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Habitat Stewardship Adventures Program

The Galveston Island State Park Prairie Outreach Program is a yearlong project, beginning in May 2009, which will restore 10 acres of coastal prairie habitat through a community-based outdoor project. Through these efforts, 10,000 native prairie grasses and forbs will be grown to restore the prairie, which has been depleted by various environmental factors.� In addition to the restoration project, students will be participating in a T-shirt design contest through a watercolor activity during the adventure. The winning design will be printed on a t-shirt and given to each participant!

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Students become naturalists as they watercolor during a prairie restoration adventure.


Austin Middle School students smile after a hands-on potting session on their campus.

Students� take an active part in this project by collecting seeds, growing plants, and planting their plants in the prairie. Approximately 5,500 plants were potted and planted this fall and winter at the Galveston Island State Park (GISP). The hands-on nature of this program allows students to learn and gain a level of respect for these habitats and develop a sense of responsibility and community in the natural world.

plant collection

Community groups such as the Master Naturalists lend their talents and muscles to potting, planting and planning for the prairie project.

Students care for the plants at the school and transplant them at the GISP restoration site.
Check out the special letter of recognition for Nicole's work!

View the Habitat Restoration slideshow to learn more!
(You will need Quicktime to view.)

habitat location