Partners in Place

Tips & Tools for Using the Wheels

Curriculum and Youth Programming

  • Phenology Wheels, by Georgia Gomez-Ibanez, with Anne Forbes and Cheryl Bauer-Amrstrong. Published by Earth Partnership For Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. A set of activities for using the Wheels of Time and Place in the classroom or youth programs. Available for download at no cost at Tools for Teachers

Making Your Own Wheels

These PDF instruction sheets cover topics on the Getting Started page of this website.

Phenology Wheels: Earth Observation Where You Live

by Anne Forbes, published in Earthzine in February 2011. An informative article that explains how to create seasonal Earth observation circular journals called Phenology Wheels - based on the Wheels of Time and Place.

Ring Maps, A Useful Way to Visualize Temporal Data, River Guage Example

by Frank A. Nelson, Science Notes, Vol 5, No 7, Missouri Department of Conservation, 2010

Trees as Teachers learning model

Trees as Teachers: Connecting the Wisdom of Self and Nature is a year-long experience the incorporates the Wheels of Time and Place into an exploration of the many dimensions of our connections with trees and the remarkable witness they provide as partners in our learning, playing, and growing. Here are two diagrams that support the full description of the program.

Trees as Teachers learning sequence
Trees as Teachers themes by season

Practices for Nature Immersion

A Trail through the Leaves, the Journal as a Path to Place

by Hannah Hinchman. W. W. Norton & Co., 1997

Boundaries of Home, Mapping for Local Empowerment

by Doug Aberly, Doug.New Society Publishers, 1993.

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature

by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Even McGown. OWLink Media, Second Edition, 2010.

Exploring the Natural Mystery, Kamana One

by Jon Young. Kamana Naturalist Training Program, OwlLinkMedia, 2001

I Love Dirt, 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

by Jennifer Ward. Trumpeter, 2008.

Keeping a Nature Journal, Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You

by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth. Storey Publishing, Second Edition, 2003.

Morning Earth

by John Caddy.

Practices for Spiritual Connection

Animal Speak

by Ted Andrews. Llewellyn Publications, 1993

Dancing the Dream, the Seven Sacred Paths of Human Transformation

by Jamie Sams. Harper, 1998

Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Snow Lion, 2002.

Inner Gardening, A Seasonal Path to Inner Peace

by Diane Dreher. Quill, 2002.

Living in Season, The Passions and Pleasures of the Season

A new E-Zine by Waverly Fitzgerald at Living in Season

Mandala, Journey to the Center

by Bailey Cunningham. Dorling Kindersley, 2002.

Slow Time, Recovering the Rhythms of Nature

by Waverly Fitzgerald. Priestess of Swords Press, 2007. Order

The Celtic Way of Seeing, Meditations with the Irish Spirit Wheel

by Frank McEowen. New World Library, 2007

The Earth Path, Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature

Starhawk. HarperOne, 2005.

The Miracle of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh. Beacon Press, Revised Edition, 1987.

The Natural Planner

By Waverly Fitzgerald. A series of five seasonal workbooks, one for each season and the new year, with questions, exercises, suggestions and pages you can use to follow your dreams. Order E-books or print versions.

Wheel of Initiation, Practices for Releasing You Inner Light

by Julie Tallard Johnson, Bear and Co., 2010

Whispers from the Woods, the Lore and Magic of Trees

by Sandra Kynes. Llewellyn Publications, 2006

Through the Lens of Science

Ecology, A Pocket Guide

by Ernest Callenbach. Univ. of California Press, 1998.

Green Space, Green Time: the Way of Science

by Connie Barlow. Springer-Verlag, 1997.

Journey North

Interactive, online phenology at

Online Field Guides (a sampling)

  • Plants and Animals at eNature. Note the Advanced Search that allows you to find species by colors, habitat, region, size and more.
  • A bird guide from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • BugGuide, identification, images, & information for insects, spiders & their kin for the United States & Canada
  • A catalog of North American insects and spiders.
  • A North American Tree Encyclopedia

Project Budburst

Interactive, online phenology at 

Reading the Rocks, an Autobiography of the Earth

by Marcia Bjornerud. Westview Press, 2005.

The Sacred Balance, Rediscovering Our Place in Nature

by David Suzuki. Greystone Books, Updated Edition, 2007.

USA National Phenology Network

The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. The network harnesses the power of people and the Internet to collect and share information, providing researchers with far more data than they could collect alone.

Personal Accounts of Tracking Time

A Sand County Almanac

Aldo Leopold. Oxford University Press, 1949

Ceremonial Time, Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile

by John Hanson Mitchell. Perseus Books, 1984.

The Year of the Turtle

by David Carroll. St. Martin’s Griffin Edition, 1996

This Tender Place, the Story of a Wetland Year

by Laurie Lawler. University of Wisconsin Press, 2005

Walk When the Moon is Full

Frances Hammerstrom. The Crossing Press, 1975

Why Buffalo Dance

by Susan Chernak McElroy. New World Library, 2006

Wild Douglas County

Ken Lassman. Mammoth Press, Lawrence, KS, 2006

Online Astronomy and Geography

“Fly” anywhere on earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain
This virtual globe program maps the earth by superimposing images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS over a 3D globe.

Find a map of your home place (or any other place)
Enter the location and zoom in and out to get the geographic boundary you want. Choose between three viewing options: Map (streets), Satellite (satellite and high-resolution aerial photographs), and Hybrid (Streets overlaid on satellite).

Find Sun or Moon rise/set data

Find Sun or Moon rise/set data for one year at 

Find Sun or Moon rise/set data for one day at

Find the date and time of the phases of the moon
Tables with the date and time (Universal Time) of all phases of the Moon for the six thousand year period, 2000 BCE to 4000 CE.

Print a custom calendar   Print a calendar with sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset for any month and year. If your location, or one close to it, is not listed in the pull-down menu, create a custom calendar by entering your longitude and latitude. To determine your longitude and latitude, go to and move the cursor to a place or by entering its name.

Time and Date Calculators

A complete set of calculators for Date and Time, Time Zones, Sunrise and Sunset, Moonrise and Moonset, Moon Phases, Eclipses, and more.

View an image of the phase of the moon
View the phase of the moon for any date (1800-2199 AD), time, and time zone

Views of the earth relative to the seasonal cusps  View a moving diagram of the Earth relative to the seasonal cusps  View an image of Earth's position in realtion to the seasonal cusps for any of the five time zones in North America.


About the Highlights

I'd like you to meet the many wonderful colleagues and friends who inspire my work with the Wheels of Time and Place through their online teaching and unique products. I'll be listing them here and featuring a few of them at a time in the sidebar on this page. Please check out their work and consider supporting them with the same generosity that you have shown me. Thanks!

Georgia Gomez-Ibanez

Georgia Gomez-Ibanez, with Anne Forbes of Partners in Place,LLC and Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong of Earth Partnership for Schools at the UW-Madison Arboretum, bring the Wheels of Time and Place into indoor and outdoor classrooms. Download the Phenology Wheels booklet with hands-on ideas for youth programming.

Jennifer Hofmann

Jennifer Hofmann at Inspired Home Office can help you change your workspace to reflect your unique needs for organization and your relationship to creativity and the natural world. I participated in a recent "Office Spa Day" and translated my awkward To-Do List onto one my Wheels, creating much more ease and pleasure in my daily workflow.

Jon Young

The new edition of Jon Young's Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature is the most comprehensive and practical guide for mentoring youth that I've ever seen. Richard Louv calls it "good medicine for nature-deficit disorder." It's good medicine for adults too. The book is avaiable at no cost when you purchase a 4-part educational web series, Connecting People to Nature.

Julie Tallard Johnson

Create the desired movement in any area of your life with Julie Tallard Johnson's new book. Enter the Wheel of Initiation where you craft a personal intention and set off on your own spiritual pilgrimage using the Wheel as your template.

Parker Palmer

"Seasons" is an introspective set of short essays, prepared for the Fetzer Institute, on the seasons as practical guides and engaging metaphors for our inner lives. In Parker's words, "transformation is difficult, so it is good to know that there is comfort as well as challenge in the metaphor of life as a cycle of seasons. Illumined by that image, we see that we are not alone in the universe. We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.We can, and we must - if we want our sciences to be humane, our institutions to be sustaining, our healings to be deep, our lives to be true. 

Rebecca Power

Rebecca Power of RPowerImages uses photography as a contemplative practice to silently observe and share the rich alignments of color, form, and purpose within eye's reach every day.

Waverly Fitzgerald

Waverly Fitzgerald's gorgeous and instructive Living in Season Ezine fosters community and creativity around the issues of slow time, sacred time and seasonal time.

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