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About Us

First Nature is an outfitter based in Portland, Oregon that provides professional guide services for Private Tours of the Pacific Northwest as well as small group trips to several international destinations. We can be your personal concierge here in the Cascade region, helping you to create a custom adventure that combines beautiful destinations, exciting activities and unique local attractions to create an experience that is truly one of a kind and perfectly suited to your interests.

Some Group Tours are also available throughout the year to places like Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Columbia Gorge, Mt Hood, Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley and more! First Nature Tours is the top rated outfitter for intrepid travelers looking for everything from exclusive private tours and small group tours to unique and exciting packages in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Founder

A born naturalist, Kieron’s fascination with the natural world has led him from a childhood exploring rural Wisconsin to college study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Europe and eventually a career in Restoration Ecology. Since he began working in tourism in 2007 Kieron has been helping visitors to Portland, Seattle, Central and South America fill their trips with memorable experiences and outright adventure. His tourism career includes work for some of the top luxury travel companies in the world, such as Cruise West, Adventures by Disney and EverGreen Escapes. His experience leading groups through all corners of the Pacific Northwest have made him one of the most recognized guides in the region. On a private tour of Cascadia with Kieron you will get more than just an education, you’ll rediscover the sense of wonder that many lose with the onset of adulthood. For Kieron guiding is more than a career, it’s a passion, and nothing makes him happier than providing people with new ideas, new adventures, and new life experiences.

Sustainability

There are many facets to sustainability. At First Nature we strive to meet the highest standards of sustainability, whether social, ecological, economic, or cultural. We provide knowledgeable tour guides and luxury bio-fueled transportation to connect travelers to sustainable adventures like hiking, kayaking, cycling and rock climbing. It is part of our mission to educate each of our guests about the natural and cultural history of a place we visit together, while leaving no trace of our passage.

Ethos

First Nature aims to enhance the communities we come in contact with by connecting travelers with unique destinations that are not overrun with tourists. Destinations that welcome the economic stimulation that tourism brings. First Nature is an equal opportunity employer that encourages workplace diversity and donates to organizations that promote social justice and education. First Nature uses products that are fair-trade, local and organic whenever possible. We eliminate excess waste by offering re-usable and recyclable products on our tours. First Nature partners with other businesses that share the same philosophy.


Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund

Help us ensure that Oregon continues to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Consider donating to the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund.

Thanks to Travel Oregon and Travel Portland for their
help in keeping Oregon green!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Although the Pacific Northwest has a mild climate, temperatures and conditions can change quickly. Layers are key! Please check the weather conditions on the day prior to your tour so you can dress accordingly. If your itinerary includes hiking, we recommend closed-toe trainers, hiking shoes, or light boots. A light-weight waterproof jacket and sunglasses are always good to have in any season. In winter, bring extra non-cotton layers and consider a second pair of socks in case your feet get wet.

We provide umbrellas in case of heavy rain. Don’t forget your cell phone, ID, and any necessary medications.

Can I be picked up at my hotel?

Yes, we offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off wherever you’re staying in downtown Seattle, WA or Portland, OR. That includes hotels, vacation rentals and private homes providing there is access for our vehicles.

What is included in my private tour?

The following are standard inclusions on all our tours:

  • Custom Itinerary Design
  • Professional Guide
  • Luxury Transportation
  • Snacks and Waters
  • Entrance Fees
  • Necessary Gear and Equipment (fly fishing gear, snowshoes, kayaks, wet suits etc.)
  • Some of our tour packages have special activities not listed above. You can arrange to have things like lunch and wine tasting fees added on to any booking. Just let us know in advance what you would like to include.
  • Please let us know if there is anything you have forgotten and we will do our best to supply it!

Can I cancel or change my booking?

We will do our best to accommodate all circumstances. Please review our cancellation policy found here on our website http://www.portlandtourguides.com/privatetoursoforegon We recommend travel insurance for all our guests. If you have additional questions, please give us a call!

Should I tip my guide?

In the United States, tipping is a standard across the service industry. That said, we compensate our guides better than most tour operators and although gratuity is always appreciated, it is never expected. If you would like a guideline for tipping a tour guide specifically, 10% of your ticket price is a common standard.

*Please advise us if you have any food restrictions, allergies or requests. We can accommodate a wide variety of needs when given enough notice.


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Local Partners

We intentionally partner with industry professionals that share our philosophies. The following local business partners have been carefully chosen for their excellent customer service, equal opportunities, and sustainable business practices.

First Nature aims to educate and entertain the intrepid traveler by exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through sustainable tourism. We encourage our guests to visit the naturally and culturally unique places that make the Pacific Northwest so special. Our foundation is built on increasing knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the world around us.