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2023 Applications Closed

Thanks to all who applied to be this year's Naturalist-in-Residence at Madison Public Library. The Naturalist-in-Residence will facilitate outdoor programming in Madison’s diverse natural areas, including outdoor library spaces, for community members of all ages. The project will offer opportunities for the public to explore, learn, and reflect upon the natural world. As there are endless ways to engage with nature, naturalist programs can take many forms and address a variety of themes, including, but not limited to: environmental justice, indigenous knowledge and cultural practices, re-imagining outdoor spaces to be more inclusive and accessible, and urban naturalism. We will also develop book lists and library displays as part of the residency. 

The six week residency will be held sometime between June and September, 2023. We will be announcing the 2023 Naturalist-in-Residence before the end of May and will have more to share soon! Check back for official program dates and activities coming soon.

Questions? Contact Librarian Kristina Gómez at

Why A Naturalist?

The goal of the  Naturalist-in-Residency project is to encourage our community to explore, learn, and reflect upon our natural world and their place in it, through the guiding vision of an experienced or emerging local naturalist.


Each Naturalist-in-Residence event will include accessibility notes, including trail length and type, restroom availability and seating access.

Upcoming Events

There are no scheduled events at this time.

Book Lists

Naturalist Book List for Adults

Nature is for everyone! Join Madison Public Library's first Naturalist-in-Residence for a series of nature experiences this Fall aimed at inspiring wonder and stewardship of the world around us, as well as recognizing our place within it.

The Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice | Nature Connections, Nature Reflections

Naturalist Book List for Kids and Teens

Picture Books | Fiction | Non-fiction | Teen Fiction | Teen Non-fiction 

Past Years

John Newman

2022 Residency Theme: Nature is for Everyone


This program was made possible in part by generous support from: