Outdoors and Addiction
Outdoor education and solving addiction in Cecil County
On March 13 at Northbay, a dynamic environmental education center in North East, Cecil Land Trust, as part of the Cecil Conservation Partnership, sponsored: “Outdoor Education, Empowerment, and Solving Addiction in Cecil County,” a roundtable discussion on the impact of outdoor education on addiction challenges in Cecil County.
Panel leaders for the community conversation included, among others, Director of Sustainability at West Nottingham Academy, Virginia Kennedy, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Will Davis, Maryland Environmental Trust President, William Leahy, and Northbay Executive Director, Keith Williams.
The well attended discussion focused on the exciting potential of outdoor education and enjoyment of nature and open space for educating people, particularly young people, about self-empowerment, self-actualization, and leadership in ways that directly address avoiding addiction as well as recovering from addiction.
“As members of the Cecil Conservation Partnership, all our work is focused in one form or another on promoting and sustaining the healthy lands and clean water upon which we all depend for life and quality of life,” explains Cecil Land Trust President, Bill Kilby. “Understanding the possibilities for how our conservation work can be positively connected to solving addiction issues is an important part of demonstrating the vital nature of what the conservation community contributes to Cecil County.”