Grassroots for Change: A Conservation Challenge for Houston Universities



26% Raised of$30,000 Goal

Grassroots for Change: A Conservation Challenge for Houston Universities Photo
Grassroots for Change: A Conservation Challenge for Houston Universities Photo
Grassroots for Change: A Conservation Challenge for Houston Universities Photo

The Story

The Grassroots for Change Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at raising funds to transform parts of Rice University, University of Houston, and the University of St. Thomas into vibrant pocket prairies. These pocket prairies will provide great habitat for pollinators (like monarch butterflies and native bees), provide a living laboratory for student research, and give campus visitors, students, and faculty a better sense of Houston and its rich history.

The challenge is also about engaging, inspiring, and connecting students at each instution to assist one another in the mission of creating more sustainable and beautiful landscapes on their campuses. We have one planet and we should all work together to preserve it. 

A big goal of this fundraiser is to assist in the restoration of the Rice Gully Natural Area at Rice University, build the new Shasta Prairie at UH (during Earth Week 2016), and transform an empty lot at St. Thomas into a living, breathing laboratory for undergraduates.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE - We are challenging each school's alumni, students, professors, and supporters to help raise the funds needed to create these new pocket prairies for monarchs and other native wildlife. In the true spirit of a challenge we will be tracking (as a friendly competition) how much each school's community has raised for the challenge and will be posting the results online. Funds raised by each school will be directed toward the pocket prairie on their campus. Yet, in the true spirit of collegiality we are encouraging cooperation between students  from each university to assist one another in the establishment of each pocket prairie. 

ABOUT PRAIRIE BUILDERS SCHOOLS & PARKS PROGRAM - This challenge is part of the Katy Prairie Conservancy's (KPC) commitment to support biodiversity conservation and in helping our Prairie Builders Schools & Parks partners reach their goals.The Prairie Builders Schools & Parks program is a multi-year effort to establish pocket prairies on school grounds and in public parks for the benefit of visitors, students, and wildlife. 

ABOUT KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY (KPC) - As a nonprofit land trust, the Katy Prairie Conservancy works to protect greenspace for its conservation and recreational benefits, enhance wildlife habitat, restore tallgrass prairie and wetlands, sponsor scientific research, and offer public programming and activities to introduce the general and school-aged public to the sights and sounds of the prairie. The Katy Prairie is a part of the highly imperiled coastal prairie ecosystem of Texas and Louisiana. To learn more about KPC or visit the Katy Prairie click here.

ABOUT THE COASTAL PRAIRIE - The coastal prairie is an ancient, imperiled ecosystem of coastal Texas and Louisiana. This native grassland has very deep roots in the cultural and economic development of our area and its preservation is critical to the survival of wildlife such as monarch butterflies, colorful migratory birds, and countless other native animals. To learn more about the coastal prairie click here.