National Park Service Recognizes FRIENDS Volunteers

We here at FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway are so excited to announce the accomplishments of our Chapters of volunteers. We recognize their efforts every day, and visitors do too when they stop and see a cleared overlook, or when they are able to participate in a cultural event along the Parkway. In October a luncheon was held in Asheville, North Carolina where of our several volunteers’ and chapters’ hard work was recognized by our office, their peers, and by ... Read more

Notre Dame Alternative Break Students Team Up With Joy Ranch

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Alternative Break program offers college students an opportunity to participate in volunteer service on the Blue Ridge Parkway as a substitute for “traditional” spring and fall breaks. Notre Dame’s Social Concerns Seminar students answered the call to immerse themselves in a Blue Ridge Parkway community and engage in volunteer service and experiential learning experiences! Along the Parkway, we have nine chapters of volunteers, and two of our chapters hosted alternative break students from Notre Dame ... Read more