Monthly Meetings

Next Chapter Meeting: Thursday, April 20, 2017


Jaime González

Featured Presentation by Jaime González:

Adventures in Prairie Reconstruction

Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve has recently seen a radical transformation. KPC staff and an army of conservation groups and volunteers have reconstructed a historic, 55-acre tallgrass prairie wetlands complex and have documented the changes along the way. Learn everything that it took to make this project a success and what it means for future restoration of prairies.

About the speaker:

Jaime González works to engage the Greater Houston community in the protection of the Katy Prairie (and other local prairies) through educational initiatives and through collaborative conservation action and planning.  He is also a point person for grassland restoration efforts both on the Katy Prairie Preserve and at over fifteen Prairie Builder Schools and Parks locations throughout the Greater Houston area. Jaime earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Science Education (2007) and a B.S. in Biology (1996) both from the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing a Certificate in Environmental Communications from the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University.

Mark your calendars & check the map, this will be a special presentation

6:45 pm – Meet & Greet, Social Time & Refreshments;

New Time – 7:15 pm Chapter Meeting Followed by Presentation

Alternate Venue – Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Dr. 77004.

Google Map:

Entrance to the parking lot is at Crawford & Hermann Dr.

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2017 Meeting Schedule, Speakers and Presentation

No charge to attend monthly chapter meetings!

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New! NPSOT Houston Video Archive

We want your native plant stories – Come early to our Houston Chapter meeting and let us video your comments, experiences and passion for Texas native plants in your own words. Look for the NPSOT Houston Video Archive sign. We only need 2-4 minutes of your time.

Educational opportunity for NPSOT Members – If you would like to learn how to use the Chapter’s new iPad Padcaster video equipment for filming field trips, garden experiences and interviews, come early (session 6:30 to 7:15 pm) before the next NPSOT Houston Chapter meeting on Thursday, August 18th.  Click here to see our video archive on our  NPSOT Houston Chapter YouTube Channel.Please Join Us!

Previously Held 2016 Meetings

  • March 17: Betsy Ross, Sustainable Growth Texas, “Microbes in the Prairie”
  • April 21: Wendy Reistle and Sheila Brown, Environmental Institute of Houston,Educating Youth about Natives and the Environment”
  • May 19: Jim Robertson, Cypress Creek Greenway Project, “An Overview and Update of the Cypress Creek Greenway Project”
  • June 16: Sarah Flournoy, Houston Audubon Society, “Bird-Friendly Communities”.
  • July 21: Matt Singer, Galveston Bay Foundation, “Habitat and Water Conservation within the Galveston Bay Watershed”.
  • August 18: David Renninger, MDAnderson, Landscaping with Native Plants”
  • September 10: NPSOT Houston Chapter’s 18th annual Wildscapes Workshop, new venue, speaker presentations, local native plant sale and Early Bird registration is now available. Click here to go to the 2016 WIldscapes Workshop page or click here to download full color flyer in PDF format.
  • September 15: Marilu De La Fuente & Jed Aplaca, “Working with City Ordinances, Project Wild Program and Adopt-an Esplanade”
  • October 20: Heather Bass, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, “Using Prairie Plants to Restore Land”
  • November 17: Pot luck and seed/plant swap
  • December 15: Holiday Party

Thanks to all that come out to our meetings! 2017 Meeting schedule and presentations will be posted soon.


Past Meeting Topics:

  • Linda Paisley “Biomimicry”
  • Jaime Gonzalez “Road to Ruin” A highway planned to go through KPC’s lands.
  • Mickey Merritt “Urban Trees”
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Lisa Gray: “Greening the Prairie”
  • Mary Carol Edwards “Wetland Plants for the Home Garden”
  • Michael Eckenfels “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone”
  • Laurie Roddy, Texas Master Naturalist and Author, on Get Out Here Houston! 
  • Dustin Brackney, Houston Zoo Horticulture Supervisor, on  “Green Roofs and Our Evolving Understanding of Rooftop Ecology