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NATURE IS ART 

Welcome to Gulf Coast Mom! Mother of 3 curious kids. Photographic Artist, Adv. Florida Master Naturalist. Former classroom Biology teacher. Music wisher. 

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School litter nature lessons

1.Insects use leaves as homes. Protect them in your lawn by not raking. Or protect an area for them. 2. Air plants like this Ball Moss...

Insect house!

We've been wanting an insect house for over a year now. Instead of purchasing one, we decided to stack our empty clay pots and insert...

Easy Composting in your Backyard

Start with a bowl of food scraps— or use a covered bin on your counter. Our favorites include: egg shells, coffee grounds plus the...

VTS and Natural Landscape Stories

*What's going on in this picture? *What do you see that makes you say that? *What more can we find? Allow Art to qualify you to ask...

Hurricane proof**

Mandatory evacuation Zone B: This time we drove past Orlando to the end of I-4 for Daytona, hoping to escape hurricane force winds. We...

Easy 1, 2, 3 Rain Barrel

We have water pouring off of our roof every time it rains. A rain barrel will keep it away from our house. We can also use the free...

Double Devil’s Den and Millhopper Trip

In just a 40 minute drive through Central Florida you can have a thrilling double prehistoric adventure! Devil’s Millhopper Geological...

Colorful Coast at Clearwater Beach

Cravings for a local Grouper sandwich lunch drew us to French’s Original Cafe. We parked at the North Beach parking plaza right next...

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...

Nature Photo 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

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

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