● Evening banquet at UHCL with Featured Speaker Dr. Reed Noss; Chief Science Advisor, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative
Tuesday, June 4
● Multiple options for guided field trips to the lower Big Thicket area of East Texas, Southwest and West Houston prairies, and the coastal prairies of the barrier islands of the Gulf shores to urban sites within the city.
● Texas barbecue dinner at the Armand Bayou Nature Center, the largest urban wilderness preserve in the U.S., with Featured Speaker Dr. Dwayne Estes; Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative.

Wednesday, June 5
● Monday highlights: Featured Speaker Chris Helzer; The Nature Conservancy – Nebraska and Invited speaker Dr. Kelly Kindscher; Senior Scientist, Kansas Biology Survey, University of Kansas.
● Wednesday’s program will additionally include sessions and workshops on prairie education, urban restoration projects, and community engagement.
Register before April 22 at and receive the early registration rate of $260 for all conference activities!
The call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters is open, and may be submitted online until April 1, 2019.
Sponsorships are available, and fully tax-deductible. For more information and for the latest updates, visit

The 2019 North American Prairie Conference presented by the Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Katy Prairie Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy – Texas, and hosted by the Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Northeast Texas Prairies and More Tour

Blackland Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas presents

3rd Annual

Northeast Texas Prairies and More Tour

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Click Here to Register


7:30 am – Depart from Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

  1. Matthews Cartwright-Roberts Prairie with Susan Roberts, near Terrell

This is 200 acres of quality prairie with stunning views. One of the owners, Susan Roberts, will guide us on the prairie’s plants and it history. In 2000, this prairie was awarded the Texas Lone Star Land Steward Award.

  1. Ebel Grassland Ranch with Kelli and Karl Ebel, Sulphur Bluff

This critically imperiled Silveus dropseed prairie has undergone an amazing restoration since 2003. The Ebels will share their knowledge on the ecology of raising cattle and goats on their 1,057-acre grassland. They were recently invited to Washington D.C. to urge members of Congress to support the American Prairie Conservation Act for nationwide “Sodsaver” protection. It is a multi-species ranch, producing cattle and goats with approximately 525 acres of restored native tall grass prairie, 282 acres of non-native permanent pastures, and 250 acres of savannah and woodland.

  1. Lunch

    Cost $10.00 per person. CASH only.
    Sandwiches, chips, and tea for lunch prepared for us by the local historical society.
    Gluten free and vegetarian lunch to be available upon request.
    Local historians will be available to share local lore.


  2. Lennox Woods Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, north of Clarksville

One of the most beautiful and pristine old-growth forests in the state, the 1,400-acre Lennox Woods Preserve is a vital refuge for several rare plant and animal species, all of which rely on the waters of Pecan Bayou, the largest undammed watershed in northeast Texas and what many consider the focus of the return of the black bear. The old-growth timber and cathedral-like canopy of these woods thought to be typical of the undisturbed floodplains throughout the state prior to the arrival of settlers.

Take a look at Amy Martin’s article!

  1. Daphne Prairie with B.F. Hicks, near Mt. Vernon

We return to this special site that is a favorite for prairie and bird lovers, known for its mima mounds and East Texas tall grasses prairie. Daphne is a 925-acre preserve and NPAT holds the conservation easement for supervision of management, CE was given to NPAT in 2016. We will be able to go further into the prairie this visit to view more of this historical property!

  1. Depart for Downtown Mt. Vernon to B.F. Hick’s Church Inn

Our tour will be guests of Franklin County Historical Association of the B.F. Hick’s Church Inn, 501 S. Kaufman St. Dinner will be held in the former church building and the garden will be open. The 1.5-acre grounds were planted for birds and butterflies with a variety of native plants. The gardens will be blooming for the tour!

Around 9:30pm – Return to Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

For Additional Information

Contact Leigh Ann Ellis


Price includes Bus Fare – Seating is Limited.

$80.00 for NPAT Members

$90.00 for Non-NPAT Members

Click Here to Register

Contact Pat Rinn, NPAT 


Please bring a hat for protection, insect repellent, and bottled water.

For attire: long pants and long sleeves shirts are recommended with sturdy walking shoes!

Cedar Ridge Preserve Field Trip

Photo by Ben Sandifer, Trinity Trails Blog

Saturday, November 11

Meet 9:30 am at Cedar Ridge Preserve

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Carpooling recommended; parking very limited on weekends.

Tom Willard introduces the Blackland Chapter to the prairie parts of Cedar Ridge Preserve in southwest Dallas County. The county’s highest elevation at 755 feet, the 600 acres (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) offers some astounding views and a wide variety of habitats. This will be in lieu of the November BNPAT meeting. Trail map.

It will take 90 minutes for the complete tour. Though it will involve quite a bit of walking, we will start with the close, easy walking sites, and then progress to the more challenging. You can bow out at any time.

Discover some well-established prairies, and examine overgrown prairies and those being restored. (A BNPAT workday will be the following Saturday.) We’ll discuss the challenging aspect with prairie restoration and maintenance. 

Comfortable work shoes or boots, hat, and sunglasses recommended. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Questions? Email, text or call 469-766-7572.

Details on November 18 workday.