Botanical Gardens

The BYU-Idaho campus community is invited to attend Come Alive Outside in the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We invite everyone to come enjoy food and fun in the beauty of nature,” said Reese Nelson, a professor of applied plant science. “We’ll have a zip line, baked potato, homemade apple juice from our orchard, Zumba and a guest speaker.”

According to the BYU-I Applied Plant Science Department Web page there are multiple advantages as to why people should spend more time outside and the event will educate the students at BYU-I why spending more time outside is beneficial.

“We all need more outdoor play no matter our age,” according to the Applied Science Web page.

The Applied Plant and Science Department is sponsoring the event and will be hosted by Horticulture students and other students who want to do something to change the world, Nelson said.

“Come Alive Outside is a non-profit organization whose aim is to get people outside,” Nelson said. “Eighty-five percent of our population live in cities, obesity is increasing, stress is becoming the disease of the century and kids spend almost 11 hours a day looking at screens. The literature on the benefits of nature suggest that all of these social maladies can be mitigated by spending more time outside.”

The fee for the event is $2 per person, which will give them access to a baked potato bar and fresh pressed apple juice from the school apple orchard.

“The Outdoor Living profession is part of the solution, allowing our students to change the world we live in for the better,” Neslon said. “Improvement starts when we all go outside.”