UNH's Plant the Promise to Be Drug-Free

UNH Promise Garden at Health & Wellness

"Promise Garden" Dedication - Thanks to Everyone Who Attended

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the  nation. Each year UNH participates in this campaign by planting tulip bulbs in the Health & Wellness "Promise Garden." The spring time blooms remind us of the many pledges made to a drug-free lifestyle at UNH.

Sponsored by NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS). Coordinated by Health & Wellness and the tulips were planted by peer educators.

Dedication Ceremony Photos: 

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Each year UNH participates in...

Posted by Health & Wellness on Monday, May 4, 2015

Planting the Promise in the UNH Drug-Free Promise Garden 

Students will plant red tulip bulbs in October during Red Ribbon Week, which will bloom in the spring and serve as a reminder of the importance to stay drug free. Students who participate in the planting of the promise are encouraged to take the pledge to stay drug free, when the tulips bloom in the spring time they will serve as a reminder of that pledge and promise that was made. The tulips will bloom in April, during National Alcohol Awareness Month.

Students across campus are invited to join us for UNH’s annual observance of “Plant the Promise.” Over 200 Tulip bulbs will be available for planting this year in the Health & Wellness “Promise Garden” as part of a the Red Ribbon Campaign to fight illegal drug use and encourage individuals to be drug free. 

The Red Ribbon campaign was first started in 1985 when Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, A DEA agent, was murdered in 1985 while working to uncover the identities of key member of a Mexican drug cartel. In 1986 the Red Ribbon Celebration was created in honor of Camarena and wearing a red ribbon showed an individual’s commitment to fight illegal drug use. Today, it is estimated that over 80 million youth and adults participate in Red Ribbon Week every year. 
Each spring, these brilliant red tulips bloom during National Alcohol Awareness Month and remind our campus and community of those who have taken the pledge to be drug free. We encourage everyone to take part in this unique and meaningful program.


  • 92.7% of UNH students report they do not use prescription drugs for recreational purposes
  • 93.6% of UNH students report they do not use designer drugs, such as ecstasy and MDMA/Molly.
  • 83.9% of UNH students report that they watch out for friends when they party

The most commonly used and abused drug in the United States is alcohol.  Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. 

Planting Photos - Fall 2014



For more information or to participate as a group on campus, please call (603)862-3823.