Nathan D. Simons, Executive Director
Nathan D. Simons is a registered landscape architect and executive director of Blue Heron Ministries, Inc. Mr. Simons graduated with Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from Ball State University with a minor in Natural Resources (1985). Nathan is an accomplished botanist and is credited with the rediscovery of Lathyrus ochroleucus in Indiana. Nathan’s specialization is in historic modeling of wetland, prairie, and savanna communities. Nathan is a skilled ecological restoration specialist focusing on restoring natural areas through the control of exotic/invasive species, the reintroduction of native plant species communities, and prescribed burn management. Combining landscape architectural design and ecological restoration principles within the context of economic development is of special interest to Mr. Simons.
In addition to directing Blue Heron Ministries, Inc., Mr. Simons is employed on a part time basis by the Division of Nature Preserves as an Ecologist Aide. Nathan’s responsibilities include resource management planning and stewardship of State nature preserves in northeast Indiana.
Phillip joined the BHM staff in 2008 as serves as the stewardship crew leader. He holds a B.S. in wildlife science from Purdue University and is passionate about growing plants and wakeboarding. Phillip lives near the Pigeon River in Mongo, Indiana where he experiments in greenhouse and native seed production and restoration agriculture. He does not own any cats.
Benjamin has been working as a field steward for Blue Heron Ministries since June 2015. He grew up in east-central Illinois with a love for tallgrass prairie and developed an interest in environmental restoration while working as a public school teacher and graduate student of American History. He enjoys working outside in areas of great natural beauty. Benjamin lives near Orland with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Savanna.