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About Nick Stanger

Nick currently shares his time between deep outdoor play and high-tech online multimedia projects. This paradoxical interest has helped form his understanding and embodiment of the human-digital-nature conundrum we currently face in our westernized social fabric. Nick works as an assistant professor of environmental education at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Victoria in 2014 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Doctoral Fellow. The main focus of his research revolved around the learning that occurs within outdoor childhood places (, and their lasting effects on our lives. With his background in natural resources, tree-canopy research, Masters in environmental education and communications, and significant work in conservation, Indigenous education, and technical web-based learning systems, his PhD represented an interactive online video journey designed to combine his skills, expertise, and interests. Nick sat as the Chair of the board for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2012-2015, an organization that seeks to connect organizations, families, and youth with nature-based experiences. He currently lives with his wife and son in Bellingham, Washington.


Present Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Dissertation Award


2010 - 2014 Ph.D., University of Victoria ‐ Department of Curriculum Studies
2005 - 2007 M.A., Royal Roads University ‐ Department of Environmental Education and Department of Communication
1997 - 2002 B.S., University of British Columbia ‐ Natural Resources Conservation Program in the Faculty of Forestry

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Studies
Western Washington University
AH201 • (360) 650-2203


Articles (8)

Books, Chapters, Monographs (5)