Nicholas was born in Butte, Montana, but spent the bulk of his formative years in Spring Creek, Nevada; the Ruby Mountains serving as a perennial backdrop in an otherwise endless sea of sagebrush and stars. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Gonzaga University, he spent three wonderful years as the grant writer and Environmental Director for the Te-Moak tribe of Western Shoshone on the South Fork Reservation in Lee, Nevada. Since then, he has worked in various capacities, primarily within public education, wilderness therapy, and several community-based projects centered around social, economic, and environmental justice; all of which has helped to form the basis for a book he is presently writing. His other interests include: music, art, cooking, conversation, reading, fishing, the color blue, dark chocolate, movies so bad they’re good, as well as absorbing and dispensing (often unprompted) facts about the Earth and each of its 8.7 million documented plant and animal species, for which a few of his favorites include Homo sapiens, Coffea arabica, Strelitzia reginae, Canis latrans, and Sepia officinalis. Nicholas looks forward to his continued work with the Nevada Outdoor School, and through their partnership with the BLM at the California Trail Interpretive Center, to help Nevadans of all ages better understand and appreciate our relationship to the outdoors, to our communities, and to our shared past, present, and future.