The Southern Plains & Prairies Conference began in 2009 under the moniker State of the Prairie Conference. The first conference was a Houston-centered, one day event held at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena and focused on local prairie needs. Since 2009, Coastal Prairie Partnership and Native Prairies Association of Texas have co-hosted four more prairie conferences with an ever-expanding geographic footprint.

Today, the newly-minted Southern Plains & Prairies Conference continues to address the needs of conservationists, landowners, educators, volunteers, and others looking to restore, conserve, and educate about our beloved and imperiled prairies.