2018 Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens -

Annual Photography Competition 

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a natural jewel along the historic Anacostia River that is wild and otherworldly. It’s the only national park site dedicated to cultivated aquatic plants, found in over 40 small ponds teeming with water lilies, lotus and wildlife.

The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions to its annual photography competition.  The competition will offer all photographers the chance to experience, explore and capture the many hidden gems in and around the gardens.  

Participants must complete the following:

1. Complete this registration found here at https://aquaticgardensphoto.eventbrite.com and make the required donation. 
3. Submit digital photographs that are suitable for printing for an exhibition. The preferred size is 11x14 @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe sRGB or Untagged color profiles.
4. Upload digital photograph(s) via We Transfer website, https://www.wetransfer.com to kenaqgardens@gmail.com with the note stating “FKAG Photography Competition Submission”, in the message section. (Note: First time users must agree to the website terms prior transmittal.) Submission must be received by 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2018 to kenaqgardens@gmail.com.




A year-round exploration of nature at KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS for the students and families of Kenilworth-Parkside, Washington DC

This year three partners – Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, and the National Park Service – hosted over 85 pre-kindergarten - 5th graders from Neval Thomas Elementary School and the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of DC in NatureFest for the District schools’ spring break.  Students (and families) explored the park through 8 education stations each of five days, using a culturally-specific, creative, tested curriculum designed. The week’s leaders and teachers, overwhelmingly African American, offered the students the opportunity to experience the Park and nature through familiar eyes.  NatureFest fostered local watershed awareness, importance of green space, the value of wetlands, the habits of plants and animals, and the power of personal choices.  Local high school students served as junior counselors whom we trained to help lead learning stations or student teams. Several neighborhood parents and local teachers also led the student teams through the learning programs. 


Kenilworth Spring Break NatureFest celebrated nature at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Students and parents spent their spring break investigating plants, animals, water and the natural environments in their community, and the art of nature.  We provided training for all our volunteers, teachers and teens. Based upon the success of NatureFest, the partners are now planning a year-round schedule of NatureFest offerings and trainings, focused on families, classes and teachers, and teens.


Kenilworth Spring Break NatureFest offers local children a safe, fun and educational place to be while their school is on break and their parents are at work. This event fosters local environmental awareness, the importance of green spaces, the role of the park within the Kenilworth community, and the power of personal choices.  No other spring break programming within the community was available to neighborhood families.