Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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January 2019

Our aquarium may be closed, but you can still check out our museum with the impressive skeleton of Hope the orca.

photo by Brian Kay

Martin Luther King
Day of Service

Monday, January 21, from 12-3 pm
Museum classroom

Join the PTMSC AmeriCorps for our 7th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 21st, from noon to 3pm. We will meet at the Museum Exhibit for a brief introduction and then get to work removing invasive dune grass (Ammophila). 

We will have some tools provided but any tools you are able to bring such as gloves and shovels would be appreciated. Dress for the weather and don't forget your reusable water bottle! Grab your friends and family for a day of service and fun! 

Help us make Martin Luther King Day a "day on, not a day off".

RSVP to Mandi at mjohnson@ptmsc.org.


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

January 13, 2019
Jan Newton, PhD:

Big Oceans, Small Sensors, Large Knowledge
Senior Principal Oceanographer
Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

read bio here 
Jan serves as co-director of the recently established Washington Ocean Acidification Center, which operates from the College of the Environment, and is also Executive Director of the Northwest branch of the Integrated Ocean Observing System, a 'mega-project' that uses new technologies to observe the changing ocean and its human impacts.

Read more about our upcoming Future of Oceans lectures here.



PTMSC Octopus and Orca donor circle members get FREE admission to all lecture series events?

You can too!

New Volunteer Information Session

Saturday, January 19, from 10 - 11:30 am
Aquarium classroom
On the pier at Fort Worden

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.

There are many opportunities available, from interpreting and greeting in the Aquarium and Museum, helping with the auction, to helping maintain the aquariums and touch tanks in the Aquarium. Learn about Citizen Science, and the opportunities available.

Visit our Volunteering at PTMSC web page.

To RSVP or find out more, contact Gabriele at 360.385.5582 x120 or volunteer@ptmsc.org.


Port Townsend Yacht Club Scholarship Opportunity

The Yacht Club is seeking Jefferson County high-school students interested in applying for scholarship funds in post-high school study in fields including Marine Sciences, Marine Systems, Maritime Trades, and Boatbuilding.

Interested? Click the link below to get more details and to find the scholarship PDF. Deadline is January 21, 2019.


Dispatches from PTMSC's AmeriCorps Volunteers

This season's AmeriCorps crew have only been aboard a few months and already they are making a difference, and it shows in their latest PTMSC Blog posts. Click the links 

Natural History Educator Ellie Kravets reports on nature's stormy impact on PTMSC's daily operations, as well as how our local beach has shifted dramatically as a result of just one gale force storm.

Read on our blog: A stormy start to the season! 

Citizen Science Lab Educator Michael Siddel reports on the latest monthly survey of the 23,000 acre Protection Island Aquatic Reserve. Read more to see what birds Michael found in the latest of a two-year-running survey.

Read on our blog: December Survey for Protection Island Aquatic Reserve

Volunteer Program Educator Mandi Johnson shares how she and the rest of the AmeriCorps team taught Quilcene students about the complex Salish Sea food web and the important role every animal fills in our ecosystem.

Read on our blog: Salish Food Web Fun!

Aquarium Educator Marley Loomis updates us on building a new faux piling for our aquarium while giving us some background on creosote removal practices in our waters.

Read on our blog: New Faux Piling for our Piling Tank

Every year, we are fortunate to work with a talented group of AmeriCorps. This year is no exception!



12 to 5 pm


Admission by donation

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532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582

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