Prairies are the quintessential Texas landscape. It forged our cowboys, built our economy, fed us, and clothed us. In Houston, it played a huge role in our development, both culturally and economically
— Jaime González, Katy Prairie Conservancy

TEACHING ABOUT HOUSTON'S COASTAL PRAIRIES

The Big Story
The coastal prairie ecosystem once blanketed more than 70% of what we now think of as Greater Houston. Now this vibrant ecosystem is imperiled. This module will help you better understand and teach about Houston's hidden heartland - the coastal prairie.

Click here to see how to connect lessons, videos, and activities into a bigger story!


TEKS-Correlated Prairie Lessons

Printables

Prairie History


Groups Active in Prairie Conservation/Education


Prairie Soundscapes


Coastal Prairie Maps: Click here to download maps

Coastal Prairie Once Covered Most of Greater Houston. Courtesy of Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Coastal Prairie Once Covered Most of Greater Houston. Courtesy of Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Historic Range of Coastal Prairie Ecosystem. Courtesy of Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Historic Range of Coastal Prairie Ecosystem. Courtesy of Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Our area once burned every one to three years. 

Our area once burned every one to three years. 



Where to Find Prairie Plants for your School

Buy Live Prairie Plants

  • Houston Audubon Society, (713) 932-1639), fhannah at houstonaudubon.org
  • Morningstar Prairie Plants, (979) 553-3104, morgy at consolidated.net
  • Monarch Gateway, info@monarchgateway.org
  • Plant Sales
    • Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter - Annual Wildscapes Workshop (September)
    • Mercer Arboretum's March Mart - March each year.

Buy Prairie Seeds