Welcome! When you complete your Maine Master Naturalist training, you join the ranks of over 200 other Master Naturalists who share your love of natural history and desire to share that information with the world. We hope the information below will be helpful as you continue your journey as a Maine Master Naturalist volunteer.
To ask questions, offer suggestions, or reach the MMNP board for any reason, please email us through the “contact us” page on this website.
The purpose of the Maine Master Naturalist Program is to train a network of volunteers who will go out and share their knowledge of the natural world with others. As part of the MMNP course, you are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer teaching within one year of graduating, logging the hours and submitting them to the board. After the initial year, we ask that you continue your volunteer efforts and complete 20 hours of volunteer teaching every year. These guidelines detail the kind of volunteering that fulfills the requirement.
MMNP offers events exclusively for graduates on a range of topics. We will post events on this page as they are scheduled. If you would like to lead a workshop or a walk, let us know.
The MMNP Google group is an online forum for sharing natural history related photos, questions, books, etc. Graduating students are added to the MMNP Google Group. If you are a past graduate who would like to be added to the group, please contact us.
Fall gatherings and conferences
Every fall MMNP graduates get together to network, share ideas and opportunities, and learn more about the natural world. Some years we have a informal get together, and some years we hold a formal conference with speakers and workshops.
Graduates are part of a network of other naturalists. MMNP encourages the formation of regional groups for natural history activities like bird walks, botanizing, tracking, and ID sessions. Fellow graduates set up these gatherings informally. Feel free to initiate a meet-up yourself. You can easily get the word out through our Google Group.
The Maine Master Naturalist Facebook page includes information and news about the organization as well as posts about interesting topics in natural history and relevant events from around the state.
Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers is a closed Facebook group where MMNP graduates can share information and photos, ask questions, post events, solicit help, organize outings, and hobnob with fellow naturalists. Go to the page, click “join,” and answer the question to be added to the group.
MMNs creating for MMNs
Index cards by Karen Bruder: Common Lichens of Maine
MMNP conference keynote address by Susan MacKenzie: The Nature of Maine Gives Us Meaning
Video by Edwin Barkdoll: