Community Engagement

The Women Aquatic Network conducts community engagement to promote the connection between WAN members and D.C.'s marine and aquatic community.



The Community Engagement program provides WAN members and friends with ways to meaningfully give back to the community and next generation of marine and aquatic leaders. We seek to: 

  • Build connections between marine professionals and the broader DC-MD-VA community through hands-on activities. 
  • Participate in environmental cleanups and restoration actions to help keep our waterways and oceans healthy and thriving. 
  • Increase education, outreach, and mentorship for rising youth in the greater District area who have an interest in science, biology, policy, ocean, coastal, and aquatic affairs. 

WAN Community Engagement is open to all WAN members and supporters. Annual activities will be decided upon by participants.

Join us and give back to your community! Email: if interested or if you have ideas.


WAN Hosted Events

WAN hosts quarterly volunteer projects, so check back periodically to see what’s coming up!


International Coastal Cleanup (September 2017)

September 16: International Coastal Cleanup on Kingman Island, in Washington D.C.

Anacostia River Cleanup (July 2017)

Anacostia River clean up and kayaking event with Boating in DC!  For the last two summers, Boating in DC has been providing free kayak rentals at Ballpark Boathouse on Sunday mornings for those willing to help clean up trash on the Anacostia, and the results have been undeniable. This year we collected just under a hundred pounds of trash, and found a river with far less litter than we did last summer.

Invasive Species Removal (april 2017)

Invasive species removal with Washington Parks and People at Walter Pierce Park in Washington, D.C.

Additional Opportunities

There are many other opportunities to get involved in the community in the DMV. Below are just a few organizations to get you started.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is in southern Anne Arundel County on the Patuxent River.  You can volunteer through Friends of Jug Bay, contact Melinda (Mel) Fegler at

South River Foundation

South River Foundation is in Edgewater, MD. TO inquire about volunteering, go here:

Washington Parks & People

Washington Parks and People in Washington, D.C. has multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To inquire about volunteering, go here:

Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms in Washington, D.C. has individual volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To inquire about volunteering, go here:

Kennilworth Park

Kennilworth Park is in Washington, D.C. To find out more, go here:

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has many longer-term volunteer opportunities For more information, go here: To see current volunteer opportunities, go here.