Summer Camps

Summer Camp Schedule 2021

Camps are full, but you can sign up for the waiting list for each camp you're interested in.

At the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), our summer camps allow burgeoning young scientists and adventurers to spend a week exploring beaches, uncovering treasures hidden in our exhibits, playing games, making crafts, and hiking through beautiful Fort Worden State Park.

Our science campers come back year after year and many of our past campers return again as camp counselors. 

Summer is coming sooner than you think! We’ve been working on fine-tuning our plans for a safe and fun camp season. See below for our sessions, and information on our health and safety policies. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions. Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week!

You can learn more about the Health and Safety precautions we're taking below.

PTMSC members receive $10 off each registration (use promo code MEMBER). If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join today to enjoy this and many other members-only benefits!

Scholarships are available to those who qualify. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this Google Form.

 

COASTAL EXPLORERS

Ages 8 - 9
$285 

July 5-9
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
August 9-13
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 3 pm
Friday (boating day): 9 am - 3 pm

Ready, set, explore! Examine the varied coastal environments of beach, glacial bluff, forest, pond, and meadow. This is the perfect camp for nature-loving kids who want to explore it all! Using observation skills, campers discover how these places support life in the coastal ecosystem.

Maximum group size: 8 campers / 2 staff.

July 5-9

Camp is full.
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August 9-13

Camp is full.
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JUNIOR EXPLORERS

June 21-25, 9 am - 12 pm
June 28 - July 2, 1-4 pm
August 2-6, 9 am-12 pm

Monday - Friday
Ages 6 - 7
$160

Spend a week exploring and discovering marine and coastal life, animals, plants, and secret spots. This half-day camp is all about fun, with activities in and around the Marine Science Center. It’s a great program for the younger camper who loves marine animals and exploring.

Maximum group size: 8 campers / 2 staff.

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June 21-25, 9 am-12 pm

Camp is full.
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June 28 - July 2, 1-4pm

Camp is full.
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August 2-6, 9 am-12 pm

Camp is full.
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Marine Biology Afoot & Afloat

Ages 11 - 13
$400 

July 26-30
August 16-20
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
Wednesday and Thursday (sailing/boating days): 9 am - 4 pm

Calling all budding Marine Biologists! This camp takes marine biology skills to the next level through hands-on activities. Students sail aboard Northwest Maritime Center vessels while doing scientific investigations. Ashore, students participate in intertidal surveys and labs in the touch tanks and exhibits. Campers work together as a team while learning to be stewards of the marine environment.

Maximum group size: 6 campers / 2 staff.

July 26-30

Camp is full.
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August 16-20

Camp is full.
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MARINE BIOLOGY

July 12-16 
July 19-23

10 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 10 - 12
 $285

Immerse yourself in Marine Biology! Campers engage in exciting classes, labs, and field programs. A few of the many captivating activities include: sieving through goopy sediments looking for brittle stars, articulating a gray whale skeleton, and using microscopes to observe the plankton that supports all life in the sea.
 
Maximum group size: 8 campers / 2 staff.

July 12-16

Camp is full.
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July 19-23

Camp is full.
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Kaleidoscope from the Sea
a Northwind Art program, with PTMSC

July 21
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Ages 8+
 $125

Inspired by all of the many pieces of plastic floating in our oceans, this class focuses on marine science debris. Artist Shelby Silver will be joined by a staff educator from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC). This program will bring together science and an art-making activity that focuses on marine science debris as a vibrant, textured, and unique material.

A complementary materials kit will be supplied to each participant during class. Ages 8+ are welcome to join this class.

For more information and to register, visit the Northwind Art website.

  

If you have questions about any aspect of camp, please email us at camps@ptmsc.org or call us at 360-385-5582 ext 120.

Health and Safety

Washington State & Jefferson County Guidelines
The safety of your children is always of the utmost importance to us. We have carefully reviewed COVID-19 health and safety guidance from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, Jefferson County Public Health, and the American Camp Association in developing our safety policies and procedures for running camps this summer. Of course, as this is an ever-changing situation, we’ll keep you updated on any changes in protocols and procedures.

Before Camp:

  • Masks will be worn by campers and staff indoors at all times, and outdoors during activities and any time a 6’+ physical distance isn’t possible
  • Health screening form to be completed by all campers prior to admission to camp
  • Group sizes have been reduced to 10 people total per session (8 campers, 2 PTMSC staff)

During Camp:

  • Daily health screening on arrival to camp; temperature checks
  • Masks will be worn by campers and staff indoors at all times, and outdoors during activities and any time a 6’+ physical distance isn’t possible
  • Modifications to activities to allow for physical distancing indoors & outdoors
  • Modifications to activities to maximize time spent outside and minimize use of shared equipment
  • Daily cleaning/sanitizing of indoor surfaces and shared equipment
  • FOR FULL DAY CAMPS: Hours shortened to 10:00am - 3:00pm to allow time for additional cleaning
  • FOR HALF DAY CAMPS: We will only be running one session (AM or PM) per week, instead of both

PTMSC Cancellation Policy for Day Camp
In the event that you can’t make it to camp, PTMSC is happy to refund 75% of the full cost of camp retaining a 25% cancellation fee provided the cancellation request is made at least 30 days prior to the start of camp. After that date, if you need to cancel for health reasons, including potential Covid-19 exposure in your household or the camper's household, please email camps@ptmsc.org for a refund.