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A red rock crab (cancer productus).
Read about them here.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.

In observance of Orca Action Month, PTMSC presents...

"Preventing Extinction--
The Story of Southern Resident Orcas"


presented by
Cindy Hansen
Education & Advocacy Coordinator
 Orca Network

Sunday, June 12

3 p.m.

via ZOOM 
(please RSVP)

The lecture is FREE

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.

From Namu to Free Willy to Blackfish, orcas have fascinated us for generations. But sadly our Washington State marine mammal is in serious trouble. Learn about the fascinating biology, social structure and culture of our local orcas and the events that have led to their decline. Find out how you can become involved and help in the ongoing efforts to prevent the extinction of this beloved icon of the Salish Sea.

Cindy Hansen received a degree in Zoology from the University of Washington and has worked as a naturalist and educator for over 20 years. She has been the Education and Events Coordinator for Orca Network since 2016, working from her home on San Juan Island in addition to doing education, outreach and advocacy throughout the region. Cindy has also migrated with the gray whales to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja Mexico for many years, where she works as a naturalist/guide.

Visit the PTMSC Future of Oceans webpage to learn more about the lectures offered and find links to past recordings. 

And check out www.orcamonth.com to learn about what you can do about the threats facing the magnificent orcas. Be a part of a community celebrating orcas of the Salish Sea.


Volunteers help repair small appliances, textiles/clothes, bicycles, and more!


Join us for these free community gatherings in which people with repair skills share their time and talents to fix their neighbors’ belongings. Bring your toaster that no longer toasts, sweater with a hole in the elbow, and excitement to get these belongings repaired while also learning how they did it and ways you could do it yourself next time!


Saturday, June 11
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tri-Area Community Center
(10 W Valley Rd, Chimacum)

Sunday, July 17
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
(Art Building - Port Townsend)

JeffCo Repair is a grant-funded project sponsored by PTMSC, with the support of Local 2020's Beyond Waste action group.
Grant funding is provided by Department of Ecology Public Participation Grants.




Are you interested in the idea of repair? Are you savvy with troubleshooting and repairing household items like small appliances/electronics or textiles/clothing? Would you be interested in joining our crew of volunteer fixers?

If so, reach out to Mandi at mjohnson@ptmsc.org.
Limited, modest stipends are available per event. 


A Case Study in Collaborative Research for a Sustainable Fishing Future

Tuesday, June 21

7 p.m.

via ZOOM 

(please RSVP)


Emily Buckner 
PNW Crab Research Group Program Coordinator,
Puget Sound Restoration Fund

Dr. Katelyn Bosely 
Puget Sound Crustacean Biologist,
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Elizabeth Tobin 
Shellfish Program Manager,
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

The Dungeness crab is one of the iconic marine species of the Pacific Northwest, contributing ecological, economic, and cultural value to our region. In recent years, a collaborative research group (the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group) formed to investigate lingering questions surrounding this important species and better connect science to fisheries management. This talk will cover the life history of Dungeness crab, the management of the Dungeness crab fishery, and the goals and mission of the PNW Crab Research Group, before discussing the one of the group's major research projects (the Larval Crab Monitoring Network) and the implications of the new information emerging from this collaborative effort. 


of Larval Crab Monitoring

June 22


Fort Worden State Park Pier
@ PTMSC Aquarium

With Emily Buckner, PCRG Program Coordinator and Ali Redman, PTMSC Aquarium Curator.

Join Ali and Emily along with volunteers when they bring up the light trap from under the pier on Wednesday morning. They'll demonstrate the protocol used for their research, provide a closer look at what is in the light trap, and answer questions in this unique, informal presentation.





Part of a series
co-hosted by the
Port Townsend Marine Science Center and
Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee.


Summer is near--get a good look at some sea creatures nearby!

At Kinzie Beach - meet at Museum portico in Fort Worden State Park

Join us for a guided walk on the beach at low tide and learn how living things survive and thrive in the intertidal zone.

Saturday, June 18
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(low -2.31 ft @ 1:42 p.m.)
RSVP here!

Saturday, July 16
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(low -2.52 ft @ 12:34 p.m.)
RSVP here!

Saturday, August 13
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(low -1.91 ft @ 11:30 a.m.)
RSVP here!

Meet at the Museum exhibit portico entrance in Fort Worden State Park 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 and daily extremes of living in the intertidal zone. We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and shoes with good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks. Kinzie Beach is a .4 mile walk from the Museum; closer parking spots are available near the beach. 

Included with admission to PTMSC; $7 for adults and $5 for children over 5. Members are always free!

Check out our Low Tide Walks page to learn more about this hands-on program!


in partnership with Puget Sound Express and Sound Experience


The cruises are BACK!

Seats book fast, so don't miss out!


Check out our two locations!


Aquarium at Fort Worden


Museum at Fort Worden


Visitor Center and Store at 1001 Water Street

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 current hours, unanticipated closures or schedule changes due to the weather or Covid restrictions.
Here’s a quick look at what to expect:


The Aquarium, Museum & Gift Shop are open 
Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.


1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend

The Visitor Center & Store are open
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.




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


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