Upcoming Events (click on date on the calendar for more details):
Monday, October 9, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Presenter: Dan Caudle of Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Managing Prairies and Savannas For Diversity With Grazing and Fire
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA (address/map below)
A variety of ecosystem drivers and natural disturbances were essential in the evolution of North American prairies and savannas. Those same drivers and disturbances are critical for the maintenance and enhancement of our native grasslands now and in the future. Many of these natural forces have been altered because of land use conversion, development, and other reasons. Two of the most important factors in achieving biodiversity and maintaining healthy prairies and savannas are sustainable grazing and prescribed fire. When these two forces are used in combination and applied at the right time, in the right place, and in the right amount, they have a dramatically positive impact on these natural ecosystems.
Unless otherwise noted, typically, the Fort Worth chapter of NPAT meets at the Downtown Fort Worth YMCA:
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street, Corner of 5th and Lamar Streets
Parking can be found in two lots. One connected to the building between 4th and 5th Ave., along Burnett or across from the building & between 3rd and 4th Ave., also along Burnett. There’s plenty of YMCA signage in both lots, so they shouldn’t be difficult to find & both are free with validation from the front desk. Parking in the street is free too.
Grasslands Wine Tour
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Join us on a bus tour to visit the LBJ Grasslands prairie, followed by a visit to Marker Cellars Winery to sample 8 varietals of their wine. Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds benefit the NPAT fundraising effort to purchase Paul Mathews Prairie, a 100 acre native remnant of the Blackland Prairies. NPAT is a charitable organization so you may get a tax deduction to boot! Learn more about the Paul Mathews Prairie.
America’s Grasslands Conference registration is NOW OPEN!
Find out about the field trips here. Program agenda will be posted soon.
November 14 – 16, 2017
The fourth biennial America’s Grasslands Conference brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands.
Hikes, field trips, tours & iNaturalist challenges are planned & led by Jeff Quayle. Check back for updated listing of hikes.
Friday, September 15 from 9am – 10:30am
Stella Rowan Prairie Hike
Tarrant County Resource Connection
2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, Tx 76119
E-mail for more info.
Join us to visit a native remnant prairie that exists right here in Tarrant County! We’ll talk a walk through the prairie to see what is growing, what native plants & wildlife are present since this prairie was NOT mowed this summer and we had good August rains! Bring your phone or camera to take a few photos to add to the iNaturalist Project “Stella Rowan Prairie” to help us document what is here. Enjoy the fall season wildflowers in their native prairie environment and maybe we will get lucky and see a few Monarchs migrating south! Wear closed toe shoes and long pants.