Octopress Online

November 2020


Black turnstones, surfbird, & black-bellied plovers take flight.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.


offered with generous support from the Darrow Family

the first installment of
The Future of Oceans lecture series:

"In Deeper Waters:
Exploring Earth's Largest,
Yet Least Understood, Biome"

Dr. Christopher Kelly


November 8

3 pm via ZOOM


Dr. Christopher KelleyEarth is a water world with the sea covering 70% of its surface. Even though the depths below SCUBA represent the largest biome on the planet, the "deep sea" is also the least understood because its environment is hostile to us terrestrials and our technology. However, accessing this huge unknown territory and discovering what is going on down there is crucial to the understanding of our planet as a whole. Dr. Kelly has led a variety of projects using sonar mapping, manned submersibles, and ROVs throughout the Pacific ranging in depth from 200 m to 6000 m. He will share with you not only the "why and how" of deep sea research but some of his more interesting experiences and findings while working in deeper waters.

Upcoming Lectures:

all lectures are FREE and take place online via ZOOM on the designated day.

Find more info and updates on our lecture series website!



ENDS Sunday November 1st!

Celebrate with us!

Click the image at right to
check out our schedule:

Find more Halloween activities
on our Online Learning page: 


Thanksgiving Weekend!


The once-a-year PTMSC Gift Shop sale is coming up Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29.
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.

Masks are required, and must be worn covering nose and mouth, during your visit. This is per State of WA COVID-19 guidelines. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask.




Thanksgiving Cruise
Saturday, November 28
New Year's Eve Cruise
Thursday, December 31

in partnership with

Enjoy the holidays with an refreshing 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 to reserve your spot and to learn more about this experience--and don't forget to bring your binoculars!

Click here to read about the Puget Sound Express Healthy and Safety Measures



Aquarium & Museum NOW OPEN

We're ready to show you everything from the marine life in our tanks to the orca skeleton hanging above our heads. And we've made some changes to keep you and the animals safe!

Now OPEN by appointment!

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Noon - 4 PM

By online appointment only
(no walk-ups admitted)

 For more information and to book an hour-long time-slot in advance, go to our Visit Us page for an exclusive visit. Your household group of up to 5 visitors can enjoy our 2 exhibit buildings for a half hour each. PTMSC members must also reserve in advance.
Your reservation includes entry to both the Aquarium and Museum exhibits. 

We are continuing our admission by donation policy to make visiting affordable for all. Pay what you will at the door. Our regular admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. We appreciate what you are able to donate. Thank you!.

Masks are required, and must be worn covering nose and mouth, during your visit. This is per State of WA COVID-19 guidelines. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Tidepool tank exhibits will be "View Only" for the safety of the animals.
Our staff will provide more guidance upon arrival so that we can all enjoy a safe and educational experience on your visit.

Please sign up for your one-hour slot today!


PTMSC Trivia Night


Missing your weekly Trivia Night? 

Tuesday, November 24

6:30 PM


Our trivia night series continues with more fun competition and challenging questions. Learn and have a blast, all at the same time! 

More info to come at our Online Learning page. 

We can't wait to see you all there!


Final Weeks!

A portion of the show's sales support PTMSC!

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Exhibition Dates:
September 12 – November 15

Presented by Tangled Fibers, a collaborative group of four Olympic Peninsula fiber artists. Using fiber, color, texture and whimsy, the Tangled Fibers artists will create kelp, tide pools, octopus, sea stars, nudibranchs, jellyfish and other forms of life found under and over its shores.

The Arts Center's intimate side gallery will be transformed into an installation that transports visitors into the world of the Salish Sea itself. The main gallery will feature more traditional art objects, wall hangings, sculptures and quilts—all inspired by the sea—its vastness and beauty, as well as issues such as diversity loss and ocean acidification.

Do check this show out - a portion of the show's sales support PTMSC!


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!




Be the envy of your next Zoom meeting!

We are providing these backgrounds of volunteer Wendy Feltham's amazing photography.


CARES Act Encourages Giving

Congress included a way to make it easier to donate to the causes you care about by including these provisions in the CARES Act:

  • $300 of charitable giving (cash) is deductible even if you don't itemize
  • If you do itemize, the deductible limit is raised from 60% to 100% of adjusted gross income
  • Finally, the government has sent out checks of $1,200 to most Americans. Many people who can afford to do so, are paying these funds forward to support organizations they love.

If you have questions, contact Liesl Slabaugh, Development and Marketing Director at lslabaugh@ptmsc.org



PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us as we move through the days ahead--together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!

Support Our Mission. 
Donate Your Vehicle Today!


PTMSC is now an active member with C.A.R.S.

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



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

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