Octopress Online
November 2022

Phacellophora camtschatica (fried egg jelly)

Photo by PTMSC Volunteer Wendy Feltham

LECTURES 2022-2023

Our Future Of Oceans lecture series continues!

Our new season of lectures is nearly underway! Check out a new selection of lectures that draw on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans. Here's just our first offering of the series:


Deep Sea Mining
is coming:

What you need to know about this potentially huge new industry

Presented by
Dr. Christopher Kelley
Ocean biologist, retired

November 13
3 p.m.

Fort Worden Chapel


Click the link below to get info the full event series--we're excited about these great events!

To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for these events; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.


2022 Annual Holiday Gift Shop Sale

Now at two locations: Fort Worden & Flagship downtown!


Shop Locally and Support Salish Sea Conservation

Gear, books, unique gifts by local artists

10% off
all merchandise*

(PTMSC Members get 15% off!)

This year in two PTMSC locations:

Fort Worden State Park
Nov. 26 - 27
12 - 4 p.m.

PTMSC Store at Flagship Building
1001 Water Street

November 25 - 27
11am - 5 p.m.

*excludes Gift certificates and Memberships



is just around the corner!


Save The Date!

We are excited for this year's Giving Tuesday event, now a yearly tradition in which together we celebrate generosity. 



For a limited time, check out the bones of gray whale CRC-1524


More information about the gray whale CRC-1524 can be found at:  


Friday, & Saturday 
November 3, 4, & 5

1 - 3:30 p.m.


1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend


For a limited time, the entire skeleton of CRC-1524, a gray whale that died in 2016, is on view at Flagship Landing in the PTMSC gallery. Volunteers and staff have been preparing the skeleton for articulation.

The skeleton came to PTMSC as a result of a stranding event to which PTMSC responded as part of the NOAA's Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and thanks to NOAA Fisheries, PTMSC is allowed to use the skeleton for educational purposes.

Volunteers will be on hand to share information about these remarkable marine mammals and their lives in the Salish Sea on November 3, 4, & 5 from 1-3:30pm.



by Ali Redman, PTMSC Aquarist


photo by Melissa Bixby

When our resident giant Pacific octopus (GPO), Sylvia, joined our collection in June 2020, he was a planktonic paralarva no bigger than a dime. Over two years later, Sylvia weighs more than 20 pounds and is still growing. GPOs live around 3-4 years and weigh 44-66 pounds when fully mature.  

In the wild, GPOs are found from the rocky intertidal to the quiet depths, with many found in kelp forests. While Syvlia’s kelp forest is admittedly smaller than nature, it forms the base of the husbandry and enrichment program that keeps his physical and psychological needs met. As he matures, how we care for him adjusts to his changing needs. New and more challenging puzzle feeders, enhanced training, frequent meals, and a little extra attention are all components to providing the best possible experience for visitors and Syvia himself. 

When mature, octopuses reproduce then pass into their final life stage, senescence. To promote animal welfare, we aim to release octopuses as they reach maturity and before they enter senescence. Many visitors wonder how we determine when that is. Although age and weight can be general indicators, there are many additional physiological and behavioral  indicators such as appetite, physical condition, and changes in behavior patterns. So when will we release Sylvia? We don’t know yet, but we are watching carefully to find out. Until then, Sylvia continues to grow to maturity while showing visitors just how amazing and precious our marine environment and its inhabitants are.  


Bottle Caps & Can Connectors

working towards a more local, circular economy

Are you ready to start recycling your plastic bottle caps and can connectors? PT Potential is now open for collections!

Swing by their next drop-off event with your clean plastic items and learn how they plan to recycle them!  Join us in mitigating our pollution and working towards a more local, circular economy.

Don't have plastic collected? Swing by anyway, we'd love to chat plastics!

Check the current schedule for Pop-Up Drop-Off and Community Shred Down events!


AmeriCorps 2022-2023

Seeking Environmental Educators! 


Inspire students, visitors, and the whole community to explore, experience, connect with, and take action to protect and steward the unique ecosystems of the Salish Sea.

PTMSC is seeking two Marine Stewardship Educator AmeriCorps Members to join our team dedicated to conserving the Salish Sea. These are full-time, 8 ½ month positions starting December 16, 2022,  ending August 31. These stipend-supported positions are sponsored by the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program. These positions are contingent upon funding.

AmeriCorps members will be recruited and interviewed in October & November, 2022. Primary activities shift seasonally, with an emphasis on school programs in the winter/spring and exhibit interpretation and day camps in the summer. 



Please note a change
to our Winter Hours

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:


Through November 6, The Aquarium, Museum & Gift Shop are open 
Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

Please note a Change
to our Winter hours:

Beginning Saturday, Nov.12, both buildings will be open 12- 4 p.m., closing a little early due to all that darkness in the park.

The Aquarium is staying open on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, then closing to public visitors until the spring warm-up. 

In the meantime, the Museum will be open through the winter on an "Admission by Donation" basis beginning in January, 2023.

1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend

The Visitor Center & Store are open
Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


PTMSC Online Merch!

Order your shirts and hoodies your style, your way through our Bonfire store!



LISTEN to our Executive Director BEE on KPTZ Radio


Our Executive Director Bee Redfield recently interviewed with KPTZ's Larry Stein, sharing her personal history leading to this new position.

She also talks with Larry about her plans in moving forward with the ambitious expansion of the PTMSC in their new home at the Flagship Landing building on Water Street.

Listen to the half-hour recording on KPTZ's Attention Please! Podcast page.


Support our mission while you shop online!

By signing up with Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchases can go to a nonprofit of your choice--make sure that nonprofit is the Port Townsend Marine Science Center!

Go to smile.amazon.com and select our Amazon Smile Handle: Port Townsend Marine Science Society Fort Worden State Park. Done! 



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 between your visits to our exhibits!

Check out our continuously updated offerings!


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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