The Kids On the Land (KOL) program began in 2003, at the West Ranch near Ozona, Texas. Peggy Maddox created the program and it is based on the belief that kids need to reconnect to the land, especially the land in their environment.
“Children have an innate need to be in nature and nature needs a new generation to be reconnected to the land and take us to a more sustainable future,” says Ms. Maddox.
KOL is an outdoor hands-on-learning program with ecosystem-specific lessons designed for Kindergarten through 6th graders and has been offered in numerous Texas eco-regions. Since its inception in 2003, more than 2,700 students have experienced the KOL program. In many of the areas served, a majority of the students participating in the program are economically disadvantaged.
KOL has partnered with schools, local volunteers, land owners and organizations such as The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Texas Forest Service and Groundwork Dallas.