Celebrate Groundhog Day in Northern Ohio

Will he see his shadow or not? According to folklore, if it’s cloudy outside when the groundhog emerges from his burrow, he will leave his burrow and winter will end soon.  But, if it is sunny outside he will see his shadow, which sends him back to his burrow and we get six more weeks of winter.

Eddie_175CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Groundhog Fun Day
Saturday, February 1, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
www.cmnh.org

Rouse yourself from wintertime lethargy and visit the Museum for our annual celebration of everything woodchuck! Live animals, fun activities and an appearance by our own Lake Erie Eddie make this event special. Children who complete their “Hibernation Passport” will receive a free prize. Groundhog Fun Day is free with Museum admission.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS

clevemetroparksCome out of hibernation and celebrate Groundhog Day, February 2, with Cleveland Metroparks! According to folklore, it’s the official day the groundhog – also called a woodchuck – awakes from hibernation, climbs out of its burrow and takes a look around. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it means six more weeks of winter and the groundhog (along with everyone else!) hunkers down for six more weeks of cold weather. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then it’s a sign that an early spring is on the way. Let the celebration begin by breaking out the flip-flops and Bermuda shorts!

Spend Groundhog Day with Cleveland Metroparks and learn interesting facts, hear fascinating folklore and make fun crafts. The following programs are free and suitable for all ages:

Drop-In Discovery: Groundhogs
10 a.m. to noon
Brecksville Nature Center ∙ Brecksville Reservation
Stop by and learn about groundhogs and their interesting adaptations. A naturalist will be on hand to answer all your questions. Kids can create a cool groundhog craft and play a game of groundhog bean bag toss.Brecksville Nature Center is located off Chippewa Creek Drive, off the Route 82 entrance of Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com.

Groundhog Day Afternoon Hike
1 – 2 p.m.
Aqueduct Gateway & Trailhead
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
On this two mile hike (paved surface), a naturalist leads a discussion about Groundhog Day weather predictions. Although there’s no guarantee of spotting a groundhog, keep a lookout for other active animals and birds. Aqueduct Gateway & Trailhead is located off Canal Road in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between E.71st Street and Warner Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com.

Groundhogs
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Nature Center ∙ Garfield Park Reservation
Celebrate Groundhog Day at Garfield Park Nature Center! Enjoy a story with a naturalist and make a fun craft to commemorate the day. Garfield Park Nature Center is located off Mill Creek Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information and registration, call 216-341-3152 or visit
clevelandmetroparks.com.

STARK PARKS

stark_parks_logoStark Parks will be offering two days of programs to celebrate Groundhog Day. A Feb. 1 Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway will feature themed activities for the whole family and a chance to meet General Stark II, Stark Parks resident groundhog.

The official proclamation will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Exploration Gateway. General Stark II will check for his shadow to predict how much longer winter will last. A hike will follow to search for signs of spring around Sippo Lake Park with refreshments provided after the hike.

For more information http://www.starkparks.com/articles.asp?id=446

SUMMIT METRO PARKS

summitctymetroparksSaturday, February 01, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: GROUNDHOG
Can groundhogs actually predict the weather? Join wildlife rehabilitator Fran Kitchen and Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about the natural history of these infamous rodents. This is a program for the whole family. Includes a craft, a chance to see a groundhog up close and a short hike, weather permitting. GYH/Pavilion

For more information http://www.summitmetroparks.org

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