You, Me & the Salish Sea


The Aquarium, Museum and Gift Shop at Fort Worden State Park are open Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

The Visitor Center and Store at 1001 Water St., downtown Port Townsend, are open Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we work on the traditional lands and waters of many Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the S’Klallam People, the Strong People. We respect and are grateful for this land, these waters, and the people who have inhabited them since time immemorial and who continue to steward this place for future generations.


Photo by David Gluckman

Saturday | April 22, 2023 | 3-6 p.m.
$90 ($70 PTMSC members)

Enjoy an afternoon on the water cruising through the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve and learning about the history of Protection Island and the sea birds and marine life that make the island and surrounding waters their home.

Just outside of Port Townsend is an amazing National Wildlife Refuge — Protection Island — home to breeding, nesting, and flyway populations of marine bird species at different times of the year. 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, and elephant seals often haul out to molt there during the summer. 

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