Nick joined VLAWMO staff as the new Education and Outreach Coordinator in early May, 2016. Diving straight in, he'll be finishing the Education & Outreach Plan (EOP) that is to accompany the 2017-2026 Comprehensive Watershed Plan. Once complete, this plan will largely direct Nick’s time and focus. Activities outlined in the plan include appropriate watershed engagement for cities, schools, volunteers, and the public. Nick will also oversee programs such as the watershed action volunteers (WAV) and the Community Blue grant program.
A native to Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake, Nick is a local at heart and thrilled to be serving the VLAWMO community. He studied Environmental Science and Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University, and received his M.S. in Natural Resources-Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to an interest in ecology, plants, and macro-invertebrates, Nick is a lifelong birder who is always happy to share bird stories.
Nick’s past affiliations include The City of Saint Anthony Village, Metro Blooms, Dakota Valley Recycling, Wilderness Inquiry, the All Seasons Wild Bird Store, the Conflict Resolution Center of MN, and a variety of public and private schools both local and abroad. In his free time he enjoys backpacking, martial arts, and learning the craft of home improvement. He also holds a healthy respect for the great sport of yo-yo.
You can keep up to date with Nick's work through the VLAWMO facebook page and blog. Feel free to contact Nick for questions, ideas, or to express interest in being involved with VLAWMO!