Dean Bennett writes and illustrates books about nature, wilderness, and human relationships with the natural world. His 2015 book, Ghost Buck: The Legacy of One Man’s Family and Its Hunting Traditions (Islandport Press) is the latest of many, including Maine’s Natural Heritage: Rare Species and Unique Natural Features, Allagash: Maine’s Wild and Scenic River, The Forgotten Nature of New England, Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley and Beyond, and three children’s books, two of which received recognition by the Chicago Tribune and the National Wildlife Federation. His book The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild (Island Press) was awarded first place in the environment category for 2001 books by ForeWord Magazine. His professional writing includes a book for Unesco on the evaluation of environmental learning and a chapter in the international organization’s first book on environmental education.
Bennett was born and raised in western Maine. His writing draws on a diverse background of experience and education related to people and their environment. He holds a journeyman’s certificate in cabinetmaking and architectural millwork from the Maine State Apprenticeship Council, a BS in Industrial Arts Education, an MS in Science Education, and from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Resource Planning and Conservation. His career spans teaching all grade levels in public schools, work in state government, and many years as professor of science education at the University of Maine at Farmington. For nearly a decade he taught natural history and environmental education summer courses for teachers at Maine’s Conservation School in Bryant Pond.
Bennett has received several awards for his scholarship, teaching, and conservation work. He lives in Hallowell, Maine.