Nicole Apelian grew up in Massachusetts and, through the influence and mentorship of her stepfather, connected with nature at an early age. After receiving her Master's Degree in biology, Nicole became a game warden with the U.S. Peace Corps, and began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Later, while working as a field biologist in Botswana, she got her first real exposure to true wilderness living. It was there, in Africa, working with the Bushmen and completing her doctorate, where she was able to learn many of the primitive skills that she practices and teaches today.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest and relies on the local plants as part of her healthy living strategy. The MS diagnosis changed her lifestyle and eating habits, but did not deter her from becoming one of the founders and primary guides of her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Prescott College. There she is recognized for bringing vibrant energy and passion into her work in the field of transformative nature education.
Apelian received a BS in Biology from McGill University in Canada, a MS in Biology from the University of Oregon, and a PhD focused in Cultural Anthropology and Sustainability Education through Prescott College.