Students Step Aboard Adventuress this Winter for Hands-On Learning

This February, Adventuress will turn 103—a venerable birthday for a beautiful ship. Since 1989 (more than a quarter of Adventuress’ long life), she has served as an educational platform for Sound Experience, sailing the waters of the Salish Sea to make a difference for the future of our marine environment. As part of Sound Experience’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower, Adventuress never sleeps—seriously.

Of course, essential work to preserve, protect, and restore Adventuress must take place during the winter months. Adventuress is a National Historic Landmark and a working vessel, and each winter offers the opportunity for maintenance. Throughout this work—and in many cases because of it—Adventuress remains a one-of-a-kind educational platform, inspiring young people with an appreciation and understanding of the marine environment and sustainable maritime trades.

This winter, Adventuress will once again serve as a floating dockside classroom for over 300 students from Port Townsend Schools and the surrounding areas. With funding through the Port Townsend School Foundation, students in grades 1-12 will come aboard to integrate their science and maritime curriculum with experiential shipboard learning. Or, in the words of a high school student from a Maritime Manufacturing class that works weekly on Adventuress, “It’s the only hands-on class I have, which is something I really learn by. It’s much more involvement than sitting in a chair all day.”

Thus far, high schoolers from the Community Boat Project have “stickered” wood for the deck rebuild of 2017/2018, third graders from Grant Street Elementary have stepped aboard to learn about plankton, navigation, and seabirds, and multiple maritime-focused classes from Port Townsend High School have helped with maintenance projects under the guidance and mentorship of winter crew. The Peninsula Daily News recently published an article about winter programs on Adventuress, and we hope you’ll follow along as we continue to share fun and inspiring stories on the Sound Experience blog. Stay tuned—and don’t forget that you can now register for Public Sails, the Spring Member Transit, and summer overnight programs (scroll down for more info).

Sail With Us in 2016!

2016 has arrived, along with many opportunities to sail aboard Adventuress. Haul lines, hoist the sails, build strong shipboard bonds with crew and participants, and learn about how you can make a difference for the future of our marine environment. Click on the links below to find out more, and remember: Sound Experience Members receive a discounted rate on many of our overnight programs.


Register Your Class or Youth Group for 2016

Keep it green, local, and life-changing

Bring your class aboard Adventuress for a Sound Studies or Sound Explorations sail on Puget Sound. Work with our shipboard educators to craft your ideal program and choose from a variety of lessons that tie into your curriculum. While aboard, your group will raise sails, sing shantys, and gain an unforgettable on-the-water experience of Puget Sound and its marine life.

Click here to view a short video in which young people share their favorite parts about their time aboard Adventuress.

Register your group today by emailing Amy Kovacs, our Education Coordinator, or calling her at 360-379-0438.

Click here to learn more about our programs for schools and youth groups.

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