Address: 3826 N. Taylor Road
Hanna City, IL 61536

Phone: 309-676-0998

Join us Feb 2 to see if we'll have an early spring!

Groundhog Day at Wildlife Prairie Park

Groundhog Day Recap

Gertie’s Prediction: Gertie saw her shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter! 

Scavenger Hunt Winner: Reagon Pedigo of Mapleton

Live Reading of Gertie Saves The Day

Facebook Live With Gertie’s Prediction

Photos From The Event

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Join us LIVE and cast your vote as Gertie the Groundhog makes her official weather prognostication. Will we have 6 more weeks of Winter or an early Spring? Join us at Visitor’s Center for entertainment, games, and prizes! Make it a staycation and enjoy discounts on one of our many cabin options. Visit the park before the Groundhog Day Event and complete ‘Gertie’s Scavenger Hunt’ for your chance to win a private ‘Meet and Greet’ with one of our Animal Ambassadors!

Park Opens Early at 6 a.m.

Enjoy FREE Park admission from 6 to 9 a.m. All entries at this time are welcome to stay and enjoy the park for the day. Regular admission fees apply after 9 a.m.

What will Gertie see? Come find out!

Schedule of Activities

6 to 9 a.m. – Complimentary warm beverages, crafts, and activities at the Visitor’s Center
6:15 a.m. – Live music and entertainment with local musician Barry Cloyd
7:08 a.m. – Sunrise and Gertie’s official weather prognostication
8:30 a.m. – Deadline for scavenger hunt entries
8:45 a.m. – Announcement of the WINNER of the Gertie’s Scavenger Hunt
9 a.m. – Meet the new pack and wolf feeding at the Wolf Overlook
1 p.m. – Keeper Chat

Gertie's Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt

Can you find 5 photos of Gertie around the park? Pick up a Scavenger Hunt entry form at the Ticket Gate or in the Visitor’s Center and return your completed form to the voter box in the Visitor’s Center by 8:30 a.m. on Groundhog Day. You could win a private Meet and Greet with one of our four Animal Ambassadors!

Scavenger Hunt runs from Friday, January 20 to Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. One entry per person. Winners do not have to be present to win. Winner will be notified and ‘Meet and Greet’ can be scheduled at a later date depending on staff availability.

Meet Gertie!