PTguide - Port Townsend and East Jefferson County, WA

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Youth Opportunities

Programs for youth range from swimming and boating activities to arts and music. Port Townsend has many outlets for local youth, including an outdoor skateboard park, indoor swimming pool and access to open water beaches.

Most are within bicycling, public transportation or walking distance of downtown. Sailing, diving and kayaking are available and programs are provided for each.

Organized City and County Parks and Rec Departments provide numerous opportunities to learn a sport or join a team for tennis, basketball, baseball and many other sports and activities.

The Uptown Community Center has a recreation room with pool, foosball and basketball court.

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Helpful Resources

CedarRoot FolkSchool has something for the entire family.  Our classes aim to preserve rural skills and span the spectrum from youth Wilderness programs to adult Blacksmithing and Basketry.  CedarRoot places a high value on craftsmanship in manual skills and inter-generational mentoring.  We gather together those in our community with rural wisdom and assist them in transferring that wisdom through teaching "hand to hand". 360-379-5413
PO Box 253, Nordland, WA 98358

Jefferson County YMCA
Lots of programs for youth age 5-12. Swim, theater, library, gardening all included. Licensed childcare, offering the extended hours for working parents! DSHS accepted, other financial assistance is available. Located at Mt. View Commons YMCA Commons, 1925 Blaine St, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Jefferson County Recreation Programs
Enjoy swimming and recreation center play for boys and girls ages 7-14. Open gym, ping pong, foosball, pool, shuffleboard, cable TV area, basketball, pickleball, volleyball, reading area, piano and board games...who could possibly not find something fun to do? This free program meets daily for all children 18 and younger in the basement of PT Community Center. 369-385-2221

WSU Jefferson County 4-H - Jefferson County 4-H is our county’s largest youth development organization. Serving approximately 900 youth annually, 4-H youth leadership programs involve over 350 core families and 110 adult volunteer leaders. 4-H volunteers support a dizzying array of clubs, camps, in-school programs, after school programs, competitions and special events that help youth explore vital 21st Century skills. These educational activities range from computers to organic farming, from web design to animal science, from online video production to mechanical science, from photography to home arts and more. We would love to have you join 4-H - with almost 7 million members nation-wide and we are just waiting for you to join! 360-379-5610

Boiler Room
Downtown spot for youth and teens. Coffee shop, bike repair classes, art gallery and more! Open daily.
711 Water St. 360-379-8247

Jefferson Teen Center - This drug and alcohol free recreation center for youth ages 11-19 offers on site computer games, ping pong, foosball, pool table, board games, basketball, piano, TV/VCR. Located at the Chimacum School District Campus in the middle portable behind the high school (Room P202). 360-732-4090 extension 365

Junior Golf - Lessons are available at Port Townsend Public Golf Course. Summer Camps also available. Port Townsend Golf Club 360-385-4547.

The School for Young Actors - Summer Camps, theatre classes and performances. Kids ages 5-17 are encouraged to explore their own creative and artistic possibilities with classes taught by Joe Pipia. Classes both summer and winter. 360-379-1068

See also Recreation: Swimming and Diving

Port Townsend Marine Science Center - A non-profit organization formed to promote an understanding of the marine and aquatic sciences. 360-385-5582
532 Battery Way, Fort Worden State Park

Mountain View Pool (Also known historically as Port Townsend Pool, and Memorial Pool) - Offers morning and evening swimming lessons year round. Located at Mountain View Comons on Blaine St. 360-385-7665

Port Townsend Swim Team - Competitive training and team experience for swimmers age 7-18. 360-379-4535

Port Townsend Public Library - The Carnegie Library. Special programs are planned year round. 360-385-3181
1220 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend.

Skateboard Park - New permanent facility available with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Monroe St. off Washington near Point Hudson in downtown Port Townsend. Photos from Northwest Skater >>

Teen Tech TV - Made by teens for teens on Channel 42 (PTTV).

Twisters Gymnastics - non profit gymnastics gym with programs for all ages of children and teens, and year round classes for all ability levels. 360-531-0748

See Recreation: Gymnastics

WSU Jefferson County Extension - WSU Jefferson County Extension has been making a difference in the lives of individuals and the community for generations. Washington State University Extension is the front door to the University - it extends non-credit education and degree opportunities to people and communities throughout the county and state. Extension builds the learning capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. WSU Extension is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high quality, unbiased educational programs. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning for all our citizens. 360-379-5610

Wooden Boat Foundation - Youth and Community Sailing Programs and participant events.
380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend 360-385-3628

Sea Scouts - Youth ages 13-18 will love this Wooden Boat Foundation endorsed scouting program.
Contact Skipper Norm Stevens 360-379-6960


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