Firstbloom is an environmental education program focused on Bishop Paiute children in 4th and 5th grades. The program began in 2009 as a collaboration between the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Devils Postpile National Monument.
The Firstbloom program focuses on three primary goals, they are:
- learning about native plants
- learning about national parks
- becoming stewards to the land through environmental and cultural awareness
Firstbloom is a one-year program, begining in September and ending in August. Students attend an introduction to the program and those that are interested sign a contract to participate for the full year. There is space for 30 kids per year. The group meets once or twice monthly, in accordance with a schedule that has been prepared prior to them signing up. Meetings range from two-hour after school activities to three-day camp trips in local national parks. Each year the program has an environmental theme, like watersheds, native plants or climate change, and each activity is focused on the theme chosen for that year.