The Marine Science Center in Poulsbo, Washington State is an unparalleled aquarium experience that aims to teach students the importance of protecting and respecting all marine animals and plant life. There are many interesting features here including the popular touch tank, where visitors are allowed to touch a wide variety of marine animals. You will find many species in this tank, including sea urchins, anemones, starfish, shrimps, crabs, and even sea cucumbers. In addition this well-designed aquaria, also has a theater. Where visitors can learn more about the species they have seen as well as being educated in all aspects of environmental care in relation to provides a wonderful experience that the whole family can enjoy regardless of their age or interests with hundreds of different types of marine animals and plants in the Puget Sound section alone.
This Marine Science Center is a non-profit making organization that relies solely on its administering foundation and public donations to keep it running. The mission of this foundation is to teach children from an early age the importance of preserving marine animals and plant life and a visit here is very informative but presented in a manner that is easy to understand for children of all ages. The Poulsbo Marine Science Center also wants the public to understand the effort that goes into investigating underwater technology to help improve the lives of all marine species. The center is manned by fully trained volunteers, who are fully equipped to deal with any questions you may have and are always happy to assist visitors to ensure that they get the ultimate experience possible from everything that this center has to offer. The theatre presentations have been provided local professional underwater videographers and are very interesting and informative too.
The center’s founder, Clayton Ham, relocated the Society of Marine Science from Seattle to Poulsbo in Washington back in the 1980s. In 1990, together with the Issue of City Bond, the Society of Marine Science moved to a new building however the Center was controversially closed due to problems with the previous foundation and was forced to shut down in 2005. It was later re-opened by the Center of Marine Science Foundation, as the Poulsbo Center of Marine Science by a dedicated team from the foundation that includes Bruce Harlow, Bill Austin and numerous volunteers who support and run the daily operation of the Center. Working closely with the regional schools, its main focus was to educate children with programs in a wide range of areas from conservation and preservation to providing a general understanding of all aspect of the life of these marine animals and plants. However, with limited funding, it was a long process for the center to collect all the creatures and exhibits that it now has to offer. In order to support the expenses of the daily operations, the board members are working closely to source the additional financial support with many organisations across Washington State to ensure that the Center has enough funds to continue running and eventually raise enough funds to rent a 2nd to extend the current operation.