Monday, March 26, 2012

PTMSC launches volunteer enrichment series


 The staff at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is shaking things up a bit in 2012 with a new, innovative and inspiring program series for volunteers. This will be offered for both new and returning volunteers on Wednesday afternoons through June. Volunteers are not required to attend all sessions. It’s free to participate, but reservations are requested.

May 2:    ME Exhibit Tour of Associated Exhibits
May 4:    Volunteer Gathering Chili cook off  
 5:30 p.m. at PT Yacht Club
May 9:    Knowing your Resource:
 A Hands-On Session in Both Exhibits
May 16:  Film Viewing: Life At The Edge Of The Sea  
May 23:  Getting To Know Your Audience
May 30:  I Don't Know, But I'll Find Out!
June 6:    Annual Low tide Walk
  by Art Price and Anita Thielmann
June 13:   Telling Your Story with Strategies
 June 20:   Volunteer Series Wrap-Up Session 

For more information or to reserve a place at the first session, contact Jean Walat at jwalat@ptmsc.orgor 385.5582 ext. 112.

“We think many of our region’s ocean lovers will agree with a quote from Baba Biolum: ‘For in the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we’re taught’,” said Jean Walat, Citizen Science/Volunteer Coordinator for the PTMSC. “Keeping this in mind, the series will be a provocative and enriching opportunity that will include a variety of workshops, tours, films and interactive events.”

Volunteer docents who complete the series will be recognized as “Star Docents,” but there will be sessions of interest to all volunteers, not only docents. Themes for each installment will span topics such as getting to know local marine species, challenging yourself to become the best docent and interpreter possible, and learning more about how volunteers can help PTMSC fulfill its mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. 

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Marine Exhibit opening April 6

On Friday, April 6, the Marine Exhibit will open for the season. Come meet the new marine animals!

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea. Located on the beach at Fort Worden State Park, the PTMSC offers two public exhibits: the Marine Exhibit features large touch pools and aquaria and the Natural History Exhibit highlights the rich zone where land meets sea.

Spring Hours:
Both exhibits are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth and free to PTMSC members. The PTMSC also offers a wide variety of educational programs and special events.

For more information, call 360.385.5582, e-mail info@ptmsc.orgor visit

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