New interactive nature journal focuses on Baileys Harbor natural area | Green Bay Press Gazette
GREEN BAY – A new book that not only celebrates Toft Point State Natural Area in Baileys Harbor but also gives people the chance to include their own thoughts and images from the place is being released Dec. 12.
“Wandering Toft Point: A Nature Journal” includes original illustrations of Toft Point and some of the plant and animal life found there, some found nowhere else in the state, with information about the flora and fauna and poetry about the area. As a journal, it also offers space on its pages for those hiking or visiting the area to write down their own observations and sketch what they see.
The book is a product of The Teaching Press, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay program that teaches students about book publishing from start to finish, down to making the books on campus, and works with aspiring authors to make their book projects come to life.
Spearheaded by UW-Green Bay graduate student Cayla Cavey, the Toft Point journal is a collaboration between students and advisors in the the school’s Scientific Illustration Student Organization, regional poets and writers, University Archives staff and the program’s undergraduate editors. Teaching Press director Rebecca Meacham said the idea of an interactive journal celebrating Toft Point fit with the school’s “Eco-U” ecological focus.
“Our editors just ran with this idea,” Meacham said in a press release. “We thought, what better way celebrate our ‘Eco-U’ roots than with a book you can write in as you hike?”