Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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January 2020

Like this sanderling, we at PTMSC are getting down to business in 2020.

As this new year begins, we are excited at the opportunities that await us.

Take a look at our brand new wildlife cruise schedule below!

photo by Wendy Feltham


Monday, January 20

Join PTMSC for our 8th annual MLK Day of Service! This year, we will be pulling invasive European Dune Grass from the beaches of Fort Worden.

Some tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own spading fork or shovel and wear sturdy gloves! Plan on meeting at the PTMSC Museum at noon on Jan. 20, 2020. Light refreshments will be provided. Remember to bring your reusable water bottle!

RSVP encouraged: Mandi Johnson, mjohnson@ptmsc.org, 360-385-5582 ext 116.


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, January 12
John Calambokidis

Cascade Research
read bio here

Recent Changes in Large Whale Occurrence and Threats in Washington

John Calambokidis is a Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. He periodically (1991-2012) serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans. As a Senior Research Biologist at Cascadia Research he has served as Project Director of over 100 projects. He has authored two books on marine mammals as well as more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. He has conducted studies on a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska. He has directed long-term research on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel and others and has been featured in National Geographic TV specials and a magazine article in 2009.



February 9
Neil Harrington

Environmental Biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
read bio here

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


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, 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

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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