he Teaching Press at UW-Green Bay will launch its newest book, an interactive nature journal inspired by Door County’s Toft Point Natural Area, at 4 p.m. on December 12 at the STEM Innovation Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are encouraged.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Spearheaded by graduate student Cayla Cavey, the project is a landmark collaboration between students and advisors in the UW-Green Bay Scientific Illustration Student Organization, regional poets and writers, University Archives staff, and the undergraduate editors of The Teaching Press. Dennis Rockhill, of The Einstein Project, supplied materials and formatting ideas.

Filled with original illustrations and poetry, the journal invites readers to record observations, sketch wildlife, and learn about flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the state.

“Our editors just ran with this idea,” says Teaching Press Director Rebecca Meacham. “We thought, what better way celebrate our ‘Eco-U’ roots than with a book you can write in as you hike?”

Toft Point was entrusted to UW-Green Bay by conservationist Emma Toft in 1968, and it continues as a “living laboratory” and treasured natural area. At the launch event, attendees can learn about Toft Point, Emma Toft, and the process of Scientific Illustration— and use Press equipment to bind their own book. 

To learn more about The Teaching Press, visit their web site.

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