Plastic Free July: PTMSC Edition
Week One starts July 1st
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!
How it works: Starting July 1st, challenges will be posted weekly spanning Wednesday to Wednesday. With each challenge, we will provide extra resources and community inspirations to help build your waste-free future.
We encourage you to get creative and to send us photos! Either tag us on Instagram or Facebook, or email them to us at email@example.com! We want to see how you are taking on these challenges!! Let’s inspire each other!
Virtual Low Tide Walks
Next walk on, Sunday July 5
Posting Instagram Stories ~ 9:30-11:30 am
See the May 26 Instagram stories from the first low tide walk, 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. You can check out the Instagram stories, @ptmarinescictr Virtual LTW, to see how cool and interesting a remote low tide walk can be!
On the next walk, July 5, you can participate from home via social media 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 the PTMSC blog post by Carolyn, PTMSC Education Coordinator, for more information, including streaming times, a Tide Pool Scavenger Hunt activity sheet and great Port Townsend area beaches for a low tide walk.
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!