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May 2021


Red-breasted merganser.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


is almost here!

GiveBIG 2021 starts this Tuesday and we invite you to join us online Tuesday May 4th at 2 p.m. for a special presentation on our new classroom curriculum built around the preserved bones of a stranded male northern elephant seal!

These bones CAN talk, teaching us about the life and death of this magnificent mammal and the health of our Salish Sea.
Please GiveBIG generously today! The creation of science programs like these are an important educational resource for inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea. And they are only made possible by your ongoing support.
Great News! Thanks to a challenge match from a group of donors, the first $10,000 donated will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Learn more at PTMSC’s GiveBIG 2021 page!


BIOBLITZ - This Weekend!
use iNaturalist to ID as many species as you can find at Fort Worden!


May 1st 10 AM -
May 2nd 10 AM

Join the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Fort Worden State Park for our annual BioBlitz! We will be using the iNaturalist app and website to help us find, photograph, and identify as many different species as we can. Don't fret if species ID isn't your thing. All we need is a good photo!

Visit our pier signs from April 16th through May 1st.
Each of the signs has a letter in the bottom left corner. Use the letters to spell a special word. On May 1st, the day of the BioBlitz, go to the museum portico and tell staff the special word to receive a PTMSC sticker. This is a great chance for some socially-distanced family fun!




Exhibits NOW OPEN 
on Saturdays and Sundays
from 12 - 5 pm by reservation only.

Reservations can be booked
on our website's Visit Us page.

  • Admission will be limited to one family group of up to 8 individuals at a time.
  • Everyone, including PTMSC members, must make a reservation
    (1 hour visit with 30 minutes in the Aquarium, followed by 30 minutes in the Museum).
  • Reservations are not required to visit the Gift Shop during open exhibit hours.

Masks will be required along with following all COVID guidelines outlined by WA State and Jefferson County. In addition to limiting group sizes to 8 people per household, PTMSC is providing hand-washing stations, keeping the touch tanks touch-free, and cleaning our exhibits frequently, among other precautions. 


Help us count these amazing creatures from home!

PTMSC helps raise endangered pinto abalone. The abalone we raise are eventually released into the wild and help supplement the natural populations.
Raising healthy and  happy pinto abalone is a big job.
But lucky for us, there are folks like you!

We get our abalone when they are really young, so some mortality is natural. To make sure there aren't any larger issues, we monitor our abalone through population counts...counts that you can do from the comfort of your home!

For more information go to: ptmsc.org/abalone-project


An Evening with DAVID B. WILLIAMS
discussing his new book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound 


Tuesday, May 11

7 p.m.


The Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Jefferson County Historical Society are teaming up to present An Evening with David B. Williams discussing his new book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound. Not far from Seattle skyscrapers live 150-year-old clams, more than 250 species of fish, and underwater kelp forests as complex as any terrestrial ecosystem. For millennia, vibrant Coast Salish communities have lived beside these waters dense with nutrient-rich foods, with cultures intertwined through exchanges across the waterways. Transformed by settlement and resource extraction, Puget Sound and its future health now depend on a better understanding of the region’s ecological complexities.



Port Townsend Marine Science Center Summer Camps return this year with week-long adventures right at the beach in Fort Worden State Park.

We’ll be taking all the precautions needed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for everyone. Click the button below to learn more. 

Now Accepting Applications!

We are pleased to announce the annual $1,500 Anne Murphy Ocean Stewardship scholarship for a graduating East Jefferson county senior. Check our blog post for more information on how to qualify.

To apply for the scholarship, please go to https://thewashboard.org and search for "Anne Murphy Ocean Stewards Scholarship". Questions, please contact Liesl Slabaugh, Development and Marketing Director, at lslabaugh@ptmsc.org or 385-5582 x101.

Applications are due by May 25, 2021. The winner will be selected and notified by May 30.  The award will be given at the school’s award ceremony or another event TBD.


DONATE YOUR VEHICLE through C.A.R.S. and help out PTMSC!

All this time #StayingHome and not going anywhere may have you wondering how your car must feel! It’s hard to let go, but the Port Townsend Marine Science Center makes it easier. 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

in partnership with Puget Sound Express and Sound Experience

photo by Wendy Feltham

We have sailings through New Year's Eve!
Seats book fast, so don't miss out!



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--the perfect antidote to cabin fever! 

Check out our continuously updated offerings!



PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. We have weekly features like Museum Sundays, What's In The Water Wednesdays and #TinyGOP Thursdays!

Follow us online -- together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!


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

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