Rotary Club helps Mindful Meadow
Greenwell Foundation is hoping its Mindful Meadow will consist of goats, lambs, and mini horses all roaming and playing in a specially-designed paddock. Visitors will join them in their space, and experience the joy of having the animals approach them.
And that vision became a bit clearer recently when Michael Blackwell, President of Leonardtown Rotary Club President Michael Blackwell announced that the Club has awarded $2,500 toward Mindful Meadow.
“There is abundant research that shows bringing people and animals together is beneficial for everybody, especially for our neighbors in the disability community,” Greenwell Foundation Executive Director Jolanda Campbell said in a press release. “Rotary’s gift is an essential step in helping to create this wonderful space at Greenwell.”
“We are proud that Greenwell Foundation programming now serves all ages in our community, from our Nature Time Program in local Head Starts, Fire Within therapeutic weekends and Field Trips for at-risk teens, Tranquility for veterans and Watershed Heroes for adults with intellectual disabilities,” Campbell added. “Every one of these groups will engage with animals in the Mindful Meadow, and all will benefit from the experience.”
For more information about Greenwell Foundation’s programs, call 301-373-9775, or go to www. greenwellfoundation.org. For more information on the Rotary Club, call Barbara Wille 301-373-9775, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.leonardtownrotaryclub. org.
Members of the Chesapeake Garden Club recently presented the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons a check for $1,200 to CBL Director and Professor Tom Miller, center, and CBL Assistant Professor Laura Lapham, far right, in support of a mentoring project created by Lapham. Lapham created the STEM program with funding from a L’Oreal “Changing the Face of STEM” mentoring grant, and a partnership between the lab and the College of Southern Maryland. Earlier this year, Lapham — who was a 2008 L’Oreal USA Women in Science Fellow — gave a lecture on methane biogeochemistry to assistant professor Lori Crocker’s biology class at the College of Southern Maryland. Several students also received hands-on training as marine scientists aboard the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science research ship, the R/V Rachel Carson. Students collected water and sediment samples and processed them in the laboratory at CBL. In addition, one intern helped analyze the samples collected on the cruise and reported the findings. The Garden Club’s donation will allow the intern to continue their work at CBL beyond the original grant. Lapham’s work at CBL includes understanding the impact of environmental changes on emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into aquatic environments like the Chesapeake Bay estuary, Arctic freshwater lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon seeps.