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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
   and Restoration Consultant

photo: Kelly Avenson Photography
photo: Kelly Avenson Photography


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)




American Bittern - Dan Collins
American Bittern - Dan Collins - 31 Mar 2017

Big Bird Day 3/31 for Dan Collins - documented American Bittern at Bay Shore Blufflands!! First of year in Wisconsin!

Science Not Silence

Do-It-Yourself Postcards for Science Advocacy. Stand for Science with us.


September 10, 2016: Dan Collins and Nancy Aten honored with 2016 Hawthorn Award from The Clearing. "Those who receive the Hawthorn Award emulate that venerable tree by faithfully giving breadth and bigness to the ongoing work of The Clearing". Also see a nice story about some of our work at The Clearing.

Stella Niagara Preserve

Congratulations to the Western New York Land Conservancy and Make Communities for the 2016 WNY APA Public Outreach Award for the Stella Niagara Preserve Vision Plan, which includes our work.

Nancy Aten

Profile of Nancy Aten in Society for Ecological Restoration News.

Design with music

Nancy and Darrel design to music video, from New Directions in the American Landscape conference.

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


of occasional essays



June 2017

Co-teaching with Darrel Morrison for New York Botanical Garden, field course at Black Rock Forest (upcoming listing here).
September 2016
Helped organize, led walks and presented at the Jens Jensen Landscapes Symposium at The Clearing.
May/June 2016
Wetlands hike-leading season! Includes The Ridges' Festival of Nature, Door County Land Trust, Climate Change Coalition of Door County, FOG, Friends of Gibraltar Schools, and Bjorklunden.
Nancy presented keynote at UW Arboretum's 2015 Native Gardening Conference in Madison. 
Co-taught week-long field class for New York Botanical Garden at Black Rock Forest Consortium.
Led hikes for Natural Resources Foundation, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Door County Land Trust, Friends of Gibraltar Schools, The Ridges and The Latitudes hiking group. 
We spoke 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 SNA.
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