Kelsey Jo Johansen

Naturalist Guide

Kelsey has always had a passion for wildlife and wild places.  From her childhood adventures in the forests of Oregon to her current home in the northern rockies of Montana, her experiences have provided her with a broad education in wildlife and habitat.  Kelsey draws on her formal training and experience to provide a fun and engaging tour for each one of her guests.  She feels most at home and alive outdoors, and loves sharing her passion for nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation at any chance she gets.

Kelsey has been guiding since 2022.


  • B.S. Fish & Wildlife Ecology | Montana State University
  • Level II Wildlife Track & Sign | CyberTracker
  • Leave No Trace Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR
  • Emergency Medical Technician | State of Montana
  • ServSafe Food Handling Certification
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Kelsey Jo's Favorite Safari Tours



Kelsey grew up in Oregon where she spent most of her childhood exploring the forests in the shadow of Mt Hood. In high school she began working at a summer camp and outdoor education facility in Washington where she spent her time helping kids learn water sports, exploring nature and learning about marine life on the Puget Sound. She attended Montana State University where she earned a BS in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and fell in love with the Northern Rockies.

In 2015 she studied marine sciences and tropical conservation at the Universidad de San José in Costa Rica where she worked on several research projects, including a jaguar migration project, coral reef surveys and amphibian studies in the cloud forest. Wanting to gain a better understanding of animal behavior, she worked as a zookeeper at a rescue zoo in Austin, TX. Her love for animals lead her to work with a wide variety of mammals, reptiles and birds.

In the summer of 2022, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to hike the Pacific Crest Trail- 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada.



There are no words to describe the wonderful experience we had while visiting Yellowstone. Kelsey, our tour guide, was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable, knew all the spots to visit, friendly and down right awesome!