The Park

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap National Park spans 130.28 total gross acres, of which 12. 39 acres are in a scenic easement.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to dusk every day with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Even if there is no performance taking place, the park is still open for your enjoyment!

During the performance season, the park is closed for non-performance recreation from 2 hours prior to show time until one hour after the show concludes. The park is closed from dusk to 7:00 a.m., except to patrons attending authorized events.

While Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is primarily known for its live performances during the summer, the park is open to the public year-round. Backstage tours and other interpretive programs are offered throughout the off-season. The park is an excellent location for picnicking and quiet reflection, as well as hiking on over 2 miles of scenic hiking trails.

Pets, except for service animals, are prohibited in the Filene Center, at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, in picnic areas, and in any area of the park being utilized for an authorized event. Pets are permitted elsewhere in the park, but must be restrained on a leash of no more than six feet in length. Pet owners/handlers are responsible for removing pet excrement.

(useful links)

Wolf Trap NPS (operates the park)
Outdoor Activities
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Park News

Wolf Trap Foundation (operates the theater)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Facility Rentals
Tips for First-Timers

Wolf Trap National Park (the park info on Wikipedia)
Catherine Filene Shouse (the park founder on Wikipedia)
Wolf Trap Wildlife (amateur photos on iNaturalist)

(Wolf Trap trivia/about/news)

Wolf Trap at Dumbarton Oaks (history, photos)
Wolf Trap at Fairfax Country (visitor info)
Wolf Trap at Trip 101 (travel guide)
Wolf Trap at All Trails (info for hikers)

Wolf Trap Fire of 1982
Wolf Trap Farm Park History (pdf: 140 pages)
Wolf Trap Farm Park: Evolution of a partnership (pdf: 91 pages)
Wolf Trap among TOP10 self-operated Amphitheaters

Inside the Trap 2 (interview with VP of Program & Production)
Inside the Trap 3 (interview with Deputy Superintendent)
Inside the Trap 5 (interview with Executive Chef)
Inside the Trap 6 (interview with VP of Opera & Classical)


iNaturalist (photo sharing/identification for nature lovers)
Master Gardeners of NoVa (go with the pros)
Wildlife Society (VA chapter)
Wildlife Center of Virginia (critter hospital)

Northern Virginia Audubon Society (birds)
Virginia Native Plants Society (plants)
Plant NOVA Natives (plants)
Virginia Herpetological Society (reptiles and amphibians)
Mycological Association of Washington, DC (mushrooms)
Virginia Bluebird Society (bluebirds)
Butterfly Society of Virginia (butterflies)

How being outside can improve your health (Quartz)
Health benefits of forest bathing (Quartz)
10 Reasons Why Being in Nature is Good for You (Select Health)
How does Nature impact our wellbeing (U of Minnesota)

(friends of other national parks)

Friends of the Everglades (everglades)
Friends of the Smokies (smoky mountains)
Friends of Congaree Swamp (congaree)
Shenandoah National Park Association (shenandoah)
Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park (mammoth cave)
Friends of Acadia (acadia)
Friends of Hot Springs National Park (hot springs)
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (cuyahoga valley)
Friends of Indiana Dunes (indiana dunes)

Yellowstone Forever (yellowstone)
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (yellowstone)
Friends of Yosemite Valley (yosemite)
Yosemite Conservancy (yosemite)
Rocky Mountains Conservancy (rocky mountain)
Grand Canyon Conservancy (grand canyon)
Grand Canyon National Park Foundation (grand canyon)
Zion Natl Park Forever Project (zion)
Bryce Canyon Natural History Association (bryce canyon)
Friends of the Dunes (great sand dunes)
Washington’s National Park Fund (all washington state)
Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (theodore roosevelt)
Friends of Joshua Tree (joshua tree)

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