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NANTUCKET MARIA MITCHELL ASSOCIATION

Science is our passion. Education and Research are our specialties. Nantucket is our classroom.

Nantucket, MA   |  mariamitchell.org

Mission

The Maria Mitchell Association creates opportunities for all to develop a life-long passion for science through education, research, and first-hand exploration of the sky, land and sea of Nantucket Island. In fulfilling our mission, we honor the legacy of Maria Mitchell, the foremost American woman scientist and educator of the 19th century. The Association’s contributions to astronomy, science and education are the basis for their continuing tradition of high equality research and teaching which inspires today’s learners and tomorrow’s scientists.

Ruling year info

1925

Executive Director

Joanna Roche

Main address

4 Vestal Street

Nantucket, MA 02554 USA

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EIN

04-2129139

NTEE code info

(Astronomy (includes Observatories)) (U31)

Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (U99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Maria Mitchell Association's mission is to create opportunities for all to develop a life-long passion for science through education, research, and first-hand exploration of the sky, land, and sea of Nantucket Island. Our goal is to make science accessible to all, to foster curiosity for the natural world, and to focus our programming on hands-on learning.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aquarium

Located on the shoreline of Nantucket Harbor, the Aquarium displays local Nantucket species and is an excellent place to learn about the amazing sealife around the island. Displays are always changing and range from crabs and shellfish to fish and eels. All animals at the Aquarium are locally-collected and are released back into the wild at the end of the season. Displays can also include anything from seahorses to octopus to sharks!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Built in 1968 and 1998, the two domes of this facility house a beautifully refurbished antique 8-inch Clark telescope and a new state-of-the-art 24-inch research telescope. It serves as both an active research observatory and venue for public astronomical programs.

The MMA Astronomy Department shares its research and expertise through hands-on workshops, lectures, and special observational programs. The Loines observatory is open for regular public tours, programs, lectures, and is host to several special events throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Astronomy Department of the Maria Mitchell Association was established over 100 years ago. Since 1908, the Observatory has been the site of research, lectures, and other programs, and even Open Nights called “Moon Nights” before Loines Observatory was built.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

An excellent activity for kids, adults, and everyone in between, the Maria Mitchell Natural Science Museum is a cross between a classic natural history museum, a zoo, and a science center. It is a great place to learn about the plants, animals, and birds of Nantucket.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Take a trip back in time to 1800s Nantucket. Built in 1790, this typical Quaker house was acquired by the Mitchell family in 1818. The home became a museum in 1903 when the Maria Mitchell Association’s founders acquired the house to preserve the legacy of one of Nantucket’s most illustrious daughters. The house contains many stunning artifacts from the Mitchells’ daily life in the 19th century.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

With the understanding that students learn best through experience, the Summer Discovery Programs are dedicated to developing students’ knowledge and interest in the outdoor world, connecting students to Nantucket’s local environment, and inspiring youth to discover ways that they can work to protect our natural world. Children have the opportunity to participate in activities such as beach exploration, snorkeling, seining, kayaking, discovery hikes, wetland studies, survival skill instruction, animal inspired engineering, live animal programs, orienteering, nature related games, art projects, insect collecting, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aquarium

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NANTUCKET MARIA MITCHELL ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Judy MacLeod

John Wise

Curt Burwell

Karen Ketterer

Joeseph E. Santucci Jr.

Richard Bard

Margaret Falk

Tanya Forman

Elizabeth Georgantas

Chris Griffiths

Carolyn Holt

Toni McKerrow

Molly Paiement

Mary Archibald Poor

Justin Schaeffer

Brian Sullivan

Helene Weld

Beverly Barlow

Sally Charpie

John Daniels

Daniel Drake

Joan Gulley

Judith Lee

Malcolm MacNab

Michael Nelson

Nathaniel Philbrick

Katherine Rhode

Anne P. Strain

Edward Symes III†

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2023

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.