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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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Venice Fl shark tooth hunt

We visited Caspersen Beach to hunt for shark teeth. This place felt like jumping into a Summer beach novel. The water was clear blue and...

Cypress Point Egg carton Beachcombing

Excited to play some more, but this time brought an empty egg carton to collect “sea glass”. There aren’t many unbroken shells here, but...

Buc-ee’s and Beach Daytona road trip

Shopping list: Texas-sized snacks and colorful beaver visuals. We drove 3 hours to beloved Buccee’s in Daytona and stopped by the coast...

Take another look: Rain lily, a wild weed

Summer is finally here again! It’s been a full year since the kids and I started this blog. We can’t wait to get back out there and...

Your Backyard Watershed

What is a watershed? Any land that drains into a body of water is a watershed. In Florida we are surrounded by water! Bodies of water...

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...

Photograph Literacy

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 {Child} Art show

“Electricity” “Butterfly” “Birdhouse” “Moray Eel” “Florida Panther” ”Bee” ”Jelly” ”Rose” “Sea Stars” “Mangrove Litter” “Save the...

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...

 

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