A pocket prairie is a term used for a small garden of native prairie plants, along with all the insects that live in it and the birds and other animals that visit. It’s a small sample of some of the native species that used to live here before people changed the landscape and built this city. The wide variety of plants and wildflowers that grow in a prairie attract many types of birds and insects, especially in the spring and summer when flowers make the breeze fragrant.
Our Prairie Wetland is a seasonally wet local habitat planted with native plants and grasses that have deep roots which absorb water during heavy rains. The plantings in this habitat help reduce local flooding.
The urban Deciduous Woodland areas in the park were planted here with species native to nearby East Texas deciduous forests. This woodland is a community of trees, shrubs, fungi, and animals that depend on one another. Many animals make their homes here, building nests in the branches of the trees or taking shelter under logs and rocks.
Cypress Pond, named for the Bald Cypress trees planted here, is a valuable habitat for amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, small mammals, and invertebrates that live here year-round. It is also a resting and refueling stop for migratory birds and insects.