Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Protecting the nature of Maine since 1959, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine's environment.

Rebeccah Sanders



Rebeccah Sanders


Listen to the Latest Frontline Voices Podcast

On Tuesday November 8th, Maine voters delivered another bipartisan, pro-environment majority to the State House. What do those election results mean for our collective work to protect the nature of Maine? NRCM’s Interim CEO and Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim joins the podcast to provide our initial analysis of what the results of this year’s state and federal election means for Maine’s environment. For a more in-depth review of the election’s impact on our environment, join Pete for a Zoom webinar on November 15th.

More Pollution-free Electric School Buses Coming to Maine

Last week the EPA announced that school districts across Maine have been awarded funding to buy 34 new zero-emission electric school buses. The buses carry lower maintenance costs, emit zero pollution, and create a healthier environment for school kids.

Get Involved

Now is a great time to get involved in our work to protect Maine's climate, land, clean water, and wildlife. If you aren't already on our email list, we encourage you to sign up today so that we can alert you when your voice is needed most during the upcoming legislative session. Also, you can sign petitions, register for upcoming events, write letters to your elected officials or local newspapers, and more. See all the ways you can be involved in protecting the nature of Maine.

racing into ocean at Willard Beach Dip & Dash

We're baaaaaaaaaaaaack! NRCM's 15th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash is back in person in 2022. Join us at our new location, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, on Saturday, December 31st for a 5K dash and noontime dip into the icy cold Atlantic Ocean to raise money in support of NRCM's work to mitigate climate change.

If you can't make it on the 31st, you can still participate virtually with a dip and/or dash at a location of your choice between December 24 and January 1 (be sure to share your photos & videos with us!).

Sign up today. Registration to dip, dash, or both is $65. You can do the dip solo or create a team. See you at the beach on December 31st! 

 If you own a Maine business and are interested in learning about Dip & Dash sponsorship opportunities, click here.

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — November 2022

Read highlights from November 2022 news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. November 17, 2022 The big news of the week here at the Natural Resources Council of Maine...

NRCM Announces Rebeccah Sanders Selected as New CEO

News Release  November 16, 2022 (Augusta, ME) — Maine’s leading environmental advocacy organization, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, today announced that Rebeccah Sanders has been selected to serve as its next CEO. Sanders brings more than two decades of executive nonprofit management experience, most recently as Chief Field and...

2022 Conservation Leadership Awards Honor Two Groups and Four Individuals for Lasting Contributions to Maine’s Environment

October 28, 2022 (Augusta, ME) – Two sustainability leaders, a rockweed scientist, a local landfill activist group, and a coalition formed to stop an aquafarm in Frenchman Bay, plus Maine’s famed puffin scientist, were all honored recently for their significant, long-lasting contributions to protecting the nature of Maine.   The Conservation...

Background photo: Indian Pond, Greenville, looking toward Big Moose Mountain, by David Preston

Evening Grosbeaks are on the Move

In this month’s Birding with Jeff and Allison blog, NRCM’s bird experts share their excitement for the once-common Evening Grosbeak and where they’re currently being seen around Maine.

Autumnal Balderdashing

NRCM's Josh Caldwell took advantage of some beautiful fall weather to hike Baldpate Mountain, one of many "bald" mountains in Maine. Read about his adventure and what familiar face he saw along the way!

8 Green Tips for New Parents

To help the tiniest Mainers be environmentally friendly from the start, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director Melanie Sturm shares some recommendations for reducing waste and consuming less during pregnancy and through the first two years of parenthood. Share your tips with us in the blog comment section.

Fall in to Winter Photo Contest

Fall in Maine…there’s nothing like it! The same is true for winter. We are again celebrating two of Maine’s spectacular seasons with our second annual Fall in to Winter photo contest. This year, we’ve added new categories. We want to see your LANDSCAPE fall and winter photos, but we also want to see photos of PEOPLE outside enjoying fall and winter activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, and more. Deadline to enter: Feb. 15, 2023

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map. New LMF sites and accessible trails have been added!
View the map & learn more.
Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Outdoor Recreation Discount Program.

Shop for NRCM T-shirts, Caps, Totes, & More

Get one of our NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM made-in-the-USA caps, t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Attend an Event

Find out about events & webinars NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Sanderling in surf at Reid State Park

My Maine This Week: Sanderlings by David Small

Moosehead Lake view from top of Kineo

My Maine This Week: Moosehead Region by David Preston

Tenants Harbor

My Maine This Week: “In the Pink” by Steve Cartwright

Davidson Nature Preserve

My Maine This Week: Elizabeth Byrd Wood

Nahmakanta Lake with canoe by Patricia Williams

My Maine This Week: Patricia Williams

Gooch's Beach sunrise

My Maine This Week: Megan O’Donnell

Sandy River

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

Osprey with alewife by Roger Leisner

My Maine This Week: Roger Leisner

Kennebec River Waterville

My Maine This Week: Richard Flanagan

Creature Feature: Spotted Salamander

Do you know how long a spotted salamander can live? Do you know what they can do that no other creature with a backbone can do? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our new Creature Feature written by Greg LeClair, founder of Maine Big Night and a 2022 Brookie Award winner.


Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Green Tip of the Month: 

Clean Your House with Plants House plants remove toxins from the air. English ivy absorbs formaldehyde, a common pollutant in synthetic carpet dyes and wood floor resins. The fan-like plumes of the lady palm absorb ammonia, which can irritate the respiratory system and is found in cleaners and dyes. Set a fast-growing golden pothos plant near the entryway to reduce chemicals found in car exhaust that can sneak inside your house. For more toxic-free living tips, download or request a copy of our Clean and Healthy Housekeeping brochure.

Featured: Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment

Do you know how much food the average Maine family wastes each year? Want to learn how to reduce your food waste and plastic bag and foam food container use? Our “Reduce Your Use” brochure includes tips for lessening your impact on the environment while saving money, including simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, and cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags that take centuries to break down.

NRCM is dedicated to making information available on issues facing Maine’s environment and the people who rely upon it. Our publications, including our Maine Environment newsletters, will, we hope, help you better understand the topic of interest and provide you with information that you can use in your own work on behalf of the people, wildlife, and environment of Maine.

Banner photo: Katahdin from Foss Knowlton Pond, by NRCM member Steve Cartwright