School Programs

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

2021-2022 School Year

Port Townsend Marine Science Center is the ideal place to learn about the diversity of life in the Salish Sea and why we love it.

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 programs and classes offer students unique hands-on experiences in the marine sciences. They emphasize active exploration, critical thinking, and reflection.

Salish Sea Science - A tuition-free field trip program for 3rd & 4th grade classes. Sessions are available in person and online. The program is available each year from January - March. Follow the link to sign up for the mailing list for next year's program.

Inside/Outside Tour - Bring your curiosity! Visit the museum to learn about marine mammals and ways to protect the marine environment. Explore the aquarium to see the local fish and marine invertebrates from our diverse nearshore habitats. Then head outside to the beach for a fresh look at the Salish Sea and an outdoor activity that's just right for your age group.

Limited scholarships are available and granted based on student need and current availability of funds. Visit the Classes & Tours page for more information.

Water World is 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. Typically this is a 5-day residential program for 5th and 6th graders. This year it is a virtual event! 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,


Please Note: Current COVID-19 guidance could affect availability, size, etc. of classes. 

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.

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.