Please note our events run rain or shine – severe weather cancels. Volunteers are urged to call the park at 202-692-6076 if you have any questions or concerns about the status of the event.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has ample off street, free parking. The closest Metro stop is the Deanwood station (orange line) approximately 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the park. Click here for detailed directions.

Volunteer registration:
Walk-ons are welcome! For tracking purposes it helps to provide advance notice especially if you’ll be bringing a large group (5 plus). All volunteers will be required to fill out volunteer waiver forms on site. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers with special needs are asked to contact the event coordinator or Park Service staff at the Aquatic Gardens in advance of the activity. Volunteer registration will take place inside the park’s interior fence line near the main greenhouse (don’t worry, you can’t miss it).

What you’ll need to bring:
All volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for the work at hand, meaning long pants, long sleeve shirts, and no open toe shoes. And since we work in mud, water, and inclement weather; all volunteers should consider bringing a change of clothes. The Park Service and the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens will provide rubber boots, gloves, waders, tools, and potable water. Light snacks (granola bars) will also be provided.

Community Service Projects:
Our volunteers engage in a wide variety of community service activities including the removal of invasive plants, painting, lily pond restoration, trash removal (land based and river borne), planting, pruning, and other duties as assigned. These activities do require the ability to kneel, squat, lift, and perform routine gardening and clean up functions over a period of three to four hours – often in warm, cold, or rainy weather. Advanced work may involve wading through lily ponds, streams, and tributaries of the Anacostia River, or the use of kayaks, flat boats, and canoes.

To register or to learn more about volunteer service activities at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens please contact David Drawbaugh at 202-695-0352, or