Seashells & Beachcombing for Kids, an Introduction to Beach Life
Beaches capture our attention like few places on Earth—for good reason. Two vastly different ecosystems merge here, attracting a wide variety of life forms. Become a young oceanographer, and learn all about beaches and the plants and animals found there. West Coast naturalist Stephanie Panlasigui and East Coast expert Erika Zambello present a kids’ introduction to beach life. Seashells & Beachcombing for Kids is ideal for early and middle-grade readers, and conveys fascinating information for beginners.
Start by learning about beaches and their various habitats, as well as tips on beach safety, collecting etiquette, and Leave No Trace principles. That’s followed by an introduction to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and an identification guide to common and noteworthy types of shells, plants, and animals—including birds, dolphins, manatees, and more. Seashells & Beachcombing for Kids is rounded out by family-friendly beach activities and Citizen Science Projects.
About the authors: In her home state of California, Stephanie Panlasigui began her career as a naturalist, guiding children to explore redwood forests, buckeye groves, tidepools, and sandy beaches. She now works on understanding how habitat restoration can support thriving human and wildlife populations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California Berkeley.
From her home base in North Florida, Erika Zambello has explored hundreds of ecological research sites, estuarine research reserves, national parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges across the Southeast and around the country. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer and serves on the board of the National Parks Traveler. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment (where she specialized in Ecosystem Science and Conservation) and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication from the University of West Florida. As a writer, her work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Voices, Backpacker, Florida Sportsman, and more.
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