Dedicated to the study, preservation, restoration and education in regard to the Cajun Prairie Habitat, associated habitats and projects.
Duralde Prairie at the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society meeting
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Eunice Site
Gaura found at the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society meeting
The society was officially founded on May 22, 1989 by a group of prairie enthusiasts. The main purpose of the society was to restore prairie habitat located in Eunice, LA. Since then, the society has expanded its purpose, amount of prairie restored and membership. We have also received our non-profit status.
The society holds many events which include tours, speakers, restoration projects, land acquisitions and fun social events.
The Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to studying, preserving, restoring, and educating the public about the Cajun Prairie Habitat, associated habitats and projects. Donations to the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society are tax deductible, as allowed by law.
We provide courses in the history and methods of prairie restoration. We organize public lectures and presentations as well as online communities and public actions to convey prairie restoration to a broader audience.
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Meeting and Tours
Saturday April 23, 2022
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Tours - Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
8:00 AM: Tours of Duralde Restored Prairie. Directions: Take LA 13 north out of Eunice and after crossing a bridge, go about 1.5 miles and turn left onto La 374. If coming from the north on La 13, about 6 miles south of Mamou, just past the Fire Station, turn right onto La 374. Follow La 374 west and it will take a sharp right then a sharp left. After straightening out from the sharp left, go about 0.5 miles and turn left at the first double intersection. You will be turning left onto a gravel road that is Navy Road. Navy Road is about 2 miles from La 13. Follow Navy Road and it will take a sharp right and then will start a sharp left, but you will not turn at the left but drive straight into Duralde Prairie. Entrance Lat, Long: 30.558797°, -92.483143°
Eunice Restoration Site, picture taken on April 10th
10:00 AM: Eunice Restored Prairie; meet at the corners of Martin Luther King and East Magnolia (510 East Magnolia, Eunice, LA 70535) and enjoy the best restored prairie in the United States. This site is north of U.S. 190 and east of La 13. For those of you coming from the north on La 13, turn left (east) at the first paved road (East Magnolia) to the east after you cross the railroad tracks in Eunice. Go a couple of blocks and the prairie is on your left. For those coming from the east on U.S. 190 turn right (north) at the first red/green traffic light and follow Martin Luther King Drive for a couple of blocks and the prairie is on your left. For those coming from the west on U.S. 190, follow U.S. 190 through Eunice and after crossing a railroad track, go to the next red/green traffic light and turn left onto Martin Luther King Drive (See above). For those coming from the south on La 13, when you reach the stop sign, turn right onto Maple Ave. Follow Maple for about 3 or 4 blocks and at the 2nd four way stop sign, turn left onto Martin Luther King Drive. Follow this street across U.S. 190 and see above.
For more details about the meeting and or tours, contact Matt Heron at Matthew.s.Herron@gmail.com,
Steve Nevitt at email@example.com, or find us on Facebook.
Dues for 2022 are past due now, as they are on an annual basis, beginning in January. Our dues remain at $20 individual or $25 family. You may pay one or more years at a time, but after 3 years of no payments, your membership will expire. If you would like to know the date of your last dues payment we received, just send me an email and I will reply. We depend on members’ dues and donations for the day-to-day maintenance of our prairies. We have ongoing expenses for trimming the trails, fighting invasive species, and burning the prairies. You may mail your check to: Jackie Duncan, Treasurer, at the address below, Jackie Duncan, CPHPS Dues 114 Harpers Ferry Rd Boyce, LA 71409 (Or) You may go to our website, http://cajunprairie.org and donate electronically using a credit card with PayPal. Simply click on the ‘JOIN’ link at the top of the home page. You will see “Pay your dues with a credit card or PayPal account” and a ‘BUY NOW’ button, with the dues rates. On that page, you may also print out a PDF Membership-Donation form to mail with your check for your dues or donations. Beneath the ‘JOIN’ link is the ‘DONATE’ link, where you may go to donate to the CPHPS Current Projects Fund using the PayPal ‘Donate’ button. The ‘DONATE’ page has a reminder and link to use Amazon Smile; and choose the CPHPS as your chosen charity or a link to “Build Our Endowment”. Please continue to support our work by payment of your annual dues and/or donations
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Meeting and Tours
Saturday May 14, 2022
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Symposium & Meeting - Saturday May 14th, 2022
9:00 AM: Visit to the Ascension Episcopal School-Youngsville Campus Cajun Prairie Garden. Planted by Eric Vanbergen and the CPHPS in spring 2019 for Eric’s senior project. Directions: From I-10, take Exit 100 onto Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy, heading south. Continue south, passing Kaliste Saloom Road and Verot School Road. After 9.6 miles, take a right turn onto Chemin Metarie Road. Continue on Chemin Metarie to the round-about and take the 2nd exit to continue straight on Chemin Metarie. After the round-about, continue about ½ mile and you will see Ascension Episcopal School on your right.
From Hwy 90, take Southpark Rd, after 2.8 miles turn right onto Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy. Go 1.5 miles on Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy, then turn left onto Chemin Metarie. Follow directions from Chemin Metarie above.
Ascension Episcopal School address: 1800 Chemin Metarie Pkwy, Youngsville, LA 70592
10:00 AM: Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Meeting
10:30 AM: Cajun Prairie Awards and a Presentation by Dr. Malcolm Vidrine, titled, ‘A naturalist/conservationist trapped in Louisiana, while all around, the seas are rising and the ground is sinking faster and faster – my life growing up on the Cajun Prairie during a journey to oblivion. An honorary address in salute to a 50-year career of discovery in field biology in southwestern Louisiana. Why not a prairie?’
11:45 AM: Lunch; and Presentation by John Michael Kelley, titled, ’Familiar faces: Learning in the Cajun Prairie primes an appreciation for diverse plant groups’. John Michael is a research intern employed by Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and Caddo Parish Parks. Long interested in nature and outdoor skills, he began studying botany in 2019 and has since conducted research on rare species and habitats of Louisiana and surrounding states. Much of his work as an independent researcher is delivered to state agencies and private interest groups to further the study of our region’s biodiversity. Other discoveries are reported in scientific journals, with special regard for range extensions, unique population occurrences, and rapidly spreading invasive species. John Michael’s work has been self-funded until his recent cooperation with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative in 2021.
Below: Ascension Episcopal School Cajun Prairie Garden
For more details about the meeting and or tours contact, Steve Nevitt firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.