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December 2022

California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) sunning on the rocks.

Photo by PTMSC Volunteer Wendy Feltham

LECTURES 2022-2023

Our Future Of Oceans lecture series continues!

Our new season of lectures is underway!

Check out a new selection of lectures that draw on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.

Here's our next offering for the series:


2022 update on the status of the invasive European green crab in Washington State

Presented by
Neil Harrington
Environmental biologist,
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

December 4
3 p.m.

Fort Worden Chapel

In 2022 the proliferation of European green crab in Washington was declared an emergency by Governor Inslee. Neil Harrington will go over the biological and ecological implications of this invasive species and detail the fight to prevent their establishment with a focus on the North Olympic Peninsula.


Click the link below to get info the full event series, including YouTube links to past lectures.

To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for these events; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.



Your support sustains us!


We did it! Giving Tuesday 2022 was a success!

With your help, we surpassed our goal of $20,000 with a total of $30,750 raised! Many thanks to the Skidmores for providing the challenge match.

We are so grateful for your dedication and support of the valuable programs that reach over 20,000 people each year with the message of ocean stewardship!


Bull Kelp:
Our Remarkable Underwater Forests


OPEN Fridays - Sundays,
12 - 3 p.m.
November 25, 2022 - February 26, 2023

PTMSC Gallery at Flagship Landing
1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend

Times may vary.
Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Schedule at ptmsc.org/visit-us.


A family friendly traveling exhibit exploring the vital worlds (of kelp forests) just off our shores. This is a combination 3D experience of a bull kelp forest and its creatures with 7 illustrated interpretive panels, video and sound.

Activities and docents provided on Fri- Sun, from 12-3 p.m. Holidays, staff availability and weather may alter these plans; go to ptmsc.org/visit-us to see the current schedule.

Suitable for all ages.
Admission is free.
Donations welcomed and appreciated.


Please note our Winter Hours schedule

Aquarium at Fort Worden

Museum at Fort Worden

Visitor Center and Store at 1001 Water Street

We hope you will visit us at both of our locations (Fort Worden and 1001 Water Street).
As always, it’s a good idea to check the website for current hours, unanticipated closures or schedule changes due to the weather or Covid restrictions.

Here’s a quick look at what to expect:


The Aquarium is staying open on Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m. through Dec. 18, then closing to public visitors until the spring warm-up. 

The Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.
The Museum will be closed to the public on December 24 - 25 and December 31 - January 1. 

Beginning in January, 2023, the Museum will be open through the winter on an "Admission by Donation" basis.

1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend

Through Dec. 18, the Visitor Center & Store are open Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 23:
open regular hours, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Dec. 25

Friday, Dec. 30:
open regular hours, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023

Resume regular hours January 6.


PTMSC Online Merch!

Order your shirts and hoodies your style, your way through our Bonfire store!



LISTEN to our Executive Director BEE on KPTZ Radio


Our Executive Director Bee Redfield recently interviewed with KPTZ's Larry Stein, sharing her personal history leading to this new position.

She also talks with Larry about her plans in moving forward with the ambitious expansion of the PTMSC in their new home at the Flagship Landing building on Water Street.

Listen to the half-hour recording on KPTZ's Attention Please! Podcast page.


Support our mission while you shop online!

By signing up with Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchases can go to a nonprofit of your choice--make sure that nonprofit is the Port Townsend Marine Science Center!

Go to smile.amazon.com and select our Amazon Smile Handle: Port Townsend Marine Science Society Fort Worden State Park. Done! 



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!


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

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