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New mobile phone app hopes to help people ‘Come Alive Outside’

Published: May. 1, 2022 at 7:44 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 6:14 AM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - There’s a new way to track your Vermont adventures while on the go. The Rutland County-based nonprofit “Come Alive Outside” is building an outdoor passport mobile application.

The current paper passport is one of its signature programs. Participants can earn points and win prizes for visiting local parks, farmers markets and community events.

The convenience of a digital platform wouldn’t be possible without a $40,000 donation from Killington Resort.

“You won’t forget it. You’ll always have it with you because many people don’t travel without their phones, and although the goal is to get people off their phones and out and about, many people like to track how many miles they walked, where are they going, what’s the elevation or you’re always taking pictures of your adventures. So, I think it’ll be great just to combine everything in one and have it mobile-friendly and always accessible to you,” said Amy Laramie, the director of communications, events and special projects at the Killing Ski Resort.

The Killington Resort said it’s able to financially support community programs like this thanks to the Play Forever Fund, which launched in 2020.

“Come Alive Outside” is using the $40,000 to build and roll out the free passport app by next year.

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