FRIENDS works with local and regional government, universities and schools, like-minded nonprofits, clubs and other organizations to extend what we are able to do for the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway.FRIENDS is an official partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service (NPS), a branch of the United States Department of the Interior.
FRIENDS Parkway partners are other organizations whose specific or general focus is consistent with our mission to preserve, promote and protect the Blue Ridge Parkway. These are wonderful organizations whose cooperative relationships we value and we encourage you to read up on them through the left menu links.
Beyond these nonprofit organizations, we have philanthropic partners who share our vision for the Parkway. These are special people, trusts and foundations who have donated significantly to FRIENDS and made large impacts on what we are able to do annually.
Our corporate sponsors, too, are dear to our heart. Our Corporate Circle companies, in particular, donate significantly to improve and protect the Blue Ridge Parkway special outdoor areas and resources for the local communities as well as national and international visitors. These donations have a truly measurable impact on the economic outlook for the Parkway’s bordering communities.
Our education partners share our vision for developing future Blue Ridge Parkway stewards and promoting environmental / conservation education. We have students from the university level to elementary school students work on the Parkway. All levels leave with an appreciation for the natural environment of the Parkway and the knowledge of the direct impact they can have, promoting a lifelong love of the outdoors and service to all our national resources. University students may be interested in our Alternative Break Program. We encourage all levels to contact us in order to
Lastly, but certainly not least, FRIENDS has an amazing and talented array of supporting artists who generously donate their time and work to our cause. These incredible folks each have a unique vision of the Parkway and we take joy in sharing those visions with you. Here, to better share their artistic vision, we encourage you to take a look at our portfolio of supporting artists. These artists are also featured prominently in our store. If you are interested in becoming a FRIENDS’ supporting artist, please read more here.
When possible, we offer their artisan goods in our store, so while you should definitely check that out… it’s well worth a pop over to our store to see what we have for sale. These unique items are one of a kind and they are offered only as available. That piece you fell in love with as a souvenir of your trip!? Buy it before it’s gone! New items arrive regularly.
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