Come Alive Outside

Lurvey and Come Alive Outside…….What Is This?

When you think back to your childhood what do you remember? Is it that one Saturday when you sat in the living room and watched reruns all day? Or, is it something that happened outside? Maybe the first time you caught a fish? What about that time when you came home so muddy that your mom had to spray you off with the hose before she even let you into the garage? Remember that tree you used to sit under? How about that one snowman that didn’t melt for two whole months? Think of all the fun you used to have in the neighbor’s back yard…

Come Alive Outside Design Challenge

The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for college, high school, elementary and pre-school students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities. The Design Challenge is being operated in 4 cities in the U.S. and Canada in October of 2016, including Chicago!  Lurvey is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Design Challenge in Chicago.

On October 13th-15th, 2016, Landscape Architecture and Design students from the College of DuPage, Jolliet Junior College, Parkland College and Illinois Central College will be traveling to Chicago’s Hanson Park Elementary to participate in a collaborative design charrette with the students there as well as students from Prosser Career Academy High School. The colleges will then complete their final plans for an outdoor learning environment at Hanson Park and submit these designs for judging in December.

Come Alive Outside, Inc. Founded as Non-Profit Organization 

On November 1st, 2014, Come Alive Outside held its initial board meeting as a non-profit organization, defining the strategic plan of the organization as it moves forward building on the momentum of the Come Alive Outside Initiative.  The initiative was started by Jim Paluch, President of JP Horizons, in 2011 as a way to inspire more professional landscape companies to play a more active role in reconnecting communities with the great outdoors.  Over the past three years, over 10,000 people across North America have participated in Come Alive Outside events and programs.

Come Alive Outside’s mission is to inspire collaborative community systems that create the awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside. They encourage people to become active outdoors, eat what they grow, learn with their hands in the dirt, relax outdoors and play unplugged. The programs that Come Alive Outside creates to accomplish this mission are all working towards a vision of healthy individuals, families and communities enjoying the benefits of great outdoors spaces where they live, work and play.

We need a shift in the way that we live our lives.

Come Alive Outside is a reminder of what works. It is a reminder of what makes our lives healthy and our memories special. Over the past several years, these three words have inspired individuals, families, business and communities across North America to take action. With every action, the momentum grows. There are so many ways that we can get back outside, from your local bike trail to your own backyard. Children are automatically more active when they are outdoors. Outdoor spaces have the ability to melt away mental fatigue and stress. Nothing brings families and friends together quite like a backyard barbeque. The benefits of going outside start the moment you step out the door!

Turn off your computer. Stand up. Find the nearest exit. Invest in someone. Invest in yourself!

Come Alive Outside!!!

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