Virtual Programs Now Available!

Live and pre-recorded virtual programs are now available including workshops (teens, adults, and families) storytelling programs (preschoolers, children, families, teens, adults, inter-generational, and seniors), and nature activities (crafts, exploration activities, and guides for caregivers). 


Living Programs

STEAM/STEM and Literacy

Storytelling Naturalist

Coral Conant Gilles

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Preschoolers are elbow deep in pond water and weeds trying to scoop up a damselfly nymph. 

Teens and adolescents listen to stories of trees, wind, and animals around them before creating their own stories.

A young girl scoops up a slug and a boy races to show Coral the bright red leaf he found on their discovery hike. 

Elementary kids stamp life size track replicas across a page while telling you the animal's story. 

Families trot, sing, wiggle, dance, and hunt along with Coral and the animals in her stories.

Elders snicker along with children then pass worms back and forth.

Adults laugh, wonder, smirk, reflect, and relax as Coral transports them across worlds, time, and place. 

Connection happens when Coral Conant Gilles shares nature activities and storytelling with the community. 


Upcoming Events

  • 4 Women Telling: A Harvest of Stories
    Sat, Nov 06
    Zoom - link provided upon registration
    Nov 06, 2021, 8:00 PM CDT
    Zoom - link provided upon registration
    A bountiful selection of personal and folk tales for a season bright with color, merry with music, and abundant with tastes and smells to be
  • Sharing the Gathering: Wild Foods from Harvest to Table with Traditional Storytelling
    Oct 02, 2021, 1:30 PM – Oct 09, 2021, 4:30 PM
    1st Saturday at Hoyt Park, 3902 Regent St, Madison, WI 53705, USA
    Celebrate fall as we were meant to - foraging and processing in community with story guiding our way! Two-part workshop! (Due to limitations of the website's event system, this appears as a weeklong event. It's actually a 2 hour session on October 2nd and a 3 hour session on October 9th!)

How'd you become a Storytelling Naturalist?

Quite by accident.

With my parents and sister being educators, I fled from the idea. It took me years to realize that every job I'd ever had was an educator position - from teaching swimming and backpacking to tutoring and environmental education. I eventually realized that education was my passion, but desks were not.  

During one of my jobs as an environmental educator, I was teaching 4th graders about the Missoula Floods.  I taught the same information day after day, and even though I knew the Missoula Floods were wildly fascinating, I watched 100s of kids' eyes gloss over every week when I threw big numbers like 10,000 years, 500 cubic miles, 60 miles per hour, and 300 feet at them.  One day, I had them close their eyes. Together we traveled to the ice age and built a fire along a creek.  Then they built a raft as a lake formed in front of them.  Pretty soon they were racing through the Columbia Gorge at 60 miles an hour as trees snapped like twigs and boulders crashed around them.  They were hooked and so was I.  

I combine my passions for storytelling and nature in my work. I tell folklore, original tales, and personal stories. My stories build connections with the natural world and between communities. My hands-on nature activities facilitate exploration and foster curiosity. 


Contact Me

Looking for a storyteller or a naturalist?  Want me to get emails about my public events? Got questions? Get in touch!


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