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.

photo of a spotted lady beetle on a green leaf
Sunflower Field

The summer solstice, the day with the most daylight hours, in Wisconsin and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere takes place in June. Take advantage of the long summer hours to explore outdoors!

Fireworks in night sky

 July is, on average, the warmest month of the year in Wisconsin and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.

Watermelon on Picnic Table

Listen for crickets singing in the evening air and other sounds of summer.

Two dragonflies at a pond
See what you can observe during this hot month!
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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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