The Cable Natural History Museum is hosting a youth book illustration contest to encourage a connection between literacy, nature, and art. 

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 kids are often the inspiration for her articles, the Museum is conducting an art contest for students to illustrate some of the chapters. The hope is that students 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 black-and-white line drawings based on their research. The best and most relevant illustration for each chapter will be included in the book. Entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2018.

Brynn Johnson , age 11, created this sketch of a fox for the “Tracking Stories” chapter in Stone’s first Natural Connections book. The crowd-sourced illustrations are one of the most entertaining parts of the book!

The contest is open to youth who are age 5-19, on the deadline date. Youth older than 19 who are still enrolled in high school are eligible, but college students, even if 19 or younger, are not. 

Teachers are encouraged to use this contest to inspire their students to read, learn about nature, and create a unique work of art. 

Entry forms and more information can be found at:

The mission of the Cable Natural History Museum is connecting people to Northwoods nature through educational experiences that inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility. For over 45 years, the Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Come visit us in Cable, WI! 

Find us on the web at to learn more about our exhibits and programs. 

For more information, contact Emily Stone at the Cable Natural History Museum;, 715-798-3890.

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