Nathan joined Forest Park Forever in May 2018 as a Horticultural Intern before being promoted to a full-time Gardener in September 2018. He graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a Bachelors’ degree in Biology - Ecology, Evolution & Environment. He enjoys fishing, hunting, reading and anything to do with baseball. He gets excited about maintaining and restoring one of the world’s greatest city parks. He is originally from Belleville, IL, but loves most everything St. Louis, especially Forest Park and the Cardinals. Go Birds!
Kim is from Godfrey, Illinois. She started working for Forest Park Forever as a seasonal gardener in 2017. In September of her second season she became a full-time gardener. She has a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While in school she was an active member of Natural Connections, a student organization that promoted community gardening and managed an organic vegetable garden. She has an interest in art and design, and loves working outdoors with plants. She is excited to be part of the team that helps make Forest Park a beautiful place.
Tony brings a great passion of working with plants and educating the public on the culture, care and therapy plants can offer. Previously, he was the Horticulture Instructor for Gateway Greening and their “City Seeds” program. Tony was exposed to our work through this program when he brought their students out to volunteer in the park. He also interned with the Boone County Conservation District in Northern Illinois as a Habitat Restoration Technician, where he organized controlled burns, seed collecting and forest/prairie rehabilitation programs.
Land Management Administrative Assistant
Chris joined the Forest Park Forever team in July 2017 after serving 10 years in administration and program development for local nonprofit organizations assisting adults transitioning from incarceration. Chris received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master in Social Work. Chris is a native St. Louisan and frequently visits Forest Park to walk its nature trails and enjoy the other amenities the Park offers. She is excited to become part of the FPF team that manages this treasured resource for St. Louis and its surrounding communities.
Nature Works Field Coordinator
Billy Haag received his BS from Southeast Missouri State University in Park and Recreation Management. He continued his education at the University of Missouri, earning an MS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. He has worked with The National Park Service as an Interpretation Park Ranger, including one season at Shenandoah National Park in VA and another at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in CA. In his current role at Forest Park Forever, he looks forward to combining his passion for interpretation and natural resource stewardship to present the youth of St. Louis with a unique green experience.
Tori is certified as a Master Gardner in Horticulture and recently worked as an intern in the Sonoran Desert. She is a St. Louis native who enjoys everything the city has to offer including the many places to indulge in yummy cuisine. Hobbies include photography, macramé, hockey and tending to my many houseplants.
Eric works with the horticulturist in Zone 3 on a daily basis. He helps maintain all of the plantings and hardscapes, and performs various other tasks that are involved with caring for 60 acres of Forest Park. Eric comes to us with years of experience maintaining the grounds of several corporate campuses and apartment complexes.
Nature Reserve Technician
Paul is originally from Spokane, WA and earned a BA in Political Science from University of Washington in Seattle. When Paul moved to St. Louis, he served for two years with AmeriCorps St Louis Emergency Response Team, one year as a crew leader. He has also worked as a crew leader for the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Returning to Forest Park Forever this time as the Horticulturist for Zone 3, the Zone in Motion, Patrick Greenwald has a diverse background in horticulture. Born and raised in St. Louis, he has a passion for uncovering and restoring the extensive horticulture history of our great park and city. He is known for putting on dynamic horticulture displays, each with its unique teaching components, and you might remember his work previously in the gardens out front of the Boathouse in Forest Park from 2015-2017. After graduating with a Master’s of Plant Science from Missouri State University, Patrick was a horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension where he taught numerous horticulture classes for a 6 county radius and kept a weekly horticulture column in the Rolla Daily News. He has worked in the retail greenhouse industry in St. Louis, wholesale nursery industry in North Carolina, and most recently spent the last year as a Senior Greenhouse Grower for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where his time was spent growing thousands of exhibition chrysanthemums, thousands of lilies, Longwood style hanging baskets and numerous crops for the acclaimed conservatory and garden grounds. In his free time, he volunteers his time at a historic property in South St. Louis city creating and maintaining gardens, just completed a 97,000 word novel, loves to write about horticulture and take pictures of gardens and wildlife. He is excited to be back in the park, and is looking forward to be planning the next inspirational displays for the gardens on Art Hill in summer 2019.
Since May 2014, Jaimie has worked in Zone 1 — the Welcome Zone — of Forest Park. She graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Horticulture. Previously, she spent two-plus years at Missouri Wildflower Nursery and one year as green house manager for Missouri State Agriculture department.
Danielle joined the Forest Park Forever team as a seasonal gardener in March of 2018 and was promoted to a full time Gardener in September 2018. She graduated from Missouri State University in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management with a minor in Agronomy. While working as a gardener at the Springfield Botanical Garden and having an internship with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks she fell in love with the practice of horticulture. Danielle is originally from Kansas City but joined the St. Louis side to find her place in the horticulture world. She is currently working on getting pesticide and ISA certified.
Antonio has several years of landscaping experience while living in San Francisco. He tells me that he enjoys cooking, having dinner with friends and family, that he loves dogs, Italian soccer and being a father.
Hilary started working with Forest Park Forever in the Spring of 2017. She graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Plant Sciences focusing on Horticulture Science and Design, emphasis in Greenhouse Management. Her work as a greenhouse technician for the University of Missouri and on an organic educational farm lends new insight into sustainable practices here at Forest Park. Hilary grew up in Kirkwood, MO and was a frequent explorer in the Park. She is enthusiastic about contributing to the future success of Forest Park Forever.
Nature Reserve Technician
Theo joined FPF in April of 2013 as a Nature Reserve Intern and became a full-time staff member in March 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University in 2009. Prior to FPF, Theo served two years as an AmeriCorps member working within the Missouri Clean Water AmeriCorps program, with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, directing their rain barrel program, leading riparian and forest habitat restoration events and conducting water quality monitoring sessions. As the Nature Reserve Technician, Theo works with Nature Reserve Stewards Amy and Josh in managing and maintaining Forest Park’s natural areas, such as Kennedy and Successional Forests, Audubon and Kennedy Savannas and Steinberg Prairie.
SUSAN VAN DE RIET
Susan joined FPF in May 2014 as a Horticulture Intern and became a full-time staff member in December 2014. She is in charge of maintaining Zone 6 on the eastern side of Forest Park. Susan obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University in 2009 and began post-graduate work in January of 2014 to pursue an Associate’s in Horticulture. She has a passion for native plants and has been landscaping with them since 2009. Susan is serving on the board of the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis, as the Education Subcommittee Chair of GrowNative! and has participated with the St. Louis Audubon Society’s “Bring Conservation Home” program as a Habitat Advisor. A St. Louis native, she has a deep appreciation for the City of St. Louis and all it has to offer its residents and visitors, including one of her own favorites, Forest Park.
Faith joined the FPF team in April 2018 as the Horticulturist for the Boathouse/Grand Basin zone. She comes to Forest Park Forever after working with the City of Webster Groves Parks Department, where she was responsible for the planning, design and care of annual containers and landscape beds within the City’s parks and public areas. Faith received a Horticulture Certificate of Proficiency from St. Louis Community College-Meramec.
Nancy graduated from Meramec Community College with an AAS degree in Horticulture in 2011. Before joining the team at Forest Park Forever, she worked for the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department for 5 seasons. Nancy has been a member of Missouri Master Naturalist since 2014 and has done extensive volunteer work removing invasive species and planting natives for organizations including Audubon and St. Louis County Parks.