Join in the Fun – Be a Cowpoke for a Day on Apr. 25
The Rodeo has come and gone, but here’s a chance to meet real cowboys up close and personal at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s (KPC) fourth annual Unplugged Adventure: Ranch Roundup on Apr. 25 at Warren Ranch – Harris County’s largest working cattle ranch. Leave the city life behind for a few hours, and become a cowpoke out on the Katy Prairie.
KPC’s Unplugged Adventures are opportunities to gain some authentic, hands-on experiences in the great outdoors not far from the center of Houston. Ranch Roundup will feature professional cowboys rounding up cattle. Participants will also have a chance to test their lassoing skills, act out a Texas tall tale, snap a photo with a horse, and take part in other fun activities.
“The April Unplugged Adventure promises a fun way to learn about cowboy culture, especially for those who have grown up in an urban environment,” says Mary Anne Piacentini, KPC’s Executive Director. “It surprises people to learn that there is a large working cattle ranch so close to the center of Houston. Besides cattle, Warren Ranch abounds with wildlife and native plants and grasses.”
Piacentini notes that the Warren Ranch, under Warren Ranch Manager Sam Reese, is striving to create an environment where ranching can work in harmony with native plants and wildlife. Using cattle to mimic the roaming bison herds of the past can actually yield healthier cows and a healthier prairie.
Ranch Roundup is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person, which includes a barbecue lunch. Adults and children of all ages are welcome.
Participants must register for Ranch Roundup in advance. Volunteers are needed to lead activities. Contact Jaime Gonzalez, KPC’s Conservation Education Director at 713-523-6135 for more details. You can print out directions to Warren Ranch, 15025 Warren Ranch Road in Hockley, 77447. Information can also be found at katyprairie.org by clicking on the “Visit” tab and then “Events.”
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all. For exciting updates on events and other timely information, look for us on Facebook and Twitter @katyprairie and on Instagram @savekatyprairie. KPC can also be found on Pinterest and YouTube.