February 2nd, 2023, is Groundhog Day. All around the country, people are looking to groundhogs to predict the weather. If the groundhog sees its shadow we’re in for six more weeks of winter. If not, break out the flip flops.
The biggest Groundhog Day celebration in the Triangle is always at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where for many years Sir Walter Wally has made his prediction.
This year, Sir Walter Wally has decided to retire from the weather forecasting business, so there won’t be a Groundhog Day Shadow Ceremony at the Museum.
North Carolina’s last remaining weather-predicting groundhog is Snerd, in Garner. White Deer Park is hosting a Groundhog Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on February 2nd, during which Snerd will make his prediction.
However, there will still be a Groundhog Day Celebration of sorts at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.
On Thursday, February 2nd, 2023, stop by any time between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about animals in winter, explore groundhog-related crafts and games, enjoy a live animal program, and more.
Groundhog Day Events
Groundhogs burrow into the earth to create their home. Learn about other animals that build their homes in the ground!
Animals in Winter
Groundhogs hibernate for winter, but how do other animals survive the cold? Meet some live ambassador animals and uncover their winter routines!
Get ready for the shadow ceremony by making your own groundhog headbands!
Groundhog Toss Game
These groundhogs think there are six more weeks of winter headed their way. Help them get back in their burrow!
History of the Groundhog Day
Ever wonder how Groundhog Day came to be? You’ll learn about the history of Groundhog Day, and get to meet one of the original animals that was used to predict an early (or late) spring.
Rodents of the World
Learn cool facts about some of the variety of rodents around the world!
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
11 W Jones St