Octopress Online
August 2021

Red rock crab (Cancer productus)

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


Port Townsend Marine Science Center purchases historic Flagship Landing building 

PTMSC's Mandi Johnson, left, and Marley Loomis hold a piece of whale baleen in front of the newly purchased Flagship Landing building. (photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

We are so excited to announce that the Port Townsend Marine Science Center has purchased the Flagship Landing building at 1001 Water Street. 

Buying this building is the result of the board’s search for a facility that could become our new home and eventually house our exhibits, gift shop, labs and offices. Over the coming years, the facility will be adapted to provide a platform for our vision to foster the growth of generations of environmental stewards living in balance with marine ecosystems.  

“Not only does Flagship Landing give us the flexibility to move in over time, but most importantly, by bringing new life to this historic 132-year-old building, we dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the project,” Executive Director Janine Boire said.


(photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)


"Flagship Landing provides us with an exceptional opportunity to showcase best practices in shoreline redevelopment for a healthier marine environment.”

Janine Boire,
PTMSC Executive Director


Recently, the most comprehensive research report in 25 years on the condition of the Salish Sea was released: “State of the Salish Sea,” by Western Washington University. “Unfortunately, it confirms that the degradation of the local marine environment is outpacing recovery efforts,” Boire said. “Stressors on species, including iconic salmon and southern resident orcas, will accelerate until we take more decisive, collective actions to improve the health of our marine environment. Our mission has never been more critical and we need to reach more people with the message of marine stewardship.”

Even as the scope of our mission has expanded, the pier on which our aquarium sits was assessed by Washington State Parks to be near the end of its useful life. We participated in State Park’s planning efforts and, when it became clear a smaller pedestrian pier was best for the marine environment, our Board of Directors began its search for a new home.

We will move into Flagship Landing in phases. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Phase I will open in Spring 2022 in the center space of the building, which is currently unoccupied. Phase I will include dry exhibits and a gift shop. In the meantime, the space will be used for programs and events. 

Phase II will begin several years hence, allowing time to refine building plans, work with current tenants, secure the necessary permits and mount a capital campaign to fully renovate the building.

Due to the lengthy process required to secure permits for seawater intake and outflow, it will take several years before the aquarium tanks with live animals will be in place at Flagship Landing. We plan to continue operating the existing aquarium on the Fort Worden pier as long as possible to ensure a smooth transition to the new location.

As for our presence at Fort Worden, we hope to remain a partner within the park for the long term. The goal is to transform the current museum building on the beach into an environmental learning center field station, i.e., a hub for our outdoor education programs and partnerships with organizations like the Friends of Fort Worden, the Native Plant Society, and our collaborative camps with Centrum, the Northwest Maritime Center and Northwind Art.




The Port Townsend Marine Science Center
cordially invites you to the

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 17 
 4:00 p.m. PDT

Join us as we review the “silver linings” from 2020 and discuss our exciting news regarding the purchase of the Flagship Landing building!




The Aquarium, Museum,
and gift shop are

Saturday and Sunday 
from 12 - 5 p.m.

Through our info-packed exhibits, learn about what lives on our local shores and beneath the waters of the Salish Sea.

For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we require all visitors wear face masks while visiting the Aquarium, Museum, and gift shop.

Click the button below to plan your visit!


Find another world beneath the waves!


Join us for a guided walk on the beach at low tide and learn how animals survive and thrive in the intertidal zone.

If the low tide walk is full, please email gsanchez@ptmsc.org to be placed on the waiting list. 

This event is family-friendly; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Sketching the Natural World Workshop
offered by Jefferson County Historical Society


Saturday, September 25
11 a.m.

Pope Marine Park, Port Townsend

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History has an upcoming exhibit featuring the work of Maria Coryell-Martin, including paintings and stories to illustrate biological, atmospheric, and personal consequences of climate change. Maria is leading a sketching workshop outside in Pope Marine Park. The workshop will include our very own PTMSC naturalist Carolyn Woods!

60 min workshop
Limited to 30 people

$5 for kids; $10 for adults – includes admission to both the Jefferson Museum of Art & History and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center all day 

pre-registration required via Simpletix - email Amy for details

Event held outdoors at Pope Marine Park; in case of inclement weather group will gather on pier or under Maritime Center awning.

Each participant will receive a small art kit including paper, pencil, small watercolor set, and water brush (JCHS to provide)


45 minutes of group discussion/guided looking with a naturalist/group sketching
15 minutes of independent sketching Participants can continue sketching after the workshop, and are encouraged to visit the museum.

Event staff:

Maria Coryell-Martin – teaching artist
(Jefferson County Historical Society)
Carolyn Woods – naturalist ( PTMSC)
Amy Swanson – program coordinator
(Jefferson County Historical Society)

Contact JCHS program coordinator Amy Swanson at  amy@jchsmuseum.org to learn more about this exciting program!



The Art of Water Project

Water shapes our world, our imagination, and moves us to create

image: Rain Drop by John Sullivan

We invite you to collaborate with us in our partnership with Barbara Krystal of the University of Washington, in a project celebrating WATER. Following the spirit of community science, THE ART OF WATER PROJECT honors public scholarship and carries that inclusivity into the realm of the arts & humanities.

We welcome displaying your creative work in the online gallery: theartofwater.global

Exhibits include: Music, Material Art, Photography, Performance, Film, and Written Verse.

Submissions are accepted via the link below.

For any questions contact: Barbara Krystal at theartofwater.global@gmail.com or bjk9@uw.edu


DONATE YOUR VEHICLE through C.A.R.S. and help out PTMSC!

Ready to get rid of an old car while supporting a cleaner planet? We here at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center make charitable car donation so easy! It also feels better when you support the cause you love. Donate today at our C.A.R.S. page or call (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433

in partnership with Puget Sound Express

photo by Wendy Feltham

We have sailings through New Year's Eve!
Seats book fast, so don't miss out!



Discover PTMSC's original activities that will keep you and your child inspired to learn more about Salish Sea science!

We also provide links to other K-12 online learning resources to keep you and your children engaged between your visits to our exhibits!

Check out our continuously updated offerings!



Just another great post from our dedicated
social media team here at PTMSC. 

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532 Battery Way  | Port Townsend, Washington 98368
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