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. If you are interested in joining the Olympic Nature Experience team, please contact us at info@olympicnatureexperience.org.

Staff

Sarah Salazar-Tipton
Executive Director and Lead Teacher

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.

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Joshua Sylvester
Teacher

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.

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Coral Burnaman
Teacher

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.

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Sarah Greenwald
Administrative Director & Teacher

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.

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Jordan Schiefen
Teacher

What Jordan enjoys most in life is camping, the beach and spending as much time with her family (Paul, Jack (10) and Lucca (7)) 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 15 years.

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Nancy Morris-Vogel
Teacher

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.

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Kerri Maynard
Teacher

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!!!!

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Chelsea Martinez
Teacher

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.

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Board of Directors

Kia Armstrong
Chair Person

Kia is passionate about and has a lot of experience with community organizing, fundraising and events planning and has been working on farm as a management member for the last decade. She is passionate about nature and her young son and daughter.

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Amber Blume-Barrett
Secretary

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.

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Katy Bowman
Director

Katy is an internationally recognized biomechanist and the author of eight books on the role natural movement and interacting with nature plays in human development. She has utilized her business skills in directing Nutritious Movement® since 2004, and since 2011 has put her passion into raising her two children with her husband  — using nature, the outdoors, and Olympic Nature Experience as their primary teachers.

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Laurey Hansen-Carl
Treasurer

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.

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Nessa Goldman

Nessa is new to the Olympic Nature Experience board. She recently moved here from Seattle and has been working as a Naturalist for the past few years. She loves riding her bike and adventuring in the woods with her husband. Currently she is the S.T.E.A.M. teacher at Helen Haller and she is looking forward to helping Olympic Nature Experience reach more families in the community.

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Todd Feinstein

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.

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