Friday, October 5, 2018

Lecture--Swimming Through Swirls: Observing Ribbons and Rings of Ocean Circulation Autonomously

deploying underwater robots
Sunday, October 14

3 pm

Dr. Charles Eriksen
Professor, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
read bio here

The Fort Worden Chapel

Admission: $5

(students, teachers FREE)

Charlie Eriksen has helped change the way the ocean is observed, from top to bottom and shore to shore. His research group invented the Seaglider and Deepglider underwater vehicles. Scarcely six feet long, these autonomous vehicles swim thousands of miles while taking the pulse of ocean circulation: its temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, currents and biological properties. Eriksen deploys these robots to examine the undersea world of intense currents, where explosive turbulence and small subsurface waves interact with the global circulation.


This is the first installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series.

This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Give Jefferson: Give Where You Live!

Through programs at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, kids get excited about science and environmental stewardship. With adequate preparation, high quality science jobs await the next generation.

Journey Orchanian, former PTMSC camper
“Going to a marine science camp was a lot of fun and I know it changed me. I am more confident and I tried new things because of it, like scuba diving and an oceanography class. Now I want to go into marine biology.” 

--Journey Orchanian

PTMSC is a proud 2018 Give Jefferson participant! This campaign is sponsored by the Jefferson Community Foundation and United Good Neighbors and offers people a way to learn about and support the wide variety of nonprofits enriching our county, including the Marine Science Center.

Visit to view the Give Jefferson online Giving Catalog.
Only available for the month of October.

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award presented to Eloise Kailin, Sarah Doyle

Port Townsend Marine Science Center honors co-founder of Olympic Environmental Council and stewardship coordinator of North Olympic Salmon Coalition 

On September 28, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center announced co-recipients of the 2018 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award: Eloise Kailin, Olympic Environmental Council co-founder, and Sarah Doyle, the stewardship coordinator for the North Olympic Salmon Coalition.

Pictured (left to right): Sarah Doyle; Janine Boire, PTMSC; Darlene Schanfald (representing Eloise Kailin)

The awards were presented at the annual PTMSC Stewardship Breakfast at The Commons at Fort Worden State Park.

The prestigious Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions in the protection and stewardship of the natural environment of the North Olympic Peninsula. The award, now in its 14th year, pays tribute to Eleanor Stopps, whose vision, advocacy and determination exemplify the power and importance of citizen leadership.

“We are so pleased to honor these two outstanding advocates for the people and the environment of the North Olympic Peninsula,” said PTMSC Executive Director Janine Boire. “As a lifelong activist, still, at the age of 99, Dr. Kailin continues to work tirelessly to advance the health and well-being of our residents and our environment. And Sarah Doyle’s work with our youth, teaching them to be good stewards of the land and sea, inspires each of us to make this world a better place for future generations.”

Monday, September 24, 2018

A Summer of Citizen Stewardship in Protection Island Aquatic Reserve

Submitted to WA Dept. of Natural Resources Aquatic Reserve Newsletter by PTMSC's Citizen Science Coordinator Betsy Carlson:

It was a busy summer in the waters and along the shore of Protection Island Aquatic Reserve (PIAR). Citizen Stewards conducted the first Intertidal Monitoring Project with the Cape George Environmental Committee and Port Townsend Marine Science Center volunteers and staff near Cape George Colony. Eleanor Hines, Michael Kyte and Erica Bleke brought their expertise from Fidalgo Bay and Cherry Point Reserves, to help make this a very successful event. Twenty people participated and recorded 88 species.

Out on the water, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Puget Sound Express hosted five “Puffin Cruises” for 230 people through Protection Island Aquatic Reserve. (sign up for an upcoming Protection Island cruise here!) One trip took a detour to Smith Island to see a Horned Puffin that had been reported in the area. On their way back, a pod of orcas passed by making it a very memorable evening.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Migration Cruises to Protection Island

2 Dates:

October 6


October 13

Just outside of Port Townsend is an amazing National Wildlife Refuge — Protection Island. Nearly 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Straits nest on the island, which includes one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world and the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington. The island contains one of the last two nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area. About 1,000 harbor seals depend upon the island for a pupping and rest area.

Cruise trips will go through the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve and circumnavigate Protection Island, a National Wildlife Refuge located at the mouth of Discovery Bay. This 364-acre island is covered by grass and low brush, with a small timbered area, high sandy bluffs for seabird nesting, and low sand spits on two ends of the island. 

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center – in collaboration with Puget Sound Express – hosts special expeditions to Protection Island. Cruises are scheduled in spring and fall, timed to coincide with annual migrations, with special trips planned for Thanksgiving weekend and New Years Eve.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018/19 Lecture Series: The Future of Oceans

All lectures take place in the Chapel at Fort Worden at 3 pm on the designated day.

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Swimming Through Swirls:
Observing Ribbons and Rings of Ocean Circulation Autonomously

Charles Eriksen, Ph.D
Professor of Oceanography, University of Washington

Sunday, November 11, 2018
The Northwest Coastal Explorer
(lecture and book signing)
Bob Steelquist, Author

December 9, 2018
The Octopus Learning Project
Florian Graner
SeaLife Productions

January 13, 2019
Big Science in Our Small Ocean
Professor Jan Newton, Ph.D
Senior Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington

$5 per lecture (students & teachers FREE)
FREE admission for Octopus and Orca Donor Circle Members.
Become a member today.

Assisted Listening Devices available
Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support

Friday, August 31, 2018

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 15Meet at PTMSC Museum under the red tent

Hosted by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers from around the world will work together to keep our oceans and the life in them as healthy and diverse as possible. Volunteer to be part of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s and ICC's Beach Clean-up. Pre-register at

Check in: Noon, PTMSC Museum, under the red and white striped tent. Get directions and beach locations, trash bags, and gloves and head out to the beach.
Weigh your accomplishments.
Visit the PTMSC as our guest.
Return to PTMSC: by 4 pm

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife, and local economies. Make an impact locally in the Salish Sea by joining the world's largest volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways with the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day.

It’s easy to participate! Here’s what you need to know:

• Stay for all or part of the event
• Bring gloves and extra buckets
• Wear closed-toed shoes
• Download the Clean Swell app
• Wear ocean-friendly sunscreen
• Dress for the weather
• Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the beach

15% OFF discount cards to all our beach cleanup volunteers from sponsor Howell's Sandwich Co. in downtown Port Townsend

for more info call 360-385-5582 x204

Thanks to Olympic Disposal and Howell's Sandwich Co. for their support.