ABOUT the conference

The North American Prairie Conference (NAPC) is America's oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference. It has been held every other year from 1968. The 2019 conference will be the 25th (silver) event and will be the second time that this conference will be held in Texas.


Do you have questions about the 2019 North American Prairie Conference? Please feel free to contact us at prairiepartner@gmail.com or at (713) 581-0818.

  • Conference Co-Chairs

    • Cassidy Johnson, PhD - President, Coastal Prairie Partnership

    • Elisa Donovan, JD - Vice President & General Counsel, Katy Prairie Conservancy

    • Sonia Nájera - Grasslands Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Texas

    • Pat Merkord - Board Member and Former Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas

  • Conference Support Team

    • Convener: Jaime González, The Nature Conservancy in Texas/Coastal Prairie Partnership

    • Accountant: Cynthia Cedeño, Cedeno and Associates

    • Graphic Designer: Kirsti Harms - Interim Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas

    • PR and Communications: Della Barbato, Native Prairies Association of Texas

    • Field Trips: Ryan Middleton, Katy Prairie Conservancy and Andy Newman, RES

    • Volunteers: Chris Anastas, Texas Master Naturalist, Galveston Bay Chapter

    • Logistics: Wendy Reistle, Environmental Institute of Houston at UH - Clear Lake


The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will take place at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.