Volunteering has a lasting impact on younger generations.By teaching young people how to properly maintain, repair, restore and preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway and its assets, FRIENDS ensures a passionate and devoted group of volunteers for the future.
FRIENDS’ Youth Volunteers-in-Parks (YVIP) program accepts youth volunteers from ages 6-18 for age-appropriate volunteer projects with parental approval. In some cases, parents work side-by-side with their children. In others, the volunteer project is school sponsored. Students from elementary, middle and high schools have participated in projects along the Parkway. In fact, in the spring of 2010, more than one hundred 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students amazed the National Park Service (NPS) by cleaning and restoring 105 campsites at the Roanoke Mountain Campground in less than four hours!
Our youth volunteers make significant contributions to the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you have a group of young people who would like to contribute, please contact FRIENDS and talk to us. We’re happy to talk to you, put together a list of age appropriate projects and work with you and the NPS to schedule, plan and manage the project.