Online Activities & Events

Plastic-Free KAHOOT! Trivia Night

Tuesday September 15

We had a blast with our Virtual Trivia Night last month so we thought we’d do it again!
This time, it’ll be focused on ocean pollution in honor of our beach cleanup this month!

Missing your weekly trivia night?
Look no further because PTMSC is hosting Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom!
Come show off your marine science skills and maybe even win a prize!

Prizes include:

  • Name a fish in the aquarium
  • Name a krill that will be fed to an animal in the aquarium
  • Name an crab in the aquarium

Click here to RSVP, and we will send the Zoom link with extra instructions!

We can't wait to see you all there!  RSVP Now!

Virtual Low Tide Walks
Upcoming walk on September 15, @ 9-10 am
See our Instagram stories from all the walks, saved in Virtual LTW highlights

Join us (remotely) for an online streaming Low Tide Walk event! Instead of our usual public programs, we’re going to be hosting a series of social-distancing friendly versions. The first one was Tuesday, May 26, and the last on August 18. And now another on September 15! You can check out the Instagram stories, @ptmarinescictr Virtual LTW, to see how cool and interesting a remote low tide walk can be!

On this upcoming walk, September 15, you can participate from home via PTMSC Instagram Live during the scheduled event time, OR visit a local tide pooling spot near you (while following current social distancing and recreation safety guidelines) for a self-guided experience.

If you post your interesting finds on Instagram, don't forget to tag us @ptmarinescictr! Read our event page for the Low Tide Walk for lots of great information, including tide pool etiquette and a low tide scavenger hunt activity!

Water World (grades 5-6)
Thursday, September 24th – Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Join us for the first ever session of Water World Online! Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center are teaming up to take our full-immersion science and arts program online, and into your home, with four days of engaging online classroom sessions and hands-on learning and creation. Through the lenses of science and art, students will explore the marine environments of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea, as well as the aquatic ecosystems around their own home.

Discover more about Water World Online, and register!

Weekly Scavenger Hunts
Week 5 starts August 29th
It's a Geology Scavenger Hunt!

The weather outside is lovely, so let's go on an adventurous scavenger hunt to see what there is to discover! For the month of August, we will be releasing weekly scavenger hunts that will take you to different habitats and hopefully introduce you to some new things. Check back each Saturday for the newly uploaded hunt! Send us photos (or tag us on Instagram) with what you found or yourself out on the hunt for these awesome items!

Remember to be a good steward of nature! Leave natural objects where you found them, pick up any trash you see, and don’t step on any plants.

Check out each week's Scavenger Hunt:
Week 5, Geology Scavenger Hunt, new August 29
Week 4, Tide Pool Scavenger Hunt

Week 3, Forest Scavenger Hunt

Week 2, Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Week 1, Beach Walk Scavenger Hunt

Plastic Free: PTMSC Edition
Plastic Free July is over, but the need to reduce plastic waste isn't!

Plastic Free July is a global movement with the goal of helping individuals refuse single use plastics! This movement provides us with the opportunity to look at what we are throwing away and see how we can do better! Join us for weekly challenges throughout the month of July and see what improvements you can make. Let’s be part of the solution, together!

July may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to reduce our plastic waste! Check out our PTMSC Plastic Free July Webpage for inspiration, and let us know how you are continuing to be a part of the solution!

Additional Online Learning from PTMSC

Orca Skeleton ARTiculation!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, PTMSC hosted a community Orca ARTiculation. Members of our online community helped us recreate the skeleton of PTMSC’s orca (“Hope”) from the comforts of their own home. Click here to see what we created!

The fun hasn’t ended, though! Click here to access line drawings of all the bones from our original ARTiculation project. You can download some or all of the bones, then decorate and create your own ARTiculation!

We encourage you to get creative! Feel free to use the image files as coloring sheets, paint them digitally, or recreate the bones in the real world using found or recycled materials! The possibilities are endless! We can’t wait to see what you create, so please share and tag us at @ptmarinescictr!

Interested in learning more about the story of Hope, the orca featured in this project? Click here to discover what we know about her life, her stranding, and PTMSC’s original Orca Project.

Nature Break: Sound Mapping

Everyone’s heard the advice to stop and smell the roses but what about stopping and listening to the sounds of nature and your neighborhood? You might be surprised at what you hear when you focus on just one sense! Making a sound map can be a great way to keep track of what’s in the environment around you. What might be something nearby that you can hear, but not see?

Read more and get started here!

Take a (Nature) Break

Nature journaling is a practice we often use in PTMSC education programs and can easily be done at home. We're going to be posting prompts and ideas for journaling and encourage you to follow along and share what you create by tagging us on Instagram: @ptmarinescictr, #mynaturejournal.

Check out PTMSC Education Coordinator Carolyn's blog post with some great ideas to get your started, including directions for a DIY journal.

Other Online Learning Resources

We are sharing online K-12 learning resources with activities that can be done at home, or in nearby neighborhood natural areas. If you do choose to go outside, please be sure to keep yourself safe and follow current public health guidelines including practicing social distancing; stay home if you are sick.

Learn Online - Free courses, webinars, informative sites, etc. about the ocean and marine science:

Or stay inside - and help contribute to conservation!


Sea stars - Carolyn Woods
Join us for a virtual low tide walk!


Join the August Scavenger Hunt!
Here's week 5!


July may be over, but you can still challenge yourself to reduce you and your family's plastic use!


You can create your own Orca ARTiculation, with line drawings of Hope's bones



Nature Break: Sound Mapping


Take a (Nature) Break!