Have you ever wondered what is going on under the snow?  Why leaves change colors?  How migratory birds find their way?  Find the answers and check out these ideas on how to explore, discuss, or celebrate based on our four seasons!

Fall Forest
Trees in Autumn

Fall begins with the autumnal equinox, usually around September 22 or 23. The equinox is the time of the year when we have equal length of night and day.

Spring Meadow with Colorful Flowers

Say good-bye to cold temperatures and short days, spring is here!!  Mud puddles, blossoms, songbirds are just a few things that call us outdoors during this season. Start here for some cool ideas to celebrate spring!

Dandelion In Field At Sunset

While many of us consider it summer once school is released, this season technically begins with the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—on June 21 and continues until the fall equinox in September.

Winter Scene with Snow

The shortest day of the year, or the winter solstice, marks the beginning of this season usually occurs around December 21. Bundle up because winter is a fantastic time to track animals and explore the outdoors!

Bloodroot blooming in early spring
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Two dragonflies at a pond
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Birds at a feeder in winter
Winter birds are attracted to birdfeeders. Watch to see how many birds you can identify.
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Snowy tree, Photo Credit: Joe Riederer
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Arbor Day
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Parent and child planting a tree
April is tree-planting time in Wisconsin.
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Man ice fishing at dawn
Flocks of overwintering bald eagles sweep open waters near dams looking for fish to eat.
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Monarch butterfly on milkweed
Cicadas and katydids begin to sing on warm summer days.
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Fireflies at night
Dark skies bring out fireflies.
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Forest with orange leaves
You've raked them, jumped in them, raked them some more...now what should you do with all those leaves?
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Young child playing with snow
Snowflakes are one of the best things about winter.
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Image of the globe
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Flock of red-winged blackbirds
The male red-wing blackbirds return to Wisconsin from their warm southern winter vacation.
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Amazing sunrise reflected in marsh waters in Springtime, aerial perspective
May is wetland month. Go outside and take a look around a nearby wetland.
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Otters in water
Keep an eye out along riverbanks for river otter pups.
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Tom (male) turkey
Last call for migrants: watch for the whooping cranes, swans, hawks, Canada geese and cedar waxwings heading south.
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Girl standing in a forest at autumn
Watch for the endangered whooping cranes to begin migrating.
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Beaver lodge in fall
Autumnal Equinox arrives (hours of the day and night are equal) September 22, officially the first day of fall.
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Groundhog Emerging from Snowy Den
What happens to animals when the days get shorter and the snow starts to fly?
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Lightning  in the Clouds
Spring is a great time to get outside and see some of the art and beauty of nature.
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Leaves changing colors
While you were playing in the hot sun during summer vacation the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool.
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Night sky with shooting star and trees
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Chickadee flying in winter, Photo Credit: Joe Riederer
Point to and click on any bird to learn more about them and what they're eating at the feeder.
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