Videos and Podcasts

Listen to audio podcasts about Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts!


skunk-cabbage leaves and flowers

Natural Community: Red Maple Seepage Swamp Forest

This community hosts a plant called skunk-cabbage that produces its own heat, allowing it to emerge and bloom in late winter—even with snow on the ground!

Pileated woodpeckers at Wolf Trap

Birds of Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap is for music lovers. Get ready to tune up your ears for a new kind of music appreciation!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Dogwood

Forest Pollinators

The birds and the bees—in addition to many other animals—help forests survive by pollinating many trees and other plant species. In turn, the forest provides habitat for the pollinators.

succesional forest canopy

Forest Succession

How can you tell if you’re in a successional forest—that is, one that may have been cleared in the past due to agriculture or logging?

honey bee on blue aster


How do plants attract the insects and other animals that spread pollen from flower to flower?

a river in a forest

Riparian Buffers And Erosion

Plants along streams and rivers help keep the water clean by holding onto soil and filtering out pollutants.

Acadian flycatcher in the forest

Urban Oasis – Migration Corridors

National parks and other natural areas are welcome pit-stops for migrating animals that need to rest and refuel during their long journey.

frog in a vernal pool

Vernal Pools

These shallow bodies of water provide habitat for animals and plants during springtime, before drying up in the warm temperatures of summer.