February 2019

Dear Friend,

It's that time of year again, when the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a bustle of activity to our city. Texans love the connections to our cowboy heritage, but many people don't know that Houston's native coastal prairie once blanketed the region and helped shape our culture and drive our economic growth.

Today, the coastal prairie is one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. Every day, the Katy Prairie Conservancy is working to protect these lands, both for current Houstonians and future generations. Cattle roam the open prairie on our Warren Ranch, one of the largest working cattle ranches in Harris County. And the 23,000 acres we have protected so far play an important role in flood control, outdoor recreation, and wildlife habitat.

I hope you will head out to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year - February 27 to March 17 - and take a look at KPC's fun, interactive exhibit for kids in the Tour of Texas, part of AGVENTURE located in Hall A of NRG Center. We are proud to be a part of this educational opportunity for young and old alike.

Thank you for all you do to help us protect the prairie.

Sincerely,
Mary Anne Piacentini
President and CEO
This Month at KPC
Photo courtesy of Kathy Adams Clark
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Upcoming Events On the Prairie
Ann Hamilton Trail Walking Tour
Saturday, February 23rd
10 - 11 am

All ages are welcome at the Indiangrass Preserve for a free walking tour on the Ann Hamilton Trail. Come learn about the history and value of the coastal prairie and KPC's role in preserving these vanishing lands.

Please bring water and meet the tour guide at the Field Office.   

Click here for directions.
February Volunteer Opportunities
You can make a difference! First time volunteers, fill out a volunteer application here . We are working on a variety of different volunteer projects at Indiangrass Preserve and Shrike Prairie throughout the year. Join us during any of the times below.

Indiangrass Preserve
Tuesdays: 9 am - 3 pm
Fridays: 9 am - 1 pm
Saturdays: 9 am - 1 pm
First Fridays on the Prairie!

This first Friday we are heading to one of our Prairie Builder Schools + Parks locations - Westside High School!

Join us for a day of volunteering as we assist our partner with their existing pocket prairie and a wetlands project.

Date: Friday, February 1st
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Meeting Location: Westside HS front entrance ( 14201 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077)

KPC will provide all necessary supplies, but please bring water and wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat (optional). Expect to get muddy at this location.

KPC Contact: Ryan Middleton, 832.829.1024.
Click here to register.
Photo courtesy of Don Pine
Volunteers Needed!

The Katy Prairie Conservancy has an exciting, new volunteer opportunity in Houston! While the Native Seed Nursery at Katy Prairie Conservancy's field office in Waller is being renovated this winter, the Memorial Park Conservancy has generously offered us use of their greenhouse. Volunteers will help grow plants that will be used for various Katy Prairie Conservancy spring projects and for the  Great Grow Out .
 
We will be bumping up seedlings given back by Great Grow Out participants and growing many 9 Native plants for a 9 Natives Showcase Garden and for various Prairie Builder Schools + Parks locations.
 
Workdays are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This month's dates are February 7th and February 21st.

The Memorial Park Conservancy Greenhouse is located in Memorial Park on the south side of Memorial Drive (29.762814, -95.430651), google map:  https://goo.gl/maps/2kLw52yWhaM2.

All are welcome, no experience necessary! Register here .
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