Olympic School Trip | Expert- led Outdoor Education

School & Group Environmental Science at Olympic

In North America’s best remaining example of temperate rainforest, students study along the Elwha River, increase their scientific literacy, and learn to understand their roles as environmental stewards.

Our Educators

The best in their field

Our staff of highly skilled environmental educators is key to the success of NatureBridge. Equipped with a wealth of experience, education, and training, our educators change lives by creating dynamic programs that foster connections in Olympic National Park.

Who are they?

Our environmental science educators have years of teaching experience in outdoor and environmental education programs and a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

All of our educators have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Passion about teaching, youth, and the environment

Many of our educators:

  • Have traveled or lived abroad, sometimes volunteering for organizations or studying foreign languages
  • Have worked as national park rangers or as certified classroom teachers
  • Currently serve as educators, musicians, photographers, philosophers, poets, birders, artists, athletes, and more

***Upon conditional hiring, all NatureBridge staff are fingerprinted and background checkedProspective staff with records of previous convictions related to the services we provide will not be considered for employment.

Educator Spotlights - Sara Edwards

A native of our nation’s capital, Sara has always felt she was born on the wrong side of the country.  With a constant thirst for mountains and wild spaces, Sara worked as an adventure trip leader at the University of Maryland Outdoor Recreation Center while studying Environmental Science and Spanish.  The day after graduation, she left for Glacier National Park in Montana, where Sara became a whitewater and hiking guide.  One of Sara’s guests on a guided hike clued her in on NatureBridge Prince William in 2014.  She transferred to the Olympic campus in 2016, and has been with us ever since!

Isabel Cardenas

While studying environmental science at Stanford University, Isabel partnered with Seafood Watch to research environmental behaviors and place-based environmental learning. She learned about NatureBridge through her research advisor and decided to combine her passions for environmental science, education, and the outdoors to begin a career as an educator. This season, Isabel is working on baking the perfect pink icing sprinkled donut.


“I really got to not only enjoy nature, but I got a better understanding of how it impacts everything. This week I saw more passion than I’ve seen in a while.  Everyone here loves being here, loves their jobs, and loves to teach." — Student, Ballard High School, Seattle, WA

“Without a doubt, [NatureBridge’s] teaching staff is central to the success of environmental science programs. They are a principal motivation behind participating teachers’ decisions to attend. Their content knowledge, passion, and creativity in working with children are outstanding.” — 2000 Stanford Evaluation, Final Report

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Eva Foster


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