New book reveals surprising facts about your neighbors

The Cable Natural History Museum and Green Darner Media are thrilled to announce the release of a new book about Northwoods nature. Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses contains stories about the smell of rain, cheating ants, photosynthesizing salamanders, and more.

The award-winning author, Emily M. Stone delves deeply into the surprising science behind our Northwoods neighbors, and then emerges with a more complex understanding of their beauty.

While this book contains many of your familiar friends, through Stone’s research and unique perspective, you will discover something new on every page and around every bend in the trail. In a fun twist, each chapter in Natural Connections be- gins with a whimsical line drawing created by a child or adult volunteer. A community of over 45 individuals, from five-year-olds to professional artists, contributed their talent to this project.

Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. Her childhood spent as a “mud and water daughter” in northeast Iowa led to a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont.

As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Stone writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers.

The best of those columns now comprise the chapters of her first book.

She recently earned three Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America for her writing.

Natural Connections books are $18.96 each, and can be purchased at the Cable Natural History Museum or book/.

Due to the generosity of underwriters and donors, all proceeds from the book will support children’s nature education at the Cable Natural History Museum.

For more information about Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses, please visit or contact The Cable Natural History Museum at 715-798-3890 or

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