About Nicole

Nicole is first and foremost a mom to two amazing little girls. She is passionate about the environment and spends her spare time outside. She enjoys camping, rafting, paddle-boarding, running, hiking, and climbing with family and friends.



  • Nicole's goal as program director of the CSU Environmental Learning Center is twofold – First, she aims to foster future environmental leaders in the students that she works with. She wants students to leave here knowing what good environmental education looks like, believing that they can make a difference in somebody’s connection to the natural world, confident that they can handle working independently and as part of a team, and holding a special place in their heart for the experiences they had here. Second, she wants those who visit ELC's site or participate in programs to leave feeling more comfortable and confident in their connection to the land, their community, and themselves. This includes program participants, chaperones, teachers, and volunteers.


M.S., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2006

B.S., Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism; Parks and Protected Area Management - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2003


Tackling nature deficit disorder: One community’s progress

North American Association for Environmental Education’s 36th Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, November 14-17, 2007

arent’s perceived benefits and fears about experiences in nature for children

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education’s Teaching Outside the Box Annual Conference, Northglenn, CO, April 16-18, 2010


  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Colorado Association for Environmental Education
  • Board Member, Samburu Youth Education Fund