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Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Mission:

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals, and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience.

Grass Roots Fund

Mission:

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, inc. (Grassroots Fund) seeks to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. The Fund uses stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change

Onion Foundation

Mission:

Our mission is to encourage conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and to promote music and the arts in the state of Maine. 

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Twice a month we feature participating Maine organizations.  Learn more about the organizations providing educational resources to Maine families, students and teachers.

Thank You to our Participating Organizations

Acadia Institute of Oceanography

Acadia National Park

Mission:

Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 3.5 million visits a year, it's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation

Mission:

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to enhance the wilderness character of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, protect its environment, preserve its historic and cultural values and foster knowledge and understanding of the Waterway.

Anānda Yoga

Mission:

Anānda Yoga and Wellness was created to provide a safe space for our community to learn, grow and transform. 

Appalachian Mountain Club Maine

  • Genevieve Trafalet, Maine Education and Program Manager
Mission:

The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. We believe that mountains, forests, and waters have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, appreciate, and understand the natural world.

Autism Society of Maine

Mission:

The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Bangor Public Library

Mission:

The Bangor Public Library strives to inspire, enlighten and enrich its members by connecting them to books, information and ideas needed for work, recreation, education and inspiration by providing excellent service to its members and community.

Ben Bishop Art

  • Ben Bishop, Artist and Comic Creator

Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Mission:

“To lead in conserving land, water, and wildlife habitat on the greater Blue Hill Peninsula. To teach and practice a stewardship ethic. To promote ecological, economic, and community health for this and future generations.”

Camp Beech Cliff

Mission:

Through summer camps and year-round outdoor education, leadership and recreation programs, Camp Beech Cliff MDI seeks to enrich the lives of people of all ages. Our mission is to inspire personal growth, interpersonal connection, and a deep appreciation of the natural world.

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

  • Philip Mathieu, Education Coordinator
Mission:

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) permanently conserves and provides stewardship for lands cherished by our community—from shorelands to marshes, from farmlands to woodlands—for the education, use and enjoyment of this and future generations.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Mission:

The mission of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is to help conserve the ecological integrity of Casco Bay and its watershed through science, public stewardship and effective management.

Challenger Learning Center of Maine

Mission:

Our programs are designed to:

  • Inspire our young students to achieve higher levels of education, particularly in the areas of mathematics and science;
  • Encourage students to choose careers more aligned with mathematics and science;
  • Motivate more of our local graduates to pursue technology-based opportunities within the State of Maine.

Chewonki

Mission:

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

Chris Van Dusen

  • Chris Van Dusen, Author Illustrator

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

College of the Atlantic

  • Linda Fuller, Associate Director of Educational Studies
Mission:

College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology. A human ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities.

The College of the Atlantic community encourages, prepares, and expects students to gain expertise, breadth, values, and practical experience necessary to achieve individual fulfillment and to help solve problems that challenge communities everywhere.

Desert of Maine

Downeast Institute

Mission:

To improve the quality of life for the people of Downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.

Downeast Salmon Federation

Mission:

Downeast Salmon Federation’s mission is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restore a viable recreational salmon fishery, and protect other important river, scenic, recreational, and ecological resources in eastern Maine.

Eastern Maine Counseling and Testing Services

Mission:

It is the intent of EMCTS to inform and support families in becoming skilled providers for their children with special needs. Similarly, every effort is made to inform and support the school system and/or area professionals in their development of programming for such children.

EcoMaine

Mission:

ecomaine provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.

Educate Maine

Mission:

Educate Maine champions career readiness by increasing the educational attainment of Maine people, enabling all students to succeed in postsecondary education and in the workplace.

Finance Authority of Maine

Mission:

The Finance Authority of Maine will help lead the creation of good paying jobs for Maine residents by working at the nexus between economic and workforce development.

FoodCorps Maine

Mission:

Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Mission:

Frenchman Bay Conservancy conserves distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line.

Friends of Acadia

Mission:

Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Mission:

As a totally parent-run Family Organization, our primary mission is to empower parents of children and youth who have emotional and behavioral health needs to effect their own life decisions through sharing our lived experiences and knowledge, promoting hope and self-reliance with no shame, no blame, and no judgment.

Greater Lovell Land Trust

  • Jill Rundle, President
Mission:

To protect the ecosystems of the Kezar Lake, Kezar River, and Cold River watersheds, for the benefit of the natural and human communities today and as a legacy for the future.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Mission:

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. 

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Mission:

The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural resources of Harpswell, Maine. Our mission is to preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage and access to the outdoors through targeted conservation, responsible stewardship and education

Healthy Acadia

Mission:

Hancock and Washington Counties are home to diverse, vibrant communities where healthful resources are available and people work together for the common good.

History Live! Northeast

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Mission:

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine promotes universal respect for human rights through outreach and education. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other events past and present we encourage individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their moral responsibilities to confront prejudice, intolerance and discrimination.

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

Mission:

Our mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community.

Indigo Arts Alliance

Mission:

Indigo Arts Alliance is rooted in two principles:

  • Art is a key resource for healthy human communities. It should be cultivated and celebrated.
  • Artists play a unique role in strengthening our multiracial democracy. We need their vision and inspiration to help build a more humane, inclusive, and just world.

Island Heritage Trust

Mission:

IHT contributes to the well-being of the island community by conserving its distinctive landscapes and natural resources, maintaining public access to valued trails, shoreline and islands, and by providing educational programming for all ages.

Island Institute

  • Yvonne Thomas, Community Development Officer - Education Specialist
Mission:

The Island Institute works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

Island Readers & Writers

  • Alison Johnson, Director of School Programs
Mission:

We inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal islands and in rural communities in Washington County, “inland islands.”  The relationships and partnerships we build are the key to IRW's success.

Katahdin Learning Project

Mission:

The mission of the Katahdin Learning Project is to foster and support authentic teaching and learning in the Katahdin Region that engages students in real projects in the community and the wild and natural places surrounding them.

Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

Mission:

The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust is dedicated to preserving land for use by current and future generations, and to managing properties in a way that reflects the natural and cultural heritage of Kennebunkport.

Lewiston Public Library

Mission:

Preserving our history, Connecting our community, and Enriching the life of the mind.

Lives in the Balance

Mission:

he mission of Lives in the Balance is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; to bring the plight of these kids into the public consciousness; to address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and to promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children.

Loon Echo Land Trust

Mission:

Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine to conserve its natural resources and character for future generations.

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom

Mission:

To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public

Maine Audubon

Mission:

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, and action.

Maine Campus Compact

Mission:

We seek to transform our campuses in ways that develop better informed, active citizen problem-solvers, stronger communities, and a more just democratic society. We believe that our campuses must be vital agents and architects of a flourishing democracy.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Mission:

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine's coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being.

Maine Conservation Voters

  • William Sedlack, Civic Engagement Leader
Mission:

Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) cultivates and uses political power to conserve and protect Maine's environment. MCV helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, elects pro-environment candidates to office, and holds our elected officials accountable, without regard to political party.

Maine Department of Education

  • Page Nichols, Chief Innovation Officer
Mission:

To provide leadership and to collaborate with educators and learning communities in order to ensurer that every learner has the opportunity to be successful.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Mission:

We are biologists, game wardens, and educators all in on a common mission: responsible, safe enjoyment of the Maine outdoors. We believe a healthy ecosystem makes life better for all the fish, wildlife, and people who call Maine home, as well as for the visitors who call it Vacationland.

Maine Environmental Education Association

  • Olivia Griset, Executive Director, olivia@meeassociation.org
Mission:

The Maine Environmental Education Association enhances and amplifies the efforts of individuals and organizations building environmental awareness, appreciation, understanding, and action in Maine.

Maine Historical Society

  • Kathleen Kneumann, Manager of Education and Public Programs
Mission:

The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state.

Maine Math and Science Alliance

Mission:

The Maine Math & Science Alliance (MMSA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering and math today, so that our youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. MMSA supports educators to teach science, technology, engineering and math in more meaningful ways by:

  • Developing professional development experiences for K-12 educators
  • Conducting research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences
  • Building relationships and networks to sustain systemic statewide improvement

Maine Outdoor School

Mission:

Maine Outdoor School (MOS) exists because we believe that personal and community resilience in rural Maine is essential to the resilience of society as a whole. We believe that resilient, nourishing communities are rooted in the careful study of our history and natural surroundings by lifelong learners of all ages, backgrounds, and occupations.

Maine Parent Federation

  • Carrie Woodcock, Executive Director

Maine Public

Mission:

Every day Maine Public connects the people of Maine and our region to each other and to the world through the open exchange of information, ideas, and cultural content.

Maine Robotics

Mission:

To promote growth and interest in the sciences of engineering and computers; to provide opportunities to instruct teachers, coaches, and mentors in the skills necessary to in turn mentor and teach the youth of Maine. Maine Robotics seeks to provide a supportive, mentoring atmosphere for teachers wishing to pursue advancement in the sometimes daunting world of engineering and computer science. Maine Robotics also seeks to provide a supportive system for children and youth to learn more about engineering and computer science in an energetic, educational manner.

Maine Trail Finder

Mission:

Our goal is to help people get out, be active, and explore our state’s treasures, both those well-known and more hidden.

Maine Wildlife Park

Mission:

The park is home to over 30 species of Maine wildlife that cannot be returned to their natural habitats

Maine Youth Action Network

Mission:

The Maine Youth Action Network strategically collaborates, convenes, and partners to build young people’s leadership on issues of social justice, restorative practices, and public health; and the capacity of adults, organizations, and systems to use positive youth development and social-emotional learning principles in their work with youth.

Maine's Developmental Disability Council

Mission:

MDDC is committed to creating a Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included.

Merry Barn

  • Stephanie Noyes McSherry, Lead Learner and Literacy Consultant
Mission:

In support of our vision, the Merry Barn Writers’ Retreat & Educational Consulting, LLC, offers:

  • writing experiences for kids, and for adults, where participants have the opportunity to find their voices, tell their stories, and write within a supportive community.

  • engaging and timely literacy-based professional learning for educators (both in the barn and in schools).

  • book groups for kids that expose children to diversity in topic, author, genre, and culture.

  • community access to an on-site collection, where children, grades K-8, can read and enjoy books of their choosing.

Modulations Therapies, LLC

  • Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, Owner/Operator
Mission:

Our mission is to bring innovative music therapy services to Mainers through a personalized, flexible approach that respects your strengths and focuses on your potential.

Mr. Sean Presents

  • Sean Landry, Presenter
Mission:

Mr. Sean Presents hopes to create a safer world for all people through violence prevention education. Programs focus on empathy and related topics.

NAMI Maine

Mission:

Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness. 

National Digital Equality Center

Mission:

National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) provides communities the expertise needed to mobilize broadband technologies through digital inclusion, literacy efforts, education, resource planning, funding research, infrastructure leveraging and stakeholder engagement.

 

 

New Ventures Maine

  • Suzanne Senechal Jandreau, Regional Manager/Workforce Development Specialist
Mission:

New Ventures Maine helps Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. 

Northern Stars Planetarium

  • John Meader, Director
Mission:

Using our fully equipped inflatable star theater we bring the stars directly to schools and libraries. Our aim is to inspire students to discover the night sky and use critical thinking to gain an understanding and perspective of how the universe works and to better appreciate the vast scale of the solar system and our galaxy.

During this time of COVID-19, the planetarium is closed. We are currently offering On-line Learning Events and Outdoor Socially-Distanced Astronomy Activities.

Norway Memorial Library

OUT Maine

Mission:

Reaching hundreds of youth directly to build self-esteem, community and skills. Making schools safe, welcoming and affirming, affecting thousands of youth. Weaving a safety net of informed providers to create safe spaces in our rural areas. Supporting parents and families to keep youth safely in their homes.

Parenting Relationships Research Lab, University of Maine

  • Daniel Puhlman, Director
Mission:

To generate research and outreach geared towards helping families, scholars and professionals better understand the complexities of parenting relationships and work collaboratively with coparents and other parental figures to raise healthy and happy children.

Pittsfield Public Library

  • Holly Williams, Library Director
Mission:

The Pittsfield Public Library exists to provide all members of the community with materials which communicate information, experience, and ideas. Its function is to assemble, preserve, and make freely available materials that will encourage lifelong learning, as well as meet their informational, cultural, and recreational needs. To fulfill this purpose, the Pittsfield Public Library endeavors to maintain a carefully selected collection of permanent and timely value.

Portland Museum of Art

Mission:

Arts. Culture. Every Day.

Portland Public LIbrary

Mission:

Building a City of Readers.

Portland Stage

Mission:

The leading professional theater in Northern New England, Portland Stage is committed to creating great art, passionate about using the theater to educate, and dedicated to enriching our community.

Portland Stage:

  • Produces exceptional live theater.
  • Demands the highest professional standards and transparency throughout the organization.
  • Inspires new artists and audiences and fosters experimentation and artistic risk.
  • Creates innovative educational programming for thousands of students and teachers, as well as audiences of all ages.
  • Adheres to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, while engaging dedicated long-term donors to provide a stable financial base.
  • Adapts and improves systems, resources and facilities in support of artistic excellence.

Project Learning Tree

Mission:

Project Learning Tree advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows on the world.

Redfin Solutions

  • Patrick Corbett, CEO
  • Chris Wells, CTO
Mission:

Our long-term partnerships establish the trust necessary to foster conversations that move organizations forward. We take your vision to the next level through proven strategy, design, development, and support. Rest easy knowing that your Redfin team will deliver a website that exceeds your expectations.

ReTrees US

Mission:

ReTreeUS is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting an environmentally sustainable, socially just food system. 

Rural Aspirations Project

  • Korah Soll, Founding Director
Mission:

Expanding educational opportunities in rural Maine that develop and honor community while stimulating the innate curiosity of students and teachers.

Russ Cox

  • Russ Cox, Illustrator

Schoodic Arts for All

Mission:

The mission of Schoodic Arts for All

is to coalesce various artists and community members in an arts center providing year-round cultural events and activities that hold value for residents of our community.

To integrate various organizations in our community in order to explore and preserve our cultural heritage.

To encourage participants of all ages to express themselves creatively and gain a lifelong appreciation for the arts and creative spirit.

To celebrate creativity through a wide range of cultural workshops, events and performances.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

  • Sarah Hooper, Education Specialist
  • Bill Zoellick, Educator Emeritus
Mission:

Schoodic Institute engages people in responding to environmental change through research and learning. We offer programs and know-how to connect schools, communities, and nature through science.

Summer Festival of the Arts

Mission:

The mission of SFOA is to:

  • encourage a community of artists of all ages, where children can express themselves creatively through a wide range of artistic endeavors,
  • gain a lifelong appreciation for the diversity of the creative spirit,
  • and celebrate that creativity through the performing and non-performing arts

 

Teens to Trails

Mission:

To connect high school students to life-changing outdoor experiences

The Community Caring Collaborative

Mission:

Our mission is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and increases hope, health, and well-being for people in Washington County, Maine. The challenges of poverty, trauma, substance abuse, major health issues, the process of aging, or other factors can make people vulnerable. Our focus is on increasing awareness of the impacts of those challenges, removing barriers to well-being that diminish potential and hope, and increasing opportunities to help people reach their dreams.

 

The Ecology School

Mission:

The Ecology School inspires stewardship of and connection to the natural world through nature-based, living lessons about ecology, conservation, farming, and sustainability.

The Nature Conservancy

Mission:

Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

The Telling Room

Mission:

At the Telling Room, we empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

The University of Maine at Machias

Mission:

Through our distinctive baccalaureate programs and student-centered community, the University of Maine at Machias creates enriching educational opportunities that prepare graduates for professional success and lifelong engagement with the world. UMM embodies an active community of diverse learners who share a commitment to exploration, leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary problem solving. Inspired by our unique coastal location, UMM’s creative energy, applied research, and community engagement enhance the social, cultural, economic, and natural environments of the State of Maine.

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center

Mission:

The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.

TREE of Cobscook Institutue

Mission:

TREE aims to foster resilience and improve the well-being of young people, their families, and communities, by addressing the predictable and recurring barriers to healthy youth development and engaged learning that exist in high poverty rural schools.

UMaine College of Education & Human Development

Mission:

Drawing on a rich tradition of excellence, the College of Education and Human Development at Maine’s flagship university is committed to leading innovation in Maine’s PreK-12 schools, higher education institutions, and agencies that support academic, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. We promote effective teaching and learning, identify critical issues, conduct research, and disseminate findings. Collaborating with external partners and experts across the University of Maine, we prepare our graduates to engage in ethical conduct, reflective practice, meaningful inquiry, and data-driven decision making in order to meet the increasingly diverse needs of our state and the world in which we live.

UMaine's Autism Institute for Education and Research

  • Sarah K. Howorth, Ph. D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor

UMaine's Parenting and Relationships Research Lab

  • Dr. Daniel Puhlman, Assistant Professor of Family Studies
Mission:

To generate research and outreach geared towards helping families, scholars, and professionals better understand the complexities of parenting relationships and work collaboratively with co-parents and other parental figures to raise healthy and happy children.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H

Mission:

4-H provides hands-on educational and leadership programs for nearly 30,000 youth in Maine. 4-H emphasizes the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

Waterville Creates!

Mission:

Waterville Creates! (WC!) enriches lives and grows the creative economy by supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions.

Waterville Public Library

Mission:

The Waterville Public Library empowers people and strengthens community through the sharing of stories and knowledge.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Mission:

To understand, protect, and restore coastal ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine through integrated research, stewardship, environmental learning, and community partnerships.

Western Foothills Land Trust

Mission:

Dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native ecosystems, farm and forest lands, watersheds, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of wild and human communities in western Maine. Western Foothills Land Trust was founded in 1987 by citizens committed to land and natural resource protection in the greater Oxford Hills area of Western Maine.

WinterKids

Mission:

WinterKids helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. We create opportunities for children to be active, vibrant and healthy in the outdoors.

Women For Healthy Rural Living

Mission:

Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on advancing and promoting the health and well-being of the woman, her family, and her community.