Event: Linda Loring Nature Foundation Science Pub

Date: April 13th

Time: 6 PM - 8PM

Location Details: Atlas, 130 Pleasant Street

Description:  Dr. Regina Jorgenson will be presenting on galaxy formation and evolution  as part of the LLNF "Science Pub" series.  This is a free event.
Event: Nantucket Birdathon

Date: April 15th and 16th

Description: This fundraiser helps support the presentation of the MMA’s biological collections and birding on Nantucket.  In partnership with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation (LLNF), the MMA helps organize teams of birders to scour the island for species in a 24-hour marathon - anyone can participate. Read more here.

Contact: Andrew at amckennafoster@mariamitchell.org or call 508.228.9198

Donate/Support: You can donate a fixed amount on our website here or pledge an amount per species seen by contacting Andrew via email above. 
  Discovery Programs
Open Nights at Loines Observatory
The next Open Nights at Loines Observatory are on April 18th and April 19th from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  See the full schedule here.

Summer Discovery Camps

Camp classes are filling up fast! Register today!

Great deals available for Members and Island Families.

Scholarships from ECGF are available. More information here. 

 Exciting News
Rare Nantucket Harbor Map Resurfaces During Renovation of the Maria Mitchell Library

On January 26, 2016, during the relocating of books and old library-related equipment from the basement of the former Maria Mitchell Library, a stack of rare nautical maps entitled, “A Sailor’s Map of Nantucket” resurfaced.  The stack of paper maps were resting on an old trunk tucked away in a back corner.  Several sixth grade volunteers assisting with the clean-up were given the task of moving the bundle of maps up to the main floor.  In the bright main room of the former library, the map details came to light.  With a copyright date of 1945 by R. Newton Mayall, the maps feature Nantucket Harbor and some of the surrounding streets and interesting features of the day.  The map includes an interesting “Useful Information” section highlighting “Winds, Fog Signals, Distress Signals,” and so on.   The map is based on “USC and GS Charts and Bulletins; and Ashworth Aerial Survey.  Additional data was obtained from USGS Brant Point, Town Records, and Field Checks.”   
MMA Education Director Working on State Environmental Literacy Plan
MMA is pleased to announce that our Director of Education, Kim Botelho, was elected Clerk, and is now representing Commonwealth's of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) on the development of the state’s Environmental Literacy Plan (MassELP).   During the MEES annual conference on March 9, 2016, when Phase 1: A Case for Advancing an Environmental Literacy in Massachusetts was released, she presented to 250 educators from all over the commonwealth and called them to action to help promote this environmental literacy movement.
 Get Involved 
Intern Positions Available
The Education Department is accepting applications for Environmental Education Instructors.  This is a paid internship; housing is provided if needed.  Please review the application process here.
Sponsor the MMA
We have several sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and individuals.  If you would like to make an impact on science education on Nantucket, please look at our list of opportunities here.

We are on Snapchat!
Snapchat is a popular mobile device that allows us to send videos and pictures that dissolve after you watch them.  It is quick, easy, fun, and oh-so addicting!  Make sure to add the MMA to your list of friends.

'Add by Snapcode' lets you quickly add us on Snapchat by scanning Snapcodes you’ve previously screenshot on your device. 

You can add our Snapcode by following these steps:

  1. Take a screenshot of Snapcode on the left.
  2. Open Snapchat, then tap at the top of the camera screen.
  3. Tap the ‘Add Friends’ button.
  4. Tap ‘Add by Snapcode’.
  5. Tap a Snapcode to add the associated Snapchatter

  Welcome New and Renewing Members:
Tom & Donna Jarecki
Suzanne Wright   
Miriam & Herbert Mittenthal
Paul & Susan Meister
William & Barbara Maple
Beverly & David Barlow
Michael & Joan Nelson
Emi Larsen & Sarah Fujiwara
Eric & Jascin Leonardo Finger
Allison Halsell   
Darren & Buck Lilley
Ruth Baltzer   
Christine & Christopher Hanson
Hollis von Summer & Mike Kennedy
John & Catharine Cathey
John Zweck & Sue Minkoff
Nina Ross & Nessan Bermingham
Kristen & Taras Kihiczak
Tess Anderson & Brian Sullivan
Amanda Cross   
Francie Baskett   
Lisa Baldacci   
Asta King   
Robert & Linda Hillger
Gillian & Timothy Lewis
Kalina Parusheva   
David & Margaret Feindel
Amy & Peter England
Wilbur & Maja Jorgenson
Susan & Charles Rickards