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.


Photo collage of students aboard the schooner Adventuress during program season. They learn leadership skills, environmental science and stewardship and are introduced to maritime vocations. These programs are 4-day, 3-night voyages throughout the Puget Sound region. Please support Sound Experience during the GiveBIG campaign this year. We empower youth to put down their phones and engage with the world around them!

Support This Important Work -- It's Time to GiveBIG for on-the-water Youth Programs!

Aboard Adventuress, youth are needed. They work, learn and play as a team to raise the massive mainsail, stand anchor watch and navigate Salish Sea waters. Young people also learn to respect each others' similarities and differences. Our crew help to guide student learning about current issues in marine science and maritime skills. Most importantly, by living and voyaging together, young people learn about themselves – and they become shipmates.

Your support through GiveBIG will provide powerful, positive life-changing experiences that can help young people thrive while exploring maritime and the marine environment. Thank you, from us all, for keeping Adventuress sailing strong!
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Washington's First Approved On-The-Water Outdoor School!

We are excited to share that Outdoor Schools Washington has issued the Seal of Assurance for the satisfactory completion of the Washington State Safety & Management Review.

"Sound Experience has provided documentation and appropriate evidence of safety with their policies and procedures to minimize risk for staff and students. By working together to share best practices, and commit to quality programming, Outdoor Schools statewide will improve the outdoor school experiences for all Washington students in a safe and meaningful manner."

To learn more click the link below or contact Program Director, Jenny Huntley at jenny@soundexp.org or call 360-379-0438 x 5

Book an Outdoor Schools Program aboard Adventuress!
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Now Scheduling Programs for 2024!

Schedule your 2024 program today!

Both in-person and virtual options are available to help fit your needs. Programs are available to schools, homeschool groups, learning pods, youth groups and more.

To learn more click the link below or contact Amy at amy@soundexp.org or call 360-379-0438 x 2

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The schooner Adventuress in full sail as seen from above over the dark Salish Sea. The message is "Book Your Tickets Now" regarding 3-hour public sails in the Puget Sound region. Sound Experience is the organization that cares for Adventuress and tickets are for sale on this page or at https://events.humanitix.com/host/soundexperience.

3-hour Public Sail- Book your Tickets Today

Join us for a 3-hour Public Sail. Our 3-hour Public Sails are designed to get everybody involved, and no sailing experience is required. From the moment we get under way you'll be invited to help raise the sails or take a turn at the wheel. As we explore the Puget Sound/Salish Sea, the crew will explain it's unique marine environment and share the history of Adventuress. Then listen to or sing a sea chantey, a talk from an on-board guest -- or just sit back and take in the whole experience.
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2023 Sound Experience Annual Report

Sound Experience’s 2023 Annual Report

Dive into the 2023 Report to explore beautiful photos and topics that include all kinds of programs aboard Adventuress, the 4rd Annual Adventuress Cup, new program partners, ship maintenance updates from the captains and work done by our volunteers!
Click here to read Sound Experience’s Online Annual Report for 2023
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It's Not a Time to be Silent - A message from Sound Experience

Recent events have shown that the pain and suffering of our Black family, friends, neighbors and co-workers is not only unacceptable, it is unconscionable. America has to do better. All of us have to do better. It is long past time for change.

As a nonprofit education organization, Sound Experience is committed to equity and racial justice. Our policies reflect this commitment of inclusion; our practices include restorative training and programming. We recognize, though, that we are not doing enough.

In the coming weeks and months, we commit to deepening our work with community partners to address the continuing inequities in environmental education and maritime workforce development. For decades, both these spaces have lacked diversity and inclusion of Black and Brown people. This needs to change. Change happens with intention, planning and resources. We can do better.

Aboard Adventuress, we are ALL shipmates. This means that all of us – aboard the ship and throughout the Puget Sound region communities we serve – are shipmates. We care for each other physically and emotionally. We commit to fostering safe spaces for young people to grow and to learn. We steward the environment which sustains us all – all beings, all humans regardless of skin color.

We stand together, for our shipmates, until justice is achieved – and until all human beings can live without fear and can thrive in an equitable America.
“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