Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Octopress Online
March 2020

Brants looking ahead through the surf.
Looking ahead to our dinner and auction?
Read on and find out how you can join us for another awesome and inspiring event!

photo by Wendy Feltham


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Benefit Dinner & Auction

Saturday, March 14
5 - 9 p.m.
The Commons at Fort Worden

Join us for a memorable evening of warm camaraderie, delectable food and spirited bidding.

NOTE: In a show of solidarity and concern for our declining Southern Resident Orca population, we have removed salmon from this year's menu. (the dwindling Chinook salmon population poses a critical threat to resident Orca survival.)

This event may SELL OUT - reserve now!


or phone us at (360) 385.5582 ext. 104 to reserve


Orca Level Presenting Sponsor:


Octopus Level Sponsor:

Sea Star Level Sponsor:


artwork & layout
by Carolyn Woods
(click image for flyer)


Thursday, March 5th
6 pm

PTMSC Aquarium

See fish in the dark!

ALL AGES! 5 & under FREE!



Saturday, April 25
meet at PTMSC Museum

Please join us in celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary by participating in the 2020 Beach Clean Up on Sat., April 25. Volunteer to help turn the tide on marine debris in the Salish Sea and be part of the WA Coastsavers statewide celebration of cleaner oceans. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center hosts this event once again with local community sponsorship from the Port Townsend Food Coop and Olympic Disposal. 

All volunteers will receive a $5 gift card to the PT Food Coop.

Registration opens soon



Sign up your child before they fill up!

Our summer camps allow burgeoning young scientists and adventurers to spend a week exploring beaches, uncovering treasures hidden in our exhibits, playing games, making crafts, and hiking through beautiful Fort Worden State Park. 

Our science campers come back year after year and many of our past campers return again as camp counselors. Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week! 

PTMSC members receive $10 off each registration.
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join today to enjoy this and many other members-only benefits

Click to learn more and to sign up... camps fill up FAST so don't delay!


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Identification and Appreciation Class 

at Fort Worden in Port Townsend
April 13 – May 15, 2020
Class meets 5 Mondays, 1-4 PM and 1 Friday field trip

Learn to recognize common plant families, identify species using the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, and understand the interplay of geography and vegetation in our area. Your instructor, Dr. Fayla Schwartz, formerly taught Biology and Botany at Everett Community College where she developed and taught a class called Plants of the Pacific Northwest, based on a similar class offered at the University of Washington.

For further information about course fees and scholarships,


Sponsored by Olympic Chapter, WA Native Plant Society
and Port Townsend Marine Science Center


Fiber Art Inspired by Marine Science
2-day Intensive Workshop 
With Carla Stehr, Marine Biologist/Fiber Artist

Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10

10 am - 4:30 pm

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Explore, observe, record, and research the nearshore marine environment as a source of inspiration for your artwork. This two-day workshop is designed to guide you through a close examination of the beach and water using the tools of marine science, and then turn these observations into fiber art of your own.

Day One: Draw or photograph what you see on the beach, in the Aquarium, or in water samples taken from the pier. Use microscopes to get a closer look at what you see, and use these digital images or your own drawings to plan your fiber art project for the second day.

Day Two: "Experiment with layered fabrics, paint, water-soluble coloured pencils and more to transform your observations into artwork."

“I hope this workshop provides people with opportunities to see aspects of marine life they might not be aware of because they are hidden between rocks or too small to see without a microscope.”

$300 plus $30 materials fee



PTMSC is hiring!
Join our summer camp team as the Camps Assistant to support hands-on outdoor science learning this summer.


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!

3-Day Birdwatching Tours
with Puget Sound Express

April 14-16:  
3-Day Audubon Salish Sea
Birdwatching Cruise

Oct 5-7: 
3-Day San Juan Island
Birdwatching & Wildlife Cruise

Join Puget Sound Express for exciting 3 day cruises through the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Selected by National Geographic as one of the World’s Top 3 destinations, the waters around the San Juan Islands are home to shorebirds, seabirds,  humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, Steller sea lions, porpoise, otters, and so much more.

Spend days on the comfortable 70-seat Glacier Spirit, and evenings in luxury at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island.

We’re very pleased to announce that the Tour Naturalist for our cruise is none other than Bob Boekelheide, former Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center. You won’t find a better guide to the area’s flora and fauna than Bob.


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, 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
(aquarium CLOSED)

Admission by donation through winter months
until March 27, 2020 (when


Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582

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