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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History to host Groundhog Day celebration

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Festivities will include the presentation of “Lake Erie Eddie”

Folklore states that if a groundhog leaves his den on February 2 and sees his shadow there will be eight more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, there will only be two months of winter left.

Whatever you believe, the Wildlife Staff at the Cleveland Museum of History would like to invite you to participate in “Groundhog Fun Day” on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the museum which is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland.

The event is a one day jump on the official February 2 groundhog day and will feature live animal encounters, history talks about our favorite rodent and face painting. Guests will also have a chance to meet and greet other “Ohio Hibernators” such as snakes and turtles during the live animal programs.

Children will be challenged to make a “Hibernation Passport” by collecting passport stamps after completing a series of activities such as crawling through a tunnel to see their shadow. Those who collect the stamps will receive a free prize.

The highlight of the day will of course be the appearance of the Cleveland Museum of Natural Histories own groundhog “Lake Erie Eddie” who will be featured during his own shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

While at the museum, be sure to visit the Museum’s native Ohio animals in the 2.2 acre Perkins Wildlife Center and Woods Garden. The animals housed there have come to the care of the museum due to injury or abandonment and have survived due to human help. Learn more about nature, biology and conservation with a short walk through the grounds.

“Groundhog Fun Day” is free with Museum admission. Admission fees are: $12 adults; $10 ages 3-18, college students with valid ID and seniors over age 60; free for children 2 and under. Shafran Planetarium shows are $4 with general admission.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle, 15 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. www.cmnh.org

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