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January 31, 2014

See If Winter Will Continue With Groundhog Day Festivities This Saturday, February 1 At The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum Family Festival

The Heinz Refuge is home to Tinicum Tim the groundhog, who looks for his shadow in honor of Groundhog Day on Saturday, February 1. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Tired of winter? We know.

It’s time to look towards spring with a celebration of Groundhog Day this Saturday, February 1 at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum.

Punxsutawney Phil may be the most well-known groundhog in Pennsylvania thanks to his appearance on the silver screen, and he looks for his shadow on the official Groundhog Day, Sunday, February 2. But in the Philadelphia area, it’s Tinicum Tim who predicts the termination of winter.

Join the Friends of Heinz National Refuge at Tinicum on Saturday for the Groundhog Day Family Festival to see what our region’s groundhog forecasts.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. with a guided Groundhog Walk through the nature preserve, continues with indoor activities at the visitor’s center starting at 10 a.m.

Bring the family to enjoy crafts, groundhog-themed games, costumed characters, visiting animals from the Philadelphia Zoo and more.

At 12:45 p.m., parade to a burrow-side ceremony to see if Tinicum Tim will emerge, and if he’ll see his shadow.

Remember, if the groundhog sees its shadow and burrows back into the ground, the prediction is for six more weeks of bad weather. Let’s hope for cloudy weather on Saturday and Sunday, folks.

Fingers crossed for an early spring!

Friends of Heinz National Refuge at Tinicum Groundhog Day Family Festival
When: Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost: Free
More info: www.friendsofheinzrefuge.org

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