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Landscapes of Place, LLC

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


Bayshore Blufflands Preserve

Over 1700 hours of restoration field labor logged!



of occasional essays


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)

Dan, Sedges class
Dan in Reznicek's sedges field class

Nancy, Keynote 2012
Nancy, keynote address, October 2012




Dan Collins

2014: Dan Collins joins the board of Midwest Environmental Advocates.

Seed Pod will come to Lynden!
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.

Aten at SER2013

Landscapes of Place sponsored the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Madison, WI October 2013.  Nancy Aten at the Conference (photo: David H. Thompson)

Bayshore Blufflands WCMP

Grant! Door County Land Trust in partnership with Landscapes of Place receives 2013-2014 Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Grant for a Conservation Master Plan at Bayshore Blufflands State Natural Area.

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



Aug 14, 2014
Landscapes of Place will be showing our Conservation Master Planning work for Bay Shore Blufflands at Lake Michigan Day, UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Water Institute

Sep 20, 2014
We are leading a wetlands hike as part of a fundraiser for Door County Land Trust
Oct 4, 2014
We're hosting wetland hikes as part of a team working with Wisconsin Wetlands Association for outreach to wetland landowners.
May 23-24, 2014

Landscapes of Place leads Festival of Nature hike: Spring Wetlands below the Escarpment (Bayshore Blufflands). Fairy shrimp, salamanders, and marsh marigold: oh my!

March 28-30, 2014
Landscapes of Place 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 beneficial to the conservation of a Door County, Wisconsin landscape using concepts from Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language".
January 9-10 and 16-17, 2014
Nancy spoke in Philadelphia and Connecticut at the 25th anniversary of NDAL, New Directions in the American Landscape, and performed a design sketching demonstration.
Oct 7, 2013
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.
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 8, 2013
Nancy and Dan led Natural Resources Foundation field trip Jens Jensen's Legacy in Door County, with the wonderful Roy Lukes. 
Oct 16, 2012
Landscapes of Place presented at Riveredge Nature Center's Science For Everyone on the natural history of the Milwaukee area.
Oct 13, 2012
Nancy presented keynote address at Milwaukee Wild Ones Conference: Your Wild Garden as a Portal to the World
Aug 8, 2012
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.
May, 2012
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.
Apr 15, 2012
Nancy spoke on participatory restoration at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Sunday Forum.
Jan - Mar, 2012
Landscapes: Wild, Forgotten, Restored.  Exhibit at Urban Ecology Center of monotypes (unique prints) from Nancy Aten and Dan Collins.
Oct 3, 2011
Nancy spoke at the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, Unsolicited Design: Using Your Voice.
Apr 8, 2011
Dan interviewed by WUWM's Lake Effect on the State Stewardship Fund and its practical implementation in Wisconsin.

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

Nancy in long-range Lakefront planning session


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