Cloe Chunn, co-founder and instructor in the Maine Master Naturalist Program (MMNP), will speak at 7pm on Thursday, March 14th at Maine Audubon’s Fields Pond Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429. The MMNP trains individuals to actively care for Maine’s natural environment, to teach natural history, and to be volunteer naturalists at nonprofits and schools throughout the state. Chunn will describe the program and demonstrate some of the program’s teaching techniques.
The MMNP provides comprehensive instruction and field experiences on ecological principles, wetland and upland ecology, identification of Maine’s flora and fauna, geology, and teaching skills. MMNP students attend classes and field trips, create a portfolio and nature journal, and design and complete a capstone project. It typically attracts applicants who have an on-going interest in the outdoors, demonstrate basic knowledge of and curiosity about the natural world, can devote the necessary time for classes and preparation, and have a history of and love for volunteering, particularly for land trusts, nature centers, and parks.
Participants agree to give no fewer than 40 hours of volunteer service during the year following certification at one or more land trusts, parks, watershed or conservation associations, municipalities, schools, or other non-profit program. Graduates might lead interpretive walks/paddles or field trips; do presentations; teach classes; or develop educational programming. To remain in good standing as a Maine Master Naturalist Volunteer, graduates must continue to volunteer on an ongoing basis.
The MMNP aims to set a higher standard for public natural history and ecological education statewide. With each new class of Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers, the value of the collective body of citizen-naturalists to the welfare of the State of Maine promises to grow dramatically. It is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation where the Board and all instructors are strictly volunteers.
This evening program is co-sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Maine Audubon. For more information email AMC Education Chair John Mullens at firstname.lastname@example.org or Audubon Naturalist Holly Twining at email@example.com
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