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High Country Chapter, Milepost 275-315

HIGH COUNTRY CHAPTER (MILEPOST 275-315)
The High Country chapter was formed in June of 2010 and covers Milepost 275 – 315, through the communities of Boone, Linville and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Area of Service: Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Memorial Park, Linn Cove Viaduct, Trails, Overlooks, Cemeteries, Participation at local events and festivals, Viewshed tree plantings, and more!
If you’re interested in getting involved with the High Country Chapter, please contact Jennifer_Snyder@FriendsBRP.org or HighCountry@FriendsBRP.org or 1.800.228.PARK (7275)

The High Country Chapter comprises incredible people who love nature, the outdoors and, foremost, the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway!
Located in the Parkway’s Highland District (mileposts 271.9 to 305.5), the Chapter is committed to protecting and preserving this national treasure, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Chapter members work collaboratively with the Parkway to adopt, maintain and refurbish trails. The Chapter supports initiatives and interpretive programs with children and youth and provides volunteer recognition for the Appalachian State University student chapter of FRIENDS.
We invite the community to become involved in two ways: 1) as volunteers and 2) by providing much-needed funding. For those unable to do much physical labor, there are other volunteer jobs such as fundraising, following up on prospective FRIENDS members, and representing FRIENDS at various festivals!

TRAIL REVITALIZATION AND ADOPTION
Working with the Parkway, the Chapter provides labor and funds to renovate the Price Lake Trail and, in the future, other trails that need revitalization. Chapter members also focos on inspiring groups, families and individuals to adopt the Parkway trails. Through volunteer and financial support of our chapter’s efforts – these trails will continue to be assets to our communities and enjoyed by generations to come.

JUNIOR RANGERS
FRIENDS’ Children in Nature and Junior Ranger programs are excellent examples of how children can be reintroduced to nature in fun, hands-on and engaging ways. The Chapter has made a park-wide commitment to provide Junior Ranger booklets, badges, pins and certificates as evidence of our commitment to children visiting the Parkway.

OVERMOUNTAIN VICTORY RE-ENACTMENT
This annual celebration educates the public on the importance of this historic site, its original owner, Joseph McDowell, and his role in the Revolutionary War, with
historic interpretation presented by re-enactors in authentic period dress. The Chapter funds the event and re-enactors for three days. This high quality interpretation program is loved by hundreds of Parkway visitors and school groups.
Needed $2,500 Annually
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INTERNS
The Blue Ridge Parkway contracts with student interns to provide orientation and interpretation programs at both the Moses Cone and Linn Cove Visitor Centers each summer.

YOUTH VOLUNTEER IN PARKS (YVIP) PROGRAM
Today’s youth are the future stewards of the Blue Ridge Parkway! Youth participate in training sessions and observe rangers providing interpretive programs to the public. These trained youth go on to present similar programs to Parkway visitors. The High Country Chapter provides logo wear, recognition certificates and funding for all other needed materials. FRIENDS’ YVIP program began at the Parkway’s request in 2006 and, to date, is the only program of its kind across the entire national park system.

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