Mud Puddles to Meteors is the result of a collaborative effort between Dawn and Annie, two nature and science enthusiasts doing their very best to raise nature loving kid adventurers who approach the natural world with a spirit of wonder and appreciation. As we have traveled along our own individual paths as mothers raising young naturalists, we have been fortunate enough to make great connections with other nature-loving families, photographers, writers, and teachers. And, we have built up quite the personal archives of activities, photographs, and lists of favorite nature related reads. We hope, in this space, to provide a landing place for this community of people seeking thoughtful, meaningful, and fun contact with nature. To provide resources for families attempting to raise nature literate children in an increasingly urbanized world. To prove that the “natural world” is really just a funny human construct; that nature is all around us. It is the world.
We simply need to be willing to see it.
Dawn Smith is a homeschooling mama of two curious nature lovers, a self-taught naturalist, an environmental educator, and is passionate about connecting families with nature. Her home is filled with rocks, shells, insect specimens, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. In her former life, she was a high school health teacher and swimming coach. She has contributed to various online and print media over the years and keeps her personal internet home over at Dawn Suzette Smith. She is a water lover who feels most complete when by the sea and moved with her family from the warm coast of California to the beautifully rugged coast of Nova Scotia in 2008. Since that move she has been learning about a whole new environment and loving every new detail and discovery nature has to offer.
Annie Riechmann is an educator, blogger, and mom/step-mom to four remarkably entertaining young people. A lover of birds, bumblebees, striped socks, and beach days, Annie is an avid tidepooler and an enthusiastic, if unskilled, tree climber. She is also the creator of Alphabet Glue, a literary based e-magazine for families. Annie recently moved from Vermont to the Boston area, and is learning about the joys of urban nature watching from her yard behind the bagel shop dumpster. She also keeps a personal blog, Bird and Little Bird, where she writes about everything from knitting mishaps and woodpecker stalking to laundering snowpants and keeping an urban garden. Her family sort of wishes she kept dishes in the china cabinet instead of insect specimens.