The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge is an initiative that inspires children and students to develop a sense of stewardship over our natural environments. The chlallenge creates the opportunity for college, high school, elementary and preschool students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities.
In 2017, Canadian Design Challenges occured in partnership with Landscape Ontario, Wentworth Landscapes and Gelderman Landscape. Through the program 40 post-secondary students from Algonquin College, Fanshawe College, University of Guleph, Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and Seneca College worked with high school and elementary school students to create designs for two new natural school yards to be constructed in 2018.
Seneca, Fanshawe and Algonquin colleges competed for the best design of C.M.L. Snider Public School in Prince Edward County. The University of Guelph and Niagara Parks School of Horticulture competed for the best design of PL Robertson School in Milton.
Since 2014, Come Alive Outside has produced Design Challenges in 13 communities across the United States and Canada, with participation from landscape architecture and design students from 23 different colleges and universities.
This year, in Canada, we congratulate Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and Algonquin College for the winning designs! In 2018 we will see these designs come to life at both schools.
Check out this video to see the winning teams being announced.
Thanks again to all of the students from Seneca College, Fanshawe College, and Algonquin College for your participation in this year's Design Challenge hosted at Wentworth Landscapes and for your incredible work and dedication! And thank you to all of the partners who make the program possible for companies like ours to run with Come Alive Outside: Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, Greenius - gogreenius.com, DynaSCAPE Software, Compass Creative, Connon Nurseries, Niagara Parks School of Horticulture Student Association, Algonquin College.