‘Here We Grow Again’: Nature Nonprofit Announces Surprise Rebrand, Expansion

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THE CITY’S SUPPORT for its green spaces and waterways is unwavering. A spring gala, attended by 250 philanthropic Houstonians, celebrated and benefited the region’s prairies, wetlands and farmlands. The “Here We Grow Again” bash was hosted by Katy Prairie Conservancy, which announced at the event that it will henceforth be known as Coastal Prairie Conservancy. The new name was applauded, and guests were moved to contribute to the organization’s cause to the tune of $265,000.


At a private club, gala-goers enjoyed a cocktail reception, steak dinner and sweet treat, while a video highlighting the partnership between Coastal Prairie Conservancy and ConocoPhillips played. The oil and gas company has been proactive in habitat and species conservation.

A live auction touted lots of outdoor and nature-centric experiences and accessories, naturally; one coveted prize was a wine trip to the Brazos Valley.

The nonprofit, which has been around for 30 years, works to protect 30,000 acres of land across nine counties, including nearly 20,000 acres on the historic Katy Prairie, which was formerly the org’s only area of focus.

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