We foster environmental sustainability, youth development, and maritime careers through powerful shipboard programs aboard the schooner Adventuress on the waters of the Salish Sea. Adventuress is a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship. Sound Experience is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Washington State, USA.

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Program Spotlight: Women at the Helm

We're planning something special for the women who join us in 2017: a 5-day voyage from Seattle to Bellingham, June 21-25, that will include a stop in Port Townsend for a special evening reception with wine, cheese, and Catherine Collins, our very own Executive Director.

This trip offers women 18 and over the chance to join together with our crew of shipboard educators to sail Adventuress, explore Puget Sound, and learn about the marine environment. Join us for fun, camaraderie, community, and incredible learning! Says Elizabeth H., a participant on Women at the Helm for the past two years, "I would describe [this trip] as a confidence-building experience. I came away really energized and exhilarated.”
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Step aboard for a Seattle Public Sail in April

We’ll be sailing out of Shilshole Bay Marina on April 8, 15, and 16. Sign up today... (And don't forget that Members sail free!)

Join us for a summer overnight trip

We have something for everyone... Trips for teens, girls, women, adults, families, and Members.

Step aboard as a "Shipmate" and join our welcoming and supportive Adventuress community on an overnight trip this summer.

Bring your school or youth group aboard

Adventuress offers the experience of "ship as teacher"—a way to enhance school curriculum in a truly unique setting where issues of resource management and environmental stewardship are made visible, understandable, and immediate.
Dog at the Helm Crop

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, aboard Adventuress

On Earth Day—Saturday, April 22—stop by Adventuress at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle for the chance to get a photo with your dog at the helm!

The ship will be open from 11am-2pm for Free Dockside Tours and Doggie Photo Ops.
“Kids learn through experience. Some of the most vivid and meaningful learning happens outside of the classroom… There aren’t many places on Earth that have a resource as powerful as Adventuress. I am truly grateful that my students can have this opportunity.”

Ron W., 5th grade teacher at Discovery Elementary

“It’s a very unique opportunity for young people to get away from an urban environment and really live with a group of people working on the water. Partly it has to do with the historic nature of the ship and partly it has to do with a deep love for Puget Sound. Who wouldn’t want that for their kids?”

Marianne W., mother of a participant on Girls at the Helm