Wetlands in the northern part of Wolf Trap have a slightly different feel than the rest of the park. The lush vegetation of this micro-environment exudes the hot and humid atmosphere typically associated with early Summer.
The dual purpose of Wolf Trap as a national park and a musical venue has its blueprint in the personality of its founder, Catherine Filene Shouse. Both nature and arts have always been an integral part of her life.
Most of the time, the two major creeks in the Park, the Wolf Trap Run and the Old Courthouse Spring, are lazily meandering through the woods like a pair of stray lambs. But after a decent storm, they can turn into roaring lions.
Summer is the typical growing season for mushrooms, so they became the focus of the August hike under the tutelage of a Maryland Master Naturalist and the President of the Mycological Association of Washington, William Needham.