The Green Bunch
This project overcomes the “nature deficit disorder” experienced by urban youth. It combats the syndrome of isolated youth sitting indoors hooked to television and video games. The KEEN Group introduces healthy activities to urban youth ages 8-17. Trained community mentors teach kids fishing, hiking and day camping on trips to area lakes, parks and nature venues. Kids learn to use compasses, geocaching, and safe outdoor cooking. Park rangers and environmental specialists train kids to recognize and safely engage Texas plant and wildlife.
Since 2009 the KEEN Group has taught more than 3,014 youth to fish, hike, to use compasses and to respect the environment. The Green Bunch youth are taught by the KEEN Group Community Mentors, more than 50 screened and trained volunteers. This group boasts experienced anglers, campers, grandparents and a Lead Trainer holding a Masters degree in Sustainability.