Olympic Nature Experience teachers bring many years of experience working in naturalist roles, teaching, raising young children, and mentoring. Staff are specially trained in nature-based teaching and also trained to recognize natural dangers to keep participants safe. All staff members are First Aid/CPR certified and background checked.
Would you like to join the Olympic Nature Experience team? We are always looking for passionate nature educators to join our team! If you are interested in joining our staff, fill out an application and we will get back to you if you are a fit for one of our current positions.
Positions Available: Substitute Teacher
Sarah Salazar-TiptonExecutive Director and Lead Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah is the founding Executive Director of Olympic Nature Experience and a Lead Teacher at Owl’s Hollow Early Learning and Adventure Club. She has a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Sciences from the US Coast Guard Academy and has a Forest Kindergarten Teaching Certificate. In 2014 Sarah founded Olympic Nature Experience with several other committed and enthusiastic community members. She is passionate about connecting people to nature because she knows its rejuvenating and inspiring effects in her own life.
Joshua SylvesterTeacher email@example.com
Teacher Sylvester grew up along the saline coastal forests of Maine and the Smokey mountains of Tennessee, where he fell in love with the natural world. After attending Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School in 2007 he began mentoring the children in his life. Moving to Washington and teaching at Olympic Nature Experience has brought many opportunities to share his passion for nature connection and primitive skills with children and continue his education.
Coral was born and raised in Florida below the sandy pines. She attended Warren Wilson College where she began her studies of Environmental Education and Community Art. In 2015 she and her family moved to Sequim to work for Olympic Nature Experience. Coral enjoys exploring the forest, making jewelry and celebrating the inner child.
Sarah GreenwaldAdministrative Director & Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah brings with her many years of experience in informal outdoor education along with Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and a Forest Kindergarten Teaching Certificate. She loves stomping in puddles, exploring beaches, and eating trail snacks. A true Californian at heart, Sarah can normally be found seeking out the sunshine or working in the office as the Administrative Director.
What Jordan enjoys most in life is camping, the beach and spending as much time with her family (Paul, Jack (11) and Lucca (8)) and friends as possible. Jordan spends as much time as possible being outside so joining O.N.E. has been a natural fit. Before moving to Sequim 6 years ago, to run Jardin du Soleil Lavender farm, she was a preschool teacher and nanny for over 20 years.
Nancy lives and works on a peaceful little farm with her husband, daughter, dog and chickens. After graduating from Sequim High School she spent a few years working as a wild land firefighter, traveling and working for Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Her desire to help people has led her to a 20 year and counting career in massage therapy. Coming back to teaching outdoor skills and working with children is a fulfillment of a long time dream.
Kerri has had a strong desire to be a teacher since she was six year old. Growing up on military bases, mostly in Germany, gave her a rich perspective and love for history and culture. Kerri attained a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Kansas, while attending she designed an art program for a private elementary school. Wishing to get beyond walls, Kerri became the Director of Education for a wilderness based therapy program for teens and adults. Here she learned basic survival skills, and the love of creating beautiful items with her hands. Kerri also has an intense love of Waldorf education, intergrating head, heart, and hands. Kerri is the mother to the cutest boys in the world!!!!
Chelsea was born and raised in San Diego, CA but fell in love with Washington while attending Bastyr University in Kenmore WA where she graduated with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. Chelsea, husband and their two children relocated to the Olympic Peninsula and were excited to find O.N.E. and begin connecting with the community and the beautiful environment surrounding their new home. Chelsea has a passion for learning, a heart for children, and a love for nature.
Casandra just moved to Sequim after 12 years in San Diego where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology and subsequently worked several years with children with special needs, specifically focusing on modifying behavior and developing language and communication skills. She is excited to combine her love and experience with children with her love for nature and the outdoors. In her spare time, you can find her practicing/teaching yoga, climbing, and exploring everything the Olympic Peninsula has to offer.
Erica recently moved to Port Angeles, following time in Olympia, Montreal and Seattle. Her recent years have been spent teaching at a nature-based preschool and creative reuse center, while making art in her free time. With a BA in Environmental Studies from McGill University and a love of local ecology, Erica is excited to join Olympic Nature Experience .
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Kia lives in Dungeness with her musician husband Cort Armstrong and their two young children. Her passions for farming and feeding people dovetail nicely with the community building, event planning and fundraising skills she shares with Olympic Nature Experience. Kia loves hiking and spending time immersed in nature, and is grateful for the beautiful Olympic Peninsula that offers so many opportunities for exploration and growth!
Amber Blume-BarrettVice Chair
Amber is a native to the Olympic Peninsula, living in Sequim with her husband and 2 darling children on a 6 acre wonderland complete with a cabin in the woods, vegetable garden, wooded creek to play in and explore along and a hobbit house built into the hillside. She enjoys spending time with her family, going on walks and playing up in the mountains when she’s able. Amber believes that nothing is more rejuvenating for the mind and spirit than spending time out in nature and feels fortunate to be able to pass that appreciation onto her children.
Laurey Hansen-Carl is a semi-retired professional grant writer, nonprofit executive and Holistic counselor. She has had a private counseling and massage practice, Whole Body Health, since 1982. As a former preschool teacher and ongoing lover of nature, she passionately supports Olympic Nature Experience’s positive impact on children and families in our community by writing grants and being in service wherever she can.
Father and attorney founder at Feinstein Law, P.C. It is a multidisciplinary practice but most of his cases have a connection to administrative or regulatory law. Although he is a solo practice, he works with attorneys all over the country on different projects for a wide variety of corporate and individual clients. Todd loves working on vintage motorcycles. He is also dad to two Newfoundland dogs and a 40 something year old tortoise.
Noah GlaudeBoard Chair
An appreciation for the easy access to wild beaches, forests and mountains brought Noah and his wife to the Olympic Peninsula in 2011. He is happy to now be raising two children on the Peninsula and connecting to and supporting the community however he can. Noah is the Assistant Director at the North Olympic Library System where he oversees and implements a wide range of services and programs throughout Clallam County.
Elli lives in Sequim with her husband and two daughters on their family farm. She is inspired by the water, land, and community on the Olympic Peninsula, and is grateful for endless opportunities to connect, learn, and grow. She loves the safe and nurturing environment that Olympic Nature Experience provides for children, allowing them to understand and practice core human values of care, gratitude, respect, awareness, and inclusiveness.