Port Townsend Marine Science Center
 

Octopress Online
July 2019

Pigeon guillemots (Cepphus columba) basking in the summer sun.

original photo by Wendy Feltham

photo by David Gluckman

2019 PUFFIN CRUISES

in partnership with
Puget Sound Express 

Summer is here, and so are more chances to spot puffins in the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve.

Look up dates and book online
via the Puget Sound Express website

Seats book fast, so don't miss out!
(Don't forget your binoculars!)

ANNUAL MEETING

Tuesday, July 9th
4 - 5:30 pm

Museum Classroom

Executive Director Janine Boire will present highlights of 2018 including a brief financial overview.

PTMSC Board President Diane Baxter will talk about how our mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea is laying the groundwork for the Marine Science Center of the future.

As an added bonus, we will offer a hands-on workshop: participants will learn how to create your own toxic-free cleaning products and actually take home what you make. This is NOT your typical annual meeting! 

We'll see you then!

 

LOW TIDE WALKS:
TWO DATES THIS MONTH!

 

Thursday, July 4th
11 am - 1 pm

- & - 

Sunday, July 14th
9 - 11 am

Museum Portico

FREE with price of admission 


Meet at the Museum exhibit portico entrance for a guided Low Tide Walk on the beach with PTMSC naturalists. Explore tide pools and learn about how marine organisms are adapted for the challenges of living in the intertidal zone.

We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and shoes with good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Woods at cwoods@ptmsc.org or call
(360) 385-5582 x109

And check back to our beach walks page to stay up-to-date on future walks!

 

 

DON'T MISS OUT ON SUMMER CAMPS!
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
We still have openings in the following camps:​

MARINE BIOLOGY

JULY 15-19

(ages 10-12)

LONGBOAT EXPLORATIONS

JULY 23-26

(ages 13-15)

 
 

EXHIBIT GREETERS NEEDED

Help us welcome guests to the Aquarium and Museum! In the Aquarium, you’ll be handling admissions and giving a brief introduction to the touch tanks. If you’d rather be a Museum greeter, you’ll also be handling admissions as well as gift shop sales. Both roles require interactions with guests to explain who we are, and what activities may be going on that day, plus handling the cash register and Point of Sale system.

For more information, we encourage you to visit https://ptmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer

 

BARSTOOL BINGO

@ HILLTOP TAVERN

Wednesday, July 31st

7 - 9 pm

Join us as we ink up some cards for the Salish Sea!
Fun and prizes!
Proceeds go to support our programs.
We'll see you there!

ON THE BLOG:

 

PTMSC Volunteers Receive Media Attention for Hosting Gray Whale Carcass

From Seattle's KING 5 News to The New York Times to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, we're amazed at the groundswell of media attention our volunteers Stefanie Worwag and Mario Rivera received for opening their waterfront property to a 40-foot carcass of a gray whale. 

"NOAA Fisheries works closely with local, state, and other federal agencies to identify suitable sites, but is seeking additional options this year. By volunteering sites, landowners can help support the natural processes of the marine environment...'We’re grateful to Mario and Stefanie for supporting our stranding network and helping us find a location that works for everyone,” said Kristin Wilkinson, Northwest Coordinator for the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network.'"

Read more on our blog about Stefanie and Mario's work (and how you too can help with this effort): Read the blog post here.

 
 
 

Fossil Finding Fun!

While wrapping up a day's work of analyzing the gray whale carcass (see above), AmeriCorps Natural History Educator Ellie Kravets spots what appears to be a concretion: a softball-sized spherical rock containing fossil goodies. 

"Take a fresh piece of prehistoric plant or animal, bury it in sediment, let it cook for a few years, and eventually that piece of organic matter might become the center - or nucleus - of a concretion. Today, these orb-like formations are harder than the surrounding rock, and so are easily eroded from our bluff faces and deposited on our beaches. Crack one open, and that organic nucleus is still there - a fossil, in a perfect geologic gift box!"

Read the blog post here.

 

SUMMER HOURS

BOTH THE AQUARIUM & MUSEUM
OPEN DAILY
(CLOSED Tuesdays)

11 am to 5 pm

$5 adults, $3 youth (ages 6-17), kids FREE (ages 5 and under)

 

Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

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

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