More than 60,000 youths from the Puget Sound region of Washington have participated in programs aboard a historic schooner, from which they have explored the ecology and history of the waters.
Sound Experience operates a 133-foot historical and environmentally friendly schooner, the Adventuress, as a way to educate, inspire, and empower youths to care about the waterways.
Each year 3,000 third- through 12th-graders experience sailing as it was a century ago – raising the sails and taking the helm. Through these tasks they build teamwork, responsibility, and pride of accomplishment. More importantly, they learn about issues affecting the marine environment: the vital role of plankton, marine mammals in the waterways, and ocean acidification and micro plastics pollution.
A Subaru of America Foundation grant allows 145 additional young people to have these experiences, expanding the current scholarship program of Sound Experience. “By providing support for science and stewardship aboard the schooner Adventuress, Subaru is helping to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to take part in this enriching environmental education experience,” commented Catherine Collins, executive director, Sound Experience.
Sound Experience offers two core programs that demonstrate low-impact living practices to help contribute to a sustainable planet.
Sound Studies is a day program of learning activities and is adapted to classroom goals; it’s designed to align with academic programs and environmental learning standards.
Sound Explorations is a three- to six-day overnight program providing in-depth exploration and the opportunity to learn about environmental sustainability through the ship’s usage of fuel, water, and electricity, and its waste generation.
Other programs include Fantastic Voyage, Girls at the Helm, Farm to Ship Family Sail, and Intergenerational Programs – all to further educate about how daily actions make a difference to the community.
From the Beginning
Sound Experience was founded in 1988 by Barbara Wyatt and Morley Horder. Horder served as a captain of the Hudson River sloop Clearwater (New York). The Clearwater association, founded by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, and its ship played a vital role in the cleanup and protection of the Hudson River.
Wyatt and Horder had a vision that Sound Experience could have that same impact on the Puget Sound through the historical schooner Adventuress. Since 1998, Sound Experience has been raising awareness in the area’s youths and adults through environmental education and leadership programs aboard the Adventuress.
A Part of History
In 1989, Adventuress was named a National Historic Landmark. The 133-foot schooner is one of only 24 National Historic Landmarks in Washington state and is the greenest historic ship in the world.
In recognition of its excellence in education program delivery, Sound Experience received the 2012 Tall Ships America® “Sea Education Program of the Year” Award from among a national fleet of more than 200 ships.