Course graduates join the ranks of hundreds of other Maine Master Naturalists who share a love of natural history and a desire to impart that information with the world. Below are some of the benefits of becoming a Maine Master Naturalist.
The purpose of the Maine Master Naturalist Program is to train a network of volunteers who will share their knowledge of the natural world with others. This volunteer teaching should be the primary reason for becoming a Maine Master Naturalist. The Maine Master Naturalist credential indicates that you have extensive knowledge and training in Maine’s natural history.
MMNP offers workshops, seminars and forays exclusively for graduates on a range of topics. The board posts events periodically throughout the year. Past topics have included: seaweed, fungi, bryophytes, bog exploration, the night sky, alpine exploration, fish, and many more.
Graduating students can participate in online forums for sharing natural history information and photos, asking questions, posting events, soliciting help, and mingling with fellow naturalists.
Graduates receive MMNP’s email newsletter, The Plethodon Log.
Fall gatherings and conferences
Each fall MMNP graduates get together to network, share ideas and opportunities, and learn more about the natural world. Most years there is an informal gathering, but periodically MMNP holds a formal conference with speakers and workshops.