Ever notice how calendars mark time but have no real relation to the physical world we are a part of?
This calendar isn’t just boring grids of squares or rectangles.
It’s a way to get in touch with nature!
It doesn’t start on January 1st. Our calendar only starts then because that’s when Roman consuls entered office during the days of the Republic. With much love for all things Rome…we’re not Roman.
Nature Time Calendar starts with the beginning of the natural year—with the first new moon in spring.
It begins with the new moon on March 6th, 2019, and continues for 13 moons, through the moon cycle ending on March 23rd, 2020.
People used to look up at the night sky regularly to tell how far along the month was by what the moon looked like.
And a month was one cycle of the moon. That’s why we have 12 months, by the way, because more-or-less twelve moon cycles pass before the seasons start repeating themselves.
This calendar follows the path of the moon through the 13 cycles that make up just over one year.
Each Native American tribe named the moons after what happened every year where they lived.
This calendar starts in March, whose names include Awakening Moon, Whispering Wind Moon, Maple Sugar Moon—did you know that squirrels also make maple sugar?—and Snow Blind Moon—because the sun is getting higher and reflects off the last of the snow, blinding people.
Honor their wisdom by tuning in to the natural rhythms of the year.
Fun and easy ideas for enriching your experience with nature.
These are especially aimed at those who have little experience around nature—and doable in a city—but are interesting enough that anyone can benefit, even if nature is old hat for you.
Of course the calendar has to have great photos! All the photos on this site are part of this year’s calendar.
13 gorgeous photos for 13 exciting months!
By turning pages with the new moons instead of months, you will naturally start to pay attention to where the Moon is in its cycle
Know where you are in the year by following Earth’s orbit around the Sun!
Gain insight into the seasons from the Native American names for the moons
Name the moons yourself as a way to notice how each bit of the year is different from the last bit
Be a backyard astronomer with this viewing guide
Know what seasonal produce to expect to eat your way around the year
Nature activity ideas offer gentle invitations to new experiences
Start your new year in spring, the beginning of the natural year!