Advice for Washington County course applicants

 

Becoming a Maine Master Naturalist is a time-consuming yet fulfilling venture. Graduates join the Maine Master Naturalist Program (MMNP) “nexus of naturalists” with opportunities to engage, by volunteering, the public in natural history connection, connect with other graduates, and continue learning about Maine’s natural environment.

Please, read and reread the information on the Course Description page. This program is a significant investment in time and energy. In addition to attending every class, devoting time outside the classroom to collecting, observing, and nature-journaling is required. We urge those who apply to think ahead about balancing their job and life commitments against our rigorous schedule. Potential applicants already concerned about the time commitment are not good candidates for our program. Every year, students drop out because of underestimating the amount of time the program requires. Once the course is underway, it is too late to offer the drop-out spot to another applicant. 

Technology

Access to a computer with a strong internet connection and printing options is crucial.  Zoom classes, course materials, and online assessments require consistent online capability.  Some course materials require printing. A home-based computer with the internet is the most convenient, but having access to local libraries and other public institutions is an option.  

Course dates

Below are the class dates for Washington County. Applicants must attend all classes, including snow days. Absences are not allowed; however, course coordinators handle unanticipated emergencies on a case-by-case basis.

2022 course dates for Washington County

January
Wednesday 1.19.22 
snow day 1.26.22

February
Wednesday 2.2.22     Zoom class
Wednesday 2.16.22   Zoom class

March
Wednesday 3.2.22
snow day 3.9.22
Wednesday 3.16.22
snow day 3.23.22
Wednesday 3.26.22

 

April
snow day 4.2.22
Wednesday 4.6.22
snow day 4.13.22
Wednesday 4.20.22

May
Saturday 5.7.22
Wednesday 5.18.22

August
Saturday 8.27.22

September
Wednesday 9.7.22
Wednesday 9.14.22
Saturday 9.24.22

October
Wednesday 10.5.22
Wednesday 10.12.22
Wednesday 10.19.2

Admissions criteria

MMNP seeks students with the following characteristics:

  • Basic knowledge of and ongoing curiosity about the natural world.
  • Time available to fulfill course requirements.
  • Demonstrated history of volunteering in the community.
  • A strong interest in learning more about Maine’s natural world and enthusiasm for sharing this knowledge with others.
  • A clear goal for what you want to get out of MMNP training and what you want to give back to your community in terms of volunteering.

Course Fee

The course fee for Washington County will be $400.
Limited monies are available for those needing tuition reduction assistance. Specific information will be on the Washington County course application.

Grants

Special thanks to Davis Conservation Foundation and John Sage Foundation. Their generous grants make our program possible.

Applications will be accepted here beginning September 1, 2021.
Applications will close at 5 p.m. on October 15, and admission decisions will be released by November 15.