Connecting and Inspiring America's Youth
In 2007 NPF launched its First Bloom Program, a nationwide garden design contest for youth grades 4-6.
Throughout the year, Bryce Canyon National Park rangers and education specialists engaged the kids through teaching conservation, studying plant species, and learning about national parks. Following one year of instruction, the elementary students submitted "Bloom Designs", or ideas for native plant gardens.
Each Bloom Group winner received a free trip to a national park. The Bloom Program encouraged environmental education, and established a lifelong connection between America's youth and national parks.