Coastal Connections: A 'Taste' of CiteD 

I know you are ready for a "taste' of what's to come with CiteD. This is a perfect excuse to share what I developed for Guenevere's birthday in early November. CiteD is a collection of cards & simple tools that will 'up' the fun for families and their traveling friends by G.A.B.

  • Getting Ready: CiteD will bring the fun to planning ahead.

  • At the beach: Activities & simple tools for in the moment, that match the season & forecast.

  • Back Home: Tools to connect the learning and preserve memories.

Birthday's should be celebrated, right!? So, I designed this deck of cards and tools for Guenevere to experience on her mini beach trip. I've spent years of living and visiting the beach in the fall. It's not the same as a summer beach trip so the activities were built for cooler weather.  I am in Texas now so a weekend trip to North Carolina was not in the cards. So this CiteD trial is meant to thank Guenevere for her time and dedication as a 'critical friend' & collaborating advisor in this business venture.  If only we could have celebrated at the beach together!


These particular CiteD materials were developed with Wrightsville Beach, NC in mind. During Spring 2020 the CiteD test product will be generalized for Coastal North Carolina and/or Coastal Texas. 

This is what CiteD looks like at the moment, Let's call it 'Cited at the Beach, version 2.0' ... and I wonder, which of you reading this will be a part of the adventure getting to version 3.0 and beyond?

Getting Ready: CiteD will bring the fun to planning ahead. Tools will help you anticipate and feel prepared. I've pulled from reliable sources and having time to research recommendations from friends in order to make the most of your time. The anticipation can work to build excitement and relieve the stresses of planning last minute. Once CiteD is launched, materials will be sent out a couple of weeks in advance of your trip. This 'friendly prototype' taught us, overnighting and postal service can be tricky. I had some great learning moments trying to overnight this CiteD gift!

    • Reminders and links to the Night Sky in 'the season'

    • Dabble and delight in some local history

    • Indulge in family interests and understanding the science behind what you'll see

    • Know what 'nature' you may see and the citizen science opportunities ongoing in a particular region.

At the Beach: Activities for in the moment, that match the season & forecast. Materials are small and useful, knowing we don't want to lug around lots of 'things'. 

    • Birds view finder with a focus on a few common and seasonally appropriate birds

    • Guide to collecting artifacts to use in crafts later on or taking pictures *Collecting is prohibited at Our National & State Parks

    • Get moving by playing with colorful raffia to understand wind direction

    • Get artsy & have fun with math by drawing life sized whales and dolphins in the sand 

Snapshots of the 'Getting Ready' cards coming into use again:

Set out for an evening walk. CiteD cards include helpful reminders such as 'when and where to look for constellations' at your specific location. At Wrightsville Beach, NC; its likely to be the Northeast. 

Use your 'Getting Ready' tools to know when to head out beach combing or kayaking. Knowing in advance when it is high tide may help a paddle through the marsh. The benefits of low tide often reveals the most shells.


Back Home: Tools to connect the learning and preserve memories! Document, share, and be inspired to create.

    • Connect the Learning with Citizen Science readings, research connections, and application links

    • Preserve the memories with snapshots in saved albums

    • Get Crafty with the natural items you collect

    • Share your book finds and recommendations

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What more would you want Getting Ready, At the Location, & Back at Home?

Comment and share your favorite activity to have an extra activity or tool included in your trial kit in 2020.

Fall at the beach, here we were helping Guenevere celebrate November 2016
Fall at the beach, here we were helping Guenevere celebrate November 2016