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Landscapes of Place (tm)

We offer Landscape Restoration Planning and Design, Ecological Restoration and Land Stewardship in eastern Wisconsin.  Typical projects include long-term engagements with landowners of 5 to 500 acres, providing assistance in analyzing current ecological conditions, defining desired sustainable goals and designing step-wise and adaptive implementations with measurable outcomes.  With a long-term commitment, lands of a range of local ecosystem types and initial conditions are candidates for our hands-on restoration planning and design services.

Nancy M. Aten, PLA, ASLA, 
   Landscape Architect
Dan Collins, PE, Program Manager


FOG, June 2014
Dan teaching with aquatic macroinverts, 4th grade, June 2014

Nancy, design-to-music exercise
Nancy, design-to-music in front of 250 attendees, Connecticut and Philadelphia, January 2014

Dan teaching - with snake
Dan teaching - with snake (photo: Joey Z)

Nancy leading WWA hike, Oct 2014
Nancy leading WWA hike, October 2014 (photo: Katie B)

Restored sedge meadow (ongoing)
Restored sedge meadow (ongoing)





Check out this really great Doug Tallamy article, The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening.

Ice, February

Follow the ice on the Great Lakes!

Free native trees!
Nice essay about a way of thinking: Start Anywhere, Follow it Everywhere  
Dan in wetland

Dan Collins and Nancy Aten honored with a 2014 Wetland Award from Wisconsin Wetlands Association

Dan on WPR for wetlands
Dan on WPR's Larry Meiller Show with Katie Beilfuss:

Healthy Wetlands and Their Advocates

Coolest map ever. From the team at HINT.FM.

Landscapes of Place projects are among the profession's pro bono work publicized by the American Society of Landscape Architects in the 2013 Year of Public Service.

Revisited Ideas series
From our Revisited Ideas series: watch Creek as Cathedral.


of occasional essays



Feb 24-26, Madison, WI
We're speaking at Wisconsin Wetlands' 20th Anniversary Wetland Science Conference. Dan: Achieving balance and success in a wetland complex infested with one million stems of reed canary grass. Nancy: A twist for conservation plans: More doing and less planning, in the 1700-ha Bay Shore Blufflands State Natural Area.
Sep 2015 - next fall
Nancy will present the keynote address at UW Arboretum's 2015 Native Gardening Conference in Madison.
We hosted wetland hikes as part of a team working with Wisconsin Wetlands Association for outreach to wetland landowners. Get your own copy of My Healthy Wetlands!

Landscapes of Place showed our Conservation Master Planning work for Bay Shore Blufflands at Lake Michigan Day, UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Water Institute. Great to connect to new colleagues!

Landscapes of Place led Festival of Nature hike: Spring Wetlands below the Escarpment, Bay Shore Blufflands.

We presented at the 2014 SER Midwest-Great Lakes Conference in St. Paul, "The development of an ecological restoration approach and suite of site-specific projects for conservation of a Door County, Wisconsin landscape using concepts from A Pattern Language".

Nancy spoke in Philadelphia and Connecticut at the 25th anniversary of NDAL, New Directions in the American Landscape, and performed a design sketching demonstration.
Landscapes of Place led symposium: Practitioners of Intimate Restoration at SER 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.  Dan spoke on Nurturing your community to watch, witness and work.

Nancy and Dan led Natural Resources Foundation field trip Jens Jensen's Legacy in Door County, with the wonderful Roy Lukes. 
Landscapes of Place presented at Riveredge Nature Center's Science For Everyone on the natural history of the Milwaukee area.

Nancy presented keynote address at Milwaukee Wild Ones Conference: Your Wild Garden as a Portal to the World

Landscapes of Place presented an interactive design/sketching session, How to Design with Native Plants at Riveredge Nature Center's Knee Deep in Prairies seminar.

Landscapes of Place presented at SER Midwest-Great Lakes Annual Conference in Ann Arbor on participatory restoration.  Nancy elected to SER Midwest Board of Directors.

Nancy spoke on participatory restoration at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Sunday Forum.

Landscapes: Wild, Forgotten, Restored.  Exhibit at Urban Ecology Center of monotypes (unique prints) from Nancy Aten and Dan Collins.
Nancy spoke at the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, Unsolicited Design: Using Your Voice.

Dan interviewed by WUWM's Lake Effect on the State Stewardship Fund and its practical implementation in Wisconsin.


Landscapes of Place TM / Milwaukee Area and Door Peninsula, Wisconsin