Programs & Events

Groundhog Day

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Feb. 2, 2014 | Sunday, 12:00pm
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

Mayor Nancy McFarlane with Sir Walter Wally and his handler.Sir Walter Wally saw his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter!

Sir Walter Wally and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences invite you to participate in the annual statewide celebration of Groundhog Day. Join an esteemed group of local luminaries and see Sir Walter Wally emerge from his winter digs. Learn about groundhogs and hibernation. Meet a variety of live animals and discover how they make it through the winter.


  • Groundhog Storytime
  • Shadow Ceremony at 1pm
  • Before and after the ceremony, meet Sir Walter Wally on the first floor

Learn about

  • The history of Groundhog Day
  • How snakes survive during winter
  • Signs of spring

Presentation Schedule

1pm — Groundhog Shadow Ceremony
Bicentennial Plaza in front of the Museum

1:45pm — Story Time: Animals in Winter
Windows on the World

2:30pm — Meet the Animals: Animals in Winter
Windows on the World

Weather Watch Activity Guide (PDF)

For more information, contact Miranda Wood at 919.707.9885 or