Kenilworth Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Preserve and Protect
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a non-profit organization. We work in cooperation with the National Park Service to connect people to this park through stewardship, public engagement and education programs.
To Preserve, Protect and Provide for the benefit of future generations:
The National Park Service
Since 1939, the National Park Service (NPS) has operated and maintained Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. NPS shifted the purpose of the gardens — from propogating and selling lilies and lotus — to interpreting and educating visitors about the site's history, ecosystems and aquatic plants.
In addition to park rangers leading tours and educational programs, a dedicated maintenance staff keeps the ponds, buildings and grounds in good repair.
The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens help
Five Star Staff
Some of the first NPS staff at the park, such as Fred Lundy, were former Shaw Gardens employees.
Local residents have also become influential rangers here. One being Walter McDowney, winner of the 1985 NPS Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation.
Growing up, Walter, "Ranger Mac" to visitors, often explored these gardens on his own and through ranger-led activities. Then, in 1968, he was hired as one of the first African American national park rangers. He inspired everyone with his love of nature.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 54.76′ N, 76° 56.523′ W. Marker is in Kenilworth Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Anacostia Avenue Northeast just west of Ponds Street Northeast, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1550 Anacostia Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aquatic Greenhouse #3 (a few steps from this marker); Helen Shaw Fowler (a few steps from this marker); Aquatic Greenhouse #1 (a few steps from this marker); Display Pools (within shouting distance of this marker); Beauty and Business (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victoria amazonica (approx. 0.2 miles away); Under the Boardwalk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birds, Wetlands and... Conservation (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kenilworth Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.