The Bronx is Blooming (BIB) engages communities and youth in environmental stewardship through the beautification of local parks. Our mission is to revitalize under-resourced open spaces in the Bronx and to inspire communities to advocate for their parkland. BIB accomplishes this by managing park restoration projects, and by developing area youth to assume green leadership roles in ongoing maintenance efforts. This approach of combining green restoration with cultivating local stewards creates a culture of civic participation that empowers Bronx residents to be the drivers of local change and protectors of the borough’s natural resources.
In the last 2.5 years we have brought 4,000 volunteers to do 18,000 hours of service in Bronx Parks – the equivalent of 9 years of work for a full time staff person.
We have also
- Run a Summer Leaders Program in 3 Bronx parks with 25 high school and college students teaching basic horticultural skills and having our students use the knowledge to lead 450 volunteers in local environmental stewardship
- Piloted a weekly youth leadership after-school program with 3 local Bronx high schools fostering a connection to the local environment through stewardship
- Planted 30,000 spring bulbs including over 15,000 daffodils donated by New Yorker’s for Parks Daffodil Project, a living memorial to 9/11
- Brought volunteer projects to 14 parks and green spaces in the Bronx
Behind the Scenes: Our founder, Jennifer Beaugrand, has worked in community-led horticulture in the Bronx since 2005. She began with the Parks Department and maintains a strong relationship with the agency. She was the director of a community organizing based horticulture program for a Bronx non-profit for three years where she brought it from the ground up, establishing long-term programs and partnerships which she has maintained and carried into The Bronx is Blooming.