A Message from NPS


Thank you for joining us in this 50th Anniversary Season of performances at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. On behalf of the National Park Service staff and volunteers, we sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to America’s only national park dedicated to the performing arts.

This unique Park is a direct result of one woman’s dream to present world-class performances to the public in a splendid natural setting. In 1966, Mrs. Catherine Filene Shouse generously donated 100 acres of her Wolf Trap Farm to the National Park Service along with funds to construct a performing arts center. Through the partnership between the National Park Service and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, millions of people have enriched their spirit through live performances at the Park.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is one of 423 national park sites across the country that exist to preserve our landscapes and our history, tell the stories of all Americans, and provide myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation. We are delighted that you are here today to enjoy a live performance on your public lands. Enjoy the show!

Acting Superintendent
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts