Come to our W2O events and learn more about protecting the oceans.

Women Working for Ocean, in partnership with the New England Aquarium, produces two, open to the public, educational events a year and smaller events for our members. Not a W2O member? Join us!

Ocean Matters Invites You to Hawaii for an Expedition: Seahorses, Songs, and Seeds of Sustainability @ The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology- Coconut Island
Jun 23 – Jul 1 all-day

W2O Board Member Laura Parker is founder of Ocean Matters

Join our team of marine biologists, naturalists, and educators on Coconut Island in Hawaii, USA. This years special trip will also include National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry and singer songwriter Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul and Mary. Through scuba, find out what it feels like to inhabit the watery realm. Learn first hand about how to protect the ocean. This year’s trip is being held June 23—July 1, 2015 and is for adults and young people accompanied by adults.


W20 Board Member Laura Parker Roerden is the founder and executive director of Ocean Matters, a nonprofit that brings young people (ages 15-18) to threatened marine resources like the coral reef to perform service projects to help save them.

“Ocean Matters is to the ocean what Habitat for Humanity is for people,” Laura explain. “The projects the young people take on are three to five weeks long and grueling and require the young people to give so much of themselves. But in the end, it’s how the experience changes us and how we fall in love with the idea of being useful in the world that really makes the lasting impression,” she adds.


Laura (second from right front) with a group of young people in Hawaii during a recent Ocean Matters service learning trip where the students launched a seahorse research project for the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).