We are a community-based nonprofit organization focused on providing nature education and wilderness adventures for underrepresented youth. "The Houston region has been transformed into one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the entire country" as described by the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. According to Alief ISD, "Virtually every culture of the modern world is represented in the district's 45,000 student enrollment; more than 80 languages and dialects are spoken," among its students. Minorities represent 96% of the student population. The schools are also Title I, where the majority of students receive free or reduced lunch. The purpose of Rewild the Child Foundation is to take these students on an adventure that they have never experienced which will create an awareness of life beyond the kids' neighborhoods and instill in them a deep appreciation for nature and conservation, through activities such as: camping, fishing, environmental education, archery, outdoor cooking, mountain biking, canoeing, species identification and hiking.
These activities are important to our organization because they enable students to make connections in their science classrooms and apply this knowledge to real world experiences. Also, many of our students have not been exposed to the natural world and are thus timid around certain creatures, especially reptiles, amphibians and insects. But, through proper education and exposure, they will discover that all organisms play an integral role and are valuable to our environment. Another reason these activities are so crucial to our organization is that careers in the natural sciences begin with a true passion instilled from youth, while investigating our natural world. And where would we be without nature educators or conservation scientists? One of the most valuable methods by which to foster a healthy environment is giving proper education to both new as well as old generations. That is why we are not only educating our students, but our staff as well, through the "train the trainer" model.
Our goals are as follows:
1. Operate with Alief, Houston school systems to encourage access to nature
2. Work supportively with educators to integrate outdoor learning into science curriculum
3. Cooperate with state agencies to provide outdoor experiences and nature programming for underrepresented youth
4. Cultivate healthy communities by creating good stewards of nature
5. Develop models/programs with the specific mission to teach outdoor recreation skills to students and guides
6. Promote diversity in conservation, by instilling a true passion for the environment, to be channeled into lifelong careers in the natural science
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. Our environmental organization couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.