With winter comes unpredictable weather, but one thing everyone can predict is that Sir Walter Wally almost always tells the truth! Come join us for the annual Groundhog Day celebration at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The free event is held Wednesday, February 2, from 10 am to 1 pm with the shadow ceremony beginning promptly at noon just outside the Museum’s front entrance. NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Dee Freeman will join Museum educator John Connors, who will be outfitted in top hat and tails, to assist Wally with the forecast.
Each year crowds wait in anticipation to see if Wally sees his shadow. If he does, we're in for six more weeks of winter. In recent years Wally has been gaining national recognition with his amazing accuracy, and is regularly featured on The Weather Channel’s list of national representatives. Before and after the ceremony, Wally relaxes inside at his special station where those with cameras can pose for pictures alongside the famous weather predictor.
Visitors can take advantage of additional educational stations on the first floor of the Museum. There will be information on Animal Hibernation, Signs of Spring, the History of Groundhog Day and more, as well as fun games and activities including the Hog Toss and Sand Art. For kids six and under there will be special programs about Animals in Winter at 10:30 and 11 am and 1:30 pm in the Windows on the World theater on the third floor.
Students and teachers across North Carolina will be keeping a close eye on Wally’s prediction, and anyone can download a free Weather Watch Activity Guide for grades K-8 from naturalsciences.org.