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.
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.
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.
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.
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Founder and Lead Guide
Kieron Weidner is a born naturalist with a fascination with the natural world that led him to a career in Ecology, Education and eventually Sustainable Tourism. Since 2007, Kieron has been helping travelers create memorable experiences in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Latin America. Before starting First Nature Tours in 2013, Kieron worked for several well-known adventure tour companies including Cruise West, Adventures by Disney, and EverGreen Escapes. Now he is one of the most recognized guides in the region - leading travelers to authentic, exciting destinations and designing custom tour itineraries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Guiding is more than just a career for Kieron, it's his passion, and nothing makes him happier than providing people with new ideas, new adventures, and new life experiences.
Originally from northern Italy, Irene has now been calling Portland home for the last 5 years. She has worked for a PR agency doing strategic communications and branding for the beverage industry – building long-lasting relationships with vendors throughout the country. She has helped grow a small boutique tour operator focused on crafting culturally-rich land trips for Universities' alumni, private clubs, non-profit organizations, and travelers with an interest in going off the beaten path. She has helped design itineraries, assisted in setting up the logistics, managed B2B and B2C communications, and led tours in peak season to many European destinations. Thanks to all these experiences, she found her true love: unveiling the beauty of the places that she loves the most to others!
Devin Kelly is a fourth generation Oregonian and has shared a passion for adventure and the outdoors since childhood. After living in Costa Rica in 2002, he moved back to Oregon and spent 4 years as lead guide for Extreme Adventures. In 2006, he founded Oregon Active, a non-profit providing adventure- therapy to people with disabilities and other life-challenging conditions. Up close and in person, Devin is more than inspiring. His TEDx Talk was based on his personal life story, which included an unknown illness that left him unable to walk and his full recovery that led him to help others.
James Oliver is an outgoing Oregonian who has returned home after several years exploring the corners of the globe. Adventures in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America have shaped his global perspective and enhanced his tourism knowledge. After a stint guiding travelers across the continental US, he reaffirmed his passion for the Pacific Northwest and desire to share this beautiful place with others. James' curious spirit continues to take him to new places and motivates him to continuously expand his knowledge. Guiding has provided him the perfect career to combine his love for people, the outdoors, and adventure.
From an early age Chris developed a deep love for and knowledge of Nature and outdoor skills by spending summers at a fishing cabin in the woods and lakes of northern Ontario Canada, and in the high Sierra mountains of California. Chris has a degree in cultural anthropology and has led sports and walking tours of major cities throughout Scandinavia, the U.K., Northern Europe, and the U.S.. Currently he holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and is the founder of Oregon Outdoor Discovery. Working in the outdoor industry gives Chris the opportunity to use his athletic coaching background to teach outdoor skills during immersive, restorative and energizing outdoor recreation experiences.
Guide and Tourism Consultant
Dan has over 15 years experience as an outdoor educator, professional adventure guide, and high-level facilitator for retreats, meetings, and teambuilding programs. He takes great care to help create a meaningful and lasting visit. Dan grew up in Minneapolis MN and spent a large percentage of his childhood out exploring the wilderness and wild areas around home and afar. In 1996, after graduating from college in St. Paul MN (Macalester College), Dan left to spend most of a year in South America – trekking and researching tropical forests in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. It is here he understood the importance of creating positive experiences for people in the outdoors.
At a young age, I discovered a powerful connection to the natural world. My youth revolved around exploring the iconic woods, mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. As I grew, I realized the vital role that nature plays in my wellbeing. I decided to dedicate my life to the natural world and to helping others explore and care for it. I graduated from Oregon State University, in Bend, OR, with a degree in Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership. Since 2015 I have been connecting people to nature as a professional guide in Oregon, Central America, Alaska, California and Nepal. My guiding experience includes whitewater rafting, dog sledding, hiking, and outdoor leadership courses. When I am not sharing my passion for nature with others, I enjoy traveling to new destinations, eating exotic food, & adventuring with my giant Malamute named Theo.
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.
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.
The following are standard inclusions on all our tours:
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!
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.
12 Passenger Mercedes Sprinter
12 Passenger Mercedes Sprinter
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery Sport (interior)
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.