Come Alive Outside: growing the green industry through outdoor initiatives

Nature Safe is a charter member and supporter of Come Alive Outside (CAO), a non-profit organization committed to improving health and wellness by encouraging individuals and communities to spend time outside. In partnership with the lawn and landscape industry, CAO actively promotes projects that emphasize outdoor living spaces as well as educational opportunities for children to learn and grow.

Visit the Come Alive Outside website or listen to podcasts here.

What do you remember...

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?

Experiences that make our lives healthy and our memories special

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 three years, these three words have inspired individuals, families, business and communities across North America to take action to get back outdoors. The Come Alive Outside initiative was started in 2010 in order to engage the professional landscape industry more directly in the broader movement to get people off the couch and back outside, interacting with nature. Come Alive Outside is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 

Watch this video to see how Come Alive Outside partnered with Carpenter & Costin of Vermont, students from SUNY-ESF and SUNY Cobleskill, to begin the design/development of a brand new park on land being donated to the public by Rutland Regional Medical Center.

CAO’s Mission

Facilitating collaborative community systems that create the awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside.

CAO’s Vision

Healthy individuals, families and communities enjoying the benefits of great outdoor spaces where they live, work and play.

CAO’s Values

Get active outside.
Grow something you can eat.
Learn with your hands in the dirt.
Relax in the great outdoors.
Play unplugged.