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Cate Nelson

Land Stewardship Fellow
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I grew up in Grayslake, Illinois, a Chicago suburb dotted with prairies and marshes, and have been shaped by a childhood spent wandering through swamps and harvesting wildflower seeds. Since moving to Wisconsin, I’ve fallen in love with its woods, lakes, and bogs. I recently graduated from St. Norbert College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Studio Art. I use my scientific background and creative skills to connect people to the wider ecological community through artwork, including large-scale paintings and prints. I spent a summer as a Drawing Water artist at UW-Madison’s Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. When not on a lake working with a botanist, or setting up my easel to paint a landscape scene plein air, I was connecting with my natural community by hiking, swimming, and sketching. I’m excited to keep learning about the natural world and to share it with others through my artwork.