About us

MMNP was founded in 2011, and the first class graduated in Wiscasset in 2012. The program began with planning around a kitchen table by Fred Cichocki, Cloe Chunn, Susan Hayward, and Dorcas Miller. The YouTube video below explores the founders’ vision five years later. 


MMNP vision

MMNP envisions a statewide network of Master Naturalists who educate and inspire the public to understand, value, and protect Maine’s natural world.

MMNP mission

MMNP’s mission is to train volunteer naturalists who will enrich nature education in Maine.


MMNP amplifies and extends the work of schools, land trusts, and community groups through field-based and online learning. Since its founding in 2011, MMNP has trained almost 250 Maine Master Naturalists, who have gone on to volunteer more than 10,000 hours of nature education in Maine. A donation to MMNP will enable us to improve and expand our specimen collections for hands-on learning, train naturalists to teach underserved Mainers in rural regions of the state, and offer partial scholarships to future students.  Do you value nature education?  Do you know a Maine Master Naturalist whom you’d like to honor? 


To help us boost curiosity and appreciation of nature in Maine, please get in touch at info@mainemasternaturalist.org.

Board members

MMNP is an all-volunteer program. With no paid staff, the board of directors runs the day-to-day operations of the program and does the long-term planning.

Karen Herold

Cumberland- President

Deb Stahler

Farmington - Secretary

Michael Boardman

North Yarmouth

Karen Bruder

Coordinator Auburn course

Clare Cole


Leigh Ann Fish

New Vineyard

Ellen Gellerstedt

Bar Harbor

Kristen Grant

Waldoboro - Treasurer

Cheryl Laz


Janet Myers

Southwest Harbor

Jill Osgood


Emilie Swenson