NRCM Rising

Uniting & Engaging the Next Generation of People Who Love Maine

Are you passionate about protecting Maine’s environment now and for future generations? Are you in your 20s, 30s, or 40s? If so, NRCM Rising is for you! NRCM Rising is a project of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and was started in 2014 to engage, connect and mobilize Maine’s emerging generation of environmental leaders and advocates.

NRCM Rising connects young Maine people to the policies that help protect the nature of Maine and to the places that make our state so special. Our goal is to ensure that Maine’s next generation of environmental leaders are equipped with the skills, relationships, and knowledge needed to successfully advocate for strong environmental protections for Maine’s climate, woods, waters, and communities.

Throughout the year, NRCM Rising organizes and hosts events to meet this goal. From fun outdoor hiking and paddling trips to lobby days at the Maine State House to advocacy skills trainings to social networking events, there is something for everyone.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with NRCM Rising, please contact Todd Martin, NRCM Rising Director at or (207) 430-0115. We also encourage you to sign-up for NRCM Rising info using the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you for all you do to help keep Maine special, today and for generations to come.

Meet the NRCM Rising Staff

NRCM Rising staffers are part of NRCM’s 28-person staff. We work on all of NRCM’s top priorities—tackling climate change, protecting the North Woods, restoring Maine’s rivers, and promoting more sustainable living.

NRCM Rising Leadership Team

The NRCM Rising Leadership Team helps provide ideas, energy, and momentum to NRCM Rising and acts as an advisory board to NRCM Rising staff across the full range of activities aimed at connecting young people who care about Maine’s environment.

NRCM Rising Blog

We are fortunate in Maine to have a long history of environmental champions. Hear directly from some of Maine’s emerging environmental leaders, NRCM Rising Leadership Team members, & others. This month, Leadership Team member Byron Graus shares how Maine's clean waters made for some happy childhood memories, and why the Clean Water Act is so important.

NRCM Rising Events

NRCM Rising hosts events such as outdoor hikes and paddles, social networking events at local breweries, meetings with Maine's young legislators, and more. Sign up below to get invitations to these events, or bookmark this page and check back to learn about upcoming events in your area.

Maine Beer CompanyMay 24, Maine Beer Company, Freeport: You’re invited to a celebration of victories for Maine’s climate and environment!
Join us at Maine Beer Company on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to hear from young Mainers like you who spoke out and made a difference for Maine’s environment at the Maine Legislature this year. We’ll have plenty of time for networking before the presentation. Complimentary food will be served. The event is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.


The Brookie AwardsJuly 14, O'Maine Studios, Portland, 2022 Brookie Awards Reception & Ceremony
We are thrilled to announce our 2022 Brookie Award winners; six inspiring, young environmental advocates who are doing great work protecting the nature of Maine. Please join us from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for delicious appetizers, a cash bar, a live string quartet, and inspiring speeches from our winners. The event is free, but space is limited so reserve your spot today.


Disclaimer for NRCM-hosted events: Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. You’ll need to present your vaccination card, or a photo it, and your photo ID at the door. Masks are not required but encouraged. NRCM, at a minimum, follows current CDC guidelines for COVID-19. As a private entity, we may add requirements to further safeguard our guests, staff, and members against COVID-19.

Maine Brewshed Alliance

Learn about ways to be involved with the Maine Brewshed Alliance, a coalition of brewers and the Natural Resources Council of Maine committed to protecting the waterways that make our state a great place to live, work, brew, and enjoy great beer.

NRCM Podcast: Frontline Voices

Maine Environment: Frontline Voices is NRCM's podcast covering the most pressing issues facing our state's land, air, waters, and wildlife - and our Maine way of life. Tune in as NRCM's Colin Durrant talks with NRCM experts, elected officials, and others on the frontlines working to protect the nature of Maine.


The Brookie Awards

NRCM Rising launched a new awards program in 2020 to celebrate young leaders in Maine’s environmental movement, The Brookie Awards! We will soon announce the 2022 Brookie Awards winners. Celebrate with us July 14 in Portland. More details coming soon.