News & Updates

Wolf Trap Shadows

For practicing shadow-hunters, the days surrounding the winter solstice have a special allure. The low flying sun creates the longest shadows.

Beethoven in the Park

250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most beloved composers of all time entered this world and left an indelible mark on it.

Lizard photos II.

The second installment of park photographs taken from a lizard perspective. These are a bit more detail oriented.

Covid Summer

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the summer of 2020 was highly unusual. For the first time in the history of the park, the concert season was cancelled.

World Snake Day

Today, July 16, is the World Snake Day, and that is a good opportunity to update what is happening to Wolf Trap's residential watersnakes.

Welcome to Wetlands

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.

Early Spring Flowers

After a long and colorless winter, everyone welcomes that moment when first colors appear on the still brown-gray ground. It usually comes in early March.

Wolf Trap Mammals

This page will be a repository of mammal photos from the Wolf Trap park (work in progress). For a more comprehensive coverage of our critters, check out the mammal section of the iNaturalist.

Wolf Trap Birds

This page will be a repository of bird photos from the Wolf Trap park (work in progress). For a more comprehensive coverage of our fliers, check out the bird section of the iNaturalist

Wolf Trap Reptiles

This page will be a repository of reptile photos from the Wolf Trap park (work in progress). For a more comprehensive coverage of our crawlers, check out the reptile section of the iNaturalist.

Stump Speech

It is Super Tuesday and that can only mean one thing. The primary season is in full swing and the park is ready.

Art & Nature

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.

Painters in the Park

These days you don't have to be a paintbrush master to create an interesting painting. Software will create it for you from photographs.

Look Up, Look Down

When the Fall hits, there are colors everywhere. Of all the directions you can think of, the two most obvious are straight up and straight down.

Park in Full Fall Colors

If you come to the park in the second half of October, you will witness a true explosion of colors. Foliage in orange, yellow, red, purple... you name it.

Autumn Mood

For those who are tired of green, Autumn provides a welcome relief. The colors of all persuasions dance onto the floor and for a couple of weeks take over.

First Time Campers

Every half year, a group of local 5th and 6th graders gets to spend a weekend in an improvised camp in the park meadow and experience first hand the magic and tranquility of nature.

Up the Creek

In this blog, I will explore the woods upstream the Old Courthouse Spring (that is the smaller of Wolf Trap creeks).

As time goes by…

A series of photos of one group of trees along the gazebo path taken over the course of one year. The shots were taken roughly in one month intervals.

The Early Storm Gets the Worm

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.

Mushroom Hike

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.

Wolf Trap: Behind the scenes

If you enjoyed a concert and are curious what is inside that huge wooden construction of the Filene Center, you may consider the Backstage Tour which the park organizes during the off-season.

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