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 envisions a statewide network of Master Naturalists who educate and inspire the public to understand, value, and protect Maine’s natural world.
MMNP’s mission is to train volunteer naturalists who will enrich nature education in Maine.
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.
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.
Augusta 2015 - President
Falmouth 2014 - Secretary
Fields Pond 2017
Augusta 2015 - Treasurer
Augusta 2015 - Newsletter Editor
Fields Pond 2014