Rain came down in sheets across the lonesome gray ribbon of the Airline Road that abruptly interrupts the rich forests, vast blueberry barrens, and winding rivers of Washington County, Maine. Despite the inclement weather and remote location, a group of fifteen dedicated individuals, led by MOS Co-Founders/Co-CEOs Hazel Stark and Joe Horn, convened to create an appreciative vision of their community and to understand and articulate the role of Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) within that vision.
As the fiery leaves of autumn linger, drop, and are replaced with hard frosts and dustings of snow, out in the midwest of our country indigenous peoples of the world and their allies have been peacefully rallying together to defend the environment on which we all depend. As the days grew colder, the tension rose. When such conflicts seem worlds apart geographically, it can be hard to figure out one’s own place in such a struggle. That isn’t so this fall for a handful of youth near the easternmost point of our country, over 2000 miles from Standing Rock.