The University of Houston Coastal Center (UHCC) is designated by the Texas legislature as the home of the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education and is home to a mosaic of habitats: high-quality coastal prairie, forested wetland and manmade wetlands, and coastal prairie in the process of restoration.
Explore our website and learn about one of Houston’s best-kept secrets: the University of Houston Coastal Center.
UH Coastal Center: Environmental Research, Education and Service
UH Coastal Center is an environmental research and educational center located about 14 miles northwest of the Gulf Coast. It contains about 300 acres of threatened coastal tallgrass prairie. UHCC aims to support environmental research on the Texas coast by providing researchers with access to field sites, equipment and facilities.
UH Coastal Center: Prescribed Burn
UH Coastal Center staff, firefighters and volunteers burned about 100 acres of coastal prairie land in a controlled burn on February 27, 2020 at the University of Houston Coastal Center in La Marque, Texas. The fire promotes biodiversity on the prairie and it also provided firefighters a unique training opportunity.
UH Coastal Center: Seasonal Plant Succession
Following a prescribed burn in February 2020, the UH Coastal Center saw a grand showing of native plants like liatris, coneflowers and rattlesnake master. UH Coastal Center Program Director Evelyn Merz and Director Steve Pennings describe why the burn produced such a vibrant seasonal plant succession.