Wolf Trap Walk & Learn hike

Wolf Trap walk & learn hike

Friends of Wolf Trap will lead an easy walk on the Wolf Trap Trail on Sunday August 6, 2017 at 10 AM.  Meet in front of the Filene Center.  The walk will be for about two hours & will feature the history, culture, and natural aspects of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  Green Spring Master Gardeners will guide hikers through the Woodland Garden behind the Filene Center & explain the plantings.  Questions should be directed to Mike Moran <mjm.9406@cox.net> .

This walk has been inspired by the First Day hike at the park on January 1, 2017 when eighty people from all age groups participated.  We plan to offer these walks the first Sunday of the month starting at 1 PM except during the hot months of July, August, & September when they will start at 10:00 AM.

The Sunday & special event hikes are meeting a demand as reflected in the number of people participating.  The numbers are:

Date    Participants
Jan 1    80
March 5    16 (biodiversity hike; First Sunday hike)
April 2    20
May 7    20
May 14    50 (special Mother’s Day bird hike)

June 4 10

July 2 22 people; 2 dogs


  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts was voted by readers of DC’s City Paper as the Best Outdoor Venue for the 10th year in a row! Congrats to the Wolf Trap Foundation and the park staff!  Being voted Best Outdoor Venue 11 years in a row is practically guaranteed with this summer’s Wolf Trap concert lineup.

First-time Campers at Wolf Trap 22-23 April 2017

The Wolf Trap First Time camper tradition of camping in the rain was continued during the 22-23 April 2017 event.  Twenty-nine Fairfax County 5th & 6th graders including 18 Title I kids participated. Campers learned how to put up their tents and cooked/cleaned up after their meals. The campers participated in archery, fly casting, bird watching, pollinator study, a Filene Center backstage tour, a short hike, & invasive plant removal.  The heavy rain on Saturday did not seem to dampen their enthusiasm.  Fortunately, the rain moved out on Sunday for the hiking, backstage tour, invasive plant removal, & animal antics activities.

Super Activities were presented by: Archery for Scouts, Orvis Tysons, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Green Spring Master Gardeners, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Friends of Wolf Trap

This was the sixth camp out sponsored by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts which are held in the spring & fall outside the performance season.  Great Falls based Boy Scout Troop 55 & Venture Crew 364 youth leaders ran the camp out supported by adult leaders.  Click here for photos of the camp out.

Breaking News: The Wolf Trap First Time Campers Program has been honored with the 2017 Fairfax County Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Service Award in the Volunteer Program category.  Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-11th District) has entered the program into the Congressional Record.

New Years Morning: Wolf Trap First-day Hike January 1, 2017

  • Mike Moran points out a natural feature

Eighty hikers of all ages joined in the First-day hike around Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

FOWT board members Jack Crosby, Mike Moran, & Alan Day led the hike in near perfect clear, sunny weather.  Most of the hikers were unfamiliar with the natural beauty of the park.  Several of them expressed interest in the First-time campers program that FOWT supports.

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Friends of Wolf Trap Vice-Chair Mike Moran worked with Cinnamon Creek Home Owners Association Parkland Maintenance Officer Tom Burnside organize the relocation of a stream crossing on the connector trail with the Wolf Trap trail.  On 19 November 2016 nine volunteers from Cinnamon Creek, Shouse Village, and Wolf Trap Woods build steps into the banks of the stream.  The existing crossing was being badly eroded by the stream and the walkway had become unsafe.

The connector trail allows hikers to safely go from Wolf Trap to the Fairfax Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail.

The CCHA crew: Mark Cohen – CCHA President, Leigh Scott – CCHA Board member, Storm Rhode, Steve – (Storm’s son-in -law), Ken Cameron, Tom Burnside – CCHA Parkland Maintenance Officer; Shouse Village: Kevin Douglas, Mike Moran; Wolf Trap Woods: Luke Bosek.


First-time Campers at Wolf Trap 7-8 October 2016

Friends of Wolf Trap supported the Wolf Trap First-time campers camp out 7-8 October 2016.  63 campers from 5th & 6th Fairfax County schools participated.  Click on the link for more details and photos.


First-time Campers at Wolf Trap 22-23 April 2016

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts sponsored a unique camp out experience for 5th & 6th graders who may have limited camping experience. We have a special permit for camping and campfires at the park.  For photos and write-up of the April 2016 camp out for 1st-time campers and information about the fall camp out click here.


On April 16, Mike Moran, Friends of Wolf Trap, led Bear Den Pack 1139 on a “Nature’s Hide and Seek” trail walk at Wolf Trap National Park of Performing Arts.  Ronalda Meson, an adult volunteer of Friends, assisted and was sweeper. There were 27 people: 20 youths and 7 adults. They were also taught basic hiking principals including leave no trace behind.  The Pack used the Kids-in-the-Park pamphlet check list to self-discover the biodiversity of the trail. They saw a beaver hut, water snake, salamander, turtles, butterflies, variety of trees, flowers and what lives under rocks and old logs. They were shown invasive plants such as garlic mustard and their impact on nature’s ecology. Picture below shows kids catching tadpoles and releasing them. Some of the adults were watching a red tail hawk soaring in the sky.
Cubs Hike 4-16-16

Photos of the Wolf Trap First-time camp out October 2015

Photos of the Wolf Trap First-time camp out 17-18 April 2015

Pilot Wolf Trap First-time camp out 28-29 September 2014