Nathaniel Schardin


Nathaniel Schardin


Nathaniel is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s TV/Video Production program in 2011 where his projects earned him 3 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the producers of the Chicago/Midwest Emmy® Awards in the Student Production. In 2015, he and his partner, Maria Pretzl, started Traveling Lemur Productions, a video company that specializes in making promotional media for theatre companies in the Milwaukee area. He is also an avid photographer and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Design & Visual Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He enjoys creating art that serves the purpose of inspiring interest in science and environmentalism. He currently works at the Manfred Olsen Planetarium creating shows on different topics in cosmology, astronomy and physics.

Design Team

Team Person 1:
Mentor: Dr. William Mobley 

Team Person 2:
Mentor: Clayton Hutchinson

Team Person 3:
User Testing: Victoria Robison

High School & Notable Teachers

Nicolet High School



Indigo Roots is a company dedicated to making green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, accessible and sustainable by selling native plants packaged in biodegradable/compostable materials. The company is dedicated to generating awareness for the declining health of Wisconsin’s freshwater ecosystems and creating solutions to help grow a better future.


Indigo Roots provides the residents of southeastern Wisconsin the tools necessary to create green infrastructure in their own backyards. By doing so, we are healing the fractured and long-time relationship that this local society has with the freshwater ecosystems that are the foundation of our existence.


As more rain gardens are planted and less plastic waste is generated, we head to a healthier future for local freshwater ecosystems. This will encourage the natural water cycle to heal and native flora and fauna to flourish.