Work for us!

June 28, 2024

Seeking Environmental Educators for 2024-2025 AmeriCorps Term! Inspire students, visitors, and the whole community to explore, experience, connect with, and take action to protect and steward the unique ecosystems of the Salish Sea. PTMSC is seeking two Marine Stewardship Educator AmeriCorps Members to join our team dedicated to conserving the Salish Sea. These are full-time 10 ½ month posi...


The Legacy Bulletin – Jaxson Sudlow

June 26, 2024

June 2024 Scholarship Winner to Study Oceanography at UW The winner of the 2024 Anne Murphy Ocean Stewards Scholarship is Port Townsend High School senior Jaxson Sudlow. At some point in the past several years, you may have been greeted by Jaxson as you entered the museum, seen him in full SCUBA gear helping to move marine life from the Point Hudson jetty prior to the recent construc...


Happily volunteering – just about everywhere

June 1, 2024

Volunteer Lindsay Kotzebue, captivated by the vibrant life of the Salish Sea, is devoted to its active exploration and preservation A post-pandemic move to Port Townsend from Seattle in 2022 introduced volunteer Lindsay Kotzebue to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. A self-described “professional volunteer” Kotzebue has involved herself in nearly every aspect of the PTMSC’s p...


Interpreting with heart

April 30, 2024

Volunteer Rene Cortez When Port Townsend Marine Science Center volunteer Rene Cortez moved to Port Townsend in 2021, he brought with him a passion for volunteering and a vital interest in marine conservation. For nearly a quarter-century, Cortez served as a volunteer in Dana Point, Calif., “the whale watching capital of the world,” putting his jovial presence and way with words to use as a ...


2023 Citizen Science report

April 24, 2024

For over 40 years the Port Townsend Marine Science Center has actively participated in citizen science, providing volunteers, staff, AmeriCorps and visitors an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to science.   What is citizen science? It’s “the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen scien...

The legacy bulletin – Marley Loomis

April 2, 2024

March 2024 Marley Loomis' Octopus Odyssey With a background in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Marley Loomis stepped into the world of marine education in 2018 as a two-term AmeriCorps member, not realizing that her path would lead her to an intimate understanding of one of the ocean's most enigmatic inhabitants: the octopus. Marley'...


Volunteers power PTMSC

February 29, 2024

Volunteers power the Port Townsend Marine Science Center all year long Outstanding! For a relatively small organization, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center is able to maximize its impact to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea thanks in no small part to the efforts of our dedicated cadre of volunteers. In 2023, over 125 volunteers recorded 9,180 hours of time, expertise and talent...


Past lectures on YouTube

January 4, 2024

Did you know you can enjoy past Future of Oceans lectures on the PTMSC YouTube channel? You'll find the recorded lectures and links on our Lectures page. The 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. Enjoy exploring and learning!...


The legacy bulletin – Allison Kellum

December 31, 2023

December 2023 Charting the Course: Allison Kellum's Journey from PTMSC to Scripps Oceanography Allison Kellum's career path was shaped by her two years at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), which helped focus her passion for marine conservation in ways that continue in her work today at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.&nb...


The octopus is named Kakantu!

October 26, 2023

The name, Kakantu, given to this individual of the species giant Pacific octopus, was chosen by the winning bidder at the 2023 PTMSC Auction fundraiser. The name comes from the Klallam language and has two meanings, according to the Klallam Dictionary1. The first is the name of a girl in a story told by Amy Allen who is the grandmother of the current Tribal Council Chairman of the Jamestown S’Kl...

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