PRAIRIE SOCIAL CLUB MEET-UP
Our meetings are via Zoom; & sometimes in person. We have many outdoor training, hikes, & field trips scheduled.
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION on Zoom
Monday, August 9, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom
Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Update & Education Outreach
Della Barbato, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Director of Education
Della Barbato was appointed NPAT’s Director of Education in April of 2018 for the Lawther – Deer Park Prairie Preserve. Della will develop an educational program including student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area. She will also develop grassland biome curriculum to include demonstration trunks and activities to be taken to local schools for presentation in classes.
For almost twenty years, Della has been dedicated to the Earth and its ecosystems. Since 2011 she has owned an environmental education business called Earth Voice where she facilitates tailored, entertaining, interactive programs to various audiences. Her goal is to educate and motivate audiences to nurture a connection to their environment and community.
Before coming to NPAT, Della has previously served as Education Director for two environmental non-profits, is a Master Naturalist and is a board trustee for the Citizens Environmental Coalition. In 2014, Della was awarded a travel grant to Cambodia where she co-facilitated several zero waste and recycling workshops in a community-based ecotourism village. She is a former Montessori middle school science teacher and seed biology technician.
Della has a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with a focus on seed physiology. She enjoys being in nature, photography and bird watching. Her greatest passion is travel and she has visited 26 countries.
Picturing the American West – A Tour of the Sid Richardson Museum Collection – Saturday, August 21, 2021
An Exhibit Tour by Director of the Sid Richardson Museum, Scott Winterrowd
Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:30am
Free. RSVP (limit 15 registrants) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picturing-the-american-west-a-tour-of-the-sid-richardson-museum-tickets-161354374277
The tour covers works by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, as well as other artists of the time. These artists depicted the westward expansion into the prairies and mountains of the west. The 4 themes of the exhibit include (text from the SRM website):
The Bison and Plains Indian Culture – Central to the lives of the Plains Indian peoples was the bison hunt. In this section of the exhibit, most of the works are made by Charles Russell who specialized in painting and sculpting the drama and energy of the hunt alongside one of Frederic Remington’s late masterworks capturing dynamic movement, Buffalo Runners—Big Horn Basin, 1909. This grouping also examines four paintings by Russell that show his treatment of the role of Plains Indian women in relation to the hunt painted over a twenty-year period.
Western Archetypes – Centered around an image of Buffalo Bill Cody, the characters in this section of the exhibition carved out the trails west from the expedition of Lewis and Clark to those who set out in search of fortune, and sped up communication across the continent. Buffalo Bill is the west personified, and through his Wild West Show that began in the early 1880s he and his cast created the drama and excitement of the west that passed into the twentieth century through the artists displayed here and through film and later television. In his own lifetime, Cody became a legend that young boys like Russell read about and idealized.
Cowboys and Native Americans – The conflicts between “cowboys and Indians” are more myth than reality developed out of the imagination of dime store novel authors and the popular “Westerns” of film and television. Most of the images in this section reflect a time before, while two of the works capture life on reservations made shortly after the end of the open plains when the time of the bison was no more.
Twilight into Night – Sunset, twilight, and night have long been used metaphorically in works of art. These settings were often employed by western artists to communicate their nostalgia for the passing of the Old West. The passage of sunset into night can be seen in this grouping as the golden glare at the end of day gives way to lavender shadows and descends into cool blues, inky blacks, and lurid greens.
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom AND in person at TxWes!
Meet Carly Aulicky NPAT’s new North Texas Outreach & Stewardship Director
We are proud to announce that Carly Aulicky has joined NPAT staff as the North Texas Outreach and Stewardship Director!
Carly finished her doctorates at Kansas State University in 2020. She was part of a collaborative effort across state and federal agencies to translocate and monitor lesser prairie-chickens in the sand sagebrush prairie of Kansas and Colorado, where she gained practical experience in conducting prairie vegetation surveys and managing data and personnel.
In addition to her fieldwork, Carly completed a Sunset Zoo Science Communication Fellowship and served as graduate student adviser to the student chapter of The Wildlife Society. She’s currently learning how to take better wildlife and landscape photos and is very excited to apply her diverse skill sets at NPAT.
September or October TBD
Fall Prairie Seeker Training
Monday, October 11, 2021 at 7pm
Pollinators & Natives: An Ancient Marriage
Randy Johnson, Randy Johnson Organics
REGISTER: (link soon)
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7pm
Horned Lizards & Prairies
Dusty Rhoads, TCU
REGISTER: (link soon)
Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7pm (in person)
Holiday Prairie Pot Luck Supper & Documentary: Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie
Up to 1/3 of the North American continent was covered with grass as late as 150 years ago, but today the tallgrass prairie is the most endangered ecosystem in North America – less than 5% is left standing in the Flint Hills of Kansas and the Osage Hills of Oklahoma. Most of the bread, cereals, and beef we eat is produced by current and former grasslands. Grasslands also purify the air we breathe, removing carbon from the air and supplying oxygen. This documentary looks at the history, present, and future of the central North American grasslands, from its beginnings after the last Ice Age to the culture of the Plains Indians and the settlement by white Europeans, who plowed under the grass and planted row crops. The relationships between the grass, grazing animals such as buffalo and cattle, fire, and humans is key to the future of the grasslands.
We will post opportunities as we have them.