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.

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.

05/25/2020

We are very glad to see people using the park in a safe and meaningful way. We would like to remind everyone that the park hours are 7am - 8pm daily. The park is closed to all visitors outside of that time. Also please be advised that most of our physical amenities, such as grills, picnic tables, and pavilions, are closed until further notice. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic in our fields though, but do refrain from bringing your own grills as they are not allowed in the park at any time. Thank you for continuing to enjoy the park!

Happy World Turtle Day! Please enjoy this throwback to when our juvenile Woodland Box Turtle was found almost 7 years ag...
05/23/2020

Happy World Turtle Day! Please enjoy this throwback to when our juvenile Woodland Box Turtle was found almost 7 years ago with all of her siblings. 🐢

05/22/2020

Update: Thank you all for participating in this weeks hunt. We will be posting more in the future so stay tuned!

It is time for the Virtual Claude Moore Fest Scavenger Hunt! We have hidden this frog somewhere on our trails. 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 on the trails. Good Luck!

05/22/2020
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum virtual tour

Our Friends at Heritage Farm Museum. Check out their virtual tour!

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum always participates in the Loudoun County Farm Tour but this year's Tour had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 health cris...

The answer to this weeks Find the Fauna is Muskrat Den!  Here are some up close pictures of the den along with a photo o...
05/22/2020

The answer to this weeks Find the Fauna is Muskrat Den! Here are some up close pictures of the den along with a photo of the muskrat in question.

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05/22/2020

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On this weeks Find the Fauna, we are looking for another Mammal's den.  This one is a bit harder but try to guess the ma...
05/21/2020

On this weeks Find the Fauna, we are looking for another Mammal's den. This one is a bit harder but try to guess the mammal who uses it and where the den may be. Up close shots will be posted on the 22nd. Good Luck!

05/21/2020
Tractor Rides

Today on Virtual Claude Moore Fest we go on a tractor ride! If you want to learn more about the equpiment we use here at the park stay tuned for our upcoming series Vehicles of Claude Moore Park. For now enjoy the ride!

05/20/2020
Green Frog enjoying lunch

Virtual Claude Moore Fest continues with this weeks Creature Feature. Here we have our new resident Green Frog who grew up from a batch of rescued tadpoles that we planned to show off durring the event. There are still more in the froglet stage and we hope many will make it to adulthood but for now here is our early arrival enjoying some lunch!

We have been working closely with the Heritage Farm Museum on this project.  Keep an eye out for some updates!
05/19/2020

We have been working closely with the Heritage Farm Museum on this project. Keep an eye out for some updates!

Today's Museum Week theme is about hopes and dreams for the future. Before quarantine, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum was in the process of planning for the opening of a new exhibit in our middle barn. Construction has been completed and is waiting for the big unveiling. Can you guess what it is? We look forward to the day when we can have the opening!
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Continuing from yesterday's owl pellet post here are the before and after photos of what we found.  As you can see there...
05/19/2020

Continuing from yesterday's owl pellet post here are the before and after photos of what we found. As you can see there was a lot of fur and a lot of rodent bones. Based on the skull pieces we found we would have to say around 3 rodents.

05/18/2020
Owl Pellet

For our first Virtual Claude Moore Fest post we are demonstrating a hands on activity that was planned for the day. Owl pellet dissection. While you may not be able to try in person we did find an online simulation at http://kidwings.com/virtual-pellet/. Thanks for watching and Discover your Outdoors!

05/18/2020

Join us this week for our Virtual Claude Moore Fest! Last Saturday the Heritage Farm Museum, Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center, and ourselves had planned for a large event that encompassed the entirety of the park. Many free activities were planned such as moon bounces, tractor rides, live animals, interactive nature activities, free museum admission, community organizations, local food vendors, and more. Unfortunately, we were unable to hold it this year, but that does not mean you will be missing out completely. All this week we will be posting some of the activities that were planned for the event. We hope you all enjoy a small taste of Claude Moore Fest!

05/15/2020
Snapping Turtle on the move

Here we have a slightly smaller snapping turtle than the previously posted. Keep in mind these creatures are a lot faster than you would imagine so it is best not to approach as they can bite if threatened. This one decided it didnt like our singing and headed back to the pond. Let us know if you see your own "dinosaur" this weekend!

Looking for a place to go scope out some wildlife? Check out our bird blind located on our wildlife pond. Here you can h...
05/13/2020

Looking for a place to go scope out some wildlife? Check out our bird blind located on our wildlife pond. Here you can hide behind the wooden structure and observe the local birds,as well as look for that monster snapping turtle. Photos with some of the most common birds are located on the blind to help you identify what you see. Come on out and Discover Your Outdoors! Please practice social distancing while in the park.

On this weeks Creature Feature we highlight one of our largest reptile here at Claude Moore Park the Snapping Turtle!  T...
05/12/2020

On this weeks Creature Feature we highlight one of our largest reptile here at Claude Moore Park the Snapping Turtle! They spend a lot of time in the muddy bottom of ponds and rivers scavenging for plant and preying on anything they can fit in their mouth (fish, invertebrates, frogs, etc). When they do come out of the water it is to sun bathe or travel long distances looking for a mate. Let us know if you have seen this turtle or any others and post your pictures below. We would love to see them! Special thanks to the patron who sent these photos and many others and allowed us to share them! Get out there and Discover Your Outdoors!

The maintenance team here at the park are continuing to do a great job keeping the park looking great this spring. Along...
05/12/2020

The maintenance team here at the park are continuing to do a great job keeping the park looking great this spring. Along with all of their normal duties, for the last month and a half, they have been taking advantage of the athletic fields down time by working on a number of improvement projects. Thank you Josh, Austin, Elden, and Corey for all your hard work.

Here they are installing new coaches' boxes on one of our softball fields and replacing some worn areas with sod. You can see one of the new fences that was installed this past winter in the background.

Exciting news at the hives yesterday! While inspecting the Maintenance Shop Swarm hive we found the Queen. We suspected ...
05/11/2020

Exciting news at the hives yesterday! While inspecting the Maintenance Shop Swarm hive we found the Queen. We suspected she had survived the transfer but it was very exciting to actually see her to confirm it. She has been marked with red previously which means she was most likely from another bee yard. Enjoy the photos and remember to Discover Your Outdoors!

Another fun photo from Norman Gresley.  Here are some Black Rat Snakes that have taken up residency in our supply shed. ...
05/08/2020

Another fun photo from Norman Gresley. Here are some Black Rat Snakes that have taken up residency in our supply shed. We are used to having one snake but if you look closely it seems three have decided to move in!

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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.