Nature, Art, and Literacy: A Natural Connection TWO

Book Illustration Project with the Cable Natural History Museum

Cable Natural History Museum Naturalist/Education Director Emily Stone is publishing a second book of her popular weekly newspaper articles as a fundraiser for youth programming at the Museum. Since members of the community are often the inspiration for her articles, the Museum is conducting an art project for kids and adults to help illustrate each of the chapters. The hope is that people will read some chapters, learn something about the plants and animals in those chapters, do a little more research on their own, and then create a black-and-white line drawing based on their research. Entries must be postmarked by March 12, 2018.

We’ve created a Google Doc spreadsheet where you can sign up to illustrate a specific chapter, so that we can all work together to get every chapter illustrated.

View the Google Sheet HERE.

Download the criteria and entry form HERE.

What is Natural Connections?

  • “Natural Connections” is the name of a weekly, award-winning, newspaper column written by Museum Naturalist/EducationDirector Emily Stone.
  • Natural Connections is also the title of Emily’s first book, which is a compilation of her favorite articles from 2011-2013.
  • For information on how to purchase the book, go here.
  • You can subscribe here to our weekly e-newsletter that contains Emily’s most recent “Natural Connections” article as well as Naturalist Haley Appleman’s “News from the Mews” column, and upcoming Museum programs.
  • To listen to or download Emily’s “Natural Connections” podcasts, go here.
  • To learn more about Green Darner Media, the publishing arm of the Cable Natural History Museum go here.
  • To visit the searchable blog/archive of Natural Connections articles, go here.

Or, email Emily directly ( about speaking engagements and other educational opportunities.