Florida Family Nature is written by Jacqueline Bodnar, an award-winning professional writer and blogger. She has several other blogs, as well as helps write for numerous other blogs for companies and organizations. She is a writer who has had over 3,000 articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world.
As a professional writer, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Studies (covering history, political science, and psychology), from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as Master of Professional Writing degree, from Chatham University. She is also author of the historical fiction novel "Blueberry Steel," and the non-fiction book titled "Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger." She has also ghostwritten eight other books covering health and business topics. A freelance writer since 2004, she has completed thousands of copywriting projects, including writing press releases, website content, ghostwriting projects, sales letters, brochure content, and more.
Jacqueline is also a Florida Master Naturalist, an avid reader, and hiker. She is passionate about nature, hiking, and helping kids to make a connection with nature. Her family hikes regularly, as well as enjoys nature-related classes and experiences, camping, and more. Her family camps in their 272BHS Keystone Bullet, which they love. She is also a runner and loves doing trail runs.
While Jacqueline was born in Detroit, she grew up in northern Michigan, in a small town called St. Helen. Growing up back on a dirt road in the woods helped instill a love of nature. As an adult, Jacqueline and her husband moved to Las Vegas, where they spent nearly a decade enjoying hiking in the nearby mountains, and visiting many natural areas in the west, including Monument Valley, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Mount Zion, Valley of Fire, etc.
In 2006, Jacqueline, her husband, and her two children packed up and moved east. They settled in Port Orange, just south of Daytona Beach. Today they live just minutes from the ocean. They love exploring the many beautiful natural areas of Florida, including the springs, trails, rivers, and beyond.
- Favorite places to hike in Florida: The Florida Trail near Clearwater Lake Recreation Area, Theodore Roosevelt Area in Jacksonville, the Cypress Swamp Trail at Highland Hammock State Park
- Favorite Florida springs: Little River Springs, Rum Island, Madison Blue
- Favorite Florida RV campgrounds: Periwinkle on Sanibel Island, Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, Salt Springs
Pictured above: Jacqueline and her family at Little River Springs in June 2019. Below, Jacqueline hiking on her birthday, and their travel trailer.
Our travel trailer: 2015 Keystone Bullet 272bhs... bought it new and LOVE it!