Olympic Nature Experience is a community supported, financially sound nonprofit organization. Our mission is to nurture our community’s connection with nature and each other through immersive outdoor experiences.
We vision that every person in our community will have the opportunity to develop a deeply felt sense of connection and appreciation for our local, natural environment and the Earth. This can positively affect their daily actions and decisions.
Diversity, equity and inclusivity are priorities in our all-outdoor classrooms. Olympic Nature Experience has a “no child is turned away” philosophy and families are supported with tuition assistance if needed.
Prior to COVID-19, Olympic Nature Experience was serving up to 150 families per year through 11,000 hours of nature programming in seven different weekly programs. These included a play group, preschool, afterschool programs, homeschool enrichment, and camps.
Due to the pandemic, all programs were temporarily closed Spring 2020. In September, preschool classes reopened. This winter and spring, additional classes are progressively reopening towards the goal of 100% of programs running by Fall 2021.
Olympic Nature Experience seeks an Executive Director who:
Has an educational vision to bring us confidently into the next chapter of programming;
Is an experienced fundraiser who will maintain and grow our solid financial base; and
Is an organizational leader who will lead with compassion, equity and integrity.
To be considered, applicants should have a minimum of three years of demonstrated experience working with non-profits and successful fundraising.
Olympic Nature Experience seeks a leader with a background in and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The ideal candidate will leverage their excellent people and communication skills to develop, build, and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Outdoor and Environmental Education experience is a plus.
Proven nonprofit management and fundraising skills are essential. Also required is the ability to build teamwork in a collaborative manner and empower board members and staff to use their collective skills and experiences to advance the mission.
Fundraising and Outreach
About Olympic Nature Experience
Olympic Nature Experience launched its first programs in 2012 with the Adventure Club, a nature play group. In 2014 Olympic Nature Experience was incorporated as a nonprofit and started the Olympic Peninsula’s first all-outdoor nature school, “Owl’s Hollow.” In response to community demand, programs continued to expand to their peak in early 2020. Olympic Nature Experience’s founding Director is also a Lead Teacher. She will be stepping down from the Executive Director position and will continue as Lead Teacher, focusing on teaching and curriculum development. The Executive Director position will expand into an increased focus on fundraising, community outreach and strategic planning as the organization continues to grow and flourish.