Come Alive Outside. Get Outdoors and Enjoy Vermont!


Come Alive Outside VermontEncouraging Everyone to Get Outdoors and Come Alive Outside!

Come Alive Outside is about bringing members of our community together! Strong relationships and communities are not built by sitting at home alone or playing video games. Get out, get active and make a difference. Remember, even the small stuff matters! Smile, wave and say good morning.

Kids Hot Dogs Outdoors Rutland VT Carpenter & Costin

Come Alive Outside, hot dogs and lemonade topped off the day for Come Alive Outside!

Think Back…

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?

Christ the King School Winterfest Carpenter Costin Rutland VT

The award-winning snow sculture by Christ the King Elementary School of Rutland Vermont for Winterfest 2015.

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 by Jim Paluch in 2010, in response to the sedentary, indoor lifestyle that is contributing to a multitude of adverse effects in our society. Come Alive Outside is a non-profit organization with pending 501(c)(3) status.

Kasia Karazim Bill Ackerman Winterfest 2015

These two had fun naming their “sculpture” SUGAR CUBE, before turning it into the Polar Bears.

Time Outdoors Prevents Obesity

Spending time outside prevents the development of obesity.Studies have shown children are more than twice as active when they are outside. Source:  Harvard Medical School

Winterfest 2015 Come Alive Outside Rutland VT

Winning sculptors from Christ the King with Maple Syrup Jug at Winterfest 2015 Rutland VT

Playing in Nature Makes Us Greener and More Creative!

Childhood play in nature is associated with recycling, buying green products, and the choice of nature areas for recreation in adulthood. Source: University of Colorado

Winterfest 2015 Rutland Rotary

Rutland Rotary Club did a fine job on this recreation of their fouding headquarters in Wallingford VT

Nature Relieves Stress

Children who have regular contact with nature have better concentration and self-discipline. Nature also helps children cope with stress.  Source:  White Hutchinson

Polar Bears Kasia Karazim Bill Ackerman Winterfest Rutland Vt

“Polar Bears” was a crowd favorite sculpted by Kasia Karazim and Bill Ackerman for Winterfest 2015.


Broomball Rutland VT Winterfest Carpenter Costin

Broomball was popular at Winterfest 2015 in Rutland VT


Vermont Teddy Bear carry Winterfest 2015 Rutland VT

Vermont Teddy Bear Carry was tougher than it looked with these giant bears that got heavier with every step!