History of Sound Experience
Sound Experience was founded in 1988 by Barbara Wyatt and Morely Horder, who had served as captain of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater on New York's Hudson River. Founded by the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, the Clearwater organization and its ship have played a significant role in the cleanup and protection of the Hudson River waterway. It was Barbara and Morely's vision that Sound Experience and the historic schooner Adventuress could play that same role for Puget Sound.
Since its inception, nonprofit Sound Experience has been educating youth and adults throughout Puget Sound with environmental education and leadership programs aboard the historic schooner Adventuress. In over 20 years, more than 50,000 (mostly youth) have sailed aboard, exploring the ecology and history of Puget Sound. In 1989, Adventuress was named a National Historic Landmark. Today, more than 3,000 people a year sail aboard, experiencing first-hand Puget Sound's majesty and vulnerability, and how their daily actions will make a difference in the health of the region's waterways for generations to come.