Bear Mountain Holds Groundhog Day Celebration Feb. 2

Trailside Jack will tell if we’ll have six more weeks of winter

By the Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m., the newest member in the long line of weather-predicting groundhogs from Trailside Museum and Zoo — Trailside Jack — will look for his shadow to indicate whether or not there will be six more weeks of winter this year.

At the Groundhog Day celebration, the park will offer hot chocolate and other refreshments at the Merry-Go-Round and at the Bear Mountain Inn. There will be skating at the ice skating rink, and Trailside Museums and Zoo educators and volunteers will lead kid-friendly crafts and games.

For more information, call 845-786-2701, ext. 265, or visit,, or

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which administers 28 parks, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey.

Since their founding over a century ago, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission has depended on donations as well as public funds for financial support to meet their mission to promote and expand the preservation of natural, historical and cultural resources. These donations enable the commission to conserve and protect open space and wildlife habitats, improve facilities and enhance programs and services for our visitors.

The Palisades Parks Conservancy, Inc., the charitable partner of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission is a freestanding, federally registered nonprofit corporation exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations may be made over its website or by mailing to Palisades Parks Conservancy, Bear Mountain State Park, Administration Building, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. For more information, call 845-786-2701 or send an email.

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