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June 10, 2022June 16, 2022

The Lotus & Water Lily Festival Returns!

Release Date: June 10, 2022 Contact: Zerline Hughes Spruill;; 202-876-2992 Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens’ Lotus and Water Lily Festival Returns as a Month-long, In-person Celebration with Live concerts, wellness events and a community 5K walk starting July 9-31 Park hours extended on Saturdays through 8 p.m. for visitors WASHINGTON—Join the National Park Service...

June 3, 2022June 3, 2022

Species Spotlight: Dragonflies & Damselflies

Species Spotlight: Dragonflies & Damselflies   Have you seen a skinny flying insect near water and wondered where it was a damselfly or a dragonfly? Ever wondered whether they were the same or different? You’re in luck! We have both at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and after reading this blog, you’ll be a pro at...

February 14, 2022February 14, 2022

A Spotlight on Black History Month

By Zerline Hughes Spruill We can’t tell the story of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Park without talking about our neighbors. There’s stories like Dennis Chestnut’s who recalls having ice cream socials at the park, formerly the Kenilworth Dump, just minutes after trash trucks picked them up from Briggs’ ice cream plant. And then there’s...

February 9, 2022February 9, 2022

New Year, New Faces: Meet Our New Board Members

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens’ board chair, Justin Lini, welcomes new board members and returning staff members.  Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is pleased to announce four new board members! We look forward to working together to help shape meaningful, memorable and regular(!) visits at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for you. Meet our new members below: ...

January 21, 2022January 21, 2022

The 2021 Annual Report is Here

2021 Annual Report: Responding to our Neighbor’s Needs Once upon a time, a group of nature lovers started some chatter around their love for Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was a deeply rooted love (pun intended) because they knew that this neighborhood national park was simply a gem tucked and hidden away for just a few...

October 29, 2021October 29, 2021

Before they fly south for the winter, go birding at KAG in the fall

By: Kari Cohen The majority of visitors to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens probably stop by to admire the lotus and lily flowers or use the park as a community amenity for exercise and quiet enjoyment. A growing community of D.C. birders, however, prize Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for being one of the best birding spots in the...

October 29, 2021October 29, 2021

WELLderness Close Out: Thanks and Goodbye for Now!

WELLderness closes out this year, to return in the new year. Read more about the program’s success below. By Zerline Hughes Spruill Yoga, and tai chi, and forest bathing – oh my! We hope you heard about it, joined in, and shared with a friend, because our very first year of WELLderness has concluded. We...

October 28, 2021October 28, 2021

The American Beaver

Species Spotlight: The American Beaver Americorps extraordinaire Shannah Cumberbatch is back this month with another species spotlight featuring one of the most exciting animals you can see at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: the American Beaver! The ponds at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are becoming less active as the colder weather sets in. However, some of our...

October 1, 2021October 1, 2021

Species Spotlight: Canada Goose

Read this month’s Species Spotlight on the Canada Goose! “HONK!” In most major cities, you expect to hear a honk or two from drivers. However, in Washington, DC this sound is heard from birds passing in the sky. The Canada goose or Branta canadensis is a wild duck with calls that sound like honks, barks,...

September 8, 2021September 16, 2021

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens unveils ‘Passage: Reflections of Time & Space’

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens unveils ‘Passage: Reflections of Time & Space’ WASHINGTON, DC — The healing power of nature and art have been pronounced throughout the pandemic with record numbers of people gravitating to national parks. For 20 years, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has championed the power of green spaces urging residents and...