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Groundhog Day 2023

  • Thursday, February 02, 2023
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm

After a long and illustrious career, Sir Walter Wally has decided to retire from weather prognostication.

There will not be a Groundhog Day Shadow Ceremony at the Museum this year, but you can still stop by Feb. 2, 10am–1pm, to learn about animals in winter, explore groundhog-related crafts and games, enjoy a live animal program, and more.

Check out the full list of exhibits and activities below!

A yellow-spotted salamander is one of many salamander species native to the western half of North Carolina. Photo: Mike Dunn.

Animal Architects
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!

Groundhog Hats
Make 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!



February 2, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Miranda Dowdy