The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. We are saving a Lone Star legacy.
Outreach: We provide outreach at public festivals and nature events. We always need people to man booths and pass out information. We are developing a speaker's bureau where we train presenters to share our mission and educate the public. These presentations can be made at meetings of special interest groups or even local home owner's associations.
Field Trips: We offer hikes for the public. No special knowledge is needed to host a hiking meet-up at a local prairie, we just meet and appreciate the land. There is usually someone there who will know some of the plants you see. We offer training to participate as a hike leader at local parks such as The Chisholm Trail Park, a local park where a section of the prairie was saved as a nature area surrounding a walking path.
Citizen Science: We train citizens to be "Prairie Seekers". At one of our workshops, you will learn how to identify quality prairie and help us search for land to be conserved. We are building a database of people who are interested in actual preservation work at one of our prairies. NPAT owns or holds easements on more than 4000 acres of Texas prairie. At times we need volunteer observers to help with flora and fauna surveys of our land.
Work Days: We also host workdays to remove invasive species and improve prairie properties. These trips sometimes include camping opportunities and the possibility of witnessing prairie dogs and/or horned lizards!
Support: Just by becoming an NPAT member you'll help our prairies, but to really learn about our land heritage, you should join us as a volunteer. Send your contact email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out a survey about your interests.
Hope to see you on the prairie soon!