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October 1, 2021October 1, 2021
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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
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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...

September 3, 2021September 3, 2021
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Species Spotlight: Great Blue Heron

Species Spotlight on the Great Blue Heron at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens  by Shannah Cumberbatch   Person A: Do you see it? Person B: See what? A: A Great Blue Heron is trying to catch a fish right there. B: Where? I don’t see it! A: It’s right there!  *points excitedly* B: Right where? I still...

July 2, 2021July 2, 2021
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Guest Post: Deepening our Conversations on Water with Torri Epperson

Deepening our Conversations on Water By Torri Epperson, Education Outreach Coordinator | DC Water Do you know what happens to water after you’ve used it? Do you know where exactly the sewers lead? What about the fact that helpful soil and energy can be created from wastewater?  In my many interactions with students in the community,...

June 4, 2021June 9, 2021
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Summer Activity Guide at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Summer Activity Guide Exploring Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Washington, DC. Whether it’s searching for birds, biking to and from the Gardens along the Anacostia River Trail, or simply taking a stroll through the lotus and lily ponds, there are so many ways to enjoy what...

June 4, 2021June 9, 2021
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Species Spotlight: SSSSNAKES 🐍 and Water Lilies

Species Spotlight: SSSSNAKES 🐍 and Water Lilies IUCN Red List: least concern Who is ready to slither into summer? June is National Great Outdoors Month! We encourage people to visit outdoor spaces like the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (and if you’re not sure what to do at the park, check out our Summer Activity Guide!).  Water...

June 4, 2021June 4, 2021
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Community Spotlight- Junel Jeffrey, Eastland Garden Civic Association President

Community Spotlight- Junel Jeffrey, Eastland Garden Civic Association President Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens visitors come from all over the world – especially when it’s peak bloom time. But there are also folks who visit the park regularly, no matter what the season, like the Gardens’ neighbors. Junel Jeffrey is one of them! She has been an...

June 2, 2021June 2, 2021
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How to Grow a Lotus from Seed

How to Grow a Lotus from Seed So you’ve been to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, you’ve delighted in the fragrant and showy blooms of the lotus, and now you’re at home, wishing you had a piece of that paradise to enjoy every day. Well, this post is for you. If you’ve got a sunny spot, a...

May 7, 2021May 7, 2021
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2021 Earth Day Cleanup: A Successful Day of Stewardship!

2021 Earth Day Cleanup: A Successful Day of Stewardship! Six tires, a shopping cart and 116 bags of trash. This is what our volunteers collected on April 24, in an effort to prepare the Gardens for peak season and pay homage to Mother Earth. The Earth Day clean up, in partnership with Anacostia Watershed Society,...

May 7, 2021May 7, 2021
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Spring Break Junior Ranger Camp with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Spring Break Junior Ranger Camp with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Learn, Protect, Explore, Share The motto of a Junior Ranger is to learn, explore, and protect the natural world. At Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, we believe in one more important aspect to a great Junior Ranger which was one of our Spring Break...