Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS Outdoor Education-Natural History Northland College
MS Field Naturalist Program University of Vermont


Emily Stone teaches kids of all ages about nature in beautiful places. She earned a degree in Outdoor Education-Natural History with a minor in geology from Northland College, and also a M.S. in the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum, Emily writes a “Natural Connections” column for more than 20 newspapers across 3 states. She has published two Natural Connections books, the second of which recently won an Excellence in Craft Award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Why Northland?

As a graduate of Northland College, I know that this is an amazing community filled with forward-thinking students who are passionate about the outdoors. I am grateful to have returned to the area, and to finally have time to re-join the community in a new role.

Student Involvement

The joy of teaching a somewhat open-ended writing course is that we will be able share ideas on equal footing and learn from each other and from the authors we read.


One of the reasons that I decided to settle down (instead of traveling the country doing short term job-adventures) was so that I could have a garden. I now grow and preserve all of my own vegetables at the Cable Community Farm. During mosquito season I am an avid road cyclist. When the woods cool off I break out my mountain bike. Winter finds me deciding between cross country skiing and fat biking. I also enjoy spending time on local rivers and lakes with my kayaks and canoes. My ultimate passion is paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Two cameras join me on most adventures. I also enjoy botany, geology, birding, and cooking.