OUR STAFF

We are an LLC dual Partnership, Veteran and Woman-owned business. Read more about our Founders and Educators below!

Copy of IMG_2228.heic

CHELSEA ERNST

Founder, Program Director, and Educator

Chelsea grew up on the barrier islands of Georgia, climbing Live Oak trees and searching for sand dollars. Through her studies in North Carolina and in Washington state, she earned her B.S. in Environmental Biology and her M.Ed in Environmental Education. She has worked in administration and has taught with many schools, from outdoor preschools to wilderness skills schools and camps to an Environmental Education graduate program. She teaches and appreciates wilderness education at all age levels. She has a love for the natural world and for ecology, especially plants, plant medicine, wildlife biology, wildlife tracking, and climbing.


At Nighthawk, she is a Founder, Program Director, and teaches adult and youth programming.

You can contact her at chelsea@nighthawknaturalistschool.com

TYLER DOYLE

Founder, Operations Manager, and Educator

Tyler grew up on the island of Oahu where he began his connection to nature by exploring volcanic craters and hiking topical ridges. He spent many years in North Carolina while serving in the US Army. During this time, he had the opportunity to explore the world and practice and utilize survival skills. This skill set and experience led him to work as a mountain guide in the Pacific Northwest, leading teams up mountains such as Mount Rainier (Tacoma), Mount Hood (Wy'east), and Denali (Mount McKinley). Tyler has spent several years working at various wilderness skills and nature connection schools in the Northwestern US. He has a passion for primitive hunting, wildlife tracking, lithic arts, and caving. Through his teaching, he aims to inspire educators and future educators to a holistic understanding of survival throughout all of human history.

At Nighthawk, Tyler is a Founder, Operations Manager, and teaches adult and youth programming.

You can contact him at tyler@nighthawknaturalistschool.com

Copy of IMG_2118.heic
Screen Shot 2021-07-23 at 11.56.47 AM.png

CEDAR HOUSER

Youth Programs Educator

Cedar was born in Colorado, where she spent her adventurous childhood playing in the mountains; climbing, skiing, and backpacking. She spent many years in Southern Utah exploring the desert landscape in and outside Zion, deepening her passion and wonder for the natural world. She went on to study on Vancouver Island, Canada in outdoor leadership, environmental stewardship, wilderness first aid, and adventure guiding. This led to her work as a naturalist and backcountry guide in Alaska's sub-arctic tundra. She is committed to restoring a shared experience within the natural world with all those around her, through education and adventure. She aspires to facilitate a deeper connection to the land, motivate preservation, and rekindle a sense of belonging. She has a fondness for wildflowers, lichens, big trees, birds, and the interconnections within ecosystems.

At Nighthawk, she teaches Youth Programming. 

BRYAN SEMONSEN

Summer Youth Educator

Bryan was raised in Oregon, on the other side of the Cascade mountains, and was lucky enough to develop an early affinity for the outdoors through hiking, camping, skiing, and river rafting. His elementary education also emphasized experiential and student-centered learning, which was very impactful to his future path. After an undergraduate degree in biology, Bryan worked in various outdoor recreation, education, and therapeutic leadership positions in the volcanic Guatemalan highlands, the wintry Minnesotan boundary waters, and the toasty Arizonan deserts. Now, he is back in Oregon, pursuing a Masters degree in Outdoor Education Leadership and working to connect as many others as possible to outdoor learning opportunities. Bryan values place-based and culture-responsive education for all, and knows no better place to foster learning than the outdoors. He hopes to encourage more broad ecological thinking alongside focused critical exploration. He gets especially excited about magma, fresh water, and fungi.

At Nighthawk, Bryan teaches Summer Youth programming.

IMG_0112.jpeg