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.

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Staff

Sarah Salazar-Tipton
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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Sarah Greenwald
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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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
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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Casandra Carter
Teacher

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.

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Erica Calhoon
Lead Teacher and Curriculum & Outreach Lead

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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Stephanie Forshaw
Teacher

Stephanie spent most of her childhood and young adult years enjoying the wonders of the great pacific north west. Marrying young she and her husband had their first child before she turned 20. Her passion to coach high school cross country became a natural fit after running races, marathons and ultra marathons into her 20s. She is currently studying to finish her bachelors in child/family counseling online. Nannying became her full time job while her husband was touring the country with his band. Stephanie and her family moved to Nashville for 6 1/2 years for her talented husband to explore the music industry. After having her second child they returned to Sequim to learn how to live simply and sustainably by farming and homeschooling her boys! Working with children finding the best ways to communicate, learn and grow is her hearts joy! She spends her free time farming at home, practicing yoga, or biking/running local mountain trails!

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Merissa Koller Williams
Executive Director
Merissa Koller Williams is the second Executive Director for Olympic Nature Experience in its storied tenure on the Peninsula since inception in 2014, taking over for Founder Sarah Salazar-Tipton in May 2021. She has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Minnesota State University. Merissa has worked in the nonprofit industry since 2010 with various organizations and roles, from entry level employee to Executive Director and Founder. She spent her childhood on a dairy farm in south central Minnesota where her connection with the outdoors was sowed, which flourished when she moved to Alaska after college. Merissa and her family moved to Port Angeles in June 2018 from Kodiak, Alaska, where she first began admiring the outdoor education model. Merissa looks forward to nourishing the healthy organization Sarah and company have created and helping it grow so more children can discover their place in the world via Olympic Nature Experience.
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Andrea Low
Teacher
Andrea grew up in SE Connecticut and has fond memories of eating summer forest blueberries as a child. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bay Path University and holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate.  Andrea has taught in South Korea and Guatemala and has worked in environmental education for several years. She is passionate about learning new things,  especially about the natural environment and continuing to connect children with it.
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Board of Directors

Noah Glaude
Noah Glaude
Board 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.

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Jason Taylor
Board Member
Jason is an experienced environmental educator, non-profit manager and fundraiser.  He established the education office of the Ecological Society of America, served as Executive Director of the Utah Society for Environmental Education and received the 2009 presidents award from the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Jason is now a practicing acupuncturist and is excited to be part of the ONE board as he strongly believes in the power of outdoor education and establishing connections with nature.  He lives in Carlsborg with his wife, 2 boys, 3 cats, 1 dog and 9 chickens.
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Morgan Maverick
Board Member

Morgan grew up in the northeast Kingdom in the green mountains of Vermont.  Prior to moving to the Olympic Peninsula, she traveled throughout the US, Canada, and Europe managing the online and traveling storefront of a superfood, adaptogen, and supplement company.

Her depth of experience in the customer support world of alternative healing elicits a great deal of hope and inspiration on a daily basis. Having regularly witnessed radical healing of the “impossible” has garnered a deep respect for the power of the mind-body connection. She currently manages the Membership team for the online superfood and adaptogen company Four Sigmatic. She lives in Agnew with her partner and two daughters.

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Jill Zarzeczny
Board Member

Jill, a native to the Midwest, made her way to the Pacific Northwest shortly after college to
pursue a career in environmental restoration. She and her husband moved to the North Olympic
Peninsula in 2009 to work in Olympic National Park. She spent 5 years at the Park coordinating
volunteers for the Elwha River Revegetation Project. After the Elwha Project, Jill moved on to
manage a local Conservation District – working with farmers and other private landowners to
meet sustainable land use goals. Jill currently stays home to raise her two wild girls (named
after wildflowers) and to grow her herbal plant business. Jill is passionate about connecting
people to one another and our local landscape through food and native plants.

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