5th Annual BioBlitz at Fort Worden State Park!
Starts May 21 at 10 a.m., and goes through May 22 at 10 a.m.
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will host its 5th annual, 24-hour BioBlitz at Fort Worden State Park.
Join the fun at a safe social distance, and help us record all living species (including plants, animals, fungi, and everything else) within the park boundary!
Click here for more info on how to participate!
"We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea”
For thousands of years, the bountiful land and waters we now call the Puget Sound – a significant part of the Salish Sea – have provided a remarkable home to humans, with food, shelter and connections with others. Coast Salish people rely on salmon and other fish, and shellfish, such as clams, oysters, and mussels. However, human activities over the last two centuries have changed this ecosystem in ways that have strongly impacted the plants, animals and people who rely on these natural resources
King Tides and Sea Level Rise
Watch the recording from this webinar to learn about the natural conditions that create king tides, projected sea level rise for Port Townsend, the Washington King Tide Program, and local efforts to monitor these events and document total water levels. A demonstration on how to use the MyCoast app for contributing your observations on king tides is also provided.
The Future of Oceans lecture series - watch the recordings
Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans. The recordings of the 2020-2021 season and the lectures of the 2021-2022 season are on our YouTube channel.
Lynda Mapes' lecture, "Southern Resident Killer Whales: Status, Trends, Solutions”, leads off the 2021-2022 season. The southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound are unique in the world and one of the most ancient and intelligent animal societies on Earth. In this talk Lynda Mapes, environment reporter for the Seattle Times and author of the newly-released book "Orca Shared Waters Shared Home" will explore and explain the natural history and biology of the southern resident orcas and what makes these families of orcas in our midst so special. She will explain the risks that threaten their survival, and discuss solutions to this extinction crisis.
The Art of Water - Call for Submissions
Water shapes our world, our imagination, and moves us to create. We invite you to collaborate with us in our partnership with Barbara Krystal of the University of Washington, in a project celebrating WATER. Following the spirit of community science, THE ART OF WATER PROJECT honors public scholarship and carries that inclusivity into the realm of the arts & humanities. We welcome displaying your creative work in the online gallery: theartofwater.global. Exhibits include: Music, Material Art, Photography, Performance, Film, and Written Verse.
Submissions are accepted via this Google form. For any questions contact: Barbara Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive into the ocean depths like a sperm whale, or playfully chase fish like an otter? Our activity “Museum Mystery” will give you a chance to explore these fun ideas with a few of our museum specimens. You can choose to be creative with your imaginative story, follow the route of an investigative scientist, or both!
Feel free to share your story through words or pictures, whichever you prefer. We’d love to see what stories you come up with, so please submit your story via this form: Museum Mystery Stories!
Snowflakes and Coloring Pages
Enjoying the holiday spirit? Us too! Get crafty and check out these ocean-inspired coloring sheets & snowflakes for a surefire way to keep you celebrating the Salish SEAson!
Parents and guardians, please supervise the snowflake activity. The designs are intricate and require the use of sharp implements.
Thank you to Bri Gabel for sharing her incredible snowflake designs, and to former PTMSC AmeriCorps member Mariah Vane for the beautiful coloring sheets.
A Month's Worth of Scavenger Hunts
During August we held weekly scavenger hunts, with a new theme each week
Enjoy your own scavenger hunts where you live!
The weather outside is lovely, so let's go on an adventurous scavenger hunt to see what there is to discover! Explore new and different habitats and learn about nature where you live. Send us photos (or tag us on Instagram) with what you found or of 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.
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!
1, 2, 3 Plastic Scavenger Hunt!
Stuck inside due to the rainy weather? Let's go on a scavenger hunt in your own house to find what plastics we come face-to-face with in our daily lives!
Find the worksheet here!
Virtual Low Tide Walks
We had a great summer in 2020 sharing the low tides with you!
See our Instagram stories from all the walks, saved in Virtual LTW highlights
If you would like to join us in 2021 for a low tide walk at the beach here at Fort Worden, visit our Low Tide Walks page.
If you post your interesting finds on Instagram, don't forget to tag us @ptmarinescictr!
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!
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?
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.
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!