Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, wild plants, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.
A passionate educator for many years, Nicole has worked as an adjunct professor at Prescott College, an adult educator for the Audubon Society of Portland, and as an instructor at various schools, universities and leading conservation education programs.
An unexpected diagnosis of MS in 2000 led Nicole to apply her research skills towards her own personal recovery. When nothing she was told to try worked Nicole developed a healthy living strategy, focusing on holistic wellness practices. Through simple changes in her lifestyle and eating habits and taking her own natural remedies, Nicole was able to restore her lost vitality and move on to become a founder and primary guide for her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International.
At her home in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole makes her own herbal tinctures, ointments, decoctions, poultices, etc. from local plants committed to help others find the perfect natural remedy for them.
Nicole holds regular foraging and survival workshops in the wilderness where she coaches people who want to be more self sufficient using plants for food and remedies.
Nicole realized that, while helping some people with her workshops, she can't possibly reach all those who need her plant knowledge.
Very few people still possess the knowledge of plants and remedies. Soon these skills will be lost to history if we don't do something about it.