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Finding Truth in Nature

I grew up outdoors. In my hometown of High Springs, Florida, my days were spent walking trails, swimming in springs, catching toads and snails, and making beads out of river mud. My mom guided my path to conservation both then and now. As a middle-school science teacher and librarian, she

Notes from the Field: Tate’s Hell State Forest

I am standing on thousand-year-old dunes. They are the ancient remnants of mountains formed of salty, wind-swept sand. Today, these dunes are now scrub and flatwood communities, home to tall sand pines, short scrubby oaks, and a plethora of biodiverse grasses and flowers. Tate’s Hell State Forest is a conservation

Notes from the Field: Bear Creek Educational Forest

I’m a big fan of butterflies and pretty much all pollinating, six-legged creatures. At Bear Creek Educational Forest, I was in for a treat. My Florida Master Naturalist class (UF/IFAS) welcomed bug expert, Billy Boothe to lead us on an insect adventure. It turns out, we can tell a lot