Maine Master Naturalist Program

The Maine Master Naturalist Program trains volunteers to teach the public about Maine’s natural world. Volunteers organize and teach the program, and graduates volunteer for organizations around the state that protect and teach about natural resources. MMNP is a 501c3 nonprofit and is not affiliated with any institution or organization.

Next Course

Students in the 2020 Waterville course graduated in November. In light of uncertainty related to the pandemic, we regret that the 2021 course, scheduled for Wells Reserve, will be postponed until 2022. 

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

MMNP offers a rigorous, yearlong course where students learn about Maine’s plants, animals, geology, ecological systems, conservation biology, and more. Guided by experienced volunteer naturalists and professionals, the course provides hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field. Learning deepens through extensive homework including nature journaling, sketching, and field observation. View the Course Description page for details and specifics.

MMNP has held over a dozen courses at locations from Falmouth to Holden and South Paris to Mount Desert Island. The organizers are continually enhancing the program and seeking ways to reach more people and to expand into more areas of Maine. The 2020 course is underway in Waterville. The 2021 course will be in Wells. Further courses are in the planning stages and information will be posted here as soon as details are in place.

After graduation, Maine Master Naturalists are required to volunteer to share their knowledge with others. MMNP has trained over 200 Maine Master Naturalists. These volunteers have provided thousands of hours of nature programming on a wide range of topics throughout a substantial portion of Maine, reaching audiences of all ages.

Graduates join the MMNP “nexus of naturalists” with opportunities to connect with other graduates and to continue learning about Maine’s natural environment.

What Does the Course Look Like?


Seeking Naturalists

Maine Master Naturalists are available as volunteers to educate the public about the natural world. If your organization is planning an event that could use master naturalist volunteers, please get in touch with MMNP below or on the ‘Contact Us’ page.  Your request will be sent to our graduates. MMNP can’t guarantee that a Master Naturalist will be available for your event, but it’s likely that someone will step up to help.

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