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.

John Snowden at February Meeting

John Snowden
The Original North Texas Native Grass Man
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:30pm, In the Flag Pole Room in the Pavilion, CC Young
4847 West Lawther, Dallas, Texas 75214


Join us for North Texas legendary’s native grass expert and grower, John Snowden for our February native prairie meeting. John will bring his 30 plus years of expertise with native grasses and plants as well as his experiences with his Bluestem Nursery. We owe John a debt of gratitude for leading the way for native plants and grasses with his research, promoting uses of natives, and distinguishing the market for native plants in residential and commercial landscapes. His grasses handouts for his presentation are a knock out!!!
John welcomes nonprofits groups to visit and remove prairie grasses and some perennials at his Arlington site. Unfortunately, this site will be sold soon and he is urgently seeking all remaining grasses and designated plants find new homes ASAP. Private individuals can contact him for purchasing these valuable plants, too. 817.915.3137
Locally acclaimed landscape architect, Michael Parkey wrote a fine article on John for the Dallas Morning News in 2012 “Fort Worth plant man is all about native Texas species.”

We look forward to seeing you February 12th!
For additional information contact Leigh Ann, 214.321.7159

January 2019 Chapter Meeting


Join us for the first meeting of the new year Tuesday, January 8th with guest speaker Bill McGrath.

Bill diligently works to restore his 45 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and prairies near the Caddo National Grasslands close to Honey Grove, Texas.

Chapter Meetings are at 6:30pm
in the Flag Pole Room in the Pavilion, CC Young
4847 W Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75214

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!

Kim Olson at May 8th meeting

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association and Blackland Chapter, NPAT will combine meetings to hear Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.) speaking on her experiences in beekeeping and native grasslands on her family farm in Mineral Wells.

Kim will also share what she is hearing about these topics as she travels the state as 2018 Democratic Nominee, for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Kim has a vast resume including former Director of HR, DISD, and former CEO of Grace After Fire.

May 8th

In the Beekeepers Meeting Room, in the Pavilion, CC Young

Seating is limited.

For additional information contact Leigh Ann, 214.395.1902

Spring Calendar


Field Trip to Maddin Prairie

Saturday, April 7 maddinColorado City, west of Abilene

Workday on a wide-open 1,114-acre western prairie with horned lizards, prairie dogs, and abundant birds and deer.Spectacular sunsets and starwatching.

More info on Maddin Prairie

A 4-hour drive, staying Friday and/or Saturday night recommended. Camping, travel trailer, or Comfort Inn in Colorado City. Maximum of 12 participants, a few spaces left.

For details contact: Leigh Anne Ellis


Prairie Walks

April 7 to 27

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North Texas Master Naturalists’ series of prairie discovery walks in April and May. Generally one hour long and led by experts in plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology.

Info Here

Facebook Page

RSVP at Meetup


flag.pole.hill. naturalNaturalist Walk: Flagpole Hill prairie

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

(replaces February monthly meeting)

Walk the Flagpole Hill prairie and learn about the rare gilgai soil formations. Get a close look at spring wildflowers. Listen for crepuscular birds. Witness a great sunset. Led by Amy Martin. Meet at the picnic shelter.


Work morning at White Rock Lake, Dallas 

Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am

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Access from eastbound Mockingbird, turn on East Lawther, take first left in parking lot. Or take East Lawther exit from westbound Mockingbird, turn left on East Lawther, go to stop sign, take left to top of hill and a right into the parking lot.

Plant identification, pulling of invasive Queen Anne’s lace, clean up trash as needed.



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Prairie Walks

May 5 to 12

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North Texas Master Naturalists’ series of prairie discovery walks in April and May. Generally one hour long and led by experts in plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology.

Info Here

Facebook Page

RSVP at Meetup


National Prairie Day

June 2 – first Saturday of June

Info Here



Northeast Texas Prairie Bus Tour

Saturday, June 16 (date tentative)

Details TBA



General Meeting: Presentation on Maddin Prairie

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm

Flag Pole classroom at The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living 
4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.

A presentation on Maddin Prairie , a 1,114-acre NPAT property west of Abilene. Maddin Prairie Preserve is remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian area.

A black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress at Maddin featuring a colony of rescued animals. It also provides habitat for the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus).

Maddin photo album