Monday, February 1, 2010

Natural Happenings: Groundhogs, Maple Syrup, and Much More

After a month off, we're happy to announce that the Natural Capital master calendar of nature-oriented activities is back up and running, and chock-full for February. Some highlights for this week:

Groundhog Day is on Tuesday, February 2. Punxsutawney Phil has entered the digital era; you can sign up to get a text of his prognostication by texting "Groundhog" to 247365.

Brookside Nature Center is holding Groundhog Day puppet shows at 11:30 and 1:30 Tuesday ($2/person) and Meadowside Nature Center is making Groundhog Day crafts at 9:30 ($5/person). Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is waiting for the weekend, with an event Sunday afternoon at 1:00 ($5/person). Maybe if Punxsatawney Phil comes up with the wrong answer, they can try again then.

Locust Grove Nature Center is kicking off the maple sugaring season with a kids program this Thursday, Feb. 4. On Sunday, Feb. 7, Colvin Run Mill gets in on the action. (It may be a little early for sap to be running, but I'm sure they'll figure something out.) Browse the calendar for lots more sugaring events to come...particularly the free Maple Sugar Festival at Brookside Nature Center on Feb. 20-21. There will be pancakes.

And, as always, folks are leading a boatload of hikes in and around DC this weekend, from the C&O Canal to Shenandoah National Park. Check it out.

Photo credit: Eric Begin; a click takes you to the page on Flickr.