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.
TEKS-Correlated Prairie Lessons
Elementary & Middle School
Deep in our Hearts: Explore Connections Between Ecosystem, Culture, History, Etc. | Grades 2-5 Science and Social Studies | Play Gene Autry's version of Deep in the Heart of Texas
Got Grass? | Learning about Native Grasses | Grades 7-8 Science
Grasshopper Safari | Adaptation and Ecology of Insects | Grade 4-5
High-School Level Prairie Lessons and Activities (Carolyn Klein, Westside High School - Houston ISD)
Ecosystem Inventory Worksheet | High School Science
Monarch Migration and Tagging Lesson | High School Science
Reading a Watershed Map Lesson | High School Science
The Web of Life on the Katy Prairie Lesson | Grades 6-12
Measuring Diversity in a Prairie Activity | Grades 10-12 Science
Saving Grassland Wildlife from Houston to Africa poster (Houston Zoo)
Attwater's Prairie Chicken Mask (Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.)
Houston Toad Mask (Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.)
Groups Active in Prairie Conservation/Education
Coastal Prairie Partnership - A collaborative group working to unite the prairie community.
Houston Audubon Society - Grows prairie plants and manages several prairie preserves.
Katy Prairie Conservancy - A nonprofit land trust that protects over 20,000 acres of prairie west of Houston.
Native Prairies Association of Texas - Houston Chapter - A volunteer group dedicated to the protection of Lawther-Deer Park Prairie and to advocacy of local prairies.
Texas Parks & Wildlife - Manages several prairies at local state parks including Sheldon Lake, Brazos Bend SP, and Galveston Island State Park.
The Nature Conservancy of Texas - Protects the Nash Prairie and Texas City Prairie Preserve among others.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Protects and manages Attwater Prairie Chicken and Brazoria NWR.
Coastal Prairie Maps: Click here to download maps
Coastal Prairie Videos: Click here to see more prairie videos
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter - Annual Wildscapes Workshop (September)
Mercer Arboretum's March Mart - March each year.
Buy Prairie Seeds