Claude Moore Park

Claude Moore Park Claude Moore Park contains a blend of natural habitats, historic areas, educational opportunities, and active recreational facilities. On our page we share wildlife information, program and event updates, and many other activities happening at the Park.
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Claude Moore Park contains a blend of natural habitats, historic areas, educational opportunities and active recreation facilities. Native warm season grass and wildflower meadows, old-growth and transition woodlands, wetlands and ponds are peaceful settings for hiking, photography, bird watching, and exploring nature. Historic buildings, a Colonial-era road, interpretive displays, and a Civil War signal station site encourage a glimpse of the past. The Visitor Center is a great place to begin your visit and select maps, brochures, and calendars of events and programs. Learn more from displays, field guides, and helpful staff and volunteers. The Visitor Center Discovery Room is a hands-on children’s nature area with artifacts, books, puzzles, and live turtles, tree frogs, a catfish and a corn snake.

Our Visitor Center is a great place to stop into with the family! Open daily from 9 am - 5 pm, there are live native ani...
11/10/2019

Our Visitor Center is a great place to stop into with the family! Open daily from 9 am - 5 pm, there are live native animals to observe, nature displays and games, and coloring pages.

Don't forget! Today, Saturday, November 9, from 1-3 pm Frogshackle Nature Center cabin and the historic Lanesville House...
11/09/2019

Don't forget! Today, Saturday, November 9, from 1-3 pm Frogshackle Nature Center cabin and the historic Lanesville House will be open. We'd love to see you there!

Please enjoy these photos was last Tuesday's "Feeding Time!" program! The animals certainly enjoyed themselves....
11/08/2019

Please enjoy these photos was last Tuesday's "Feeding Time!" program! The animals certainly enjoyed themselves....

Every year the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) comes to Claude Moore Park to stock our two large...
11/07/2019

Every year the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) comes to Claude Moore Park to stock our two large ponds. Today was the day! We now have 120 additional channel catfish in the Upper Pond (Frogshackle Pond) and 100 additional in the Lower Pond (Wildlife Pond)!

Today was another Revolutionary War Day event at Claude Moore Park.  Sterling Elementary joined us for a fun day of lear...
11/06/2019

Today was another Revolutionary War Day event at Claude Moore Park. Sterling Elementary joined us for a fun day of learning what life was like during the late 1700's in wartime in America. We finished the program with a soldier demonstrating and firing his flint lock musket!

On Saturday, November 9 from 1-3 pm Claude Moore Park is hosting its monthly free open houses! The large white historic ...
11/06/2019

On Saturday, November 9 from 1-3 pm Claude Moore Park is hosting its monthly free open houses! The large white historic Lanesville House and Frogshackle Nature Center cabin will both be open. Why not come to the Park for an autumn stroll and stop in? Call 571-258-3700 for more information.

It's Election Day! Don't forget to get out and vote at your local polling location!
11/05/2019

It's Election Day! Don't forget to get out and vote at your local polling location!

Daylight Savings Time is ending and the days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, November 4, the gates at Claude Mo...
11/03/2019

Daylight Savings Time is ending and the days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, November 4, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 5:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.

Happy 240th Birthday Lanesville House! Back in the 1770s this single room house, two stories tall with a loft, referred ...
11/02/2019

Happy 240th Birthday Lanesville House! Back in the 1770s this single room house, two stories tall with a loft, referred to as a half-house and separate kitchen building were built. In 1779 the area of land on which the house sits was conveyed to William Lane from Frances and Elizabeth Barnes. In this sketch, the smaller building in the back shows the kitchen. The larger building is the main house. If you face the front of Lanesville house today, this older section is the left side of the house.
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Just a reminder that Claude Moore Park is closed on Thanksgiving Day so that staff can enjoy time with friends and famil...
11/01/2019

Just a reminder that Claude Moore Park is closed on Thanksgiving Day so that staff can enjoy time with friends and family.

Some of the Visitor Center animals dressed up today! Don't worry, they only had their costumes on for a photo op.
10/31/2019

Some of the Visitor Center animals dressed up today! Don't worry, they only had their costumes on for a photo op.

Here's a recently laid Carolina Mantis egg case! One of our instructors discovered it during a recent nature field trip ...
10/30/2019

Here's a recently laid Carolina Mantis egg case! One of our instructors discovered it during a recent nature field trip at Claude Moore Park. The Carolina Mantis is a native species to our area so it's always great to find these!

Frogshackle pond in fall, 10/29/19
10/29/2019

Frogshackle pond in fall, 10/29/19

Be aware. Poison Ivy can still cause a rash- even in the fall in winter. So, if you see those "leaves of three" in beaut...
10/28/2019

Be aware. Poison Ivy can still cause a rash- even in the fall in winter. So, if you see those "leaves of three" in beautiful reds and yellows, still "let them be."

Everyone loves red foliage in the fall, right?
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) has lovely fall color and white berries for the birds. Unfortunately for humans, all parts of this native plant, even leafless (and hairy) stems in winter, can cause a rash. Leave this wildlife-friendly vine in the woods, and learn to avoid contact with it. Leaves of three, leave it be!

The days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, October 28, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 6:30 pm....
10/27/2019

The days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, October 28, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 6:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.

Did you know this is International Bat Week? See what it’s all about!
10/26/2019

Did you know this is International Bat Week? See what it’s all about!

October 24-31 is Bat Week! This annual, international week was created to celebrate the role of bats in nature.

The bats in our area are insectivores and help us keep insect populations in check.

They save billions of dollars in pesticide use and keep agricultural costs down.

Though they are a rabies vector species and we never recommend touching or handling bats directly, the chance of any individual bat having rabies is less than 0.5%.

Despite all of these benefits they provide for us, we are not doing enough to help our bats. We are losing massive numbers to White-nose syndrome, habitat loss, wind turbines, and intentional disruption of their roosting sites.

Help bats by educating others on the important role they play. Never disturb or intentionally harm bats. Put up a bat house - or better yet, promote their natural habitat by leaving dead/dying trees in areas where they will not be a hazard.

For more information, check out the Bat Week website at https://batweek.org/.

Hickory trees are about at their peak for fall colors at Claude Moore Park! Look for their bright yellow leaves when you...
10/25/2019

Hickory trees are about at their peak for fall colors at Claude Moore Park! Look for their bright yellow leaves when you visit the Park over the next week.

Claude Moore Park's cover photo
10/24/2019

Claude Moore Park's cover photo

Yesterday's Revolutionary War Day for private and homeschool students was a huge success! An added bonus was the amazing...
10/24/2019

Yesterday's Revolutionary War Day for private and homeschool students was a huge success! An added bonus was the amazing fall weather. Please enjoy a few photos from the day.

Today's the Day, Revolutionary War Day that is! Today's event for homeschool and private school students runs from 10 am...
10/23/2019

Today's the Day, Revolutionary War Day that is! Today's event for homeschool and private school students runs from 10 am - 1 pm. You can register in person this morning beginning at 9:15 am if you haven't already registered online. Park in the Visitor Center parking lot. Call 571-258-3700 for more information. $3.50 per person over age 3. We hope to see you there!

Beautiful fall colors are appearing at Claude Moore Park! These shots are from a maple near the Visitor Center.
10/22/2019

Beautiful fall colors are appearing at Claude Moore Park! These shots are from a maple near the Visitor Center.

Here's a puzzle for you: Can you identify the tree this leaf came from? The tree trunk bark picture is the from the same...
10/21/2019

Here's a puzzle for you: Can you identify the tree this leaf came from? The tree trunk bark picture is the from the same type of tree. And, can you identify the strange raised bumps all over the leaf? Let us know your guesses! The answer will be revealed soon...

Our juvenile box turtle is just about full grown now. We recently moved her into a larger enclosure to be sure she has e...
10/20/2019

Our juvenile box turtle is just about full grown now. We recently moved her into a larger enclosure to be sure she has enough space to roam. So far she seems quite at home- although one of her favorite activities is putting her substrate into her water!

Our Visitor Center Discovery Room is a great place to stop by on a cool fall day! Full of interesting nature displays, b...
10/19/2019

Our Visitor Center Discovery Room is a great place to stop by on a cool fall day! Full of interesting nature displays, books, activities, and live animals, families can explore here 9 am - 5 pm daily.

Our new series of homeschool classes begins soon!
10/18/2019

Our new series of homeschool classes begins soon!

A milkweed pod in October at Claude Moore Park
10/17/2019

A milkweed pod in October at Claude Moore Park

Revolutionary War Day is only one week away! There's still time to register online. You can also register the day of the...
10/16/2019

Revolutionary War Day is only one week away! There's still time to register online. You can also register the day of the event.

Did you know that we sometimes use trail cameras to help us monitor wildlife activity at Claude Moore Park? This shot fr...
10/15/2019

Did you know that we sometimes use trail cameras to help us monitor wildlife activity at Claude Moore Park? This shot from a couple of years ago was taken on the hill in Discovery Grove. Apparently it's quite a popular spot after dark, with coyotes, red fox, possum, and deer visiting!

Wondering where and when to see the fall foliage at peak? The U.S. Forest Service provides information including the 201...
10/14/2019

Wondering where and when to see the fall foliage at peak? The U.S. Forest Service provides information including the 2019 Fall Foliage Map for the entire U.S. Learn more at: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/fall-colors

Every year the USDA Forest Service hosts a #FallColors webpage full of useful information about where and when to see fall colors in your part of the country. https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/fall-colors

Looks like a Carolina mantis is trying to get into one of our buildings at Claude Moore Park! Is it trying to find a war...
10/13/2019

Looks like a Carolina mantis is trying to get into one of our buildings at Claude Moore Park! Is it trying to find a warm place for the fall and winter? What would you write as a caption (family friendly please) for this picture?

When most people see one of these, they get far away fast. What is it? It's a hornet nest (which is a type of social was...
10/12/2019

When most people see one of these, they get far away fast. What is it? It's a hornet nest (which is a type of social wasp)! Although they have a painful sting and will defend their territory, paper wasps are voracious predators of several residential and agricultural pests. If a nest is in an area frequented by Park visitors, we do remove the nest. Otherwise, we let them be. 🐝

Did you know that the first detailed map of Loudoun County  was surveyed and drawn by Yardley Taylor in 1852-53? You can...
10/11/2019
Yardley-Taylor Map of Loudoun County, Dated 1853 | History of Loudoun County, Virginia

Did you know that the first detailed map of Loudoun County was surveyed and drawn by Yardley Taylor in 1852-53? You can see it on the Loudoun History site! Can you find where Claude Moore Park is on it? (https://www.loudounhistory.org/map-yardley-taylor-1854/ )

The first detailed map of Loudoun County — or of any part of the Virginia Piedmont or Northern Virginia — was surveyed and drawn by Yardley Taylor in 1852-53. Taylor's 36-by-51-inch "Map of Loudoun County, Virginia, from Actual Surveys". The worth of Taylor's map rests in its detail.

Our annual Rev War Day for private and home school students is just around the corner! For more information, see  our ev...
10/10/2019

Our annual Rev War Day for private and home school students is just around the corner! For more information, see our events section.

Can you identify this interesting insect who was crossing the sidewalk in front of our Visitor Center? Let us know who y...
10/09/2019

Can you identify this interesting insect who was crossing the sidewalk in front of our Visitor Center? Let us know who you think it is!

Ever wonder about the history of Sterling, VA? Then read this interesting article by John Toler in 2009. While some of t...
10/08/2019
Sterling Virginia – Early History | History of Loudoun County, Virginia

Ever wonder about the history of Sterling, VA? Then read this interesting article by John Toler in 2009. While some of the information in the article has become outdated, it does give a great glimpse into life in our area in days gone by! see https://www.loudounhistory.org/history/sterling-guilford-early-history/

For many years, "Old Sterling" was an active commercial center in eastern Loudoun, off Church Road along the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. From the mid-1800s until the years leading up to the Great Depression, Old Sterling — originally called "Guilford" and later, "Loudoun" — compe...

Join us on Saturday, October 12 for our Bugs Campfire! We'd love to see you there! Call 571-258-3700 for more informatio...
10/07/2019

Join us on Saturday, October 12 for our Bugs Campfire! We'd love to see you there! Call 571-258-3700 for more information.

The days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, October 7, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 7:00 pm. ...
10/06/2019

The days are getting shorter! Starting on Monday, October 7, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open until 7:00 pm. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.

Fall is a great time to plan a hike at Claude Moore Park! Stop by our Visitor Center for a map to plan your family outin...
10/06/2019

Fall is a great time to plan a hike at Claude Moore Park! Stop by our Visitor Center for a map to plan your family outing! The Visitor Center is open daily 9 am - 5 pm.

Family Fishing and Archery are just around the corner! Join us on Saturday, 10/19! Remember to preregister at loudoun.go...
10/05/2019

Family Fishing and Archery are just around the corner! Join us on Saturday, 10/19! Remember to preregister at loudoun.gov/webtrac .

It's just about that time of the year when the white tailed deer begin their mating season. Please be careful when drivi...
10/04/2019

It's just about that time of the year when the white tailed deer begin their mating season. Please be careful when driving near Claude Moore Park and other areas with deer as they are more prone to run across roadways during this time.

Don't forget! We have our free monthly open houses this Saturday, October 5 from 1-3 pm. Lanesville House and Frogshackl...
10/03/2019

Don't forget! We have our free monthly open houses this Saturday, October 5 from 1-3 pm. Lanesville House and Frogshackle Nature Center will be open and, weather permitting, we'll have a Revolutionary War reenactor present to show and talk about Colonial muskets! We'd love to see you there! Call 571-258-3700 for more information.

We've brought in  a number of Monarch caterpillars this year! Most have been successfully raised, hatched and released. ...
10/02/2019

We've brought in a number of Monarch caterpillars this year! Most have been successfully raised, hatched and released. Two of our remaining chrysalis emerged as butterflies yesterday and one remains.

10/01/2019
Delicious Cornmeal Pancakes From The 18th Century

YUM! Are you feeling Colonial? This video demonstrates a recipe by Amelia Simmons, the author of what's considered to be the first American published cookbook. If you try this recipe, let us know what you think!

Today's recipe is from Amelia Simmons' 1796 cookbook, "American Cookery." These delicious pancakes were called "Indian Slapjacks" because the recipe used cor...

If you want to see the winning photos from the Friends of Claude Moore Park's recent Photo Expo, they will be on display...
09/30/2019

If you want to see the winning photos from the Friends of Claude Moore Park's recent Photo Expo, they will be on display at Franklin Arts Center

Another wonderful year for the FCMP Photo Expo! The first place images are on display for the next month at Franklin Park Arts Center! Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make this year run so well! And thank you to all the photographers who entered and shared such beautiful images with us all!

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21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd
Sterling, VA
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Tuesday 07:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:30
Thursday 07:00 - 17:30
Friday 07:00 - 17:30
Saturday 07:00 - 17:30
Sunday 07:00 - 17:30

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