Plants to the Rescue! Youth Plant-mash Up Entries

Thousands of middle-schoolers across the country had the opportunity to flex their problem-solving muscles by participating in our Spring 2020 Plants to the Rescue! Plant Mash-up Contest with Scholastic. Students identified challenges in their communities, then imagined their own plant hybrid solution. They described and drew their own plant-based solution. A Grand Prize winner and Runner-up were selected by the judges. To encourage broad student participation — and a chance for every student to be a winner — the contest included a sweepstakes component, with the winner randomly selected from all entries.

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There were so many excellent ideas submitted, we are highlighting some of the best. These students will be the next green-collar professionals. They will be the horticulturists who will feed the world with food that is safe and nutritious; preserve native habitats; imagine landscapes and bring them to life; tend to landscapes that welcome us home and invite us outdoors to play; soothe and delight with flowers and foliage; inspire wonder and experiment; and ensure the future of our planet!