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PO Box 666

Vancouver, Washington 98666


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About NPD

Project Types
  • Greening of Schoolyards

  • Outdoor Classroom & Learning Spaces

  • Learning gardens

  • Walking Paths

  • Nature Play & Playground Areas

  • Art Gardens

  • Relaxation / Therapy / Healing Gardens

  • Landscape plans 

  • Native Plant And Pollinator Gardens

  • Outdoor Plazas

  • Park, trail & natural area designs

  • Environmental and Ecological Restoration

"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
  • Intertwine Alliance, Greening of Schoolyards - Partner 2018 - current
  • Evergreen Public Schools - CTE Advisory Committee, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
  • Vancouver Public Schools - CTE Advisory Committee, 2019-2020
  • Friends of Trees volunteer, 2018-current
  • Vancouver Public Schools - Lunch buddy, Franklin ES, 2009-2012
  • City of Ann Arbor, Natural Areas volunteer
  • Huron River Watershed Council, Adopt-A-Stream volunteer
  • Clinton River Watershed Council, Adopt-A-Stream volunteer
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools - Volunteer naturalist, 1998-2004
Presentation  / Participation:
  • Children & Nature Network - International Conference, Greening of Schoolyards
  • Association 4 Learning Environments
  • Intertwine Alliance
  • Guest Speaker - Vancouver Public Schools environmental science, Schools of the Future
Past work includes:
  • William J. Johnson Associates - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Walker Johnson Partners - Ann Arbor - San Francisco
  • SmithGroup / JJR (Johnson, Johnson and Roy) - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Tilton & Associates, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Parks Manager, Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation- Vancouver, WA
  • Clark County Public Works, Clean Water Division  - Vancouver, WA

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. If you have any concerns about this information, please contact Jane Tesner Kleiner immediately to address your concerns, 360.771.2925