Nicky Phear


Nicky Phear has long been dedicated to WRFI and to the power of experiential education to transform lives. Leading with social intelligence and the future in mind, Nicky has guided 1000s of students in studies of global environmental issues and leadership development. She began as an outdoor educator with the Colorado Outward Bound School, then taught wilderness expeditions at Prescott College, directed WRFI in its early years, and made her way to the University of Montana, where she led the Wilderness and Civilization and Climate Change Studies programs. With concern for intergenerational climate justice and a desire to create meaningful experiences, she founded bike-based expeditions across Montana and Bhutan, a study abroad program in Vietnam, and other cross-cultural exchanges centered around climate change. She also led community dialogues to create local climate action plans, co-founded a women’s leadership initiative, and served as an academic director for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. In addition to a BA in Psychology, an MS in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Sustainability Education, Nicky has trained in stages of human development, emergent leadership, and authentic relating and facilitation. [email protected]