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Roanoke Valley Chapter, Milepost 100-150

The Roanoke Valley chapter of FRIENDS was formed in August 2006. Their service area runs from Milepost 100 to 150 and includes Roanoke, Salem, Bent Mountain, and Vinton.

Area of Service: Roanoke Mountain Day Use Area, Roanoke Mountain Music Series, area festivals, Roanoke River, trails, overlooks, cemeteries, viewshed tree plantings

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Roanoke Valley Chapter, please contact staff@FriendsBRP.org or Roanoke@FriendsBRP.org or 1.800.228.PARK (7275)

Roanoke Valley’s volunteers help to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway as it winds through the Plateau District of southern Virginia.

The Chapter cares for trails, overlooks, cemeteries, and picnic areas. Working in partnership with National Park Service staff, members adopt, maintain and restore trails and care for scenic overlooks on the BRP. The Chapter recruits and inspires young people to serve as Youth Volunteers in Parks (YVIPs). Energetic YVIPs prepare Roanoke Mountain picnic areas for opening each Spring. We also engage YVIPs in the annual tree planting events to enhance the scenic views which have been threatened by development adjacent to the Parkway.

The Chapter raises funds to support Park programs. Through efforts and events such as the Blue Ridge Marathon, FRIENDS underwrites the summerlong series of music concerts on Roanoke Mountain. FRIENDS also funds other interpretive programs led by Rangers all along the Parkway.

The Chapter provides learning opportunities for youth as Junior Rangers. We teach environmental stewardship to children through hands-on learning activities.

The Roanoke Valley Chapter is most active on the Parkway from March to October. Volunteers usually work one or two Saturday mornings each month. Scheduled workdays are announced
via email, with dates, times, locations and other details included. Snacks are often provided! The Chapter efforts are led by a steering committee responsible for planning
and coordinating efforts behind-the-scenes. Additional leaders are always welcome!