In 2008 Cate Townley received a dual Masters degree in Urban Planning and Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver. While in graduate school Cate became involved with Learning Landscapes. Her interest in the program began with a seminar class focused on developing a Learning Landscape master plan for a school that was devastated by hurricane Katrina in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.
Cate became an intern for the Learning Landscapes doing a variety of tasks such as leading volunteer teams and website development.
In spring 2009 Cate became the Learning Landscapes Volunteer and Maintenance Coordinator. Cate organizes and oversees the community volunteer builds for each new Learning Landscape schoolyard. Cate actively recruits parents and community members to take an active role in keeping their Learning Landscape a beautiful focal point of the school and surrounding neighborhood.
Cate also assists the Learning Landscape program as it expands beyond the Denver Public School system. With funds from the Colorado Health Foundation, Learning Landscapes has worked with other Colorado school districts that seek to strengthen both elementary schools and their surrounding neighborhoods by designing playgrounds to promote physical activity and social interaction.