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.

Land Acknowledgment

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

Self-Guided Lessons

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens developed these self-guided, STEM-based lesson plans to help elementary-aged children explore the park. Learn more about the Self-Guided Lessons

Jr Ranger Adventure Squad

Explore the park and celebrate community with Junior Ranger Adventure Squad! These free week-long camp during Spring and Summer break, offer Ward 7 2nd-8th graders a chance to explore the amazing array of plants and animals right in their own backyard!  These programs provide safe, high-quality programming when neighbors need it most.  Find out more about Jr Ranger Adventure Squad.

To learn more about the ranger-led field trips please visit here, or to speak with park ranger directly, please call the national park office at (202) 692-6080.