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Artist-in-residence: Lynne Cherry

Award-winning author, illustrator, and filmmaker Lynne Cherry is spending a year at Cary Institute as Artist/Writer-in-Residence. During her stay she will interact with research staff, investigate Cary Institute's 2,000-acre campus, and gain inspiration for her next environment-inspired offering.

Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books that capture the imagination and encourage respect for nature. Her best-seller The Great Kapok Tree is used in schools to teach about the rainforest. Similarly, her book A River Ran Wild has been built into 4th and 5th grade curriculums, where it informs lessons on watershed cleanup and restoration.

Her most recent offerings include a book on global warming, How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, and a video series, Young Voices for the Planet, which focuses on how students are taking environmental action.

Cherry has held previous Artist-in-Residence positions at the Smithsonian, Cornell University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and Princeton University. For more information about the Cary Institute’s Artist/Writer-in-Residence Program, visit: