Octopress Online

December 2020


This time of year, harlequin ducks don't get what all the fuss is about turkeys.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


GivingTuesday is here!

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

This GivingTuesday, we are excited to bring more festivities and education to you online with the story of Tiny the giant Pacific octopus!

Meet Tiny, our resident
giant Pacific octopus!


Click to view an exclusive video of
Tiny the octopus on Instagram!

Join us on ZOOM for a live presentation about Tiny, our baby GPO (giant Pacific octopus) THIS TUESDAY December 1st, 10 AM.

Learn about how we came to have Tiny in our aquarium, how we know she is a female and how we take care of her. 

ZOOM Link: https://bit.ly/3nXwoTt


You can support Tiny and all her friends in the aquarium by donating TODAY. 

You don't have to wait 'til Tuesday—help us meet our $3000 match!


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.


offered with generous support from the Darrow Family

the second installment of
The Future of Oceans lecture series:

"Immersions in the
World of Kelp"

Betsy Peabody
Puget Sound Restoration Fund


December 13

3 pm via ZOOM


Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been steeped in kelp work for the last decade.  This presentation will delve into the results of the Hood Head seaweed investigation, R&D underway to restore bull kelp forests, a newly launched underwater kelp ecological survey program, and an upcoming 2021 kelp expedition.
Betsy Peabody is founder and executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF), a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to restore marine habitat, water quality and native species in Puget Sound.  She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute.  In 2012, Betsy served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, and continues to be actively involved in efforts to mitigate the effects of ocean acidification.  In 2013, she collaborated with NOAA to establish a conservation hatchery at NOAA’s Manchester Research Station dedicated to restoring native shellfish and other living marine resources.  Betsy has a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University – and a strong appreciation for the role that marine resources play in our human story.


Upcoming Lectures:

all lectures are FREE and take place online via ZOOM on the designated day.

Find more info and updates on our lecture series website!


Lecture Video available:

Missed the November lecture with Dr. Christopher Kelley? We got you covered! We recorded the event and posted it to YouTube, so please watch and share with your friends and family!




New AmeriCorps educator Meghan Slocombe shares in her first blog post some helpful links to keep us engaged even through this new COVID-19 surge.

Meghan states that "while winter may limit our ability to meet in person we are still a community. (And a strong one at that!) My hope is that we can continue to make our community stronger and larger by contributing to the science of other communities." 


Aquarium & Museum CLOSED

The Museum, Aquarium and gift shop are closed until at least December 14th, per Governor Inslee's most recent guidance. 


Seeking Scholarship Applicants!



The Port Townsend Yacht Club is now seeking scholarship applications! 

PTYC awards scholarships to local community members interested in pursuing careers in the fields of Marine Trades, Marine Sciences, Marine Systems and Boatbuilding. 

For more information and application, click here.




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--the perfect antidote to cabin fever! 

Check out our continuously updated offerings!




Be the envy of your next Zoom meeting!

We are providing these backgrounds of volunteer Wendy Feltham's amazing photography.


CARES Act Encourages Giving

Congress included a way to make it easier to donate to the causes you care about by including these provisions in the CARES Act:

  • $300 of charitable giving (cash) is deductible even if you don't itemize
  • If you do itemize, the deductible limit is raised from 60% to 100% of adjusted gross income
  • Finally, the government has sent out checks of $1,200 to most Americans. Many people who can afford to do so, are paying these funds forward to support organizations they love.

If you have questions, contact Liesl Slabaugh, Development and Marketing Director at lslabaugh@ptmsc.org



PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us as we move through the days ahead--together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!

Support Our Mission. 
Donate Your Vehicle Today!


PTMSC is now an active member with C.A.R.S.

All this time #StayingHome and not going anywhere may have you wondering how your car must feel! It’s hard to let go, but the Port Townsend Marine Science Center makes it easier. 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



Contact Us:
532 Battery Way  | Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582 | info@ptmsc.org

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