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Down to Earth Artist in Residency

Shining a light on the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the Kenilworth area’s past, present, and future with a sharp focus on the climate emergency and its intersectionality with systemic racism. Through Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall we will journey with the artists as they create their projects; focus community advocacy efforts. We invite you to follow along. Down to Earth is a creative project partnership among Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Caandor Labs, and Capital Fringe. Explore the artists here. 

Photography & Photo Contest

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a place of natural beauty that is a favorite destination for amateur and professional photographers alike.

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens proudly offers an annual photography contest to celebrate the best images captured at the park. The competition challenges photographers to experience, explore, and capture the natural beauty of our lily and lotus ponds, tidal marshes, nature trails, and wildlife. Explore past photo contest winners here. 

Lotus & Water Lily Festival

In an effort to ensure nature lovers could safely experience and celebrate the blooming of the lotus and water lilies all that nation’s only National Park site devoted to aquatic plant life has to offer, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and National Park Service kicked of a Virtual Lotus and Water Lily Festival July 8, 2021, featuring on-demand videos, interactive activities, and events for the entire family through the end of the month. You can check them out here. 

WELLderness Art Sessions

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is proud to offer our neighbors and the community at large the experience of outdoor wellness at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – right in your backyard – with WELLderness: An Outdoor Wellness Series. Try for the first time or continue your practice at yoga, tai chi, forest bathing, painting, and enjoy live music June through October. Additional activities and events include West African and steel band drumming, bird watching, photography and dog pack walks. Explore here. 

Passage: Reflections on Time & Space 

“Passage: Reflections of Time & Space,” a series of site-specific installations at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens moves visitors to reflect on the passage of time and the importance of greenspace in communities as a place of respite and resource.  The installation delves into the challenges around access to spaces, privilege, and one’s own relationship to wild and cultivated green space. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens seeks to address these issues alongside community leaders and residents. Explore the installation here.