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Contact: Steve Schaller, Supervisory Park Ranger - Education, 907-697-2650
On June 5th, from 10:00am to 4:00 pm, the Girl Scout Troop 4035 of Juneau with a National Park Ranger will be planting a First Bloom Native Garden at the Alaska State Museum. This native garden at the Alaska State Museum will highlight many of the native flowers and plants that grow in Glacier Bay National Park. Most visitors to Glacier Bay National Park arrive by cruise ship and experience the native plants and flowers of this national park from a distance. By planting this native garden in Juneau, it will provide all cruise ship passengers and residents of Juneau an opportunity to enjoy some of these native flowers more intimately.
This planting event is the culmination of a yearlong project teaching the Girl Scouts the benefits of native plants and their natural role in the environment. The planting event was made possible through a grant provided by First Bloom which is a National Park Foundation program that connects students between 4th and 6th grade to nature and national parks. “One of the most important things anyone can do for the environment is to connect young people to parks,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “Kids who are forging connections with the national park today, are likely to have lasting relationships with the parks and the outdoors for their whole lives.”
First Bloom is a nationwide program currently taking place in 26 national parks in partnership with 31 youth groups across the country. First Bloom kids meet with park rangers monthly over the one year program. They engage in outdoor, hands-on activities and learn to love the outdoors and their national parks.
After the planting event, the Girl Scout Troop will then be traveling to visit Glacier Bay National Park on June 11th. There they will be able to identify many of the native flowers in their natural environment as they assist the park in designing a botanical trail with waysides for future visitors to enjoy.
First Bloom Website