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.

An important reminder to stay safe and respect closure signs!
03/27/2020

An important reminder to stay safe and respect closure signs!

With warmer weather in the forecast, Loudoun County officials are reminding residents that public school campuses and facilities, and features at Loudoun County parks, such as playgrounds, athletic fields and courts, remain closed.

While Loudoun County parks have remained open for trail and leisure use, playgrounds, athletic courts and fields at both county-operated parks and Loudoun County Public Schools are closed to help residents maintain social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of germs, including those that cause COVID-19.

Signs pertaining to the closures have been posted on Loudoun County Public School campuses and at Loudoun County parks. Residents and businesses are subject to restrictions in compliance with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 53, which is in effect until at least April 23, 2020. More information on the local impacts of the governor’s executive order was published in the county’s March 23 news release.

If Loudoun residents observe a potential violation of the order, they are encouraged to call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) non-emergency number at 703-777-1021.

Violations of the governor’s order (paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 6) are a misdemeanor, which carry a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

LCSO, with authorization from the respective Homeowners Association (HOA), may enforce “No Trespassing” on HOA-owned property, including playgrounds, basketball courts or other athletic facilities where signs are posted that these areas are closed.

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.

• Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.

• Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19.

Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email to [email protected].

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03/27/2020
DGIF CPO K9 School Update: Tracks and Trails

Ok so this is a little different topic of post for us, but it is very interesting and involves conservation. Please enjoy this video on K9 Conservation Police Officer training from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The DGIF does many things to support conservation of wildlife including stocking ponds and lakes ( including here at Claude Moore Park), conducting classes for the public, school visits, and enforcing conservation laws. The dogs they train and work with are vital to their work. Enjoy watching these enthusiastic canines in training!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DNguMkAYlc

"Each dog is different. Working with your dog is something that takes a lot of time. You have to have a lot of patience, but knowing the end result of the ca...

On a walk today through some areas of the Park we spotted many signs of plants and animals waking up and becoming more a...
03/26/2020

On a walk today through some areas of the Park we spotted many signs of plants and animals waking up and becoming more active! By the ponds, Canada Geese, a male Mallard, and a (noisy) red winged blackbird went about their daily business. On other trails, I spied a Robin gathering nesting material, sparrows, cardinals and a very noisy Pileated Woodpecker. What signs of spring are you seeing and hearing in your neighborhood?
Have a great day! Your friends at Claude Moore Park

The red buds at Claude Moore Park are getting ready to blossom! Spring is here!
03/26/2020

The red buds at Claude Moore Park are getting ready to blossom! Spring is here!

Here’s some FUN Virginia nature activities for you and your kids to keep busy with! Compliments of the Virginia Departme...
03/25/2020

Here’s some FUN Virginia nature activities for you and your kids to keep busy with! Compliments of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries! Check out their link and find resources like “Does my Yard Have a Temperature?” , “Critter Crowds” and more!

Looking for things for the kids to do? Check out DGIF's Teacher Resource page for a fun coloring page, backyard seek and find, and great wildlife worksheets! Visit: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/education/resources-for-teachers/ and check out "Lessons to Do at Home."

03/24/2020
The Earth Conservation Corps

And here’s another opportunity for parents and children to learn about some native raptors! The Earth Conservation Corps will be doing daily programs Tuesday through Friday this week at 9:30 am. Click their link to find out more!

Hey guys! We hope everyone is doing okay with everything going on these days.

In hopes to lift your spirit, we would like to invite you to meet our educational ambassador raptors everyday this week starting tomorrow - Tuesday, March 24 at 9:30A!

Tune in as we will be going live Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week at 9:30A.

Here is a video of Sky taking a bath. She is the sweetest Red-tailed Hawk, and we would love for you to learn more about her, her story, and her species!

Looking forward to being with you tomorrow!

03/22/2020
Public Red-Tailed Hawk Release

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is keeping busy rehabilitating many native animals! Check out a recent video from their YouTube channel – The release of a Red-tailed Hawk! This occurred this about a week ago at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwRzprbmpA

This adult Red-tailed Hawk was struck by a vehicle in Winchester and was stuck in the grille. Our staff was able to meet up with the driver to safely remove ...

03/21/2020
Isabel

We had a snake identification question come in today in our Visitor Posts.

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.

What's this strange space alien looking like mass? It's a cedar apple rust on an Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana...
03/21/2020

What's this strange space alien looking like mass? It's a cedar apple rust on an Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana).

In early spring, this fungus produces spores that result in what's seen in this picture taken at Claude Moore Park on March 18. It then produces a different type of spore (basidiospores) that is released into the air and blown two to three miles potentially to an apple tree. The spores germinate and form a yellowish spot on the leaf or fruit.

In small quantities it's not a big issue although it's common for apple growers to remove any Eastern Red Cedars from within several miles of their orchards to prevent an infestation. For more information, check out the USDA site at https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/gymnosporangium_juniperi-virginianae.shtml

03/20/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Bonus Post Today! The Mosby Heritage Area Association is posting daily videos featuring very interesting "tours" about Leesburg and Loudoun County history.

If you have a few minutes extra in your day, you might enjoy exploring some historic spots with them. They have already posted their first 3 videos- click the link below to view the first one. Have a great day! from your friends at Claude Moore Park!

Start your day off with an exploration of some of our favorite sites in Leesburg, along with some of our favorite friends from Thomas Balch Library and Loudoun Museum! Follow along here online, or visit these sites in person - but if you do be sure to practice proper distancing!

Have you ever heard of the Spicebush (linder benzoin)? It's a plant native to much of the Eastern United States and has ...
03/20/2020
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) | Piedmont Master Gardeners

Have you ever heard of the Spicebush (linder benzoin)? It's a plant native to much of the Eastern United States and has been documented in every county in Virginia. If you're considering planting native species in your yard, this may be the one for you! Beside being host plant to the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail, this deciduous shrub attracts several pollinators including native bees and butterflies. For more information, checkout this article by the Piedmont Master Gardeners at https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/article/spicebush-lindera-benzoin/

A Park visitor shared this great photo of a herd of deer at Claude Moore Park.  The photo was taken earlier this week. N...
03/18/2020

A Park visitor shared this great photo of a herd of deer at Claude Moore Park. The photo was taken earlier this week. Notice that one of the deer has its tail up. This “white flag” signals the others in the herd to be on alert. White tailed deer do this first before running away from a potential predator or other danger.

Have you ever observed birds at a bird feeder? There's always lots of action as birds come and go! Did you know there's ...
03/17/2020
Power Struggles Are Playing Out at Your Feeder—Here's What to Look For

Have you ever observed birds at a bird feeder? There's always lots of action as birds come and go! Did you know there's a PECKING order to all of this (like the pun?)?

Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great article with some AMAZING feeder footage (at least to those of us who enjoy bird watching) demonstrating just this. Please enjoy!
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/power-struggles-are-playing-out-at-your-feeder-heres-what-to-look-for/?fbclid=IwAR25v9YCGI6ZsuNfFqRXFtv1Q0c8B2GepEsnogCnpfhxvGt4aZuc4PtdCyk

Birds are doing a lot more than just feeding when they visit your bird feeder. They are coming and going and interacting with each other in a well-established social pecking order. At first it looks like just a flurry of activity—but watch closely and you’ll start to see the daily struggle of do...

03/16/2020
NBC Bay Area

Several weeks ago we posted about a tunnel for deer to cross busy roads in another area of Virginia. Please enjoy this video of two unlikely animal companions traversing another road through a tunnel!

Whoa! A wildlife camera captured a coyote and a badger traveling together underneath a highway in the Bay Area. Peninsula Open Space Trust says this moment marks "the first time this type of behavior has been captured" in the Bay Area. http://nbcbay.com/LKtaPoN

[Video: Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)]

PRCS operational status update: Due to the revised CDC guidance on gatherings of people, all PRCS facilities to close be...
03/16/2020

PRCS operational status update: Due to the revised CDC guidance on gatherings of people, all PRCS facilities to close beginning Monday, March 16. See details: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5583

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services programs are canceled and facilities are closed through at least April 1, 2020. County parks will remain open for self-directed trail and leisure use during normal operating hours; however, all park offices and athletic complexes will be closed. Get the details: http://bit.ly/2IMuiD5

A change in PRCS operations has been announced in response to COVID-19.  #Loudoun County Adult Day Centers are closed un...
03/16/2020

A change in PRCS operations has been announced in response to COVID-19. #Loudoun County Adult Day Centers are closed until further notice.

In an effort to protect the seniors who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, #Loudoun County Adult Day Centers are closed until further notice. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5580

Keep up to date about COVID-19. For questions related to PRCS programs and facilities, email prcs@loudoun.gov.
03/14/2020

Keep up to date about COVID-19. For questions related to PRCS programs and facilities, email [email protected].

Keep up to date about coronavirus disease 2019. Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. Details at loudoun.gov/coronavirus

We'd love to hear your nature questions!
03/14/2020

We'd love to hear your nature questions!

County officials will hold a news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020, to discuss changes in county operations, includin...
03/13/2020

County officials will hold a news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020, to discuss changes in county operations, including PRCS operations, in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

#Loudoun County officials will hold a news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020, to discuss changes in county operations in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The news conference will be streamed live here on Facebook. Details here: http://bit.ly/2xx1IDn

This somewhat sleepy looking Barred Owl was spotted last Tuesday evening at Claude Moore Park.  These owls are fairly co...
03/13/2020

This somewhat sleepy looking Barred Owl was spotted last Tuesday evening at Claude Moore Park. These owls are fairly common in our area and have a recognizable "Whooo cooks for you?" song.

Please note TAKE LOUDOUN HOME EXPO POSTPONED!Out of an abundance of caution, the Heritage Farm Museum  is postponing the...
03/12/2020
WELCOME TO THE LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM

Please note TAKE LOUDOUN HOME EXPO POSTPONED!

Out of an abundance of caution, the Heritage Farm Museum is postponing the Expo. They hope to reschedule it in the near future. Please check their page or web site (www.heritagefarmmuseum.org) for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A family museum in northern Virginia with interactive exhibits for children. Fun with kids on rainy day, located inside of Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Virginia. Fun with kids of all ages.

Early spring flowers are popping up in the forest! When hiking, keep your eyes open for blood root and other early bloom...
03/12/2020
Early Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers | Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Early spring flowers are popping up in the forest! When hiking, keep your eyes open for blood root and other early blooms. For a list of several early flowers, check out https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/early-wildflowers

Fairfax County, Virginia - These early spring ephemeral wildflowers only bloom for a short time every spring. Here are three varieties native to Virginia to watch for on your next excursion.

Spring is just around the corner and many birds are returning to our area! Some have spent the winter here and are getti...
03/11/2020

Spring is just around the corner and many birds are returning to our area! Some have spent the winter here and are getting more active. Are you curious about what species call Loudoun County their home and who has been spotted so far? Check out Virginia ebird at https://ebird.org/va/barchart?byr=2020&eyr=2020&bmo=1&emo=12&r=US-VA-107 to see up to dates stats on local birds!

Bloodroot flowers at CMP! This picture is from March 2014.
03/10/2020

Bloodroot flowers at CMP! This picture is from March 2014.

While we don't have any black bears who call Claude Moore Park home, they are native to our area.  They seek more forest...
03/10/2020
Wildlife Center of Virginia

While we don't have any black bears who call Claude Moore Park home, they are native to our area. They seek more forested land area than we typically have around here in Eastern Loudoun county. It's great to see organizations such as the Wildlife Center of Virginia with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries helping out this species each year and preparing many to return to life in the wild!

Three of the seven Black Bear cubs we've admitted this year have been successfully fostered onto wild sows, thanks to radio-collaring program by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Biologists are still checking dens to see if there's a good match for the remaining four cubs at the Center, but in the meantime, they're all eating well and growing!

Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services has CASA openings for the current school year!
03/09/2020

Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services has CASA openings for the current school year!

Need after-school care? Spaces are available at several CASA sites for the current school year! See details at: https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5552

Loudoun County Government
03/09/2020

Loudoun County Government

The #Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will receive a briefing on the global coronavirus outbreak and the county’s preparedness and response efforts at a special meeting March 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Residents may also sign up for email and text updates about coronavirus. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5528

Help welcome spring as we celebrate nature emerging around us. After exploring the Park on a short walk with a naturalis...
03/09/2020

Help welcome spring as we celebrate nature emerging around us. After exploring the Park on a short walk with a naturalist, return to a warm campfire to roast delicious marshmallows.

The days are getting longer! Starting on Monday, March 9, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open from 7 am - 7:30 p...
03/08/2020

The days are getting longer! Starting on Monday, March 9, the gates at Claude Moore Park will be open from 7 am - 7:30 pm. Our Visitor Center is open from 9 am - 5 pm daily.

Mark your calendars for our next free open house! On Saturday, March 21 from 1-3 pm Frogshackle Nature Center and Histor...
03/08/2020

Mark your calendars for our next free open house! On Saturday, March 21 from 1-3 pm Frogshackle Nature Center and Historic Lanesville House will be open. Also, join us at that time to learn about the Historic Life of a Revolutionary War Soldier! Call 571-258-3700 for more information.

So, what do you call a rafter of gobblers, hens, and poults?Turkeys! A rafter is group domesticated turkeys, a flock is ...
03/07/2020

So, what do you call a rafter of gobblers, hens, and poults?Turkeys! A rafter is group domesticated turkeys, a flock is a group of wild turkeys, a male is called a gobbler or tom, a female is called a hen, and the young are called poults or chicks.
For more cool information about our native wild turkey, check out http://capitalnaturalist.blogspot.com/2014/11/

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21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd
Sterling, VA
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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.