Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2022

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. Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week!

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.

   

Northwind Art and PTMSC offer:
Creatures of the Sea & Shore Art Camp 

Ages 7-9

 $400

August 15-19 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Get immersed in the magic of sea and shore in this nature art camp! In the mornings, students experience the outdoors, museum and aquarium exhibits guided by Port Townsend Marine Science Center educators. And in the afternoon, artist Mikal Robinson leads crafts, stories and games to play as we learn more about the ocean and all its delightful creatures. Crafts may include sewn starfishes, needle felted orca whales, and finger crochet octopi!
 

Visit Northwind Art to register. Click here.

 

JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Ages 6 - 7
$160

August 1-5 , 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
August 1-5, 1-4 p.m.
August 15-19, 1-4 p.m.
Monday - Friday


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: 12 campers / 2 staff.


August 1-5 , 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

August 1-5, 1-4 p.m.
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

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August 15-19, 1-4 p.m.
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

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COASTAL EXPLORERS

Ages 8 - 9
$285

June 27 - July 1
August 8-12

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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: 12 campers / 2 staff.

June 27 - July 1
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.


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August 8-12
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

   

MARINE BIOLOGY

Ages 10 - 12

 $300

July 11-15 
July 25-29

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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: 12 campers / 2 staff.

July 11-15
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.


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July 25-29
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

 

Marine Biology Afoot & Afloat

Ages 11 - 14
$400 

June 20-24
July 18-22
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday (sailing/boating days): 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 aquarium tanks and exhibits. Campers work together as a team while learning to be stewards of the marine environment.

Maximum group size: 16 campers / 2 staff.

June 20-24
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.


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July 18-22
This camp is full. Click the button to add your name to the waiting list.

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

During Camp:

  • Daily health screening on arrival to 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
  • 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


Scholarships are available to those who qualify

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this Google Form.

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.