Join the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for our annual BioBlitz at the Fort Worden State Park! We will be using the iNaturalist app and website to help us as we venture out to all corners of the state park to find, photograph, and identify as many different species as we can. Don't fret if species ID isn't your thing. All we need is a good photo!
The 24-hour BioBlitz will begin on May 1st at 10 AM, with a great low tide at 2 PM. Note that the Fort Worden State Park does close at dusk, but opens at sunrise. (Just in time for some early morning birding!).
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!
Pinto Abalone Counting Project - you can help!
Pinto abalone are functionally extinct in the state of Washington. In an effort to help, young abalone are sent to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, where we raise them until they're big enough to release into the wild! Raising healthy and happy pinto abalone is a big job. But lucky for us, there are folks like you! We get our abalone when they are really young, so some mortality is natural. To make sure there aren't any larger issues, we monitor our abalone through population counts...counts that you can do from the comfort of your home! Click on the PDF for links to the virtual abalone counting activity.
Water World Online
April 26-30, 2021
Join 5th and 6th grade students from around Washington State for 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 five days of engaging online classroom sessions and hands-on learning and creation. Through the lenses of science, creative writing, and visual arts, students will explore the marine environments of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea, as well as the aquatic ecosystems around their own home.
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 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!
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!