February 25, 2016

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Director of Natural Science Leaving

Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science, will be leaving his position in September 2016, to further pursue his academic career; a search for his replacement has begun. 
According to MMA Board President, John Daniels: "Andrew is like the poster-child of our organization: someone who came here as a science intern during his college years, was inspired by science research and education, came to work for us full-time after he earned his Master's degree in environmental science and policy, and left his imprint on hundreds of Nantucket students and visitors.  For me he is like the Pied Piper of Nantucket's natural world, and he has made a huge contribution to the MMA.  At the same time, all of us on the MMA Board have been aware for several years that to continue to hold Andrew back from progressing in his academic career would be doing him a disservice, and we are extremely pleased that he will finally be able to take the next step in building his academic credentials."

Mckenna-Foster says his upcoming departure is bittersweet. "My time at the MMA has been more interesting, more exciting, and more nurturing than anything I could have imagined. However, to continue my career, it's necessary for me to go back to school and gain new experience." Andrew has been planning this transition for almost two years.

Moons and Monsoons

Enjoy a morning of "Moons and Monsoons" at the Hinchman House Natural Science Museum. Each week we will highlight a different planet or celestial body that has things in common with earth such as volcanoes, high winds, freezing temperatures and more. This program is designed for 3.5-6 year olds with an adult. As always, our preschool family programs will include a short activity or story followed by a craft to take home.
March 2 - Jupiter: Jet Streams and Hurricanes
March 16 - Venus: Volcanoes and Metal Snow
March 23 - Mars: Dust Storms and Dry Ice Caps
March 30 - Mercury: Extreme Temperatures
April 6 - Saturn and Neptune: Extreme Winds
April 13 - Uranus: The Coldest Planet

Must register in advance online or by calling 508-228-9198.

Ecology and Technology

Spring Discovery Camp


Join us during April school vacation for a week of outdoor fun. We will use technology such as digital cameras and microscopes to explore a variety of habitats including beaches, forests, and vernal pools. This is a great opportunity to get your technology-loving child outside! Appropriate for ages 6-11 and a maximum of 10 campers will be allowed.


Register online.  

Summer Camp Space is Limited!


Registration is open and classes are filling up faster then ever beforeMake sure to visit our website to sign up or call 508-228-9198 for help.  Also, be on the look-out for the 2016 Events and Programs Book. 


Camp Scholarships Available

Thanks to the generosity of the Ella George Children's Foundation (EGCF), a nonprofit foundation, the Maria Mitchell Association is offering scholarships for eligible Nantucket residents and visitors. Scholarships reduce the cost of camp by 80% with the purchase of a discounted Family Membership for $25.00. Participants in Discovery Camp and Naturalist Leadership Programs are eligible to apply.

Become a Member Today!

General Membership Benefits Include:
  • Free Admission to Properties
  • Free Admission to Open Nights and Lectures
  • Online Newsletter
  • Discounts on Field Trips, Workshops, and Programs
  • 10% Discount at Museum Shop
  • Member-Only Stargazing
  • Invitations to Special Member-Only Events
  • Advance Notice of Programs
  • Acknowledgement on Website and Newsletter
Basic Memberships

Individual $75
Senior Couple $75
Island Family $75
Family/Grandparents $125

Supporting Members

Nova $250
Supernova $500
Galaxy $1,000
Miss Mitchell's Comet $5,000



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