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Groundhog Day

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2016
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm

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!

Sir Walter Wally the groundhog


History of Groundhog Day
Ever wondered 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.

Groundhog Toss Game
These groundhogs think there are 6 more weeks of winter headed their way. Help them get back in their hole!

Animal Architects
Groundhogs burrow into the earth to create their home. Learn about other animals who build their homes. 

Animals in Winter
Groundhogs hibernate for winter, but what about the other animals we are used to seeing? 

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

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

Groundhog Hats
Get ready for the shadow ceremony by making your own Groundhog Headbands!

Meet the Groundhog
See Sir Walter Wally up close and personal and learn about the importance of wildlife sanctuaries. 



February 2, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Nature Exploration Center
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Miranda Dowdy