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 first batch of goslings has been sighted at the Park!You can enjoy watching these new babies around our fishing pond...
04/22/2021

The first batch of goslings has been sighted at the Park!

You can enjoy watching these new babies around our fishing ponds, but please remember not to feed them, and give them space. Help keep our Canada Geese safe and healthy.

The first batch of goslings has been sighted at the Park!

You can enjoy watching these new babies around our fishing ponds, but please remember not to feed them, and give them space. Help keep our Canada Geese safe and healthy.

04/19/2021
Time is running out to sign up for our Summer Nature & History Intern Program! Visit https://www.loudoun.gov/1297/Volunt...
03/22/2021

Time is running out to sign up for our Summer Nature & History Intern Program! Visit https://www.loudoun.gov/1297/Volunteering for this year's application. Returning Interns apply by 3/30, new Interns by 4/6.

Students entering 8th-12th grade will assist park staff to accomplish a variety of tasks such as nature study, habitat restoration, demonstrating historic skills, summer camps, and more!

Time is running out to sign up for our Summer Nature & History Intern Program! Visit https://www.loudoun.gov/1297/Volunteering for this year's application. Returning Interns apply by 3/30, new Interns by 4/6.

Students entering 8th-12th grade will assist park staff to accomplish a variety of tasks such as nature study, habitat restoration, demonstrating historic skills, summer camps, and more!

It’s World Frog Day, check out this article from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
03/20/2021
A Look at Two State-Rare Frogs of Virginia

It’s World Frog Day, check out this article from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Barking treefrog (Hyla gratiosa) . Photo by Irvine T. Wilson. Frogs are among the most diverse animals, with more than 7,000 species wordwide. The presence of frogs is often an indicator of the health of the natural environment. They're vital to the food web as an important source of food for many ...

Your input is important!
03/17/2021

Your input is important!

There is still time to tell us how you feel about the countywide Linear Parks & Trails plan for #Loudoun. The survey deadline is March 26! Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSRMGDC

Snakes may not be able to speak, but Sweetie (our resident corn snake) sure knows how to tell us she's hungry. It's a re...
03/11/2021

Snakes may not be able to speak, but Sweetie (our resident corn snake) sure knows how to tell us she's hungry. It's a real treat to see her exploring her home looking for something to munch on.

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Loudoun County Government will be closed Thurs., Feb. 18. All PRCS centers, par...
02/18/2021
Loudoun County, VA

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Loudoun County Government will be closed Thurs., Feb. 18. All PRCS centers, parks and other facilities will be closed.

Thursday, February 18: Loudoun County Government Closed Thursday, Feb. 18

Loudoun County, VA
02/13/2021
Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

PRCS Facilities to Close 4 p.m. Saturday, February 13

PRCS facilities to close at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 13. All programs scheduled after 6 p.m. are canceled.
02/13/2021

PRCS facilities to close at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 13. All programs scheduled after 6 p.m. are canceled.

Update for Saturday, Feb. 13: All recreation centers, community centers, senior centers that are usually open Saturday evenings and parks operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) will close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, and all programs after 6:00 p.m. are canceled.

The county's vaccination site is closed Saturday, Feb. 13. View more details: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6363

02/12/2021

The Virginia Department of Health has announced the launch of a Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System to provide a unified and comprehensive process for people in Virginia to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the Loudoun prescreen survey will close Friday, Feb. 12 at 5:00 p.m. and transition to the statewide system next week.

Read the full details here: http://bit.ly/3aY5Zjr

➡ Loudoun Pre-registration Closing Feb.12 – VDH has directed all local health districts to close their pre-registration forms and surveys at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 to allow for existing registration data to be transferred to the new system. Loudoun County residents will not be able to register for COVID-19 vaccine for a few days.
➡ Previously Submitted Pre-screens - All individuals who previously submitted a pre-screening survey to be vaccinated through the Loudoun County Health Department will be automatically added to the new statewide system. Everyone will maintain their place on our waitlist in Loudoun County. Anyone who has completed a pre-screen survey with Loudoun County does not need to complete a new pre-registration when the state system goes live next week.
➡ New Statewide System Launching Feb. 16- Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 all pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia will go through the new statewide system.
➡ Appointment Scheduling Will Continue- Even with this change, we continue to systematically work through the waitlist of people who have signed up to receive vaccine.
➡ How Loudoun is Prioritizing Vaccination Appointments -The Loudoun County Health Department is required to offer vaccine to people according to Virginia’s vaccine prioritization plans. We are currently in Phase 1a and 1b of this plan. About half of Virginia’s population is currently eligible for vaccine in Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
➡ Estimated Wait Time - At this time, our best estimate is that anyone who submitted a pre-screening survey may have to wait 6 weeks or more from the time of registration before their turn for an appointment comes up. We are starting to schedule appointments for people 65 and over who submitted their pre-screening surveys before 9:30 a.m. on January 15. On January 15, individuals 65 – 74 and those 16-65 with underlying health conditions were added to Phase 1b. As a result, a record number of individuals registered on that day.
➡ Scheduled Appointments and Second Doses - This change will not impact individuals who have already scheduled an appointment or who are waiting to receive a second dose.

Our Box Turtle has decided that today was a good day for a nap.You can see this sleepy fellow and many other native anim...
02/11/2021

Our Box Turtle has decided that today was a good day for a nap.

You can see this sleepy fellow and many other native animals at the Visitor Center, any day of the week from 9am-5pm.

Our Box Turtle has decided that today was a good day for a nap.

You can see this sleepy fellow and many other native animals at the Visitor Center, any day of the week from 9am-5pm.

Loudoun County, VA
02/10/2021
Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

Virtual Public Meeting February 24 on Linear Parks & Trails System

02/08/2021
Claude Moore Park

Park hours are now from 7:00am - 6:00pm.

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.

Congratulations to Victor Dively for winning this month's banner contest. Thank you to everyone who submitted their phot...
02/08/2021

Congratulations to Victor Dively for winning this month's banner contest. Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos.

PRCS facilities will open at noon Sunday, Feb. 7, and programs scheduled before noon are canceled.
02/06/2021

PRCS facilities will open at noon Sunday, Feb. 7, and programs scheduled before noon are canceled.

Due to the forecasted inclement weather on Sunday, February 7, 2021:

▶️ All recreation centers, community centers, senior centers that are usually open on Sundays, and parks operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) will operated on a delayed opening schedule on Sunday, Feb. 7.
➡️ All PRCS facilities will open at noon Sunday, Feb. 7.
➡️ All PRCS programs before noon on Sunday, Feb. 7 are canceled.
➡️ Please continue to monitor the weather forecast and county news and information for any updates on Sunday morning regarding the operations of PRCS facilities Sunday afternoon.

▶️ Loudoun County Animal Services’ animal shelter will be closed Sunday, Feb. 7.

▶️ The Health Department’s COVID-19 call center will be closed Sunday, Feb. 7.

▶️ Branches of the Loudoun County Public Library are currently scheduled to be closed on Sundays.

Get all of the details: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6339

Loudoun County Parks would like to invite you to take part in our new monthly scavenger hunt. Each month a different sca...
02/05/2021

Loudoun County Parks would like to invite you to take part in our new monthly scavenger hunt. Each month a different scavenger hunt will be posted. Feel free to print the hunt out or get one at one of Loudoun County’s parks.

Look for the items in any of our parks or even in your own back yard. Show off your scavenger hunting skills by sending us a picture of what you have found either through Facebook or by email. We look forward to seeing your finds.

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The February Banner Contest will be the final contest for this season's celebration of nature photography at Claude Moor...
02/02/2021

The February Banner Contest will be the final contest for this season's celebration of nature photography at Claude Moore Park!
Rules are as follows:
1. Photo must be in horizontal format.
2. Must be taken in Claude Moore Park.
3. Please post your submissions in the comments below.
The Winner will be chosen on Monday, February 8, at Noon.

Loudoun County Government is open on unscheduled leave status Mon., Feb. 1.
02/01/2021

Loudoun County Government is open on unscheduled leave status Mon., Feb. 1.

Loudoun County Government will be open Mon., Feb. 1, on unscheduled leave status. PRCS facilities will be open with normal operating hours, reduced staff and some program modifications. See PRCS inclement weather guidelines here: https://www.loudoun.gov/5156/PRCS-Inclement-Weather-Closure-Guideline

PRCS facilities will be closed Sunday, Jan. 31.
01/31/2021

PRCS facilities will be closed Sunday, Jan. 31.

Due to the forecasted winter weather, Loudoun County facilities will be closed on Sunday, January 31, 2021. The facilities impacted by Sunday’s closures include the recreation centers, community centers, senior centers and parks operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, and Loudoun County Animal Services’ animal shelter.

The Health Department’s COVID-19 call center will be closed Sunday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 1. And the county’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be closed Monday, February 1; all individuals who had vaccination appointments on Monday have been contacted to reschedule their appointments.

Get all of the details: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6324

Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services
01/22/2021

Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services

This is a reminder to visitors and residents to observe posted hours of operation for #Loudoun County parks. Hours of operation are enforceable under the Loudoun County Code of Ordinances shown here: http://bit.ly/3ca5WmZ. Large group activities in parks require prior approval.

We have been made aware of concerns regarding piles of white powder on our trails. These are marks left by social runnin...
01/21/2021

We have been made aware of concerns regarding piles of white powder on our trails. These are marks left by social running groups. They are typically made with flour, but we cannot guarantee the composition and are working to remove them. Please be advised that this activity is not permitted in the park.

We would like to thank this months submissions for our banner contest.  The winner this month is Keek Ferrence. Here's t...
01/11/2021

We would like to thank this months submissions for our banner contest. The winner this month is Keek Ferrence. Here's to wishing for more snow this winter!

Please join us! Help shape the future of Loudoun County PRCS!
01/11/2021

Please join us! Help shape the future of Loudoun County PRCS!

Please join us! The next (virtual) public meeting about the PRCS Master Plan and results of recent surveys will be held Jan. 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3nls7YZ

You may notice a change next to the Visitor Center in the park. We manage the park so we have different kinds of habitat...
01/08/2021

You may notice a change next to the Visitor Center in the park. We manage the park so we have different kinds of habitats: meadows, forests, wetlands and ponds. Meadows naturally change over time from grassy areas to young forests, as seeds brought there by birds and wind take hold and grow. A variety of grasses and wildflowers grow only in sunny areas and provide homes for specific animals that live in this kind of habitat. Historically, meadows were naturally managed by grazing animals and fire. Today we periodically mow our meadows to maintain them. By spring, the grasses and wildflowers will regrow to provide shelter and food for a variety of birds, insects and mammals.

It's time for the January Banner Contest for this season's celebration of nature photography at Claude Moore Park!Rules ...
01/05/2021

It's time for the January Banner Contest for this season's celebration of nature photography at Claude Moore Park!
Rules are as follows:
1. Photo must be in horizontal format.
2. Must be taken in Claude Moore Park.
3. Please post your submissions in the comments below.
3. Winner will be chosen on Monday, January 11, at Noon.
We look forward to seeing your great shots!

A big thank you to everyone who came out for Marshmallow Madness this afternoon. Here is one of our favorite creations o...
12/29/2020

A big thank you to everyone who came out for Marshmallow Madness this afternoon. Here is one of our favorite creations of the day. What do you think it might be?

12/17/2020

Due to Icy conditions within the park we will be unable to host our lighted nights event this Friday and Saturday (18th and 19th). We apologize for the inconvenience and thank those who have participated so far. We look forward to adding more to this event next year. Happy Holidays!

County Government is open, but on unscheduled leave status Thurs., Dec. 17. PRCS facilities will be open. Inclement weat...
12/17/2020

County Government is open, but on unscheduled leave status Thurs., Dec. 17. PRCS facilities will be open. Inclement weather guidelines can be found at: https://www.loudoun.gov/5156/PRCS-Inclement-Weather-Closure-Guideline

Update 12/16/20 @ 10:26 PM: Loudoun County Government will be open but on unscheduled leave status on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Employees who staff essential 24-hour county operations and other essential services must work as scheduled. More: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6231

12/16/2020

PRCS facilities to close 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

PRCS inclement weather guidelines can be found at https://www.loudoun.gov/.../PRCS-Inclement-Weather...
12/16/2020

PRCS inclement weather guidelines can be found at https://www.loudoun.gov/.../PRCS-Inclement-Weather...

Update 12/15/20 @ 8:08 PM: Loudoun County Government will be open but on unscheduled leave status on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Employees who staff essential 24-hour county operations and other essential services must work as scheduled.

Claude Moore Park will be closed on Friday, December 25.
12/15/2020

Claude Moore Park will be closed on Friday, December 25.

When fishing at our ponds, please be sure to dispose of your litter in the proper receptacles. Help keep our wildlife sa...
12/10/2020

When fishing at our ponds, please be sure to dispose of your litter in the proper receptacles. Help keep our wildlife safe!

Clear your gear!

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21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd
Sterling, VA
20164

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Monday 07:00 - 19:30
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:30
Thursday 07:00 - 19:30
Friday 07:00 - 19:30
Saturday 07:00 - 19:30
Sunday 07:00 - 19:30

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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...
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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.