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.

Operating as usual

The recent rains have brought out a multitude of mushrooms to Claude Moore Park. Do you have any fungi pictures to share...
09/07/2020

The recent rains have brought out a multitude of mushrooms to Claude Moore Park. Do you have any fungi pictures to share from a recent excursion in the park?

The weather forecast for this weekend looks like it will be a great time to take a hike and check out our latest story s...
09/05/2020

The weather forecast for this weekend looks like it will be a great time to take a hike and check out our latest story stroll.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Family Fishing Day this Sunday, due to lack of registrations. Please keep in mi...
09/04/2020

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Family Fishing Day this Sunday, due to lack of registrations. Please keep in mind that during Covid-19, you must pre-register for all CMP programs by 4pm the business day before the event.

Claude Moore Park's cover photo
09/04/2020

Claude Moore Park's cover photo

The Visitor Center Office and Discovery Room will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. The Park...
09/04/2020

The Visitor Center Office and Discovery Room will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. The Park Grounds are open regular hours, 7am-8pm.

Everyone wish our Box Turtle a very Happy Birthday! She turned 7 today, so she is now considered a young adult in turtle...
08/27/2020

Everyone wish our Box Turtle a very Happy Birthday! She turned 7 today, so she is now considered a young adult in turtle years.

It's our first monarch caterpillar of the year! Stop by the Visitor Center Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm to check i...
08/21/2020

It's our first monarch caterpillar of the year! Stop by the Visitor Center Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm to check its progress into a butterfly.

All of our Green Frog tadpoles have metamorphosed and have been eating well and growing! Here is a rare glimpse of them ...
08/18/2020

All of our Green Frog tadpoles have metamorphosed and have been eating well and growing! Here is a rare glimpse of them all waiting together for their lunch. How many can you see?

08/15/2020
National Honey Bee Day Montage

In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, please enjoy our video montage of our hives over the last few months.

Happy National Honey Bee Day!Honey bees play a very important role in nature as pollinators. They also provide honey to ...
08/15/2020
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Happy National Honey Bee Day!

Honey bees play a very important role in nature as pollinators. They also provide honey to eat and beeswax to create various products from.

Claude Moore Park recently created a bee yard in March with multiple hives. A volunteer, who is a member of the Loudoun Beekeepers Association, is helping us manage them and we have created some videos to show what we have been up to. If you haven't yet, please check them out. Today we have put together a montage of the last few months at the hives for you to enjoy.

Did you know the Loudoun Beekeepers Association has a website with loads of information and resources available? Check them out at https://www.loudounbee.org.

DISCOVER YOUR OUTDOORS!

Our August Story Stroll is up and ready to be experienced. Come walk the trail and learn about the wildlife that live ar...
08/05/2020

Our August Story Stroll is up and ready to be experienced. Come walk the trail and learn about the wildlife that live around the cattails. Then, see if you can find any of them around our ponds!

We would like to introduce the newest members of the CMP family.  Here are the green frogs, which came to us in tadpole ...
07/20/2020

We would like to introduce the newest members of the CMP family. Here are the green frogs, which came to us in tadpole form, in their new habitat. We will do the best we can to give them a great home as they are unable to be released back into the wild. Unfortunately, they can't be visited yet but we will keep you updated on how they are doing!

07/02/2020

Claude Moore Park Visitor Center will be closed July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July. The park itself will remain open as will the restroom of the Visitor Center, 7am-8:30pm.

Time for another weekend scavenger hunt!  Good luck finding this Squirrely character.  Take a pic and share below when y...
06/26/2020

Time for another weekend scavenger hunt! Good luck finding this Squirrely character. Take a pic and share below when you find them!

Our first official Story Stroll is up at its permanent location.  Come out for a leisurely walk behind the Visitor Cente...
06/18/2020

Our first official Story Stroll is up at its permanent location. Come out for a leisurely walk behind the Visitor Center and check out the story on the way. We will be changing the story at least once a month. We hope you enjoy this new feature! We would also like to thank the Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition for help in the construction of this project!

Camp registration has been opened.  Unfortunately we cannot offer our complete summer camp lineup but we do have some gr...
06/15/2020

Camp registration has been opened. Unfortunately we cannot offer our complete summer camp lineup but we do have some great ones still available. Spaces are limited to account for social distancing. Please call 571-258-3700 if you have any questions.

Don't be a slow-poke for the next scavenger hunt! Find this item hidden by tall grasses where turtles like to visit.  Ta...
06/13/2020

Don't be a slow-poke for the next scavenger hunt! Find this item hidden by tall grasses where turtles like to visit. Take a hike and see if you can find it. Post a photo in the comments section, but don't say where it is though so others can find it. Please remember to practice social distancing while you are searching. Good Luck!

Toasting marshmallows is one of our favorite things to do here at the park and a few of us have been debating which type...
06/12/2020

Toasting marshmallows is one of our favorite things to do here at the park and a few of us have been debating which type is the best. Comment below and let us know what you think!

06/11/2020
Beekeeping Apparel and Tools

On one of your walks in the park recently, you may have seen some beekeepers in some interesting outfits and wondered what that's all about. Join us in the Bee Yard as we briefly discuss the most common clothing beekeepers wear and the tools they use while working on the hives.

This week for our Creature Feature we want to highlight an unlucky gosling who broke their foot.  We are very thankful t...
06/09/2020

This week for our Creature Feature we want to highlight an unlucky gosling who broke their foot. We are very thankful to the visitor who contacted us when they saw this gosling injured and abandoned. We were able to contain it and get it care at Great Falls Animal Hospital. There it will be able to be sent to a rehab facility and hopefully recover.

The next scavenger hunt is on!  We have hidden this fox near a den in the park.  Come take a hike and see if you can fin...
06/06/2020

The next scavenger hunt is on! We have hidden this fox near a den in the park. Come take a hike and see if you can find it. If you do please post photos in the comments section. Don't say where it is though so others can find it. Please remember to practice social distancing while you are out and about. Good Luck!

For some clean dirt related play here is a good mud playdough recipe we found.  Let us know if it works out for you!
06/03/2020
Digging for Bugs in the 'Mud' - I Can Teach My Child!

For some clean dirt related play here is a good mud playdough recipe we found. Let us know if it works out for you!

We're beginning a brand-new CAMPING thematic unit! The one thing that I like the least about camping is all the bugs...but they seem to be absolutely

Last Saturday we had planned to have our first annual DIRT DAY.  This free program was meant to celebrate soil and all t...
06/01/2020

Last Saturday we had planned to have our first annual DIRT DAY. This free program was meant to celebrate soil and all the great things in and around it and of course playing in the mud. While you may not have a large space like this to play in you can always get a tray, bucket, or small pool to fill with mud and watch children come alive! We will be posting some activity ideas this week so keep a look out.

We have decided to keep the weekend scavenger hunts going!  This time can you find the insects by our hidden pond?  Post...
05/29/2020

We have decided to keep the weekend scavenger hunts going! This time can you find the insects by our hidden pond? Post your pics below when you find it! Good luck!

A lot of you got the answer right yesterday so great job!  We circled the Blue Heron in the back of the picture.  The he...
05/29/2020

A lot of you got the answer right yesterday so great job! We circled the Blue Heron in the back of the picture. The heron is out hunting for fish by staying extremely still. After a while the fish will not see it as a threat and as it swims by that is when the heron strikes!

On this week's find the fauna a creature is hiding in the pond.  Can you find it!  Answer will be posted tomorrow.  Good...
05/28/2020

On this week's find the fauna a creature is hiding in the pond. Can you find it! Answer will be posted tomorrow. Good luck and Discover your Outdoors!

05/27/2020
Bee upkeep

Yesterday we had a bit of upkeep on the bee hives. We checked our original package hive to see how things were going. The queen was not accepted so we are attempting to introduce some capped brood from another hive. Hopefully with this move a new queen will be generated from the transplanted brood. Wish us luck!

05/26/2020
Tree frog -hand fed

On this weeks creature feature we have one of our grey tree frogs being hand fed. These guys grew up with us in captivity as they were left with us as tadpoles. Since they were not from the park we could not release them to the wild as it could be damaging to them or the already established population. These frogs are amazing climbers and will hide in the nooks and crannies of trees waiting for insects to come by. Ours, on the other hand, are a bit spoiled 😊

This is a photo of a memory tree in honor of a local who passed in the line of duty.  While this tree may be in memory o...
05/25/2020

This is a photo of a memory tree in honor of a local who passed in the line of duty. While this tree may be in memory of one individual, today we would like to remember all the men and women that have lost their lives in service to our country.

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21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd
Sterling, VA
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Monday 07:00 - 20:30
Tuesday 07:00 - 20:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 20:30
Thursday 07:00 - 20:30
Friday 07:00 - 20:30
Saturday 07:00 - 20:30
Sunday 07:00 - 20:30

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The snakes are waking up! Saw this guy swim across the pond and snake his way up the brush. What kind of snake could it be? I'll post another video in the comments.
So there are foxes hanging out there, WOW!!
When I returned from walking my puppy, Found this critter stalking my front entry for its meal.
Given the passage of HB638/SB526, that went into affect July 1st, does Claude Moore now allow drones to be flown safely and following all federal rules? In case you're not familiar with the language of the bill it is as follows: “§ 15.2-926.3. Local regulation of certain aircraft. No political subdivision may regulate the use of a privately owned, unmanned aircraft system as defined in § 19.2-60.1 within its boundaries. Nothing in this section shall permit a person to go or enter upon land owned by a political subdivision solely because he is in possession of an unmanned aircraft system if he would not otherwise be permitted entry upon such land."
A recent shot of a Red Shoulder Hawk...
We welcome comments on our page. Please follow the link to our social media comment policy before you post http://bit.ly/2ob1smx.
I don't know anything about the park...new to the area--what's the lowdown?
I recently heard there is a place for kids to play and get dirty here. Where would that be?
We're just a *little* obsessed with the discovery Grove around here. My 23 month old loves every feature. This mama likes digging in the dirt and allowing the boy to play freely and safely. Seriously, the greatest idea ever.