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The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization to protect a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever.
KPC's long-term goals are to:
- protect at least 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie;
- allow public access to the preserves;
- enhance and improve habitat for upland- and wetland-related species;
- offer educational programs for the school-aged and general public; and
- conduct and facilitate research to help accomplish KPC's mission.
The prairie attracts birdwatchers, nature viewers, and hunters from all over North America, as well as local hikers, bicyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts. KPC offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities for prairie visitors to explore the Katy Prairie. In 2010, KPC hosted more than 100 such events. During 2011, KPC will offer events focused on bringing new visitors to the prairie while also encouraging current participants to attend additional events and tours. Plans include such diverse programs as stargazing, kite flying, boating and kayaking on Warren Lake, dog training at Mary Manor, biking on the back roads, and hiking along Cypress Creek. KPC will also continue its very successful kids' camps conducted during June and July and over the winter break. Other programs such as PrairieWorks, Wild West Tours, The Great Grow Out, ECOnnections, and BioBlitz ensure that the prairie continues to welcome new and returning visitors.
- Paige Warner
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