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Winter Solstice Activity (12/21/21)

West Seneca Environmental Commission & West Seneca Youth & Recreation
Winter Solstice Activity
What and When is Winter Solstice?
Winter Solstice is December 21, 2021. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, as well as the official beginning of winter. The phenomenon is caused when the Earth’s axis tilts the furthest away from the sun, giving less than 12 hours of daylight to all locations north of the equator. Although it's the day of the greatest darkness, the Solstice is a time of great hope for the sun’s rebirth, as we start to move towards the Summer Solstice once again. This moment has been marked with festivals and feasts by people around the world for centuries.

Winter Solstice Activity:
Going on a walk just before and through dusk. Given that this is the day with the shortest daylight, darkness falls early, so this "early walk in the dark" can be a unique experience. Your parent or guardian should always go on a walk with you!

While on your walk, can you find:

  • Puddle

  • Bare Tree

  • Ice, Snow or Frost

  • Animal Track(s)

  • Nest

  • Winter Berries

After, head home and draw a picture of your favorite winter activity!

Share Your Fun
Take photos during your activities and post them to social media using the #WSEC and #WSREC. 

Participation in any of the suggested activities in this activity are entirely at the participant’s own risk.  Any participation in the suggested activities are entirely voluntary and in spite of any associated risks, whether known or unknown to the participant.  The Town of West Seneca shall not be liable for any claims, actions, or damages of any kind arising out of participation in any of the suggested activities.