Nick had the good fortune to start life in the fertile prairies and crested buttes of Moscow, ID. As a high school student, he first began to experience the power of the outdoors through raft trips with family and friends, work with backcountry trail crews, and seven weeks on the icefields of Alaska as part of a field school. In search of new people and places, Nick moved to Maine and received his BA in Biology from Bowdoin College amid a flurry of rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and polar bear plunges. He also had the good fortune to spend a semester abroad in Tanzania studying coastal ecology and natural resource management while researching barriers to small-scale sustainable agricultural in the region.
After college, Nick decided to switch coasts, and moved to California where he became a teacher-in-residence at Slide Ranch, an environmental education non-profit in Marin County. Having caught the gardening bug, he became the garden manager for the Marin County Outdoor School, growing delicious organic vegetables and planting seeds of inspiration with young gardeners. In August of 2012, Nick returned to the Inland Northwest to pursue a Masters in Plant Biology at Washington State University, where he is currently investigating the evolutionary genetics of a backwoods Tennessee wildflower.
When he is not found puttering around with a new building project or tending to his garden, Nick can be found cooking delicious food, tucking into a good book, playing racquetball and nerdy board games, and obsessing over his favorite soccer team. Some of his favorite memories include: dancing under the northern lights, playing basketball for the Queen of Zanzibar, watching a cheetah stalk an antelope on safari in Tanzania, creating compost that steams in the early morning, building a working snow cave in the wilderness, seeing a wolverine in the wild, and rescuing three sisters from an epic hailstorm in the Peruvian Andes.