FIELD TECHNICIAN / NURSERY MARKETING COORDINATOR
Vince Gresham is part of the team at Cardno Native Plant Nursery that promotes and distributes native plants for habitat projects around the Midwest.
He has enjoyed a varied career in natural resources, beginning at Potato Creek State Park, where he worked as a seasonal naturalist for several years. He continued as an intepretive naturalist at the St. Joseph County Parks, then became the Assistant Director of Rum Village Nature Center in South Bend, Indiana. He spent three years with the inspiring students of Greene Intermediate School, as the school’s Environmental Studies teacher. He is a member of South Bend’s Green Ribbon Commission and was a Sustainibility Fellow at Indiana University at South Bend.
Vince enjoys writing, playing guitar, kayaking, photography, and exploring nature with his wife Lindsey.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Continuing to fulfill her childhood dream, Marie Laudeman is happy to be the Interpretive Naturalist at the Indiana Dunes State Park. One of her life’s greatest advantages was growing up in Northern Indiana living near Potato Creek State Park where she began her career as a naturalist.
Marie graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Wildlife. During this time, she spent a semester in Australia, a summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan studying wildlife field techniques, and an Agriculture Study Abroad program in Ireland.
Later, while employed at a local environmental consulting firm, Marie gained a wide variety of experiences. Working in the Mojave Desert tracking the endangered desert tortoise was a favorite.
Marie’s first year of graduate school was spent at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota where she received her Environmental Education Certificate from the University of Minnesota Duluth. A highlight was caring for and presenting the educational birds of prey and a grumpy porcupine named Thistle.
Marie believes that education teaches understanding and appreciation. For example, when a day camper fears spiders on Monday and by Friday that camper is bringing in spiders and sharing information with others, Marie is excited and happy to see the results of sharing her passion of nature with others.