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Celebrate the groundhog with a special story and hike at Cromwell Valley Park

A groundhog caught with a snack!
A groundhog caught with a snack!
Wikipedia Commons, Public Domain, D. Gordon E. Robertson

The new year has brought the full intensity of winter – demonstrated by the polar vortex. Again the single digit temperatures and accumulating snows have returned. The groundhog is our hope for early spring Tradition tells us that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, winter continues for six extra weeks of winter. We hope the groundhog announces the arrival of spring.

Wake Up Mr. Woodchuck
On Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cromwell Valley Park is offering Wake Up Mr. Woodchuck at the Willow Grove Nature Education Center. This program is suitable for ages 4 and older with an adult.

The cost is $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required as walk-ins are not allowed.

Join a special reading of the book “Groundhog Gets Say”. Learn about the life and habits of the groundhog, and check out the park’s groundhogs as you take a winter hike. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.

What You Need to Know
Cromwell Valley Park is located on 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road. The Main Visitor Entrance is at Willow Grove Farm (second gate). Click here for directions to the park.

There are many family activities suited to children and their families available at Cromwell Valley Park, many of them are interactive or hands-on. Some activities include hiking, camping, gardening, and crafts.

Adults and seniors can join the fun through seminars, classes, sales, and other events.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset 7 days per week, 365 days of the year. Admission to Cromwell Valley Park is free to the public, although some programs require a registration fee.

Become a member by clicking here for the membership form.

Willow Grove Nature Education Center
The Willow Grove Nature Education Center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. most weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays. Hours are dependent on outdoor programs and available staff, so call ahead to see if they are open.

According to the Cromwell Valley Park, the Willow Grove Nature Education Center “offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn about nature, farming, local history, and conservation awareness.”
Also, visit the reptiles, amphibians, and mammals native to Maryland.

Check out the Cromwell Valley Park for Wake Up Mr. Woodchuck on Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Further information about the Cromwell Valley Park can be found at the link below.

Have a great day!

Cromwell Valley Park
2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21234

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