Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Octopress Online
November 2019

A majestic blue heron whizzes past the PTMSC aquarium building on Monday, October 21.

Did you know our aquarium is open Fridays through Sundays noon to 5pm now through December 1? Don't miss your opportunity to check our our touch tanks before they close for the year!

This blue heron came on the wrong day. You can show up on the right day! 

photo by Wendy Feltham


photo by Penelope Jensen


All lectures take place in the Chapel at Fort Worden at 3 pm.

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.




Sunday, November 10, 2019
Julie Keister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biological Oceanography
University of Washington

read bio here

The Zooplankton of Puget Sound:
Links to Climate and Fisheries

Dr. Keister’s research focuses on a variety of problems in biological oceanography and zooplankton ecology, particularly those related to how climate-driven environmental change interacts with biological processes to control zooplankton biogeography, diversity, community structure, and abundance. Interactions between the environment and zooplankton population structure, behavior (e.g., diel vertical migration), and growth ultimately control ecosystems including fish and other upper trophic level organisms. Dr. Keister works on these interdisciplinary projects using a combination of field collections, laboratory experiments, satellite data and collaboration with modelers.




December 8
Carla Stehr

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retired
read bio here

Lecture: Art and Science of the Marine Micro World
(learn more)

January 12
John Calambokidis

Cascadia Research
read bio here

Lecture: Recent Changes in Large Whale Occurrence
and Threats in Washington 
(learn more)

February 9
Neil Harrington

Environmental Biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
read bio here

Lecture: Toxic Phytoplankton of the Pacific Northwest (learn more)


Winter Wildlife Cruises

Thanksgiving Cruise
Saturday, November 30
New Year's Eve Cruise
Tuesday, December 31

in partnership with Puget Sound Express

Enjoy the holidays with an intimate journey and unencumbered view of Protection Island Aquatic Reserve with your family and friends, accompanied by a PTMSC naturalist who will provide enlightening commentary on both the history of Protection Island and the sea birds and marine life that make the island their home.

Click below to reserve your spot and to learn more about this experience--and don't forget to bring your camera!


"Cruisin' The Fossil Coastline"

Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson
Lecture and Book Signing

Saturday, November 16 

7 pm

Commons at Fort Worden State Park

$5 general public
(FREE to PTMSC Octopus & Orca members)

Port Townsend Marine Science Center to host lecture and book signing by paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll

Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson will discuss their recent book, “Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline,” which they co-authored following a lengthy trip from Baja, Calif., to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America’s Pacific coast, one of the oldest on earth. It is a rich ground for discovery, including extinct marine mammals, pygmy mammoths, polar dinosaurs, California walruses and more. The pair will share photographs and artworks created over the last decade for the book, along with tales and anecdotes from their many fossil adventures up and down the west coast.


This event co-sponsored with:



Estate Planning for You, Your Family and Your Community

Thursday, November 7th
3 – 5 p.m.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center 
Museum classroom (on shore)
at Fort Worden State Park

You are invited to join us for a free seminar on estate planning. Learn how to make an estate plan that will benefit you, your loved ones, and the organizations you support. You will learn what to include in your will, how to avoid probate, which gifts to leave to heirs and which to charitable causes to get the best tax advantages, how to receive income while making a gift during your lifetime, and other strategic giving options.

An estate plan can help you provide for your family, as well as leave a lasting legacy through the non-profit organization(s) of your choice. Planned gifts offer people of all income levels a way to make a difference for future generations.

The seminar will be conducted by:
Stephen C. Moriarty, Attorney at Law, specialist in estate planning with the Law Offices of Moriarty and Ralston


You will not be solicited in any way, nor will any particular investment products or methods be promoted.  The seminar is free and open to everyone. Please call 385-5582, ext 101 with questions or to RSVP.



Thanksgiving Weekend!

The once-a-year PTMSC Gift Shop sale is coming up Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Gift Shop will be OPEN Noon to 5 pm each day.

All merchandise is 10% off!* 
(15% off for PTMSC members) 

Support the PTMSC while finding unique gifts, books, jewelry, and PTMSC logo gear for everyone on your holiday list.

*except Gift Cards and Memberships.


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, January 14
Tuesday, February 18
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

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

WINTER HOURS begin Friday, December 6
AQUARIUM CLOSED; MUSEUM OPEN Fridays Saturdays & Sundays noon to 5 pm


Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582

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