Affiliations & Recognitions


Washington State Safety and Management Review Seal of Assurance

Outdoor Schools Washington has issued the Seal of Assurance for Sound Experience's 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."

2023 OneCause annual RAISE Award “Innovative Nonprofit of the Year!

The 2023 award goes to the nonprofit most marked by creativity in the fundraising process. It honors an organization that pushes itself, inspires others, and consistently reaches for new heights by implementing new ideas. This award specifically targeted our success with the annual Adventuress Cup – A Race for the Salish Sea. By using the OneCause Peer-to-Peer fundraising platform we have been able to adapt and grow our fundraising capacity through the pandemic and beyond.

Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award, Education and Outreach Category - 2018

Every spring the Port of Seattle recognizes outstanding environmental accomplishments of customers, tenants, non-profits and business partners with the annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Award winners serve as role models and demonstrate environmental leadership in their operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Port of Seattle maritime facilities and are crucial partners in helping the Port achieve its environmental stewardship and sustainability goals set forth in the Century Agenda. Be sure to check out the blog post and video, click here to view.

Chinook Book Heart of Seattle Award, Experiences Category - 2019

The Chinook Book Heart of Seattle Awards recognizes Seattle retail and service businesses that set a high bar for what good business should be -- with stellar social and environmental priorities, ethical business practices, happy employees, and loving customers. Sound Experience was chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges and then via public vote chosen as the winner in the Experiences category. Be sure to check out our winner profile video, click here to view.

City of Port Townsend Proclamation - 2019

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Deborah Stinson, Mayor of the City of Port Townsend, do hereby proclaim the 18th day of March 2019 as the 30th Anniversary of Sound Experience in the City of Port Townsend. On behalf of the City, I thank all our generous sponsors and community partners, and urge all residents of the community to join me in recognizing their powerful on-the-water environmental and youth-education mission."

Governor's Proclamation - April 2016

"...Whereas the Adventuress is an invaluable cultural and educational resource that sails 'not for one, but for all,' I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim the Adventuress as Puget Sound's Official Environmental Tall Ship in Washington, and I encourage all parents to give their children an opportunity to explore maritime science and industry aboard the Adventuress."

WA Senate Resolution 8732 - March 2016

"The Washington State Senate honors the historic schooner Adventuress as an important on-the-water education platform that engages the state's young people in learning about the importance of our marine environment, in considering careers in maritime-related fields, and in engaging them in learning how our daily actions make a difference in the health of Puget Sound."

WA Association of School Administrators - 2016

Sound Experience was awarded a Certificate of Merit in recognition of outstanding community leadership and service to education and the young people of Washington.

WA Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation - 2014

In 2014, Sound Experience received DAHP's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stewardship for the schooner Adventuress. This award recognizes Sound Experience's continuing effort to preserve and protect a distinct historic property and for the commitment to ensure the maintenance, repair, interpretation, and survival of an important resource.

Tall Ships America - 2012

Tall Ships America honored Sound Experience as the Sea Education Program of the Year in 2012 for significantly contributing to the educational credibility of programs under sail, for delivering a clear curriculum compatible with traditional schools, and for providing qualified instructors on a certified vessel.

Affiliated with

Tall Ships America

Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization commended by Congress as The National Sail Training Organization representing the United States. We support and promote the ships, people, and programs of sail training and the tall ships through relationships with government and regulatory agencies, advocacy, professional development and training, the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series of races and events, scholarships and grants, and the biannual publication of Sail Tall Ships, the world’s definitive directory of sail training.

Port Townsend Marine Trades Association

The PTMTA links over 350 marine tradespeople in the Port Townsend area and this network allows customers and tradespeople alike to quickly find the services and expertise they need. We also serve as a unified voice for the marine trades, promoting economic stability in the community and resolving issues that threaten the livelihood of the marine trades in Jefferson County.