Meet Our Director
Founder : Roots & Sky Nature-Based Learning
Lead Teacher: Nanny in Nature program
Nicole has spent the last three decades educating learners of all ages in nature. Nature is her happiest place, and she loves sharing her awe, wonder, and curiosity with learners of all ages, but early learners especially. Although she began teaching early learners in a traditional setting, Nicole entered the Nature Preschool field by way of Cedarsong Nature School, where she was a lead teacher and also trained other early childhood educators. Nicole has since founded Roots & Sky Nature-Based Learning, where she can support children, educators, and families through programs, professional development, and consulting services, including the Nanny in Nature program for preschool through 3rd grade students. Due to COVID, the Nanny in Nature program was suspended, but Nicole is still outdoors with early learners twice a week, currently teaching part-time at Nature Nuts Forest Kindergarten and summer camps. As a Cedarsong Way Certified Trainer, Nicole also leads training programs around the country and online. She has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations that focus on youth in nature and conservation, and she became involved in WaNPA not long after its inception because she saw the tremendous value of connecting with and supporting connections between others who feel passionately about nature-based education. Nicole is thrilled for the opportunity to support the diverse community of educators, administrators, and families who make up the Washington Nature Preschool Association.