Family Reunites at Balsley Cemetery Thanks to FRIENDS Members and Volunteers

Family Returns and Reunites at Balsley Cemetery Thanks to FRIENDS Member A couple months ago, we shared news that dedicated FRIENDS member J.R. Elliott and volunteer Grant Heggie conducted extensive research at the Balsley Family cemetery near the Parkway Visitors Center. After seven years of painstaking research, and with the help of park service officials, volunteers and Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the site has been cleared of brush and plant overgrowth, and on August 19, a rededication ceremony was held at the ... Read more

Say Hello to Youth Outdoors- Our New Future Stewards Initiative

  An essential part of the FRIENDS’ mission is to preserve the national treasure of the Blue Ridge Parkway for future generations. This means engaging young stewards early and opening the door to public lands in a way that is welcoming, inclusive, and lasting. We’ve led efforts to increase the number of Junior Rangers, engage more college students through the Alternative Break program, and get more youth volunteers out and on the Parkway with our chapters. But as the call for more ... Read more