Saturday, October 26, 9:30 A.M.–3:00 P.M. Location of bus departure will be given to subscribers.
Experience Katy Prairie in its autumn splendor—the coastal grasses, the dazzling birds, the native flora and fauna—all pulsing in unison to tell the story of this unique ecological preserve. Then enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at the table of one Houston’s greatest Prairie supporters.
We will be met at the prairie by Mary Anne Piacentini, president and CEO of the Katy prairie Conservancy. No one knows better than Ms. Piacentini how vitally important the prairies are to the health of Houston’s ecological future. The prairies help shield Houston from catastrophic flooding and, at the same time, provide a refuge for an enormous variety of bird and animal species.
Participants will have an opportunity to walk the Ann Hamilton Trail and learn more about the restoration and flooding mitigation efforts there. Our visit will end in a private home where we will enjoy a farm-to-table meal. Beth Clark of Clark/Condon will discuss how we can bring parts of the native prairie to our homes, highlighting certain native plants that are great attracters of birds and butterflies.
Mary Anne Piacentini coordinates the Conservancy’s land protection programs and conservation assistance to private landowners, establishes community partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders, and oversees the agency’s operations and programs.
Beth Clark co-founded Clark/Condon with Sheila Condon in 1985. After some time abroad, she rejoined the firm in 2004, bringing a long history of award-winning landscape design practices. She provides extensive knowledge of plant materials and natural environments.