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September 2022

A giant ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea gigas)

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham


in partnership with Washington CoastSavers


On International Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers from around the world will work together to keep our oceans and the life in them as healthy and diverse as possible.

Saturday, September 17

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fort Worden State Park or
Indian Island County Park

Check-in Locations:

  • At Fort Worden State Park - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PTMSC Museum, underneath the red and white striped tent.
  • At Indian Island County Park - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Portage Beach
    (first beach on Indian Island after the bridge). Look for signs!

At your check-in location you will be given directions to beach locations, trash bags and gloves. Return to your check-in location: Weigh your accomplishments.

As our way of saying thanks, receive a free pass to the PTMSC Aquarium and Museum and a $5 Gift Card from the PT Food Coop.

More information at WA CoastSavers:


We highly encourage those interested in participating to register online for either location.

Additional support for this event was provided by the WA Department of Ecology and Olympic Disposal. We want to send a huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible.

BRINNON JeffCo Repair Event

Volunteers help repair your stuff!


Learn more at JeffCoRepair.com


Contact Mandi at mjohnson@ptmsc.org.

Saturday, October 15

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Brinnon Community Center

306144 Hwy 101, Brinnon

Repair Events are free community gatherings in which people with repair skills share their time and talents to help fix their neighbors’ belongings.
For this event, we will have volunteers donating their time to help repair small appliances and electronics, textiles/clothes, tool sharpening, and other household items. Limit of 2 items per person.
If you know the specific part needed to repair your item, we ask that you bring it along. 


Summer Fundraising Campaign: 

With your help, we met our $8,500 challenge match!


Quinton Coley at age 5
with his grandpa Peter Badame 

Quinton Coley (age 12) this summer, learning about the Salish Sea at PTMSC's Marine Biology: Afoot and Afloat camp  

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we highlighted one of our core values: multi-generational learning. We told the story of Quinton Coley's exploration of the Salish Sea with his grandfather Peter Badame, one of PTMSC's firsts staffers. Now 12 years old, Quinton has attended summer camp every year since he was five. Read more on our blog.

With your support we were able to meet the $8,500 challenge match from a group of generous donors so your contributions were doubled and we careened past our goal of $17,000 to raise a staggering $26,200! 

To illustrate the impact your contributions makes: just $60 enables one of our AmeriCorps members to teach a class while gaining valuable job experience. And $120 supports eight volunteers to be docents and interpreters in our Aquarium and Museum. Together, we will continue to inspire even more ocean stewards.  

Missed out on donating? It's not too late! Click the button below and make a tax-deductible contribution today. 


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 three Marine Stewardship Educator AmeriCorps Members to join our team dedicated to conserving the Salish Sea. These are full-time, 10 ½ month positions starting October 17, 2022. 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 August and September, 2022. Primary activities shift seasonally, with an emphasis on school programs in the winter/spring and exhibit interpretation and day camps in the summer. 


PTMSC Online Merch is HERE!


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


Check out our two locations!


We have been careful to plan our exhibit schedule based on the health of our volunteers and staff. As more volunteers return to their roles at PTMSC and new volunteers join us, we will reevaluate our capacity for additional public hours. We hope you will bring your family and friends to visit on the weekends or join us for activities. (link to event calendar)

If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tracy Thompson, volunteer@ptmsc.org.


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.




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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