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 tmartin@nrcm.org 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

Hear directly from some of Maine’s emerging environmental leaders, NRCM Rising Leadership Team members, & others. In the latest NRCM Rising blog post, Greg LeClair, a 2022 Brookie Award winner and founder of Maine Big Night, writes about the work he and others do through MBN to protect amphibians across the state.

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.

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. The event from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. will include delicious appetizers, a cash bar, a live string quartet, and inspiring speeches from our winners. Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend but haven't yet registered, please contact NRCM Rising Director Todd Martin at tmartin@nrcm.org.

 

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! Meet the 2022 Brookie Award winners. We look forward to honoring this year's awardees on July 14 in Portland.