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Welcome to Gulf Coast Mom! Mother of 3 curious kids. Photographer. Florida Master Naturalist. Former classroom Biology Teacher.

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Patterns and pine tree parts

Being able to identify patterns is super important when exploring Science topics. It helps us to ask questions and create order in our...

Words on photographs

When I was a little girl, my favorite lesson at school featured a squirrel. (My second favorite was a song about a cool cat.) Back then...

Nature journal {Child} Art show

“Electricity” “Butterfly” “Birdhouse” “Moray Eel” “Florida Panther” ”Bee” ”Jelly” ”Rose” “Sea Stars”

Backyard oyster gardening

We are trying out oyster gardening! To help us, we got Vertical Oyster Gardens from Tampa Bay Watch. VOG’s are empty oyster shells on a...

Leaf morphology and the Air Potato

Grab your child and jump into a pile of leaves. Take a few and grab your cell phone. Google search “leaf morphology.” There are so many...

“Resiliency”

Cypress Point Beach, Tampa Is there a difference between the word resiliency and the word resilient? Does one refer to the state of...

Documenting the neighborhood play park

it’s the last day before school!! Outside it’s 90 degrees, so Summer will be with us unofficially for a while longer . We decided that on...

DSLR how-to with kids

I’m a documenter. If I ask myself why I learned to photograph, I’d say it was to tell my story and my family’s story. It’s what I...

Boyd Hill Color Wheel

We got to see great colors from the color wheel today!! We took the tram, which costs $2 extra, and we got to visit all the colorful...

Whatever floats your boat!

Everyone is bored. it’s a rainy rainy day, so I looked through a nature book for some afternoon inspiration. I remembered our floaty boat...

Ways to Nature Journal

There are so many ways to document your nature experiences. I’m a super fan of paper journals. Here is an example of an interactive...

What is in our nature walk/hike backpack?

On Saturday we are trying out a preserve we have never visited. We are getting the backpack ready! Some items we always keep by the...

St. Pete Pier: Lionfish and a Song

We drove to the new St Pete Pier to dissect a lionfish (Pterois volitans) at the Tampa BayWatch Discovery Center. The Pier was beautiful...

Lettuce Lake “Field trip!”

Lettuce Lake was still flooded from Hurricane Elsa! The boardwalk was closed. Yes, this really did stink—not literally smelly though. ...

Cucumber “osmosis”

Science is always fun at our house. It’s just a rule. So, when I saw this cucumber and salt water lesson for oceans, we did an eyelid...

Water Cycle I Spy

I found this really cute pirate water cycle diagram online and got inspired for I Spy! It doesn‘t have ”condensation” so we added it for...

 

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