School Programs

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center can accommodate single day or multi-day programs. Our School Programs offer students unique hands-on experiences in the marine sciences. They emphasize active exploration, critical thinking, and reflection. Most classes can be adapted to a variety of grade levels. Classes offered to K-2nd grade are modified to 60-minute lessons and are pro-rated. Prices with an asterisk indicate a lab fee included.

For questions, further details, or to schedule a program:

"I value every bit of what we do with our time at PTMSC ... Instead of working from a book or a kit, the students are working with their natural, local environment, with relevant and meaningful activities."
—local 5th-grade teacher

Programs for groups can be arranged for any time of year, but program prices are higher during peak season, April 1 – June 18, to reflect seasonal demand.

Limited scholarships are available and granted based on student need and current availability of funds.

Group Size and Multiple Classes
Most programs accommodate a maximum of 26 students and 4 teachers/chaperones, due to classroom space. A few classes require a smaller group size due to the nature of the activity. Please understand that we can offer a better experience for your students when group sizes are small. We can normally accommodate 2 groups (sometimes 3) at a time.

Overnight Accommodations
Consider spending 2-5 days at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for more in-depth programming. Fort Worden State Park offers dormitory-style housing, meals in the Commons or delivered to field sites, and two campgrounds. You are welcome to take care of booking accommodations through Fort Worden State Park by calling (360) 344-4431, however booking through PTMSC will qualify your group for a discounted rate.