Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens provides an extraordinary space for outdoor exploration and learning with over 30 individual ponds teeming with exotic water lilies and lotus, as well as frogs, turtles, fish, dragonflies, butterflies, and more.
The tidal marsh, enjoyed by walking (or skipping!) along a long boardwalk, is fed by the waters of the Anacostia River and experiences a three foot fluctuation in water level daily. This unique park provides opportunities to learn about the tidal marsh ecosystem and connects kids and adults to the Chesapeake Bay watershed in a hands-on way.
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens respectfully acknowledges the rich culture and contributions of all indigenous communities— past, present and future. Click here to watch Hope Butler, an enrolled member of the Piscataway Conoy, provide a land acknowledgment that formally recognizes the historical and continuing connection between the waters, animals and indigenous peoples – the original stewards of these lands. Watch the acknowledgment here.
Images courtesy of Wayne K. Thomas and Hope Butler
Activities and Wildlife Guides
These fun activities are great for families and are free to download. Print them out, or save them to your phone, and bring them with you to the park to engage in a wild, exciting educational experience! Learn more about Activities and Wildlife Guides
Spring NatureFest & Summer Camp
Celebrate park and community at NatureFest during Spring Break and dive into hands-on learning at camp in the summer. These programs provide safe, high-quality programming when neighbors need it most. Find out more about camp.