The current generation of young people in North America spends less time outside than any generation in history. This growing disconnect between people and nature is leading to a wide range of social, public health and environmental issues. As we look to a future in which 90% of North Americans will be living in urban areas by the year 2050, engaging outdoor learning environments provide an increasingly essential point of connection for young people to interact with nature. In the effort to create the sustainable and nature-rich cities of the future, there is also a great need to inspire the current generation of young people to play an active role in designing, building and maintaining great outdoor spaces in both our urban and rural environments.
The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for teams of post-secondary and secondary school students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities.
In partnership with Come Alive Outside and Landscape Ontario, Wentworth Landscapes hosted the 2017 Design Challenge and brought top Landscape Design and Landscape Management students to participate in the program. On October 12th-14th, students from Fanshawe College, Seneca College, and Algonquin College participated in a design charrette with students and community leaders in the County to create initial design concepts for a natural play area at C.M.L. at Snider Public School.