Veterans Connect in Nature
Strongpoint Theinert Ranch and The Nature Conservancy partner for Veterans Weekend retreat at Mashomack Preserve
Shelter Island, NY
Nearly 20 veterans from across the country are traveling to Shelter Island to take part in a Veterans Weekend retreat hosted by Strongpoint Theinert Ranch and The Nature Conservancy. Guests will stay at the Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve, considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast, where they will connect with nature and each other.
Weekend programming includes updating a trail for wheelchair access and other nature-based service projects, a combination paddle
Strongpoint Theinert Ranch is a nonprofit organization that hosts health and wellness retreats for veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families at the Theinert-Kestler family’s property in the remote Magdalena Mountains. Its mission is to help those who serve and sacrifice to strengthen,
"In only our third year of hosting veterans retreats at the Ranch in New Mexico, we are so excited to be partnering with The Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve to help further our mission,” said Jimbo Theinert, President at Strongpoint Theinert Ranch. “Joe and I spent a lot of time in Mashomack over the years, and it was one of his favorite places to come home to and go for
“The Nature Conservancy is proud to be partnering with Strongpoint Theinert Ranch and welcome our guests to fully unplug and experience Mashomack, a refuge for restoration, reflection, and understanding the world around us,” said Jeremy Samuelson, Mashomack Preserve Director at The Nature Conservancy. “Our collaboration with Strongpoint Theinert Ranch resonates with me on a personal level because it brings together two parts of my life as a member of a military family and a professional conservationist and has allowed me to give back to them both. I hope the experiences and learnings from this weekend will stay with our guests long after they’ve returned home.”
The Nature Conservancy is committed to engaging with veterans and military communities, hosting retreats and workshops at its preserves across the country. Its employee resource group Veterans in Nature’s Service is dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusion that helps veterans transition to civilian life and
“As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I experienced firsthand the restorative power of nature,” said Greg Jacob, Policy Advisor at the Conservancy and co-lead of Veterans in Nature’s Service. “After leaving the Corps, my time in the woods, camping, hiking, and fishing played a pivotal role in my transition to civilian life. It is a privilege to bring veterans to our preserves and offer them restorative time in beautiful places. These retreats bring forth a powerful exchange, for our staff to learn more about veterans, their work ethic, and their experiences with conservation during their military service, and for veterans to learn about our critical mission to protect and conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”
“It is our hope that Veterans in Nature’s Service has found a home at Mashomack,” Samuelson added.
Strongpoint Theinert Ranch (STR) is a place where active and veteran military members, their families, and Gold Star families come together to strengthen themselves both physically and mentally, transition through life’s challenges, and reconnect with friends, family, and most importantly themselves, as they bond over shared experiences and participate in a wide range of outdoor activities amongst the natural beauty of the scenic mountains and open prairies of New Mexico. The Ranch works with veterans from across the United States, with a focus on those affected by the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our initiative was inspired by the service and sacrifice of 1LT Joseph J Theinert and is supported in part by the Joseph J Theinert Memorial Fund. To learn more please visit: strongpointtheinert.org or connect with @StrongpointTheinert on Instagram or Facebook.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.