DC Science Organizations

Smithsonian Associates

The Smithsonian Associates offers unparalleled access to the Smithsonian's collections, as well as access to escientists from around the world.  Take a behind-the-scenes tour or learn more about the exhibits from the experts who created them.  As the largest museum-based educational program in the world, The Smithsonian Associates annually offers more than 750 seminars, performances, lectures, studio art classes, and local and regional study tours. Performances at Discovery Theater and more than 80 educationally focused summer camps are among the programs that fosters the joys of learning for young people and their families. Learn more at http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/index.aspx.

DC Science Writer's Association

The D.C. Science Writers Association was founded back by a few science reporters with too much time on their hands.  They now have about 500 members -- writers and editors from nearly all the major news outlets in the area, public information officers from agencies and institutions, and freelancers. They meet about once a month, and events very from lectures by distinguished guests, mini-symposia on weighty topics (like Science and Religion, or Bioterrorism), tours of interesting scientific sites (like technical firms or the Zoo), and professional development workshops.  They have about 500 members -- writers and editors from nearly all the major news outlets in the area, public information officers from agencies and institutions, and freelancers. Learn more at http://www.dcswa.org/

Cosmos Club

The Cosmos Club is a private social club in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1878, the Club has elected as members individuals in virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction. Among its members have been three Presidents, 32 Nobel Prize winners, and 56 Pulitzer Prize winners.

The Club has a full panoply of programs for every member interest. Cultural programs include evening lectures, Noon Forums, musical concerts, book and author dinners. A well-stocked library offers members a quiet haven.  Among the social activities are movie nights, seasonal dinner dances and other special dinners. There are sightseeing and travel, chess and bridge tournaments and "clubs within clubs" for members with special interests— Cosmotographers, wine lovers or computer enthusiasts, for example. Learn more at https://www.cosmosclub.org/.

Washington Science Fiction Association

The Washington Science Fiction Association is the oldest science fiction club in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Its members are interested in all types of science fiction and fantasy literature as well as related areas such as fantasy and science fiction films, television, costuming, gaming, filking, convention-running, etc.  WSFA meets the first and third Fridays of every month at approximately 9:00 pm. Non-members are encouraged to attend. Club meetings include a brief business meeting, after which the group gathers informally over light refreshments to talk about just about anything including (on occasion) science fiction literature and media.  Learn more at http://wsfa.org/site/.

National Capital Astronomers

The National Capital Astronomers are dedicated to advancing space technology, astronomy, and related sciences through research, lectures and presentations, publications, expeditions, tours, and education.  They also run evening outdoor stargazing sessions at the Rock Creek Planetarium. All are welcome to join.  You do not have to own a telescope, have a degree, or even be knowledgeable in Astronomy.  Just come to their meetings to learn about it with them.  

Washington Academy of Sciences

Founded by Alexander Graham Bell and Smithsonian head Samuel Langley (among others), this 100+ year-old organization encourages the advancement of science and conducts, endows, or assists investigation in any department of science.  Activities include an annual banquet, publication of a peer-reviewed journal, scientific book recommendations, and other special lectures and forums.