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Aquatic Resources Education

photo of aquatic resources education center

The  Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) is an  aquarium and aquatic education center located minutes from Capitol Hill in Anacostia Park. The AREC houses over 30 species of aquatic life from the District. Animal exhibits include native aquatic life such as the spotted salamander, sunfish and the brown bullhead catfish as well as non-native and invasives species such as the northern snakehead.

Our goal is to educate and inspire citizens to improve the health of and conserve the District’s aquatic ecosystems.  We provide aquatic education programs that include lessons on water quality, watershed stewardship and ethical angling for schools and community groups. 

What We Do:

  • Design and implement aquatic education and outreach programs for schools, community groups and the public.
  • Engage DC youth in experiential learning through fishing clinics and other field programs.

Kids at the AREC

Come and Visit!

Visit the AREC with your school or community group and take a tour led by one of our resident wildlife biologists.

  • Sign-up for a hands-on field and/or classroom-based environmental education programs for your class, group or family.
  • Sign-up for a FREE fishing clinic for your class, group  or family.
  • Learn about DC’s aquatic life.

Learn More About the AREC

Aquatic Resources Education Center Location

1900 Anacostia Dr. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Inside Anacostia Park
(next to Skating Pavilion) (see map)

Phone: (202) 727-7400

Public Hours: Monday—Friday 10am—2pm
Other hours (including weekends) by appointment only.

The AREC building

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