Houston Wilderness Segment on Great Day Houston
Houston Wilderness (HW) created the Great Green Quest (GGQ) to provide children and families the opportunity to spend quality time together and better understand the importance of natural systems in their lives. Today’s youth are busier than ever, causing a significant decrease in the amount of time spent outdoors. The GGQ is an interactive educational experience that gets kids interested and involved in their natural surroundings during the summer months. The GGQ helps meet the essential need that our region’s natural areas are visited, enjoyed and valued.
The GGQ’s Wilderness Passport is an outdoor nature resource guide detailing the 10 ecoregions that make up the HW coverage area. The passport has information on 50+ parks, preserves, nature centers and refuges that boast countless wildlife viewing opportunities, outdoor recreation and beautiful landscapes.
HW was recognized by the local television program "Great Day Houston" for its outreach efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last five years, HW has distributed thousands of complimentary hard copy Passports to elementary and middle/high schools in various school districts around the region during the final week of school. Distribution of the Passport to regional schools in May allows the booklet to be provided to students before school ends. However, since regional schools were not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, HW contacted every food distribution site in school districts around the region, so Passports could be available for pick up by families before summer started. Multiple districts and churches signed up to have Passports dropped off by HW for distribution to families. Getting outside and enjoying the area's natural surroundings is now more important and pressing than ever for the physical and mental well-being of children and families. HW was able to distribute 15,000 Wilderness Passports in May by working directly with the nutrition centers at nine different school districts around the region. It was a change in the usual process of hand-delivery in the classroom, but it worked well, and HW was able to add new districts to its distribution list from prior years.
In this video, HW President and CEO, Deborah January-Bevers, highlights the GGQ Wilderness Passport and discusses HW's response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Great Day Great Deeds, sponsored by
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Veritex Community Bank. True to Texas,
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True to you. I am Deborah January-Bevers,
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president of Houston Wilderness.
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As part of our mission to protect and
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promote the 10 ecoregions in our
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13-county area, we produce this Wilderness
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that provides all the locations in the
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that people can visit, and enjoy the
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During the pandemic period we've been
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distributing this passport
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to schools and churches who are also
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providing food and other supplies.
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If you would like to help us publish
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this Wilderness Passport
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you may go to houstonwilderness.org and
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You may also go to that website if you
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would like a copy, for yourself or a
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of this Wilderness Passport. Thank you.