What is Firstbloom?
Firstbloom is a tribal, environmental education program that connects 4th and 5th grade kids to the outdoors, Native American culture and national parks. Firstbloom participants meet with tribal environmental staff, park rangers and tribal educational specialists every month during the program year. They engage in outdoor, hands-on activities and learn to love the outdoors, embrace their cultural values and their national parks. During the program, youth involved plant and maintain many native landscapes. That planted landscape is a lasting connection for the Firstbloom youth, a gift to their community, and an outdoor classroom for all. Family members of Firstbloom participants are encouraged to actively participate in monthly activities and community members are invited to join us at our community events!
What are the Firstbloom Program Goals and Outcomes?
The goals of Firstbloom are to:
- Connect kids and their families to the outdoors.
- Instill cultural values by way of educating kids and their families about plants used by Native American people.
- Plant and maintain native plant gardens that educate program participants, family members, the community and other garden visitors.
- Build the next generation of outdoor and national park enthusiasts and stewards through family-oriented educational field and camp trips.
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