Octopress Online
January 2022

A great blue heron.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


A new exhibit now open at PTMSC's
Flagship Landing Building in downtown Port Townsend

Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea


Exhibit OPEN
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 12 - 3 p.m.

Flagship Landing Building
1001 Water Street in downtown Port Townsend

We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea is an inspiring photo exhibit that features the wildlife and people who call Puget Sound home. Based on the book of the same name, published by Braided River and the Washington Environmental Council, this large format photo exhibit features striking photography and stories from around our region designed to spark urgent action to restore Puget Sound’s health for generations to come. 
We Are Puget Sound amplifies the voices and ideas behind preserving and protecting Puget Sound, showcasing regional photographers and the many individuals working to find meaningful solutions to protect Puget Sound's waters, wildlife and the human health and economic prosperity that this region supports.
The exhibit originally opened at the Seattle Aquarium, then traveled to the Tacoma Public Library before heading to Port Townsend. Our goal with our partners is to bring people together to focus on one action a month from the campaign's 10 Things You Can Do for Puget Sound. 
This is our first formal exhibit in the Flagship Landing Building and we are using this time as a beta test of the gallery. It is a completely separate space from where the new gift shop and exhibit will be opening in March, which is in the front of the building and is being modified this winter.

The Washington Environmental Council and Braided River partnered with PTMSC to bring the free exhibit to Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s Flagship Landing Building. 




Sunday, January 23

3 p.m.

via ZOOM
(find more info and register for FREE at this link)

For thousands of years, the bountiful land and waters we now call the Puget Sound – a significant part of the Salish Sea – have provided a remarkable home to humans, with food, shelter and connections with others. Coast Salish people rely on salmon and other fish, and shellfish, such as clams, oysters, and mussels. However, human activities over the last two centuries have changed this ecosystem in ways that have strongly impacted the plants, animals and people who rely on these natural resources.

Join us for an engaging and interactive discussion with several Salish Sea scientists doing amazing and important work.

Speakers include:

  • Mindy Roberts, Puget Sound Program Director at Washington Environmental Council
  • Joe Gaydos, Science Director, SeaDoc Society
  • Brian Footen, Founder and principal of Earthviews

This event is sponsored by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Washington Environmental CouncilMountaineers Books, and Braided River.


Join us for our 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!


Monday, January 17
(MLK Jr. Day)
Noon-3 p.m.


Fort Worden - meet at PTMSC Museum portico

Join us for our 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Fort Worden State Park! January 17th Noon-3pm, all ages welcome. We will be pulling invasive dune grass. Some tools will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own shovel/pitchfork and wear sturdy gloves!

Meet in the PTMSC Museum Portico at 12:00pm.

RSVP encouraged: Erin Merklein 
Click the button below or email emerklein@ptmsc.org
or call (360) 385-5582 ext 113.

This event is outdoors; we ask you to bring a mask and wear it when within 6' of other participants.


JeffCo Repair Goes REMOTE!
Register in advance to have your cherished item repaired!


Saturday, January 15

1-3 p.m.

PTMSC Museum portico
(building next to Canteen at Fort Worden)


What do you do with...

  • Your favorite sweater with a tear in the elbow?
  • A toaster that no longer works?
  • A vacuum that stopped working and has you stumped? 
  • Your computer that is running oh so slowly?


You bring it to a Repair Event!!


Jefferson County's first Repair Cafe was in February, 2020 and we are planning another in-person event for March, 2022! 

But until then, our Repair events are going remote! Our first Drop-off event will be December 11th, 2021 from 1-3pm at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Museum portico (the building next to the canteen).

Register your broken belonging in advance for our the December 11 Drop-off event!




As we look forward to 2022, we want to express our heartfelt thanks for your care and love of the Salish Sea. Together we are inspiring others and making change. 

Great news: we surpassed our annual appeal goal of $35,000, raising $38,733! 

Cheers, and Happy New Year!

From all of us at PTMSC.




Ellen Hargis,
Search Committee Chair

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking a visionary and entrepreneurial leader who will guide the organization as it transitions into a new facility, ensuring PTMSC’s ability to meet its mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director implements the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s strategic plan by leading people, leading change, exercising business acumen, and building coalitions.

The detailed job description and application process can be found online at https://ptmsc.org/exec_director_2021

Please share this notice broadly within your professional network. Thank you!




Our 16th annual auction, on April 16, will celebrate the Port Townsend Marine Science Center's 40th anniversary!  We invite you to donate a good or service.

Our most popular items each year are getaways and experiences. Perhaps you have a timeshare or vacation home? Also popular are dinners or wine tastings. Feel free to team up with a friend! 

To donate, just click here and fill out the form. Thank you!

PTMSC Winter Hours

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is now operating on a winter hours schedule.
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 any unanticipated closures or schedule changes due to the weather or Covid restrictions. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.


At Fort Worden State Park

The Aquarium is closed to the public until early April, 2022.
The Museum & Gift Shop are open 
Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is by donation.


At Flagship Landing Building 
1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend

The Exhibit Gallery will be open 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 3 p.m.
On Exhibit: We are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea
Admission is Free.

This exhibit was produced by the Washington Environmental Council and Braided River. We thank them for sharing it with our community.


In all PTMSC buildings, masks are required, and must be worn covering nose and mouth, during your visit. This is per State of WA COVID-19 guidelines. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask. Only cloth and paper face masks are acceptable.

Whether you visit us this winter to enjoy new exhibits or familiar collections, we look forward to seeing you and learning more about the Salish Sea with you.

You can stay up to date on how Sylvia the octopus and the many other Aquarium animals are doing this winter by checking our website and YouTube page, and following us on Facebook and Instagram


DONATE YOUR VEHICLE 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

We Bought the Flagship Landing Building! 

(photo by Jen Lee Light Photography)

We are pleased to announce that PTMSC purchased the Flagship Landing building in August of 2021 at 1001 Water Street in the heart of downtown Port Townsend. We are thrilled that our new home will be adapted to provide a platform for our vision to foster the growth of generations of environmental stewards living in balance with marine ecosystems.  

The move to the new space will be a carefully planned transition over the next few years.

Read more details here.



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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!

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

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