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Friday May 20 and Saturday 21 Saturday - BioBlitz!

Come count with us! In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Park Service, the tenth in a series of annual BioBlitzes hosted by the service and the National Geographic Society will be held in parks in the Washington, D.C. area. A bioblitz is a quest to discover living organisms. During these rapid biological surveys, scientists and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work together to compile a "snapshot" of biodiversity in (usually) less than 48 hours. Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on our planet, including all living creatures, their habitats, natural processes, and the connections between these things. Register here to help count the plants and animals: Register here to help with event logistics: Thank you!!

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Saturday, May 21 9am – 12pm

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June 25 Saturday Volunteer Day

Join us as we prepare for our peak bloom season! We will be in the ponds working with water lilies, removing invasive plants, and planting and weeding gardens. Contact with questions. SSL credits can be earned. To register, sign up here:

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Saturday, June 25 9am – 12pm

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July 16 Annual Water Lily & Lotus Festival

Join us for the park's signature summer event - The Water Lily & Lotus Festival! The lotus will be in full bloom and we'll need volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day to help with set-up & take down, organize events, and orient visitors. Please register here:

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Saturday, July 16 10am – 4pm

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Sept 24 National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

Join us as we partner with the National Environmental Education Foundation to celebrate National Public Lands Day! For this premiere service event 200 plus volunteers will assist with the removal of cut lotus from the park's ponds as well as a variety of other park improvement projects including transplanting perennials, removing invasive species, and picking up litter from 9am-1pm, including lunch in the picnic grove. SSL credits can be earned. Please register here: Please contact Tina O'Connell at with questions.

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Saturday, September 24 9am – 1pm

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Oct 22 Saturday Volunteer Event

Now that fall has arrived, it is time to begin putting the gardens to bed for the winter. Volunteers will help the gardens' staff winterize the plants and grounds or take a last swipe at litter and invasives. SSL credits can be earned. To register, sign up here: Please contact Tina O'Connell at with questions.

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Saturday, October 22 9am – 12pm

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Nov 12 Veteran's Day of Service

Come celebrate Veteran's Day by giving back! We will spend the morning removing cut lotus lotus, invasive plants, picking up trash, planting native plants, and performing other park projects. Individuals and groups welcome! SSL credits can be earned. Registration will open soon. Please email tina@friendsofkenilworthgardens with any questions.

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Saturday, November 12 10am – 12pm

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