Wednesday, October 14, 2020

FUTURE OF OCEANS Lecture Series--In Deeper Waters: Exploring Earth's Largest, Yet Least Understood, Biome

In Deeper Waters:
Exploring Earth's Largest, Yet Least Understood, Biome

Sunday, November 8
Dr. Christopher Kelley 

3 PM
Virtual ZOOM Meeting
FREE

Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center welcomes Dr. Christopher Kelley in this first lecture to kick off this year's dynamic lecture series. 

Earth is a water world with the sea covering 70% of its surface. Even though the depths below SCUBA represent the largest biome on the planet, the "deep sea" is also the least understood because its environment is hostile to us terrestrials and our technology. However, accessing this huge unknown territory and discovering what is going on down there is crucial to the understanding of our planet as a whole. Dr. Kelly has led a variety of projects using sonar mapping, manned submersibles, and ROVs throughout the Pacific ranging in depth from 200 m to 6000 m. He will share with you not only the "why and how" of deep sea research but some of his more interesting experiences and findings while working in deeper waters.

Lecture is FREE



In addition to the lecture on Nov. 8, the PTMSC is offering a new, in-depth interaction with lecturers in The Future of Oceans series: Deep Dive Conversations. On Nov. 9 from 6:30 --7:30 p.m., the PTMSC will host a limited attendance, science cafe-style Deep Dive Conversation with Kelley on Zoom. The moderated virtual discussion, which costs $5 per person, will focus on how remotely operated vehicles are providing new insights into the deep-sea ocean environment.
To RSVP for this limited engagement, please click the link above.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Water World Online


Join us for the first ever session of Water World Online! Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center are teaming up to take our full-immersion science and arts program online, and into your home, with four days of engaging online classroom sessions and hands-on learning and creation. Through the lenses of science and art, students will explore the marine environments of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea, as well as the aquatic ecosystems around their own home. This program is limited to students in Washington state. 


For more information and to register, visit Centrum's website: 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17



Tuesday, September 8, 2020

PTMSC Trivia Night

 


Tuesday September 15
6:30 PM

We had a blast with our Virtual Trivia Night last month so we thought we’d do it again! This time, it’ll be focused on ocean pollution in honor of our beach cleanup this month! 

Missing your weekly trivia night? 
Look no further because PTMSC is hosting Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom! 
Come show off your marine science skills and maybe even win a prize! 

Prizes include: 

  • Name a fish in the aquarium 
  • Name a krill that will be fed to an animal in the aquarium  
  • Name an crab in the aquarium  


Click here to RSVP, and we will send the Zoom link with extra instructions!

We can't wait to see you all there!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

International Coastal Cleanup

Join the movement to Fight Ocean Trash

with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, WA CoastSavers and Ocean Conservancy on Saturday, Sept. 19.


Saturday September 19

In partnership with the 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 coastsavers.org.

Check in: 9:30 am
PTMSC Museum Entrance, under the portico. 
Get directions and beach locations, trash bags, and gloves and head out to the beach.

Return to PTMSC: by 1:30 pm - Weigh your accomplishments. 

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
• Read the clean up FAQ page.
• Wear ocean-friendly sunscreen
• Dress for the weather
• Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the beach

Be COVID Safe: If you plan on joining us for the ICC, please follow all COVID-safety guidelines set by Washington State. Please wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others, and wash your hands or bring hand sanitizer with you.

EVERY TINY PIECE MATTERS

Pre-register at coastsavers.org.


More information at WA CoastSavers website: www.coastsavers.org
Or email PTMSC at mjohnson@ptmsc.org

Thanks to Olympic Disposal and Port Townsend Food Co-Op for their support.

 






 

Monday, August 10, 2020

PTMSC Trivia Night

 


Tuesday August 11
6:30 PM

Missing your weekly trivia night? 
Look no further because PTMSC is hosting Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom! 
Come show off your marine science skills and maybe even win a prize! 

Prizes include: 

  • Name a fish in the aquarium 
  • Name a krill that will be fed to an animal in the aquarium  
  • Name an crab in the aquarium  


Click here to RSVP, and we will send the Zoom link with extra instructions!

We can't wait to see you all there!

Friday, July 17, 2020

One Day At The Sea - online event for kids




online; hosted by Port Townsend Public Library

Thursday, July 23

2 - 3PM

Marine Science Center Presents: One Day at the Sea! Get ready to meet some of the wacky and intriguing critters of our nearshore environment, then help tell their story! (Imagination required, accuracy not necessary.)

As part of the PT Library's Summer Reading Program, this one hour program led by Ellie Kravets, invites kids to contribute to an original story about what happens one day in the Salish Sea. Formatted as a Zoom presentation, this program is sort of like a virtual MadLibs. Kids will get prompting cards to compose their part of the story, then the whole story will be revealed. Ellie will show them real collection items representing some of the creatures in the story, and maybe kids will be able to share something from their own collections.


Ages 6-12

Virtual Low Tide Walk in August!

Join us for a virtual Low Tide Walk event! Instead of our usual public programs, we’re going to be hosting a social-distancing friendly version. You can participate from home via social media during the scheduled event time, or visit a local tide pooling spot near you (while following current social distancing and recreation safety guidelines) for a self-guided experience. 


Tuesday August 18th

9 - 11 am

low tide -1.87 at 10:05am 
 
 
 

Staying home? Tune in to the Stories on our Instagram page @ptmarinescictr during the scheduled program time for broadcasts from local tidepools. Stories are visible from your mobile device or web browser if you’re logged in to Instagram; stories are visible for 24 hours after being posted, and will be saved as Highlights after that. 

Going out? Here’s a list of some local beach access/tide pooling spots - choose one close to you and make sure to follow current social distancing guidelines if you do go out. Have a back-up location in mind in case you arrive to a full or crowded parking lot (even better, walk or bike in). Remember to Leave No Trace! Take only pictures, pack out your trash if receptacles are full or unavailable. Keep in mind that in many places, restrooms are closed.   
State parks are currently open to local day-use only.  
Jefferson county parks and trails are open except: campgrounds, playgrounds, sport courts, and restrooms. 
-Fort Worden State Park (Discover Pass required)
-North Beach County Park (head either direction from parking lot)
-Boat Haven beach (limited parking at Larry Scott trailhead)
-Fort Townsend State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Fort Flagler State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Indian Island County Park (limited parking)
-Point Hudson (limited parking)

Here’s a guide on Tidepool Etiquette so you can observe good manners while you’re in the home of intertidal animals and keep them (and yourself) safe. If you find something interesting while you’re tidepooling, you can share it and tag us if you have any questions (@ptmarinescictr on Instagram). You can also post photos of animals, plants, or unknown living things to iNaturalist for identification from the community.

If you have children in your household, here’s a Tidepooling Scavenger Hunt activity to try while you’re out! 


Tide pooling at Kinzie Beach in Fort Worden State Park