Greenwell’s Commitment to Veterans

Greenwell Foundation strives to provide nature-based therapeutic and recreational programming for people with and without disabilities at Greenwell State Park.  With our location close to Naval Air Station Patuxent River puts us in a position to reach out to our local service members, both active and veterans alike. With military families in our community, we have always had service to, and partnerships with, the military community as a high priority.  

Our staff of skilled outdoor activity instructors have experience in providing service to veterans.  Through their leadership, we have had the opportunity to serve active duty and veterans in all our programs. From horseback riding programs, to charter boat fishing trips, Greenwell Foundation provides our participants with a connection to nature and a therapeutic experience.

Our Equestrian Program has always offered inclusive riding and carriage driving lessons to all participants. We have veterans in our riding lessons as well as both active duty and veteran volunteers that assist with our therapeutic riding program.

This summer, we provided kayaking trips to veterans with disabilities free-of-charge. The chance to connect with nature, while kayaking the Patuxent River, is a foundation of our nature-based programs. It allows participants the ability to enjoy the water from a different perspective, while enjoying the peace that nature offers.

A favorite activity of the veterans we serve is charter boat fishing. This group activity allows them time to connect with each other, while spending the morning away from the busyness of daily life. Veterans are picked up on the dock at Greenwell State Park, spend the morning fishing on the Patuxent River, and return to a lunch provided by the Greenwell Foundation. We are thankful for the grants from our partnerships with Northrop Grumman and IAM that have allowed us to provide these trips.

in 2020 and again in 2021, we partnered with Charlotte Hall Veterans Home to bring senior veterans to Greenwell for lunch and a chance to spend time in nature. In addition to providing snacks and videos letting them now how much we miss them, we brought a bit of Greenwell to Charlotte Hall. Our dedicated staff took two of our equestrian friends to visit and spend the day with the residents.

As always, we are thrilled to be able to provide nature-based therapeutic opportunities to the men and women of the armed forces, both active duty and veterans. As the times change, we will continue to adapt to meet our goal of providing the service members and veterans in our local community the chance to connect with nature in a safe and inclusive environment.