A Message from NPS


Welcome to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts!

Wolf Trap is the only National Park dedicated to the performing arts. The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to work with our partner, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, to provide a wide variety of performances to the public. We are honored to carry on Mrs. Catherine Filene Shouse’s vision of producing world-class entertainment in this beautiful natural setting.

Here at Wolf Trap, we carry out the NPS mission to preserve and protect our natural resources and provide opportunities for recreation. Wolf Trap offers trails, picnic areas, and ranger programming for you to enjoy year-round. We invite you to take the time to explore and enjoy this Park!

The NPS is dedicated to telling stories and providing spaces for visitors to have new experiences. What better way to do that than a performance at the Filene Center? So please sit back and enjoy the show. We are grateful to be able to share it with you.

Director, National Park Service

When Catherine Filene Shouse donated her land and funds to construct the Filene Center in 1966, she envisioned Wolf Trap as a gift to the American people to enjoy world-class performing arts in a beautiful natural setting. Since 1971, the National Park Service has been proud to work side by side with our partners at the Wolf Trap Foundation to bring a wide variety of entertainment to the Filene Center stage. Of the 423 special places administered by the National Park Service to tell America’s story, Wolf Trap is the only one exclusively dedicated to the performing arts. 

Mrs. Shouse reminded us to “feel the countryside” and in that spirit, we welcome you to the peaceful and pastoral landscape that is Wolf Trap. The Park is open year-round, and we invite you to return another day to walk on our more than two miles of hiking trails, picnic in the verdant meadows, or enjoy the vibrant colors of fall. We hope you have a most enjoyable visit to Wolf Trap!

Acting Superintendent, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts