About NPD

"Successful designs start with successful conversations" 

Putting nature in play, play in nature


  • Learning and play go hand in hand for kids of all ages.​

  • Spending time outdoors can calm and bring joy.

  • Going for a walk in nature strengthens muscles and clears the mind.

  • 'Greening of schools' projects build pride, ownership, skills, relationships, and community stewardship.

For these reasons and more, NPD begins by listening to clients' specific needs. Every great design starts with meaningful conversations. Everyone is included, from the users to the staff to the maintenance department. Every conversation brings to light how these areas should function - independently and together - to create dynamic, low-maintenance spaces.

At NPD, we have been designing user-friendly and engaging landscapes for over 20 years.

Jane Tesner Kleiner, Principal, has worked in both the private sector and local government. Clients have included local and state governments, school districts, parks departments and single-family residential. And just as important, Jane spends a lot of time talking to teachers, staff, principals, students and community members about how they would like to connect with nature. Heck, she is at recess.....a lot!

Professional Background:
  • Registered Landscape Architect - MI & WA - BLA, MLA
  • Horticultural Therapy certificate, Legacy Health/PCC 
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspection coursework
Supporting Activities:
  • Clark County Nature Network - Facilitator, Partner, 2016-current
  • Green Schoolyards America, COVID Response, Infrastructure Working Group, PNW Design Volunteer Lead 2020 - current 
  • Children & Nature Network, Greening of Schoolyards - Member - 2011 - current
  • Evergreen Public Schools - CTE Advisory Committee, 2018 - current
  • Vancouver Public Schools - CTE Advisory Committee, 2019 - current
  • Watershed Alliance/Portland Audubon - Backyard Habitat Certification - Design, 2019 - current
  • Friends of Trees volunteer, 2016 - 2019
  • Intertwine Alliance, Greening of Schoolyards - Partner 2017 - 2019
  • Vancouver Public Schools - Lunch buddy, Franklin ES, 2009-2012
  • City of Ann Arbor, Natural Areas volunteer 2000-2006
  • Huron River Watershed Council, Adopt-A-Stream volunteer
  • Clinton River Watershed Council, Adopt-A-Stream volunteer
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools - Volunteer naturalist, 1998-2004
Presentations  / Articles / Participation:
  • Children & Nature Network - International Conference, Greening of Schoolyards, speaker
  • Association 4 Learning Environments, speaker, tour lead (Portland-Vancouver, speaker (Chicago)
  • Intertwine Alliance - Greening of Schoolyards
  • Urban Ecology & Restoration Symposium, speaker, poster session (2020)
  • Clearing Magazine - Bringing Nature Back to the Schoolyard (2017)
  • ASLA - The Dirt, Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: Resilient Design 
  • ASLA - The Field - Greening of Schoolyards
  • Guest Speaker - Vancouver Public Schools environmental science, Schools of the Future, Michigan State University LA
Past work includes:
  • Clark County Public Works, Clean Water Division - Program Coordinator- Vancouver, WA
  • Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation - Parks Manager - Vancouver, WA
  • ECT, Inc. [Formerly Tilton & Associates, Inc. - Vice President] - Senior Landscape Architect - Ann Arbor, MI
  • SmithGroup [Formerly JJR, Inc.] - Site Designer - Ann Arobr, MI
  • Walker Johnson Partners [Formerly William J. Johnson Associates, Inc.] - Ann Arbor, MI
"These areas are a huge part of what Hough Elementary School is all about. They help build self-esteem and a sense of joy. I can't thank Jane Tesner Kleiner enough for all of the work she has done with our Green Team. She has released the control over to the students and will tell you over and over that [the spaces] were created by the Hough kids....The Hough community is so proud of our Backyard [Fieldtrip] and the opportunities it provides us."
- Steve Vance, Former Hough ES Principal

At nature+play designs, we work with everyone and provide full service consulting. NPD does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of vendors and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. NPD complies with all federal, state and local regulations relating to nondiscrimination. If you have any concerns about this information, please contact Jane Tesner Kleiner immediately to address your concerns, 360.771.2925

Reach out and let's chat. I'll bring the tea and we can talk about how we can help.

PO Box 666

Vancouver, Washington 98666



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