As an environmental educator, I understand the research linking time spent outdoors with wellbeing. And as a military spouse and parent of two teenagers who have negotiated more than six military moves, I have experienced it first-hand.
Every time I walk around IslandWood I am reminded what a special place it is—255 acres of natural splendor full of the voices and laughter of children learning outside. I always feel refreshed and revitalized after a day at IslandWood.
In recent years, IslandWood has extended our services to many new audiences, including military veterans and their families.
With Veteran’s Day this week, I find myself more convinced than ever of the power of the outdoors to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s veterans and military families. I am also seeing a clear path emerging for veterans to work, lead, and contribute in a measurable way to our state’s outdoor economy and conservation initiatives.
This week at IslandWood, we are privileged to welcome military and civilian leaders from around the country for "Boots in the Woods” - our third Military Families and Veterans Action Summit.
The power of nature is incredible. So is the power of people.
Today I am so excited to be joining colleagues from REI, the Seattle MetroCenter Y, the Military Veteran-Project Rebirth, The Mountaineers, and the Community of Darrington at the State Capital in Olympia to testify at a hearing of the Washington state Senate on the No Child Left Inside bill.
This week IslandWood is honored to host over 100 leaders in the military family and veterans space at our 2nd annual Military Families and Veterans Action Summit.
Nature is a bridge that brings people from all backgrounds together.