About Us

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

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.

Donations

MMNP is a state-wide all volunteer organization dedicated to nature identification and interpretation.  We amplify and extend the work of schools, land trusts, and community groups through field-based and e-learning. Since our founding in 2011, we’ve trained almost 200 Maine Master Naturalists, who have gone on to donate more than 10,000 hours to nature education enrichment in Maine. A donation to MMNP will enable us to improve and expand our specimen collections, 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 Naturalist whom you’d like to honor?  Donate now to help us boost curiosity and appreciation of nature in Maine.

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

Augusta 2015 - President

Beth Longcope

Falmouth 2014 - Secretary

Emilie Swenson

Falmouth 2018

Clare Cole

Holden 2014

Karen Johnson

Fields Pond 2017

Jeff Pengel

Lewiston 2013

Cheryl Ring

Augusta 2015 - Treasurer

Michael Boardman

Yarmouth 2019

Gordon Collins

Falmouth 2014

Bryce Hach

Augusta 2015

Andrea Lani

Augusta 2015 - Newsletter Editor

Susan MacKenzie

Fields Pond 2014