Groundhog Day 2020

  • Sunday, February 02, 2020
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sir Walter Wally the groundhog

Meet Sir Walter Wally the groundhog and get his prognostication for the next six weeks!

The Shadow Ceremony is at noon on the Bicentennial Plaza, right in front of the Museum. Come out and see whether Wally can continue his climb up the Weather Channel’s prestigious list of top “Groundhogs to Watch”!


Animal Architects
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Groundhogs burrow into the earth to create their home. Learn about other animals that build their homes in the ground.

Animals in Winter
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Groundhogs hibernate for winter, but how do other animals survive the cold?

Groundhog Hats
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Get ready for the shadow ceremony by making your own groundhog headbands!

Groundhog Toss Game
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
These groundhogs think there are six more weeks of winter headed their way. Help them get back in their burrow!

History of Groundhog Day
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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.

How Snakes Survive the Winter
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Reptiles depend on their environment to stay warm, so what do they do when it gets cold?

Meet the Groundhog
Denise Shaduck Wildlife Rehabilitation
See Sir Walter Wally up close and learn about the importance of wildlife sanctuaries.

Signs of Spring
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Ready for warmer weather? Find out what signs nature provides when spring is on its way!

Squirrels of NC
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Mammal Research Collection
We will have specimens representing the seven species in the squirrel family occurring in NC.  We’ll be providing some basic information on their natural history, as well as some little known facts.

 *Plus, don’t miss our amazing lineup of Windows on the World presentations on the third floor of the Nature Exploration Center. These programs feature live animals in an exciting, kid-friendly format.

Note: Groundhog Day may cause our 3D movie schedule to change without notice. Please call the Box Office for the latest schedule at 919.707.9950.



February 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Hugo Romero-Sanchez