Live and Learn, Work and Play Outdoors

We create spaces that connect people outdoors.

Places to play,
Places to learn,
Places to work.
Places where people want to go.

Go outside with the experts.

Every client has a unique site with distinct goals. We listen to you and work together with you. This collaboration allows us to go outside and beyond everyday ideas. Our focus on the end-user inspires great spaces that are economically and environmentally sustainable. As innovators, we bring fresh ideas and possibilities. As specialists, we bring technical expertise. As professionals, we communicate ideas to get projects permitted and built. As park planners and landscape architect we utilize design practices to promote responsible land stewardship. We strive to build trusting relationships through communication, collaboration, and teamwork.

  • Gateway Wetlands
    Set amid towering Oak trees and adjacent to protected wetlands, this playground
    Ellis Equestrian Center
    As part of the 400-acre Baker Woods Forest Preserve, the Kendall County
    Blackberry Farm
    Facility Improvement and Renovation
    Peck Farm
    Peck Farm has become a community treasure with its historic farmstead, native prairie and wetlands.  Upland Design assisted the Park District enhancing the site over
    Sandholm Woods
    Sandholm Woods is a 2-acre neighborhood park created to add much needed
    Wapella Street Park
    As an OSLAD funded project, the park site is scheduled for 2

    Upland Design Projects

    • Hoover Forest Preserve

      Hoover Forest Preserve

    • Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

      Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

    • Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

      Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

    • Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

      Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

    • Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

      Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

    • IDOT: District 1 Right of Way Improvements

      IDOT: District 1 Right of Way Improvements

    • West Chicago Metra Station

      West Chicago Metra Station

    • West Main Community Park Master Plan

      West Main Community Park Master Plan

    • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

      Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

    • West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

      West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

    • Baker Woods Forest Preserve

      Baker Woods Forest Preserve

    • NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

      NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

    • Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

      Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

    • West Branch Regional Medical Facility

      West Branch Regional Medical Facility

    • Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

      Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

    • The Courtyard

      The Courtyard

    • Prairie Trail Park – Sports

      Prairie Trail Park – Sports

    • Stonebridge Woods Playground

      Stonebridge Woods Playground

    • Quest Academy

      Quest Academy

    • Prairie Trail Park Playground

      Prairie Trail Park Playground

    • Dryden Park Playground

      Dryden Park Playground

    • Nature’s Pointe Playground

      Nature’s Pointe Playground

    • South Mill Creek Community Park

      South Mill Creek Community Park

    • Wapella Street Park

      Wapella Street Park

    • Trantina Farm Park

      Trantina Farm Park

    • Sandholm Woods

      Sandholm Woods

    • Richard Young Forest Preserve

      Richard Young Forest Preserve

    Latest News

    Happy 2015!

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    On a recent visit to Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden in Palos Heights, the snow was glistening around the lake and visitors were out in abundance enjoying the trails.  Lake Katherine boasts 75 acres of park that include woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and gardens surrounding the 10 acre lake.  The gardens and trails are open in the winter for walking and biking and now include a new accessible bridge near the entrance of the Nature Center. The new metal bridge and trellis was designed by Upland Design who also oversaw its installation this fall. The bridge is part of Read More