For more than 125 years, Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting when the winter season will end. Groundhog Day marks winter's halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Whether you are looking forward to spring or enjoying the winter season, don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the storied tradition of Groundhog Day with Cleveland Metroparks on February 1 - 2.
A hike will get your heart beating in the chilly weather, and is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of our frozen winter-wonderland. On Sunday, February 1, join naturalist Wendy Weirich for a Groundhog's Eve Hike at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve from 2 - 3:30 p.m. This hike will cover two miles of mostly flat land, and celebrates the beauty of our ice-covered lakefront. On Groundhog Day, the Get Out and Get Active Hike covers the trails of Big Creek Reservation with naturalist Mark Warman from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Dress for the weather as this out-and-back hike follows the all-purpose trail for four miles. Meet at the Snow Road picnic shelter.
Although Punxsutawney Phil will be busy predicting the weather, some of his fellow groundhogs may be found in Cleveland Metroparks. Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield's Finding Phil: The Quest for the Ultimate Groundhog walkabout and search for groundhogs in Rocky River Reservation. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to hear groundhog folklore and history while searching for tracks during this winter hike through the woods. To embark on the quest to find Phil, meet at Rocky River Nature Center from 1 - 2 p.m. on Monday, February 2.
While there may be six more weeks of winter, there's no need to hibernate. Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow, come out and play in Cleveland Metroparks. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com for more event information.
Sue Allen (216) 635-3338
Stephanie Winget (216) 635-3274