The Salmon Way book signing event with Amy Gulick takes place on TUESDAY MAY 10 (NOT Sunday).

My apologies for the error in the original Octopress May 2022 edition sent earlier today.

Keep on reading for more details! 

Thanks! Brian Kay @ PTMSC


Octopress Online
May 2022

A group of Brants (Branta bernicla) congregate near the PTMSC pier. Read about them here.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.

GiveBIG 2022 starts TOMORROW!


Northern clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus). 
Photo by Katie Arbuckle.

Imagine a dark, cold and wet January night. An unforgettable night when several PTMSC staff and volunteers had a chance encounter with an octopus during an intertidal monitoring foray. The unpleasant conditions were quickly forgotten as the group reveled in their rare discovery.

Many a pair of boots has been caked in muck attempting a close-up encounter with one of the Salish Sea’s marine mysteries.

For over 40 years, the PTMSC has been offering a front row seat to the marvels of the Salish Sea.

Help us ignite the curiosity of the next generation of stewards who will help protect these wondrous waters.


#GiveBIG starts tomorrow, May 3!


Please give generously. Vital programs like these are only possible with your generous support.


Learn more at PTMSC’s GiveBIG 2022 page!



JOIN US as we count all species at Fort Worden!

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will host its 5th annual, 24-hour BioBlitz at Fort Worden State Park. Join the fun at a safe social distance, and record all living species (including plants, animals, fungi, and everything else) within the park boundary!


Saturday, May 21 10 a.m.


Sunday, May 22 10 a.m.

PTMSC staff and AmeriCorps will be available to answer questions by the museum entrance from 10 AM-11AM and 12PM to 4PM on Saturday. Additionally Fort Worden AmeriCorps will be available to answer questions near the North Beach parking lot from 1PM to 3PM on Saturday.

We will be using the iNaturalist app and website to help us as we venture out to all corners of the state park to find, photograph, and identify as many different species as we can. All of the observations that you make in Fort Worden State Park during the BioBlitz will be automatically added to our iNaturalist BioBlitz page. 

Click the button below to learn more.
Please RSVP and direct questions to Erin Merklein at!


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


Join us for these free community gathering sin 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!


Friday, May 20
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Quilcene High School
Multipurpose Room

This event will be in conjunction with Quilcene's Show Us Your Community Night which will also be serving a free hot meal to community members. 

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

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
Limited, modest stipends are available per event. 

Book Signing & Presentation with Award Winning Author AMY GULICK


award winning author Amy Gulick


in partnership with 
Save Our Wild Salmon, North Olympic Orca Pod, and Wild Orca

Tuesday, May 10

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Rose Theater 
in Port Townsend

doors open at 6:00 pm
for book signing and socializing

Join us for a presentation and book signing with Amy Gulick, an award-winning nature photographer and writer. Amy will guide us with engaging stories and stunning images from The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, her book that celebrates the relationships among salmon and people in Alaska. The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, is the recipient of an Independent Publisher Book Award, a Nautilus Book Award, an INDIES Book of the Year Award, and has been named a Best Indie Book by Kirkus Reviews.

This is an all-ages event and free with your RSVP.
For more information and to RSVP visit
Save Our wild Salmon’s event page


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!


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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