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Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress to help people discover Puget Sound and learn from its majesty and vulnerability. We use the ship as a metaphor for our planet: a closed system that requires understanding and care and sails best when all aboard are working together. Our focus is educational because we believe that people will protect what they learn to value. As they voyage through the Puget Sound basin, Sound Experience participants are encouraged to realize their interdependence with the ship, the natural environment and each other. They see how their daily behavior makes a difference. And they respond with a growing spirit of cooperation, community, stewardship and responsibility.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing hands-on environmental education and leadership experiences for youth and adults. On exciting voyages aboard the historic schooner Adventuress, participants learn about the majesty and vulnerability of our region's definitive resource, Puget Sound. Whether you are aboard Adventuress for a day sail or a week long trip through the San Juan Islands, you will find out what we mean when we say that the ship is a metaphor for the Earth. Like our planet, you sail with limited resources of food and water that you must tend carefully to be sure they last. As a full member of the crew, you also take good care of the ship to make sure that it will be available for others who follow you. And you find yourself with a diverse group of people with whom you must learn to work and live in close quarters. As you sail through the inland waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound), you learn quickly how the choices you make influence the profusion of life you see below you -- from the orcas, dolphins and eagles to the smallest plankton that glow at night when you stir the water with a paddle. We serve over 3,500 participants each year, sailing from Bellingham and Friday Harbor to Olympia and Tacoma.
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