Our Purpose

About Us

Children today spend over seven hours a day looking at screens and half as much time outside as they did in 1980.  The numbers are even worse for adults, and this replacement of time in nature with screen time is having a profound impact on our mental and physical well-being.

Come Alive Outside is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2014 that works closely with partners in healthcare, public health, outdoor recreation, and the landscape profession to connect individuals, families, and entire communities to the health and wellness benefits of outdoor spaces where they live, work, and play.

Our Values:

Better Together

When we work together, we grow together. Come Alive Outside collaborates to build capacity with a wide network of community partners to achieve meaningful impact and reach.

Outdoors for All

We cultivate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work, ensuring that people from all walks of life connect with nature in ways that bring them joy. We prioritize programs, champion influencers, and partner with organizations that make the outdoors more inclusive, safe, and equitable spaces.

Climbing Higher

We commit to doing impactful and meaningful work. Along the way, we’ll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Evaluating and reflecting on our impact is a critical step in improving our work.

Nurture Nature

We strive to inspire deep and lasting connections with nature that lead to environmental stewardship.

Celebrate Play

Being in nature brings us joy. We infuse our playful nature in all that we do – in programming, partnerships, and within our organization.


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


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

Five Principles

1) Get active outside
2) Grow something you can eat
3) Learn with your hands in the soil
4) Connect with nature
5) Play unplugged

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