Welcome to the Coastal Prairie of Texas!
Houston
June 2-5, 2019

conference UPDATES

  • Limited Student Scholarships: Click here to apply!

  • Late Registration has been extended until June 1st at 12:00 pm. See link below. *Walk up registration available for Sunday, June 2nd and Monday, June 3rd.

    • *May not guarantee some conference materials.

  • Texas Barbecue Dinner tickets still on sale! We’ll have real Texas barbecue, the Will Carter Band, prairie tours, special presenter Dr. Dwayne Estes of the Southeast Grasslands Initiative all at the wonderful Armand Bayou Nature Center. See link below.

  • Want to visit nearby NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston while visiting?

    • Click here and at checkout enter the discount code ‘NAPC’ to receive a 40% discount on admission!


Keynote & Featured Speakers

The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will draw some of the brightest minds in prairie conservation, restoration, education, and communications from Texas, the Southeast, and the Midwest. 

Among this highly distinguished group of prairie/grassland scientists, leaders, and advocates will be Carol Davit (Missouri Prairie Foundation), Dr. Reed Noss (Southeast Grasslands Initiative), Chris Helzer (The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska), Dr. Kelly Kindscher (Kansas Biological Survey/University of Kansas), Dr. Dwayne Estes (Southeast Grasslands Initiative), and local experts Dr. John Jacob (Texas A&M Agrilife Extension) and Jaime González (The Nature Conservancy in Texas/Coastal Prairie Partnership).


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The Nature Conservancy of Texas's Nash Prairie Preserve    Photo by Jerod Foster

The Nature Conservancy of Texas's Nash Prairie Preserve
Photo by Jerod Foster

HEALTHY PRAIRIES,
HEALTHY WATERSHEDS

Water is life. Nowhere is this more true than on our prairies. Prairie wetlands nourish colorful plants, serve as amphibian nurseries, provide feeding grounds for shorebirds, and quench thirst for countless upland prairies species. They also help staunch floodwaters and purify drinking water.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s damage to Houston and coastal Texas, prairies (and their associated wetlands) are in the spotlight for the many benefits they provide. The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will spotlight how prairies can help to create healthy watersheds for people and wildlife. 


A prairie pothole at Native Prairie Association of Texas's Lawther-Deer Park Prairie   Photo by Don Verser

A prairie pothole at Native Prairie Association
of Texas's Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

Photo by Don Verser

field trips

We will host a slate of six field trips designed to ground you in the ecology, history, and culture of southeast Texas prairies. We will feature trips that visit rare coastal prairie remnants, restored prairies, and even trips to urban pocket prairies.

Each type of prairie plays a role in the regional prairie movement to conserve biodiversity, protect historic landscapes, and to raise awareness (often times with urbanites) about the importance of these grasslands to Houston's resiliency and quality of life.

Click here to go to our field trips page.


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

MD Anderson Prairie - A "pocket prairie" in Houston's world famous Texas Medical Center a project of Katy Prairie Conservancy and MD Anderson Cancer Center   Photo by Jaime González

MD Anderson Prairie - A "pocket prairie" in Houston's world famous Texas Medical Center a project of Katy Prairie Conservancy and MD Anderson Cancer Center
Photo by Jaime González

We here in the Houston conservation community often say that "we are stronger together." This is why we work so diligently to keep ourselves informed about what others are doing to advance the conservation of landscapes and biodiversity in our region and work collaboratively to reach better outcomes.

We would like to thank all of our amazing sponsors who have made this conference possible. We truly are stronger together!


Welcome to houston!

Welcome to Houston, the culinary and cultural capital of the South. Houston is also home to a highly diverse suite of habitats, routinely ranked as one of the most biodiverse regions in the United States. This stunning biological variety is matched by human diversity. Houston is the most ethnically diverse metro area in the country. It is also home to the world’s largest medical center, the world famous NASA Johnson Space Center (just 5 minutes from our conference site), and is the energy capital of the United States. A special conference discount rate for visiting NASA/Space Center Houston is available. Simply click here at at checkout enter the discount code ‘NAPC’ to apply the discount. Regular adult tickets are $29.95 and the discount rate is $17.95!

The 2019 North American Prairie Conference's homebase will be the fascinating and highly imperiled coastal prairie. Greater Houston is in the midst of a coastal prairie revival, with pristine sites being conserved, prairies being restored, and even urban 'pocket prairies' popping up in the heart of the city. 

So, welcome to the conference and welcome to Texas!


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