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


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

  • Grasshopper Safari (Coming Soon)
  • Seed Balls (Coming Soon)
  • Prairie Time Machine (Coming Soon)
  • Deep in our Hearts (Coming Soon)
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Prairie History

Teacher Created Resources

Coming soon...

Coastal Prairie Maps - Click on image below for a better view. To save, right click on enlarged image.

Historical range of coastal prairie in Greater Houston.

Historic range of the coastal prairie ecosystem.

Historic Fire Frequency for Houston was 1-3 years.

Coastal Prairie Soundscapes

Prairie Photos: Click here to download


Coastal Prairie Videos

Where to Find Prairie Plants for your School


  • Native American Seed Company of Junction, TX


Live Plants

  • Houston Audubon Society
  • Hannah Native Grasses
  • Morningstar Prairie Plants

Prairie Field Trip and Service Locations

  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy