Octopress Online
September 2021

Anenome (from the genus Epiactus from the family Actiniidae)

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


"ORCA: Shared Waters, Shared Home" 

Our new exhibit is located in Museum Building at Fort Worden State Park.

On Aug. 21, a new temporary exhibit opened at the PTMSC: “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home.” The interactive show explores the history and plight of two endangered -- and intertwined -- species of the Salish Sea: Southern Resident killer whales and Chinook salmon.

Based on the book of the same name, the traveling exhibit features captivating photography with stories by author and Seattle Times journalist Lynda V. Mapes. It complements the PTMSC’s permanent exhibit, “Learning from Orcas – The Story of Hope” at the PTMSC museum. The exhibit runs through October 31st.

The exhibit is designed for all ages. For children there’s an orca rocker, a drawing and coloring table, children's books about orcas, a dorsal fin to measure one's relative height, model whale toys and an orca rope to show the size of adult and newborn orcas. Adults can review the display panels, view the Seattle Times’ Hostile Waters webpage, and read newspaper reprints and excerpts from Mape's book. Also, a monitor will be running the orcasound.net website as well as a sound loop of orca recordings made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

To view PTMSC museum hours and review health and safety guidelines, please visit our VISIT US page.


Check out the Lynda Mapes
interview on Science Friday!

inset photo by Steve Ringman (Seattle Times)


Join us for one or both events!


Microplastics as Marine Debris
A virtual talk by NOAA's Andrew Mason

Wednesday, September 15
7 p.m.

A one-hour Zoom talk, this presentation will include a brief description of what constitutes marine debris with a special focus on microplastics. Information about NOAA's Marine Debris Program, including its mission, the FY21-25 strategic plan, and the ramifications of the Save our Seas Act 2.0 on the Marine Debris Program will also be shared.

Andrew Mason has been with NOAA since 2002 and has worked on marine pollution issues in just about every US coastal waterbody including the Atlantic and Pacific States and territories and the Great Lakes. He has led projects ranging from characterizing oil spills to quantifying chemical pollutants in fish, corals, and other animals. Since January 2020 he has served as the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator and Pacific Team Lead for NOAA's Marine Debris Program.

This program is the first in a series of events that PTMSC is co-producing with the Jefferson Co. Marine Resources Committee. 



Saturday, September 18

In partnership with the WA CoastSavers and Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, Port Townsend Marine Science Center is sponsoring a clean up of Port Townsend area beaches.

Check-in: 9am -1pm
@ PTMSC Museum Portico

Register at: WA CoastSavers website for Port Townsend Area Beaches.
PLEASE NOTE: Though other clean-ups will be held on Sept. 11, the Port Townsend event is scheduled for Sept. 18.

At check-in, get directions and beach locations, trash bags, and gloves and head out to the beach.

Return to PTMSC: Weigh your accomplishments. Pick up a free pass to PTMSC and a $5 Gift Card from the PT Food Coop as our way of saying thanks.

More information at WA CoastSavers: www.coastsavers.org

PLEASE NOTE: Though other clean-ups will be held on Sept. 11, the Port Townsend event is scheduled for Sept. 18.




The Aquarium, Museum,
and gift shop are

Saturday and Sunday 
from 12 - 5 p.m.

Through our info-packed exhibits, learn about what lives on our local shores and beneath the waters of the Salish Sea.

For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we require all visitors wear face masks while visiting the Aquarium, Museum, and gift shop. We are currently limiting capacity to 50% to allow more physical distancing.

Click the button below to plan your visit!


Heard the News Yet? 

We Bought the Flagship Landing Building! 

On August 5, we celebrated our purchase of the Flagship Landing building on downtown Port Townsend's Water Street. 
(photo by Jen Lee Light Photography)


"Flagship Landing provides us with an exceptional opportunity to showcase best practices in shoreline redevelopment for a healthier marine environment.”

Janine Boire,
PTMSC Executive Director


We are pleased to announce that PTMSC has recently purchased the Flagship Landing building at 1001 Water Street in the heart of downtown Port Townsend. We are thrilled that our new home will be adapted to provide a platform for our vision to foster the growth of generations of environmental stewards living in balance with marine ecosystems.  

When the pier on which our aquarium currently sits was assessed by Washington State Parks to be near the end of its useful life, and it became clear a smaller pedestrian pier was best for the marine environment, our Board of Directors began its search for a new home that could eventually house our exhibits, gift shop, labs and offices.

As for our presence at Fort Worden, we hope to remain a partner within the park for the long term by transforming the current museum building on the beach into an environmental learning center field station.

The move to the new space will be a carefully planned transition over the next few years. Read more details here.


(Janine Boire photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)





Maria Coryell-Martin – teaching artist
(Jefferson County Historical Society)


Saturday, September 25
11 a.m.

Pope Marine Park, Port Townsend

offered by Jefferson County Historical Society

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History has an upcoming exhibit featuring the work of Maria Coryell-Martin, including paintings and stories to illustrate biological, atmospheric, and personal consequences of climate change. Maria is leading a sketching workshop outside in Pope Marine Park. The workshop will include our very own PTMSC naturalist Carolyn Woods!

60 min workshop - Limited to 20 people, masks required

$5 for kids; $10 for adults – includes admission to both the Jefferson Museum of Art & History and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center all day 

pre-registration required via Simpletix

More info available at JCHS Public Programs page or please email Amy Swanson for details



If you weren't able to attend our Annual Meeting via ZOOM, or want to share the experience with a friend, you can find a YouTube recording of the ANNUAL MEETING here:

Click the image below 
to read the 2020 Annual Report!



The Art of Water Project

Water shapes our world,
our imagination,
and moves us to create

We invite you to collaborate with us in our partnership with Barbara Krystal of the University of Washington, in a project celebrating WATER. Following the spirit of community science, THE ART OF WATER PROJECT honors public scholarship and carries that inclusivity into the realm of the arts & humanities.

We welcome displaying your creative work in the online gallery: theartofwater.global

Exhibits include: Music, Material Art, Photography, Performance, Film, and Written Verse.

Submissions are accepted via the link below.

For any questions contact: Barbara Krystal at theartofwater.global@gmail.com or bjk9@uw.edu

image: Rain Drop by John Sullivan

DONATE YOUR VEHICLE 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

in partnership with Puget Sound Express


photo by Wendy Feltham


Saturday, October 9

1 - 4 p.m. 

...and 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 between your visits to our exhibits!

Check out our continuously updated offerings!


2021 Fall Course offered by WSU Jefferson County Extension 

is now open!

Learn more
& Sign Up



We have some amazing Instagram Reels created by our dedicated social media team here at PTMSC. 

PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

You can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. Get behind-the-scenes access to our exhibits, and share with your friends the great work we do here at PTMSC!

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


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

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