Welcome to MMNP
The Maine Master Naturalist Program (MMNP) is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven enterprise that trains people to become citizen-naturalists. Graduates are expected to seek opportunities to share their newly acquired knowledge of nature with people of all ages in Maine. Participants in this rigorous and selective course of study engage in 100 hours of in-depth training and more than 200 hours of practice as they learn about Maine’s ecological systems, plants, animals, insects, geology, conservation biology, and related topics.
Students in the course will:
- Attend lectures and presentations from natural science professionals
- Examine nature in the field under the guidance of faculty, scientists, and naturalists
- Become familiar with a variety of tools and resources for identifying and understanding the natural world
- Connect with others who share a passion for nature
- Learn about issues and challenges facing Maine’s natural world
- Keep a nature journal, complete weekly homework, and create a capstone project
After graduation, Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers will:
- Volunteer their time teaching natural history, leading walks, and sharing their expertise
- Become part of a nexus of naturalists around the state, with opportunities to connect with other graduates
- Have opportunities to continue learning about Maine’s natural world through advanced seminars
We envision a statewide network of Master Naturalists who educate and inspire the public to understand, value, and protect Maine’s natural world.
Our mission is to train volunteer naturalists who will enrich nature education in Maine.
Click here for a list of our board members.
MMNP was founded in 2011 by Fred Cichocki, Cloe Chunn, Susan Hayward, and Dorcas Miller, as this video describes.