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If you’ve been on the Blue Ridge Parkway,
you’ve enjoyed the benefits of FRIENDS at work.

FRIENDS focuses in three primary areas – supporting the National Park Service in the work that needs to be done today on the Parkway, nurturing the next generation of stewards and providing accessible information and education on conservation as well as the natural, cultural, and historic areas of the Parkway region.
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We believe in responsible stewardship. We involve, empower and support the like-minded groups and small communities that border the Parkway, work to foster a love of the Parkway and the outdoors in youth, involve schools from elementary thru colleges and universities in our conservation and preservation work, and sponsor many interpretive and educational events all year long.

Everywhere on the Parkway, FRIENDS has been there helping you enjoy your trip and ensuring that future generations will enjoy theirs.

FRIENDS programs were created to address specific needs of the National Park Service or the Parkway. These programs are dependent on the growing membership of FRIENDS which provides the financial support for the work our volunteers do.
OUR AWARD WINNING WORK
BEST PRESERVATION OF A SCENIC VIEWSHED
Presented to FRIENDS by Scenic Virginia, a viewshed preservation group associated with Scenic America, this award recognized our work in preserving 60 acres of scenic viewshed along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
FOUNDER'S AWARD
FRIENDS was awarded the first-ever Founder’s Award by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities for its preservation work on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR 20 YEARS OF SERVICE
The Association of Partners for Public Lands recognized FRIENDS for its 20 years of stewardship on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
WILLIE PARKER PEACE HISTORY BOOK AWARD
This award was presented in 2008 to Karen J. Hall and FRIENDS for the book titled, Images of America: Building the Blue Ridge Parkway.
PSA AWARD OF DISTINCTION
FRIENDS won two international public service announcement (PSA) awards for its television PSA campaign called “Saving the Blue Ridge Parkway”.
PSA VIDEOGRAPHER AWARD
This award recognizes excellence in television production and honored the work of FRIENDS with a volunteer team lead by Dick Byrd on a series of public service announcements on FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
ALL STAR AWARD
Constant Contact named FRIENDS an All Star Award winner for its approach to marketing and continued commitment to related best practices.
CULTURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION AWARD
Presented in 2014 by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, FRIENDS was awarded for excellence in cultural resource protection for Adopt-A-Cemetery program projects carried out by the Roanoke Valley Chapter of FRIENDS.

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