A new school year has started and for all of us a change of seasons. No matter where you are in the world, weather changes are in the air. Below are several great resources to celebrate the changes in seasons: why we have them, how you can prepare your living space for the coming weather changes, further reading about season changes and more! New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections. Enjoy!
Why we have changing seasons
The United States National Arboretum, The Science of Color in Autumn Leaves
The United States National Arboretum provides information on the how’s and why’s behind autumn, such as why some trees change color and others do not, and how a specific region of the world can affect color displays during autumn. After educating yourself on the why’s of fall, treat yourself to the Arboretum’s gallery of fall leaves. The best part of Autumn is the natural fireworks display that nature creates in the trees. Here you can enjoy one from the comfort of your home!
Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Seasons
Clear, detailed technical discussions of seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. Includes the exact dates when spring, summer, fall, and winter arrive. Debunks misconceptions about seasons and the superstition “that it is possible to stand an egg upright on its end [only] on the date of the equinoxes (and/or solstices).” Maintained by scientist Eric Weisstein.
University of Illinois Extension, The Miracle of Fall
A directory of links to information about fall foliage and related topics. Includes links to sites about fall color, trees, fall foliage updates and reports, driving and hiking suggestions, photos, lesson plans, activities, autumn gardening and composting, and more. From the University of Illinois Extension.
How to prepare your home for changing seasons
NEW! Energy Saving Trust, UK
“Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organization that provides free and impartial advice on how to stop wasting energy.” This site provides information on climate change, ways to stop wasting energy and reduce water usage and household waste, and home improvements that can lead to lower energy costs. It also discusses how to generate your own energy.
Energy Savers, US Department of Energy
This site “provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.” Features information about conducting a home energy audit, a major appliances shopping guide, and tips on insulation, heating and cooling, windows, and water heating. From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Poetry, fiction, and reading lists that focus on seasons
NEW! Poetry Magazine from the Poetry Foundation: Fall Poems
The Poetry Foundation provides a large selection of themed poetry for any occasion or time of year through its Poetry Tool. This collection provides 130 poems all about Fall. Some influential poets whose work is included in this collection are: Robert Frost, John Keats, and William Shakespeare.
NEW! Poetry Magazine from the Poetry Foundation: Spring Poems
Another collection of poems from the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Tool. Treat yourself to some warm, spring theme poems from influential writers such as: E. E. Cummings, Robert Browning, and Robert Fitzgerald.
NEW! Just for Kids: 40 Books about the Seasons (Ages 6-12)
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s 40 Books about the Seasons provides reading lists for children from 6 to 12 years old. The titles highlight different themes or events that accompany the different seasons. Each season is included so parents and children can find theme books for every time of year!