Summer Camps

Update May 28, 2020

We are working to keep abreast of local, national and global circumstances, and as an organization grounded in science will be following Jefferson County Public Health Department guidelines and the Safe Start Washington plan. We're developing our plan, Creating the New Normal for PTMSC, in line with those guidelines. In this planning, top of mind is always the safety of your family and our staff and volunteers. Based on our understanding of the guidelines for activities while re-opening in Jefferson County, and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of campers, we’ve determined that the sessions with our youngest campers (Seal Pups and Junior Explorers) aren't feasible to run with the resources we have available. We are handling each camp on a case-by-case basis; updates about the status of each camp session will be sent to registrants in the coming days.

2020 Summer Camp Schedule

At the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), our summer camps allow burgeoning young scientists and adventurers to spend a week exploring beaches, uncovering treasures hidden in our exhibits, playing games, making crafts, and hiking through beautiful Fort Worden State Park.

Our science campers come back year after year and many of our past campers return again as camp counselors. Join us for a wet, sandy, adventurous, fun-filled week!

PTMSC members receive $10 off each registration (use promo code MEMBER). If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join today to enjoy this and many other members-only benefits!


June 22, 24, 26
June 29, July 1, 3
August 10, 12, 14
9:30 am - 12 noon
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Ages 3 - 4 

Explore and learn about the beach and sea creatures. Activities will enhance the natural curiosity and vivid imagination of this age group. Campers will spend time outdoors and at the touch tanks with trained and attentive counselors. 


June 22-26, PM only
June 29-July 3, PM only
August 3-7, AM and PM
August 10-14, PM only
9 am - noon OR 1 pm - 4 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 5 - 7

Spend a week exploring and discovering marine and coastal life, animals, plants, and secret spots. This half-day camp is all about fun, with activities in and around the Marine Science Center. It’s a great program for the younger camper who loves marine animals and exploring.



July 6-10
9 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 8 - 9

Ready, set, explore! Examine the varied coastal environments of beach, glacial bluff, forest, pond, and meadow. This is the perfect camp for nature-loving kids who want to explore it all! Using observation skills, campers discover how these places support life in the coastal ecosystem.


July 13-17
9 am - 4 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 13-15

 Want to take a deeper dive into the Salish Sea this summer? Learn about marine ecology and conservation on the water, and visit areas accessible only by boat while collecting scientific data aboard the Northwest Maritime Center’s historic longboats on two day-long expeditions in this camp. Note: On Wednesday and Thursday, camp starts at the NWMC.  



July 20-24 
9 am - 4 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 10 - 12

Immerse yourself in Marine Biology! Campers engage in exciting classes, labs, and field programs. A few of the many captivating activities include: sieving through goopy sediments looking for brittle stars, articulating a gray whale skeleton, and using microscopes to observe the plankton that supports all life in the sea.   


July 27-31
9 am - 4 pm
Monday - Friday
Ages 11 - 13

Calling all budding Marine Biologists! This camp takes marine biology skills to the next level through hands-on activities. Students sail aboard Northwest Maritime Center vessels while doing scientific investigations. Ashore, students participate in intertidal surveys and labs in the touch tanks and exhibits. Campers work together as a team while learning to be stewards of the marine environment. 




If you have questions about any aspect of camp, please email us at or call us at 360-385-5582 ext 120.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify
To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this Google Form.

PTMSC Cancellation Policy for Day Camp
In light of the current health crisis, we are currently offering full refunds to registrants not able to attend camp this summer. Please email for more information.