Senior Field Instructor
Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, Nick spent his youth riding bikes and fishing at local streams and trails with his childhood friends. He spent every summer for almost 20 years consecutively camping in Pennsylvania with friends and family for an annual vacation. While attending Morris County College, Nick was the vice president for the Outdoors Club where he organized and participated in sailing, paintball, rock climbing, and hiking trips around Northern New Jersey.
It was some time after college, where Nick graduated with a BA in psychology, that he packed his Jeep and spent two months traveling and camping solo across the United States. While visiting over a dozen of the country's national parks, Nick immersed himself fully in this solo-camping experience that left him changed and with a newfound confidence in himself and desire to go "deeper." It was fate, as this trip eventually brought him onto a mountain bike trail in Moab, Utah where he met a field staffer for Evoke and heard about what wilderness therapy had to offer. When in the field, Nick seeks to build real trust and connection through community and rapport, as these are essential to creating the safe space necessary to share and process emotions and trauma. Hiking, busting primitive fires, learning and applying wilderness or hard skills, are all ways to build that community and connection to create a group culture where students can feel safe to share.
When not working, Nick continues to build his own community of friends, co-workers, roommates, and family and friends from back home, maintaining those connections and bringing people together. Nick also continues to work on his own process, developing his self-care habits of journaling, mountain biking, yoga/meditation, exercising, and eating healthy.