Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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February 2020

Another MLK Day Weed Pull, another success. Thanks to all who helped us and the Friends of Fort Worden out! See story below for a full report.

photo by Wendy Feltham


photo by Penelope Jensen

FUTURE OF OCEANS Lecture Series:
Toxic Phytoplankton of the Pacific Northwest


 Sunday, February 9 at 3 pm
Chapel at Fort Worden  

Neil Harrington
Environmental Biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
read bio here

Neil Harrington has worked for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe since 2012. His work has focused on harmful algal blooms, shellfish safety, invasive European green crab monitoring and outreach to school children. He has 17 years of experience working on natural resources on the North Olympic Peninsula. He holds a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography from UC Santa Cruz.

This lecture is the final lecture of this season's Future of Oceans Lecture Series, so don't miss this one! 

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.



Sign up your child before they fill up!

Our summer camps allow burgeoning young scientists and adventurers to spend a week exploring beaches, uncovering treasures hidden in our exhibits, playing games, making crafts, and hiking through beautiful Fort Worden State Park. 

Our science campers come back year after year and many of our past campers return again as camp counselors. Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week! 

PTMSC members receive $10 off each registration.
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join today to enjoy this and many other members-only benefits

Click to learn more and to sign up... camps fill up FAST so don't delay!



Benefit Dinner & Auction

Saturday, March 14
5 - 9 p.m.
The Commons at Fort Worden

Join us for a memorable evening of warm camaraderie, delectable food and spirited bidding.

NOTE: In a show of solidarity and concern for our declining Southern Resident Orca population, we have removed salmon from this year's menu. (the dwindling Chinook salmon population poses a critical threat to resident Orca survival.)

Seating is limited - reserve now!
Reserve and view menu options at 
or phone us at (360) 385.5582 ext. 104



Join us for a guided low tide walk led by PTMSC staff and volunteers!

Wednesday, February 19th
6:30 - 8 PM

North Beach County Park, Port Townsend
FREE (donations appreciated)

Find out what marine critters get up to after dark!

Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing, flashlight and/or headlamp 

Parking is limited; please carpool

Please RSVP to Marley Loomis
at mloomis@ptmsc.org or call (360) 385-5582 x 115

artwork by Carolyn Woods


Fiber Art Inspired by Marine Science
2-day Intensive Workshop 
With Carla Stehr, Marine Biologist/Fiber Artist

Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10

10 am - 4:30 pm

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Explore, observe, record, and research the nearshore marine environment as a source of inspiration for your artwork. This two-day workshop is designed to guide you through a close examination of the beach and water using the tools of marine science, and then turn these observations into fiber art of your own.

Day One: Draw or photograph what you see on the beach, in the Aquarium, or in water samples taken from the pier. Use microscopes to get a closer look at what you see, and use these digital images or your own drawings to plan your fiber art project for the second day.

Day Two: "Experiment with layered fabrics, paint, water-soluble coloured pencils and more to transform your observations into artwork."

“I hope this workshop provides people with opportunities to see aspects of marine life they might not be aware of because they are hidden between rocks or too small to see without a microscope.”

$300 plus $30 materials fee


photo by Wendy Feltham


Thanks to all who helped out!

AmeriCorps service volunteer Mandi Johnson shares photographer-extraordinaire Wendy Feltham's photos of the latest MLK Day of Service project--we had a record of 60 volunteers show up!


2020 Wildlife Cruises
Now Available!

in partnership with
Puget Sound Express and Sound Experience

We have sailings through New Year's Eve 2020!

Look up dates and book online

Reserve your seats today! 
Seats book FAST so don't miss out!


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, 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 CLOSED)

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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