Cambridge Outdoors

playing, learning, and being outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.

Call for Artists and Photographers

Young Artists

The Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project (CWPP)  seeks Cambridge artists between the ages of 14 and 20 to create an images of  particular local animal species scheduled to be portrayed in our wildlife trading cards series.  If you are selected, a commission of $60.00 will be paid for the right to use the image you make for us. You must be either 1) a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, or 2) a student at a Cambridge secondary school.

How to apply:

  1. Email cambridgewildlifepuppets (at) gmail (dot) com.
  2. Include attachments that are examples of your work, or a link to online images of your work. If you have images of animals or plants, include them among those you submit for review.
  3. Include your age, grade, and school attending.
  4. If we select you, we will assign a particular animal/plant/tree to you.

Current (April/May 2018) Need:

We are actively accepting inquiries and portfolios at this time.


Adult Photographers and Artists

Local photographers of any age, please email CambridgeWildlifePuppets (at) gmail (dot) com to indicate your interest. At this time, we appreciate permission to publish your image of the particular species we seek on our trading cards without payment. We have a strong preference for photographs taken within Cambridge city limits; in almost all cases. we can meet this need amongst our guest photographers.

Current Photography Needs:

Coleomegilla maculata, Spotted Lady Beetle

Thryothorus ludovicianus, Carolina Wren

Bombus spp., Bumble Bee [exact species info to come]

Please email cambridgewildlifepuppets (at) gmail (dot) com if you have photographed this species within Cambridge city limits.

Please check this page periodically for revisions to this call, as our wildlife trading card series requests, payment arrangements, and guidelines for artists may vary from card to card.


Cambridge Wildlife Trading Cards

Card 1 Great Blue Heron. Status: Published. Youth Artist, Megan Kelliher (CRLS). Print run 500. Distributed at 2016 Honk! Parade, 2017 Cambridge Science Festival (Science Carnival), 2017 Fresh Pond Day, and 2017 Cambridge River Festival.

Card 2. Wandering Glider Dragonfly. Status: Published. Artist, Jennifer Smith-Little. Print run 500. Distributed at 2016 Honk! Parade, 2017 Cambridge Science Festival (Science Carnival), 2017 Fresh Pond Day, and 2017 Cambridge River Festival.

Card 3. Raccoon. Status: Published. Artist, Raúl the Third, illustrator of Low Riders in Space. Print run 500. Distributed at 2017 Honk! Parade and Oktoberfest, I Heart Science at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 2/10/18, Cambridge Science Festival’s Science Carnival 2018, and Restore Jerry’s Pond Earth Day Cleanup 2018.

Card 4. Red-winged Blackbird. Status: Published. Youth Artist, Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad. Print run 500. Distributed at 2017 Honk! Parade and Oktoberfest,  I Heart Science at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 2/10/18, and Cambridge Science Festival’s Science Carnival 2018.

Card 5. Tulip Tree. Status: Published. Youth Artist, Josie Weissburg (CRLS). Print run 500 English, 250 Arabic, 250 Spanish. To be distributed at Kids, Bugs, Art events organized by the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and collaborators, April 27–30, during the City Nature Challenge. Created in collaboration with Green Cambridge.

Card 6. Spotted Lady Beetle. Status: In progress. Youth Artist, Camille Correa (CRLS). 

Card 7. Carolina Wren. Status: Artist has been selected.

Card 8.  TBA.

Images of our cards are included in this photo gallery.



Cambridge Wildlife Trading Cards are supported in part by individual donors and  grants from these agencies:

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Cambridge/Agassiz/Harvard Community, Culture, and Recreation Fund