Change your classroom to the outdoors at the Aquatic Gardens. Trade loudspeaker announcements for the rustle of leaves in the breeze. You have our support!
Building learning from life experience has been the idea behind education programs at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Students use park resources to understand basic concepts to succeed in school. Science is taught by doing science. Math is taught by using math. Ancient cultures teach cycles through the plants and animals that live here. The site presents opportunities for learning from preschool to adulthood. The emphasis is on separating facts from suppositions. We know for instance that a part of climate change is caused by people because we can separate out the impact of volcanoes, sun's changing energy output, land use changes, and urban heat island from the 140 years of data available.
We will partner with schools on programs that reflect learning goals and park goals.
Sustainable use is at the heart of legislation that created the National Park Service. Join our trash free park initiative by reducing trash, and taking lunch packaging back to recycle. Want to go further? We have partnered with Reid Temple School on a school wide sustainable life style program.
The park has rest rooms, a drinking fountain, and some picnic tables for use in addition to the natural and cultural resources we preserve. There are seven acres of ponds including some with concrete edges, a boardwalk that goes into the center of the marsh, a remnant of the original marsh to compare to a reconstructed marsh, and a river trail that provides access to the river and skirts the outer edge of the marsh.
For planing a field trip Grades Pre-K- adult
For curriculum materials for use in the school pre-K- 9 grade
For distance learning on wetlands for middle school and up.
For self paced programs without a ranger
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a site of the Bridging the Watershed Program for high school students. Click here for more information.
For more information call the park at (202) 426-6905
Did You Know?
Old Washington, DC was a place of rivers. Compare the map here to a current river map. Where did the rivers go?