Outdoor Writers Association of America recently announced that newly elected board member Emily Stone of Cable was recognized as an award recipient during the 2019 OWAA Excellence in Craft Contests. This annual awards program recognizes and honors the best work of outdoor communicators who are members of OWAA. This year, 67 individuals took home over $11,000 in cash prizes.
Stone took third place in the outdoor fun and adventure category of the newspaper contest for “A Naturalist on the Ice,” published Sept. 1, 2018, in the Price County Review. The outdoor fun and adventure category recognizes the best outdoor recreation work from the various non- consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities. The prize money for this category was sponsored by Izaak Walton League of America.
Stone also took third place in the family participation/youth outdoor education category of the newspaper contest for “Making Tracks,” published Feb. 23, 2018, in the Bayfield County Journal. The family participation/youth outdoor education category recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors. The prize money for this category was sponsored by Realtree.
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 master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Her vocation has been teaching kids of all ages about nature in beautiful places. As the naturalist and education director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, she writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than 20 newspapers across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Stone’s columns were compiled into two books. “Natural Connections Two: Dreaming of an Elfin Skimmer” was released in March 2019. She also writes a regular column for Northern Wilds magazine. Stone was just elected to the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and serves on their education committee.