Low tide walks

photo by: Tracy Thompson

Join us for a guided Low Tide Walk on the beach with PTMSC naturalists. Explore tide pools and learn about how marine organisms are adapted for the challenges and daily extremes of living in the intertidal zone.

2024 low tide walks

Registration forms are linked below for each low tide walk.

Space is limited.
Registration is required to guarantee your place.
Spaces that open up on the day of the event will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: We are not able to offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend.


General Public

  • Adults: $10
  • Youth ages 6-17: $5
  • Children 5 and under: free

PTMSC basic and sea star level members

  • Adults: $8
  • Youth ages 6-17: $3

PTMSC octopus and orca level members

  • Adults and youth: free

Learn more about becoming a Marine Science Center member.

Where to go

We’ll meet at the Museum portico.

Please plan to arrive at the Museum 10-15 minutes early to sign in.

The Museum is the second building on the left, past the pier at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. Do not go to the building on the pier.

Things to know

We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and shoes that can get wet and have good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks.

The tidepooling location is a .4 mile walk from the Museum; closer parking spots are available near the beach.

If you plan to drive closer to the beach, please check in at the Museum first. Besides letting us know you are joining us, so we don’t give your spot away, there will be a short introduction to tidepooling.

This event is family-friendly. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Young children not able to walk (especially babies) should be strapped on and not carried.

We don’t recommend bringing dogs tidepooling.


Guide to tidepooling


Here’s a guide on tidepool etiquette so you can observe good manners while you’re in the home of intertidal animals and keep them (and yourself) safe.

Tide pool scavenger hunt


A fun activity for young children!

Low Tide Walk with PTMSC

Mark and Pam Adams joined a Low Tide Walk in the summer of 2023. This is their video!

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