Online Activities & Events

Upcoming Online Events & Activities

Halloween Fun at PTMSC

Halloween Trivia Night! 
Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30 pm

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!

The ocean offers many spooky and creepy creatures, some of them rarely ever studied. These trivia questions are aimed to challenge and educate participants on these unusual creatures and the ocean's many abysses where some of them live. Winners will have the opportunity to name animals in the exhibit! Register for Trivia Night here!

Scavenger Hunt
Search for the strangest animals in the sea with our online scavenger hunt!

Halloween Coloring Sheets
All scientists, even the mad scientists, started out with a pack of crayons! Click here to download some awesome coloring sheets!

Future of Oceans Lecture Series
Our monthly lecture series draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans. The 2020/2021 lecture series will be via zoom and is free to attend. Please register! The link is below.

Sunday, November 8, 3 pm
In Deeper Waters: Exploring Earth's Largest, Yet Least Understood, Biome
Dr. Christopher Kelley

Earth is a water world with the sea covering 70% of its surface. Even though the depths below SCUBA represent the largest biome on the planet, the "deep sea" is also the least understood because its environment is hostile to us terrestrials and our technology. However, accessing this huge unknown territory and discovering what is going on down there is crucial to the understanding of our planet as a whole. Dr. Kelly has led a variety of projects using sonar mapping, manned submersibles, and ROVs throughout the Pacific ranging in depth from 200 m to 6000 m. He will share with you not only the "why and how" of deep sea research but some of his more interesting experiences and findings while working in deeper waters.

To register for the lecture, click here.

Additional Online Activities and Learning from PTMSC

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.

Check out each week's Scavenger Hunt:
Geology Scavenger Hunt
Tide Pool Scavenger Hunt

Forest Scavenger Hunt

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
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!

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 sharing the low tides with you!
See our Instagram stories from all the walks, saved in Virtual LTW highlights

The first one was Tuesday, May 26, and the last on August 18. 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!

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!

It's a fun Halloween week with PTMSC, online and on location!


Strange sea creatures? It's an online scavenger hunt!


Coloring and science, they just go together!


The Future of Ocean Lecture Series


The Geology Scavenger Hunt is one of five great hunts we've got for you.
Check out the rest in the Scavenger Hunt article!


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!