Low tide walks, camps, cruises, workshops and more this summer!
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North Pacific Krill (Euphausia pacifica) 

Photo by PTMSC Volunteer Wendy Feltham

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June 2024


OPEN for the Summer!

Fort Worden State Park

Museum & Aquarium 
Thursday - Monday
Noon - 5:00 p.m.



Downtown Port Townsend
1001 Water St.

Store & Visitor Center
Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Gallery - Repair It!
Friday - Sunday, noon - 3 p.m.



For more information, visit ptmsc.org.
We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!



Spaces still OPEN, but DON'T WAIT.
Registration is FILLING UP!

Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week! Campers will spend their days exploring beaches, uncovering treasures hidden in our exhibits, playing games, making crafts, and hiking through beautiful Fort Worden State Park, all while learning to be stewards of the marine environment. Older campers take their marine biology skills to the next level through hands-on activities and scientific investigation. 
Camps are offered for ages 6 - 14.

camp-2017-coastal-explorers-ce-beach.JPGFind all the summer camp dates and details on our website at ptmsc.org/summer-camps. Emails camps@ptmsc.org with any questions.

We look forward to seeing your camper this summer!



Now at the Downtown Gallery


A workspace and exhibit exploring the lost art of Repair

Open through 
mid-July, 2024

Friday  – Sunday 
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Learn about the global movement to help transform our throwaway culture and how PTMSC’s JeffCo Repair can help build your skills, strengthen community, save money, keep our excess of material goods out of landfills and oceans, and more.

The exhibit/workspace was developed to showcase the work of JeffCo Repair and the many local volunteers committed to Protecting our Seas, Empowering People & Building Community.

Learn more: https://ptmsc.org/gallery


photo credit: Andrew Whiteman 


Learn to fix it yourself at these JeffCo Repair workshops


Stitch N’ Fix - Mending Workshops 

Friday, June 7 
1 - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18 
6 - 8 p.m.
Friday, July 5 
1 - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 
6 - 8 p.m.

Get ready to mend your belongings! Join us to learn mending skills and get guidance on fixing your clothing and other fiber goods. Volunteers will be available to help, and we'll have supplies and tools.


Electronics Exploration and Repair Workshops

Tuesday, June 20
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 18
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Do you need to repair an electronic item or want to take it apart to see how it works? Join us for this workshop! We’ll have the space, tools, and volunteer expertise to help you repair/explore your electronic. Don't have your own gadget? No problem, we have extras for you to explore! 

Ages 12 and up


DIY Lamp Repair Workshop

Monday, June 10
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn to fix your broken lamp with our help! We'll guide you through the repair process and provide necessary tools.


DIY Simple Furniture Repair Workshop

Tuesday, July 9
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Do you have a broken stool, wobbly side table, or a chair that needs fixing? Get guidance and support for DIY furniture repairs with tools and expertise available.

All workshops will be held at

1001 Water Street in PTMSC’s Flagship Landing Gallery



Puffin Cruises are here!

Available dates 
June 8 - Sept. 14


Birdwatching cruises with Puget Sound Express are on the website!
There are more dates than ever for Migration and Puffin Cruises.
Visit ptmsc.org/birdwatching-cruises for all the cruise information.

The cruises travel around either Protection Island, part of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve, or Smith Island, part of the Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve. It is at the captain's discretion.
Nearly 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Straits nest at these two islands, just outside of Port Townsend, including one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world, as well as the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington. Protection Island contains one of the last 2 nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area. About 1,000 harbor seals rely upon the island for a pupping and rest area.
These cruises are hosted by seasoned PTMSC naturalists and interpreters, who provide excellent commentary on the natural history of the island and the birds and wildlife sighted. Sign up for a cruise today!

photo credit: Robin Corcoran / USFWS



photo credit: Tracy Thompson / PTMSC

Join us for a guided walk on the beach at low tide with PTMSC naturalists, and witness the unique adaptations for life to survive and thrive in the intertidal zone.

Friday, July 5 at 9:30 a.m. (-2.7 ft. @ 10:09 a.m.)
Sunday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. (-2.93 ft. @ 10:35 a.m.)
Saturday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m. (-1.66 ft. @ 9:59 a.m.)
Sunday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. (-2.13 ft. @ 9:31 a.m.)




Join Fort Worden State Park and partners for the
2024 BioBlitz!


Saturday, June 8

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fort Worden Kitchen Shelter

Help us document the wild at Fort Worden State Park! By uncovering the diverse range of life within the park, we can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for its ecology. Bring a camera or smartphone to take pictures of plants, wildlife, and other organisms that live in the park, then upload them to iNaturalist.


Volunteer Lindsay Kotzebue, captivated by the vibrant life of the Salish Sea


A self-described “professional volunteer” Lindsay Kotzebue has involved herself in nearly every aspect of the PTMSC’s programming. Learn what motivates her and how she makes a difference for the animals that live in the Salish Sea. Read her story on the PTMSC Blog. 

gift-card-display-resize.pngPTMSC GIFT CARDS

PTMSC gift cards are now available!
Purchase gift cards for your family and friends, in any amount you 

choose, ($5 minimum.) Gift cards are available in the Museum gift shop and the downtown Store. Once redeemed, they can be refilled, or turned in at either location to be used as an algae scraper in the Aquarium! 


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 



Fort Worden State Park

Museum & Aquarium 
Thursday - Monday
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Port Townsend
1001 Water St.

Store & Visitor Center
Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Gallery - Repair It!
Friday - Sunday, noon - 3 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!

Become a member today.

As a member, you receive free admission to all exhibits, plus a 10% discount on everything in both gift shops.

Support our mission to empower conservation for a thriving Salish Sea.

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