Cool teacher Keith Martz from Briarhill Middle School is bringing his pupils on incredible hunting excursions! I know what you’re thinking: “Hunting Trips? That seems like a lot of effort!” But believe me when I say there’s nothing quite like being outdoors and taking in all that nature has to offer.
When it comes to the great outdoors, Keith is an expert. Since he was a little child, Russell “Doc” Martz, his deceased father, took him hunting. He is now imparting his passion for nature to the following generation.
Keith oversees a private charity organization called Doc’s Memorial Outdoor Adventures in addition to instructing a program at Briarhill about hiking trails and hunting trips. He leads predominantly Briarhill kids (ages 9–17) on immersive wilderness excursions that include astronomy, boating, fishing, camping, and hunting.
Hunting Trips are a Good Thing for the Young Mind
In Keith’s opinion, the number of individuals who enjoy going outside and learning about nature is declining, and he is working to reverse that trend. Keith sees his foundation as a means to give back and leave a legacy. He has five children of his own who also share his love of the woods. And experiencing that same sensation all over again while watching young kids discover the outdoors.
But hunting isn’t the only aspect. Parents must accompany their children on Keith’s annual camping trip. Families can then enjoy precious time outdoors together, much like Keith did with his own father. The thrill in one young Houstonian woman’s voice when she shot her first hog on one of Keith’s trips made it all worthwhile.
Of course, these excursions are expensive, and they call for supplies and equipment that aren’t always simple to locate. While Keith tries to cover the majority of the costs, he is currently seeking like-minded people who are willing to offer their time.
Keep an eye out for Keith’s new website, which will offer additional options to donate if you’d like to help his effort to get kids outside and experience the excitement of the hunt.
DO’H! – A Final Thought
As a dad myself, it’s amazing to watch Keith instill a love of the outdoors in young children and equip them with the skills they need to survive. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, camping, or hunting trips, Keith is there every step of the way; teaching kids how to appreciate nature and gain a better understanding of their own resilience.
I can only imagine what kind of legacy he will leave behind – one that encourages future generations to get out and explore the beauty that nature has to offer. What impact can you have on your own local community by embracing outdoor activities?