Friday, November 21, 2014

Film Screening and Lecture: Beneath the Salish Sea and new productions

the third installment of The Future of Oceans Lecture Series

with generous support by the Darrow Family

December 7 @ 3pm

Fort Worden Chapel

$10 admission ($5 PTMSC members)

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is excited to have underwater videographer Florian 
Granar. Granar will be showing sequences from Beneath the Salish Sea as well as footage from recent projects here and in Europe. 

    Florian Granar holds  a Ph.D. Marine Biology with specialization in marine mammals and works full-time as a freelance marine cinematographer. Being a qualified marine biologist, he brings professionalism and extensive subject knowledge to his films.  

    Granar’s cinematography assignments have taken him around the planet. He has worked on many film assignments for the BBC including PACIFIC ABYSS, AMAZON ABYSS and THE BLUE PLANET; the UK documentary company Icon Films; the German television company NDR Naturfilm.  He is currently completing a presentation for National Geographic Channel. 

    Florian grew up diving in Germany, and became a certified research diver with the Biological Institution Helgoland (B.A.H.). He has since lived (and dived) in Norway, along spectacular Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord; and in the US, in quaint Pacific Grove, on California's scenic Monterey peninsula. Florian and his family now live on Whidbey Island, where he dives and  films in the waters of the Salish Sea.

    His production company, Sea-life Productions, films and produces wildlife documentaries. Florian is constantly pushing forward the boundaries, in terms of diving methods and camera technology, to bring unique images back to the surface. He hopes that this provides a resource for promoting the conservation of a truly global domain...the oceans.

    Visit him at, and for a trailer showing his work for a German film on the North Sea, view the video below.

View the event poster here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Join us for a Winter Wildlife Cruise!

Our cruises are hosted by seasoned naturalist Roger Risley, who provides excellent commentary on the natural history of the island and the wildlife sighted. Join us on a cruise!

November 29

December 31

1-4 PM

For reservations and information: 
or book online at
Offered in partnership with and generous support from
Puget Sound Express

Since 1994, when the PTMSC started collaborating with PS Express, guests have been enjoying this great opportunity right in our own back yard. The cruises not only feature a comfortable boat, but also expert onboard commentary and the chance to better understand our local environment.

(DISCLAIMER: Depending on weather conditions, the cruise may go to either Protection Island or Oak Bay/Port Ludlow area.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

PTMSC Receives Grant For TEENS Projects

On Nov. 11th, the Jefferson County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls awarded the Port Townsend Marine Science Center a $4000.00 grant for a project Titled "The TEENS project: Teens Envisioning & Engineering New Solutions." 

The project seeks to prepare and empower young women to be the next generation of change makers. Teen girls from middle and high school will explore public health and environmental challenges facing their communities and work together to create solutions utilizing the fields of science, technology, and math (STEM).

Friday, November 7, 2014

Octopus Sign Restoration

Restoration of the octopus sign on the Marine Exhibit is now complete (pretty much)! After many years weathering the elements the big blue octopus needed more than a little TLC.

Carolyn and Rae worked hard over the past month to sand and repaint the octopus sign. Working on tall ladders in the wind and rain was a fun challenge! 




Come stop by the Marine Exhibit to see the newly repainted sign in all its glorious detail!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Annual Holiday Gift Shop Sale

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30th

Need gifts for the holidays?  Shop local, and come down to the PTMSC Gift Shop located in the Natural History Exhibit for our annual Holiday Gift Shop Sale! 

Members receive 15% off their purchase, and non-members receive 10% off.  What a deal!  We have great books by local authors, puzzles, field guides, toys, clothing, and more.  Gift memberships to PTMSC and gift certificates in any amount are also available.

Bring canned goods to donate to the Jefferson County Food Bank, and get a free gift.  Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and other yummy treats available upon admission to the exhibits.

Can't make it that weekend?  That's okay!  We're open every Friday - Sunday 12-5pm through December.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to buy local! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Be A Toxic Free Zone in the Natural History Exhibit

Come see what's new in our Natural History Exhibit! Just in time for our currently running workshop series "Be A Toxic Free Zone," we've completed the installation of a new exhibit panel. The interactive display invites you to explore how the choices you make in your own home can positively affect the health of the ocean. 
Allison, Phil and Jean hard at work installing the new panel.
We have already had great conversations with visitors about changes they can make to ensure their homes and waterways are free of toxics. Stop by and see the latest addition to our exhibit!

The panel is a hit!
If you're interested in attending our free Be A Toxic Free Zone workshop series, you can find the schedule and other information here: Be A Toxic Free Zone

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Tides and Eddies of Puget Sound

the second installment of The Future of Oceans Lecture Series

with generous support by the Darrow Family

Sunday, November 2 @ 3pm
Fort Worden Chapel

$10 admission ($5 PTMSC members)

November’s lecturer, Parker MacCready, is Professor of Oceanography in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment. He has worked for the past 15 years studying tidal currents and general circulation of Pacific Ocean waters, including a number of projects in Puget Sound and the San Juans. His work combines detailed field studies with realistic computer models, trying to discover the processes that turn the energy of tides, winds, and rivers into the circulation patterns that control the biological productivity of the Puget Sound estuary.

In this talk he will explore the tides in Puget Sound, from their astronomical origin to the the extraordinary fronts and eddies so apparent to boaters. This then leads to consideration of the turbulent mixing these eddies cause, and how they drive a large, persistent current of deep Pacific water though the Sound. It is this circulation, many times greater than that of all our rivers, that brings nutrients which feed the abundant growth of phytoplankton in our waters.

MacCready began his exploration of moving fluids with human-powered vehicles. His research career was stimulated when his father, Paul MacCready, created the first human powered aircraft, the Gossamer Condor. As a teenager, Parker MacCready was one of its first cyclist/test pilots. Their second aircraft, the 70 lb. Gossamer Albatross, hangs in Boeing’s Museum of Flight, in Seattle: this was the first human powered vehicle to cross the 22-mile wide English Channel, on June 12, 1979. At California Institute of Technology, the younger MacCready built a human powered hydrofoil craft, the ‘Pogofoil’, for his Master of Science degree. He then completed his Ph.D. research at University of Washington, producing a new theory of the circulation of the deepest layers of the ocean, which overturned traditional ideas about the way the ocean interacts with its coasts and bottom.

The Future of Oceans Lecture Series: With more than seven-tenths of the planet’s surface covered in salt water, the future health of our oceans is critical. Join the PTMSC for a series of five lectures on The Future of Oceans the first Sunday of every month, from October through March, (except January due to holidays) to learn about topics such as El NiƱo, the tides and eddies in Puget Sound, what’s beneath the Salish Sea, Arctic images, and ocean acidification. All lectures are at Fort Worden and the series is provided by the generous support of the Darrow family.

see the poster here.