Friday, May 22, 2020

Seeking Environmental Educators for 2020-2021 AmeriCorps Term!

Seeking Environmental Educators for 2020-2021 AmeriCorps Term!
Join our fast-paced, fun organization and support our mission:
Inspiring Conservation of the Salish Sea

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is seeking four Environmental Educator AmeriCorps Members to join our team dedicated to conserving the Salish Sea. These are full-time 10 ½ month positions starting October 1, 2020. These stipend-supported positions are sponsored by the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program. These positions are contingent upon funding. 

See the Recruitment Flyer for more information including position descriptions and application instructions. 

PRIORITY DEADLINE: June 12th, 2020

Virtual Low Tide Walk Events

Join us (remotely) for a series of online streaming Low Tide Walk events! Instead of our usual public programs, we’re going to be hosting a social-distancing friendly version. You can participate from home via social media 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. 

  • Tuesday May 26th:
    Low of -1.8 ft @ 1:09pm (posting time: ~12:30pm - 1:30pm)
  • Sunday June 7th:
    Low of -2.9 ft @ 11:40am (posting time: ~11:15am - 12:15pm)
  • Sunday July 5th:
    Low of -2.7 ft @ 10:40am (posting time: ~10:00am - 11:00am)
  • Tuesday, August 18th:
    9 - 11 a.m.
    low tide -1.87 at 10:05 a.m.

Staying home? Tune in to the Stories on our Instagram page @ptmarinescictr during the scheduled program time for broadcasts from local tidepools. Stories are visible from your mobile device or web browser if you’re logged in to Instagram; stories are visible for 24 hours after being posted, and will be saved as Highlights after that. 

Going out? Here’s a list of some local beach access/tide pooling spots - choose one close to you and make sure to follow current social distancing guidelines if you do go out. Have a back-up location in mind in case you arrive to a full or crowded parking lot (even better, walk or bike in). Remember to Leave No Trace! Take only pictures, pack out your trash if receptacles are full or unavailable. Keep in mind that in many places, restrooms are closed.   
State parks are currently open to local day-use only.  
Jefferson county parks and trails are open except: campgrounds, playgrounds, sport courts, and restrooms. 
-Fort Worden State Park (Discover Pass required)
-North Beach County Park (head either direction from parking lot)
-Boat Haven beach (limited parking at Larry Scott trailhead)
-Fort Townsend State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Fort Flagler State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Indian Island County Park (limited parking)
-Point Hudson (limited parking)

Here’s a guide on Tidepool Etiquette so you can observe good manners while you’re in the home of intertidal animals and keep them (and yourself) safe. If you find something interesting while you’re tidepooling, you can share it and tag us if you have any questions (@ptmarinescictr on Instagram). You can also post photos of animals, plants, or unknown living things to iNaturalist for identification from the community.

If you have children in your household, here’s a Tidepooling Scavenger Hunt activity to try while you’re out! 

Tide pooling at Kinzie Beach in Fort Worden State Park

Monday, May 4, 2020

LIVE From The Aquarium

In our aquarium, spring is in the air: there's new creatures in our tanks. Our aquarium curator Ali Redman will guide you through the tanks on a personalized tour!
Even though our aquarium is closed to the public, we can still bring the aquarium happenings to you with Facebook Live!
Part of our GiveBIG 2020 Fundraising Campaign to raise $20K to support our mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea.