Port Townsend Marine Science Center

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is a 25-year old educational organization offering exciting, field-based experiences to students of all ages. Dedicated professional educators, assisted by interns and trained volunteers, share their passion and knowledge of the marine environment through classes, beach investigations, organized tours, residential programs, teacher workshops and summer camps.

PTMSC is located on Admiralty Inlet at the confluence of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. Sandy beaches border the PTMSC’s two historic buildings on the grounds of Fort Worden State Park. Short walks take students to rocky beaches, glacial bluffs, a brackish lagoon or a freshwater pond.

PT Marine Science Center

The Whale Museum

Located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, The Whale Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

Museum programs include Soundwatch Boater Education Program, Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Marine Naturalist Training, SeaSound Remote Sensing Network, outreach, in-house education programs, and our Museum exhibits.

The Whale Museum

Center for Whale Research

The Center for​ Whale Research (CWR) is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest.

For almost four decades, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has conducted an annual photo-identification study of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population that frequents the inland waters of Washington State and lower British Columbia. Since their initiation, these studies have provided unprecedented baseline information on population dynamics and demography, social structure, and individual life histories.

Center for Whale Research