HOUSTON (November 2, 2019) – Representatives from the Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) led the charge in creating a pocket prairie at Garden Oaks Montessori a few days ago. Students of all ages, along with parents and teachers from the school, also joined in the fun.
Representing the various entities were Dr. Lindsay J. Pollock, Principal of Garden Oaks Montessori; Mira Balakrishnan, PTO Committee Chair for Beautification; Lan Shen, Seed Collection Manager for Katy Prairie Conservancy; Ali Dodson, Advancement Director for KPC, along with a contingent of school and KPC volunteers.
Shen noted that the group planted a variety of species of wildflowers and prairie grasses. Students and volunteers participated in planting native plants, spreading seed and “stomping” seed into the soil.
“This project was part of KPC’s Prairie Builder Schools + Parks (PBSP) program, which is designed to empower our partners to build and use pocket prairies on school campuses and public parks,” says Dodson. She noted that these prairies become bridges for learning about prairie science, history, culture, economics, and global environmental stewardship. “It was great to see such enthusiasm with the school and community coming together to create a beautiful natural space where students can learn about nature. This pocket prairie will also provide food and homes for birds, bees and butterflies.”
These prairies energize school communities and preserve a lasting location where students can interact with the land. KPC provides technical guidance in restoration and education, funding, and even interpretive training to partnering institutions. PBSP has helped to bring prairies back to more than 25 school campuses in five school districts, Hermann and Buffalo Bayou Parks, the Texas Medical Center and area universities.
For information about how a school in your area can get involved, please contact Ali Dodson at the Katy Prairie Conservancy or call 713-523-6135. Visit our website at katyprairie.org to learn more about Prairie Builder Schools + Parks.
About Katy Prairie Conservancy
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the coastal prairie for people and wildlife. For Houston, the Katy Prairie Preserve is the right prairie in the right place. These protected lands west of the city play an important role in flood control, outdoor recreation, and wildlife habitat. But there is still prairie that remains unprotected. Our work is not done. To learn more about Katy Prairie Conservancy’s conservation efforts, visit katyprairie.org <http://www.katyprairie.org/> or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @katyprairie.