School Programs

You can schedule a day of classes, a tour of our exhibits, or a custom multi-day program. Once a year, we also offer Water World, a one-week program in collaboration with Centrum.

"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

Classes & Tours: Our School Programs offer students unique hands-on experiences in the marine sciences. They emphasize active exploration, critical thinking, and reflection.

Water World: Water World, a dynamic collaboration between Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, is filled with activities and projects that expand and enhance students' experiences in the marine world through the lenses of both science and art. This is a 5-day residential program for 5th and 6th graders. Please visit Centrum's Water World page for more details. (this text is copied from Centrum page)

For questions, further details, or to schedule a program:
Contact Gabriele Sanchez, 360-385-5582 x120, gsanchez@ptmsc.org

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CLASSES & TOURS

Please Note: Current rates are guarateed for the 2017-2018 school year (September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018) if booked by June 30, 2017.

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center can accommodate single-day or multi-day programs.

Classes can be adapted to a variety of grade levels. 

Please request your program at least 4 weeks in advance. Anything with less than 4 weeks notice, please call first to see if we can accommodate your request.

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.

Scholarships
Limited scholarships are available and granted based on student need and current availability of funds. Contact Gabriele Sanchez, Program Registrar, for more information, gsanchez@ptmsc.org or 360-385-5582 x120.

Group Size and Multiple Classes
Most programs accommodate a maximum of 26 students, plus 2 teachers/chaperones, due to classroom space. The maximum capacity of our classroom is 32 people. A few classes require a smaller group size due to the nature of the activity.

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.
Taking classes with the Marine Science Center qualifies your group for a discounted rate on lodging with Fort Worden. Book your accommodations through Fort Worden State Park by calling (360) 344-4400 x334, and mention you are with the Marine Science Center.