June 15, 2019 – 11am-3pm
Fort Worden Beaches and Marine Science Center
Celebration – Education – Ceremony – Adventure
The Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival is an annual tradition of celebrating the ecosystems that make up the Salish Sea, and deepening our relationship and responsibility to them.
Kids activities – Live Music – Celebration – Free Ice Cream Sandwiches!!!
The day offers education, exploration and celebration by the sea. The Orca is an ancient creature that has lived in the Salish Sea for thousands of years, traveling as families and staying connected throughout their lives. However, southern resident orcas are extremely threatened by the dwindling salmon population in the Salish Sea. We seek to celebrate these aquatic relatives, and work towards their healthy future.
11:00 -Opening ceremony with S’Klallam singers and drummers
11:30 - 3:00: DJ Captain Peacock
11:00 - 3:00: Sea Level Rise - Community Art Project with Local 2020
11:00 - 3:00: Salmon hat making with North Olympic Salmon Coalition
11:00 - 3:00: Fin the Salmon on display - kids educational exhibit
11:00 - 5:00: Free admission to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center
---Tide Pool Touch Tanks and Aquarium on the Pier
---Learning from Orcas Exhibit in Museum
12:00, 1:00 & 2:00: Tours of Hope, one of few fully-articulated orca skeletons
2:00: Free Ice Cream Sandwiches provided by Jefferson Healthcare
FOOD! The Canteen beachside restaurant and grocery will be open from 9AM - 7PM.
Event partners: The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, The PTHS Maritime Discovery Initiative, Puget Sound Express, Swan School, Sunfield School, SR3, the Jefferson County YMCA & The Production Alliance. See details below about our event partners.
Skeleton of Hope
The skeleton of Hope, a transient female orca that beached and died locally in 2002, now hangs in the Natural History Building at Fort Worden, and is one of few fully articulated orca skeletons in the world. While working with scientists researching her death and preparing her skeleton for display, scientists at the Marine Science Center learned many things about this whale and the community of orcas living along our coast. The exhibit, Learning from Orcas: The Story of Hope, highlights her story and lessons learned from these events.
Event Partners & Booths
Puget Sound Express
Puget Sound Express is a family owned whale watching company based in Port Townsend that has been connecting residents and visitors with orcas and other whales in our region for more than three decades.
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is an educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment.
The Maritime Discovery Initiative
Imagine a school day where students’ minds and senses are fully engaged, where subjects jump off the page in the context of the real world around them—learning to swim as part of kindergarten PE, watching math come alive through sail-making, studying salmon habitat restoration for science, or biology through growing an oyster. This is what is meant by place-based education, where the unique resources of our community are used systematically throughout a student’s academic career.
The North Olympic Salmon Coalition
The North Olympic Salmon Coalition works to promote robust wild salmon stocks for families, fishers, and local economies by furthering habitat restoration and education on the North Olympic Peninsula.
The YMCA of Jefferson County
The YMCA of Jefferson County provides community outreach and partners with various community organizations throughout Jefferson County to ensure total health of the community in spirit, mind, and body.
SR3 – Response – Rehabilitation – Research
A skilled team of veterinarians, biologists and non-profit experts working to advance the health and welfare of marine life in the pacific northwest through response, rehabilitation and research.
Local 2020 – Resilience of Heart Action Group
The goal of the Resiliency of Heart Action Group is to host events in the community where people can come together to learn and practice the kinds of skills that can help us connect more deeply to one another.
Swan School’s independent community school program offers multi-age experiential education for prek-6th grade students. Academics are balanced with art, music, Spanish, and outdoor learning. Located in Port Townsend, Swan School has been educating local kids since 1983.
Inspired by the ideas of the early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner, Sunfield offers a Waldorf school and educational programs in sustainable land stewardship that take place on our eighty-one acres of fields, forest, and wetlands.
The Production Alliance
We are a network of producers, artists, volunteers and entrepreneurs united in the production of community celebrations and collaborative artistic endeavours. We produce events that embody the values of; stewardship, resilience, health, creativity and mentorship.
Free event parking on the Fort Worden Parade Grounds – please consider walking, riding or bussing! Discover Pass Required for beach parking