The Green Road Project

 

A natural healing environment for injured service members & their families

Wounded service members receiving medical care at Naval Support Activity Bethesda—home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—are fighting to become whole again in the wake of debilitating injuries, like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

To ease their journey and complement their care, the Institute for Integrative Health and its partners have created the Green Road—a woodland garden where service members and their families will find respite amid forest and wildlife, beside a tranquil stream.

Beginning in 2017, researchers on the project team will conduct studies to scientifically measure the healing effects of spending time on the Green Road.

A PLACE TO CONNECT.  The Green Road promotes the communal nature of military life. Wounded service members will gain strength and resilience from gathering with one another and their loved ones in this peaceful setting.

A PLACE TO DE-STRESS.  According to evidence-based studies, exposure to nature reduces levels of perceived stress, anxiety and depression while boosting self-esteem and a sense of well-being.

A PLACE TO HONOR THE FALLEN. Remembering lost comrades is an important part of healing for many warriors. The commemorative pavilion—an element of the project expressly requested by service members—will make this possible. 

 

VIDEO

NBC Washington/News4 reported on the Green Road's dedication ceremony, attended by 200 guests, including Sen. Barbara Mikluski, on September 26, 2016.

 

DONATE TO THE GREEN ROAD


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Support research studies of the Green Road's healing effects on injured service members.

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JOIN OUR COMMUNITY


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Stay up-to-date on the latest developments with the Green Road Project. 

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GROUNBREAKING RESEARCH


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An innovative set of metrics will help scientists measure the healing impact of spending time on the Green Road.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


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Make a difference in the lives of service members by volunteering for a hands-on role in the Green Road Project.

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NATURE SACRED AWARD


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The project received a $1 Million Nature Sacred Award from the TKF Foundation.

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IT TAKES A TEAM


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An inter-disciplinary team of specialists, including physicians, scientists, engineers, and landscape architects, have come together to create the Green Road.

Meet the team