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Kingman and Heritage Island Programming
Contact us at (202) 488-0627 x250 or e-mail us at to see what programs are currently offered at the park and to talk with our staff about setting up volunteer opportunities for your group or organization.
Kingman and Heritage Islands are property of the District of Columbia- Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Kingman and Heritage Islands are managed by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region. Several additional organizations are actively involved with projects going on at Kingman and Heritage Islands. To learn more about these organizations and their involvement with Kingman Island, please visit their websites
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Things To Do

Biking: Biking is permitted on the main trail on Kingman Island and on the boardwalk trail.
Birding: There are 100 species of resident and migratory birds that can be seen at the park.
Boating: Kingman Island can be explored by boat. Visitors can explore the park’s shore to the east on the Anacostia River and to the west on Kingman Lake. Dock access to the island is provided on the boardwalk connecting Kingman and Heritage Islands.* *Note: The waterways surrounding the islands are tidal; please check Current Tide Data before planning your trip.
Clean Ups and Service Projects : Groups and individuals are welcome to schedule their own project on the islands. Please note, Service Projects will not be offered during the winter season. For more information, or if you would like to schedule a service day for your group or company, please contact
Dog Walking: Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they remain on a leash. Please pick up and properly dispose of their waste.
Educational Programs: Educational Programs such as Forest Ecology, Wacky Watersheds, Orienteering, or Teambuilding are available at our Kingman Island location. Kingman Island is also available for Park Outreach Programming. To arrange for an educational program for your organization or school group please contact or 202-488-0627 x 242
Environmental Center: The environmental center is still in the planning and construction stage.
Fishing: Fishing is allowed in all areas of the park in accordance with DC Laws.
Hiking: There is over a mile and a half of trails on the islands to hike and explore.
Picnicking: Picnicking is allowed in the park. Please remember to properly dispose of trash and recycling.
Photography: Kingman Island and Heritage Islands are beautiful parklands that offer any photographer a wealth of opportunities for great photos. If you have any photos that you would like to share with the community, or are interested in seeing more photos, please visit our Flickr group called "Kingman Island" to see more.
Wildlife Viewing: There is abundant wildlife to see in the park. Visit our Wildlife and Plants page to see what kinds of wildlife have been observed on Kingman and Heritage Islands.


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