We offer Landscape Architecture, Landscape Restoration Planning and Design, Ecological Restoration and Land Stewardship in the upper Midwest. We serve land trusts, educational institutions, and private landowners. Typical projects include long-term engagements using a hands-on approach on lands of 5 to 500 acres, providing assistance in analyzing current ecological conditions, defining desired goals, and designing step-wise and adaptive implementations. We work to connect people with nature to the sustained benefit of both.
Nancy M. Aten,
PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect
Dan Collins, PE,
Program Manager and Restoration Consultant
Summer 2019 – Dan is again supporting and conducting water testing for Bay Shore Property Owners Association, in conjunction with UW-Oshkosh
August 17-18, 2019 – Leading a morning hike at our Blufflands property, and speaking at the evening event, for Door County Land Trust’s Annual Members Gathering
September 12, 2019 – Speaking in Houghton at the Carnegie Museum, Designing Beautiful Native Plant Landscapes and Gardens, for Sustainable Futures Institute, Keweenaw Seedling chapter of Wild Ones, the Keweenaw Land Trust and the Keweenaw Garden Club.
September 15, 2019 – Conducting workshop for UW-Madison Arboretum’s Native Gardening Conference: Opening the mind to new ways of observing, processing and explaining the natural world through art (watercolor, pencil, haiku).
May 11, 2020 – Speaking on “Jens Jensen: Landscape Design Principles and The Clearing” for the National Garden Club convention in Milwaukee at Boerner Botanical Gardens.
It was a glorious day June 24th for hard-working neighborhood volunteers, the Door County Land Trust and Bay Shore Property Owners Association to plant a demonstration garden at DCLT’s Bay Shore Blufflands Preserve lower trailhead. We planted 700 native herbaceous plants for a pollinator meadow and 40 native shrubs for a braided hedgerow, to demonstrate great options for homeowners in replacing the invasive exotic buckthorn and invasive exotic honeysuckle. We are watching it grow and happy for recent rain. Thank you especially to Denice and Ken for your support.
Nancy’s artwork will be on exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum in May and June, 2019. Please join us for the opening reception, Sunday, May 12th, 1 pm - 3:30 pm (refreshments will be served).
Landscapes of Place is collaborating with Alice Thompson & Associates on a Climate Action and Wetlands advocacy table at the Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s Science Conference, February 19-21 in Madison, WI. We Stand For Science.
See my guest blog post at A Wealth of Nature: Art and Ecology (thank you, Eddee D).
“I ask questions like this: can the art also help explain the life outdoors? Can it illuminate ecological processes and biological interactions? Can it enable the educators of the Urban Ecology Center to give their students an alternate conduit for understanding the ecology of a place? Can the art be examples of sketching and illustration whose methods educators can learn and use to explain (draw) the structure of a plant or the wings of a bird? …”.
We are teaching a two-day workshop at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI - Join us! Landscapes of Place: Landscape Design with Art & Ecology.
Nancy and Dan have engaged three land stewardship internships for the 2018 Land Stewardship season in Door County. Dan presented the "Stewardship Quickstart" idea to the Green Bay Conservation Partners Spring Roundtable. Year One has begun!