School Programs

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Activities and ideas for keeping you and your family connected to the Salish Sea

In light of current school closures and ongoing public health issues, we are sharing online 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.


You can schedule a day of classes, a tour of our exhibits, or a custom multi-day program. Once a year, we also offer Water World, a one-week program in collaboration with Centrum.

"I value every bit of what we do with our time at PTMSC ... Instead of working from a book or a kit, the students are working with their natural, local environment, with relevant and meaningful activities."
—local 5th-grade teacher

Classes & Tours: Our School Programs offer students unique hands-on experiences in the marine sciences. They emphasize active exploration, critical thinking, and reflection.

Water World: Water World, a dynamic collaboration between Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, is filled with activities and projects that expand and enhance students' experiences in the marine world through the lenses of both science and art. This is a 5-day residential program for 5th and 6th graders. Please visit Centrum's Water World page for more details. 

For questions, further details, or to schedule a program:
Contact Gabriele Sanchez, 360-385-5582 x120,


The Port Townsend Marine Science Center can accommodate single-day or multi-day programs.

Classes can be adapted to a variety of grade levels. 

Please request your program at least 4 weeks in advance. Anything with less than 4 weeks notice, please call first to see if we can accommodate your request.

Programs for groups can be arranged for any time of year, but program prices are higher during peak season, April 1 – August 31, to reflect seasonal demand.

Limited scholarships are available and granted based on student need and current availability of funds. Contact Gabriele Sanchez, Program Registrar, for more information, or 360-385-5582 x120.

Group Size and Multiple Classes
Most programs accommodate a maximum of 26 students, plus 2 teachers/chaperones, due to classroom space. The maximum capacity of our classroom is 32 people. A few classes require a smaller group size due to the nature of the activity.

We can normally accommodate 2 classes (sometimes 3) at a time.

Overnight Accommodations
Consider spending 2-5 days at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for more in-depth programming. Fort Worden State Park offers dormitory-style housing, meals in the Commons or delivered to field sites, and two campgrounds. Visit here for more information.

Joint Programs
Imagine your students taking the helm of a 100-year-old tall ship, assembling the skeleton of a gray whale, and rowing and sailing aboard a historic longboat. Partnerships with Sound Experience (Schooner Adventuress) and Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) provide opportunities to fully engage students with our rich regional resources in a captivating and rigorous learning environment. Click here to learn more, or contact Carolyn Woods, Education Coordinator, for more information: or (360) 385-5582 x 109.

Sound Experience sails the historic 101’ Schooner Adventuress to educate, inspire, and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment.

Northwest Maritime Center uses powerful maritime experiences aboard their fleet to educate, inspire people to adventure, and celebrate traditional and contemporary maritime culture.