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.

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 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.

Ellen Gellerstedt

President / Leadership Team
Bar Harbor

Emilie Swenson

Leadership Team

Deb Stahler


Michael Boardman

North Yarmouth

Clare Cole


Bill Kolodnicki


Sarah O'Malley


Tom Whittaker

New Gloucester

Janet Myers

Leadership Team
Southwest Harbor

Kristen Grant


Grace Bartlett

Course Coordinator Orono

Karen Bruder

North Yarmouth

Leigh Ann Fish

New Vineyard

Cheryl Laz


Jill Osgood