Design Challenge

About The Program

The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for college, high school, elementary and preschool students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build natural schoolyards and playspaces in communities across North America!

2019 Design Challenge

On October 24th-26th, the 2019 Design Challenge will kick off with a 3-day charrette in Kingston, ON.  Secondary and post-secondary students in horticulture and landscape design in Ontario are invited to participate in the 2019 program.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, the program is free to all students including the cost of travel and lodging!

The 2019 program is made possible through the partnership and support of:

2018 Design Challenge

In October of 2018, Wentworth Landscapes and Landscape Ontario hosted teams of landscape design students from Algonquin College, Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and University of Guelph to participate in a design charrette with students and teachers from First Adventure Child Development Centre and Georges Vanier Catholic School in Belleville, Ontario. Using the input and ideas generated during the charrette, the teams created final proposals for a new natural playground and schoolyard.

Program Impact


Student Participants since 2016


Communities involved


New spaces constructed to date


Colleges and Universities engaged

Designs from Past Years

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