What's the Big Story?

The coastal Prairie ecosystem once blanketed more than 70% of what we now think of as Greater Houston. The prairie helped shape our economy, culture, food ways, and recreational pursuits. 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!

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

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

Coastal Prairie Maps

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

Downloadable Prairie Photos

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