Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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December 2019

Herring off our dock spinning in a circle, photographed by Wendy Feltham after volunteering in our exhibit.

Feeling too busy this holiday season? Take a break and visit our museum exhibit. We'll be OPEN Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Our aquarium will be open December 27, 28, 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

photo by Wendy Feltham


Tuesday, December 3

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and now GIVING TUESDAY! We're celebrating philanthropy with this new tradition and hope you can take part. 

Watch your inbox for matching gift announcements and fun octopus facts. 


New Year's Eve
Wildlife Cruise

Tuesday, December 31
in partnership with Puget Sound Express

Enjoy the holidays with an intimate journey and unencumbered view of Protection Island Aquatic Reserve with your family and friends, accompanied by a PTMSC naturalist who will provide enlightening commentary on both the history of Protection Island and the sea birds and marine life that make the island their home.

Click below to reserve your spot and to learn more about this experience--and don't forget to bring your camera!


photo by Penelope Jensen


All lectures take place in the Chapel at Fort Worden at 3 pm.

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.




Sunday, December 8, 2019
Carla Stehr

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retired
read bio here

Art and Science of the Marine Micro World

During her career as a marine biologist at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Stehr examined fish, invertebrates and plankton with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). As an artist-scientist, she uses these images to inspire creations that illustrate the elegance found in the marine environment. Fabric and stitch are her favorite art forms and she frequently adds paint, dye, colored pencil and more.  



January 12
John Calambokidis

Cascadia Research
read bio here

Lecture: Recent Changes in Large Whale Occurrence
and Threats in Washington 
(learn more)

February 9
Neil Harrington

Environmental Biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
read bio here

Lecture: Toxic Phytoplankton of the Pacific Northwest (learn more)


photo by David Conklin


April 26 - May 1


Water World (Grades 5-6), a dynamic collaboration between Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, is filled with activities and projects that expand and enhance elementary students’ experience of the marine world through the lenses of both science and art.

In collaboration with artists, scientists, and peers from across the state, students integrate scientific investigations with creative writing, dance, and visual art. The result is a multi-faceted, full immersion learning experience.

Students work in small groups that rotate through activities in the field as well as in laboratories, performance studios, and natural history exhibits. Each day offers a mix of both scientific and artistic workshops. The group size is small to allow for maximum personal attention and minimum impact on fragile environments.

Evening programs include storytelling, activities at the Marine Science Center, and a student presentation on the final night, showcasing new learning about marine ecosystems and sharing artistic creations.

Tuition, room and board is $545, and scholarships are available. For this program, student groups of 4 to 6 sign up with an adult chaperone. Tuition, room and board is free for chaperones.


NEW 2020 Volunteer Information Sessions

Volunteering with the Marine Science Center is a great way to get involved in your community, meet new people, and take action to help the Salish Sea. Come learn more about volunteering at one of the information sessions.

Upcoming 2020 dates are:
Tuesday, January 14
Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Orientation is 4--5:30 p.m. in the Museum classroom (building 502, on the shore)

For more information or to RSVP, contact Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.
For more information, we encourage you to visit https://ptmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer



Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

noon to 5 pm
Aquarium will be OPEN 
12/27, 12/28, 12/29 from noon to 5 pm

Admission by donation through winter months
(until March 27, 2020)


Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582

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